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Subject: JAN BOM... We have a Winner!
Date Posted: 11/6/2008 5:48 PM ET
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to the Historical Fiction Forum Winter Formal :)

WINNER REVEALED IN 1ST POST ON PAGE 2 :)

Now that you're all wondering what the heck I'm talking about, let me explain.  For our virtual HF Winter Formal we will need to elect a King and a Queen just like you did for Prom and Homecoming in high school.  I would like everyone to nominate a book they would like to read about a Queen and a book they would like to read about a King.  I use the term King and Queen loosely so it could actually be any male or female that was a leader (empress, Czar, whatever).  Nominations will be taken until next saturday evening. 

This is going to end up being a two part process so here is part 2.  Once all nominations have been made I'll weed out all the ones some of us have already read.  With the choices left I'll have everyone vote for the favorite "Queen" book and the favorite "King" book.  When all the votes are tallied and a winner from both categories has been determined, I will defer to my devastatingly handome assistant (my 4 yr son Collin) to randomly pick between the winning "King" book and the the winning "Queen" book to determine which one we'll be reading for January.

Hope that is not too complicated :)  So to recap- from now until next Saturday evening (the 15th) will be nominations and from next Saturday evening to the following Friday evening (the 21st) will be voting. 

I am taking off for vacation in NY on the 22nd and wanted to get this done beforehand so we'll have plenty of time to get the book before January. 

So- let the nominations begin :)

KING NOMINATIONS

  • Caesar by Colleen McCullough
  • The Wandering Prince by Jean Plaidy (Charles II)
  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George
  • A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith (Richard III)

QUEEN NOMINATIONS

  • Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
  • Mary Queen of Scots and the Isles by Margaret George
  • The Memiors of Cleopatra by Margaret George
  • The Eagle and the Raven by Pauline Gedge (Bouddica)
  • The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner (Juana l)
  • Isabella: She Wolf of France by Alison Weir
  • Queen Emma and the Vikings by Harriet O'Brien 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 11/6/2008 10:09 PM ET
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Awesome, Holly!  How could I resist a cordial invitation?  I'll have to put on my thinking cap. I'm new to HF, and I'm always afraid I'm going to suggest something that everyone and their brother has read before, and everyone will roll their eyes and think I'm lame.  LOL!  I'll see what I can come up with, though.  Thanks for getting us started!

ETA - Okay, here's my nomination for the "queen" book.  It's got great reviews and there are several copies available here.  I note, however, that at least one of our frequent BOM participants has read it, and it wouldn't surprise me if more had.  It's Empress Orchid  by Anchee Minn - www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780618562039-Empress+Orchid.

For the "king," here's an oldie, but it looks good - Caesar:  A Novel, by Colleen McCullough - www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780380710850-Caesar+A+Novel+Masters+of+Rome+Series.  Again, probably something several have already ready, but there are copies available here on PBS.

Okay, I admit it.  I just picked some off my reminder list that I've been wanting to read. I just thought I'd better be part of the nomination process so I can vote in the election! 



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Date Posted: 11/7/2008 9:52 AM ET
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Holly, what a great idea.....so fun!  I'm in...off to search up some nominees!

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 3:00 PM ET
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What a brilliant idea!

I just ordered Jack's Widow by Eva Pollard.

Isabella: She-Wolf of France by Alison Wier

Queen Emma and the Vikings by Harriet O'Brien

 

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 3:14 PM ET
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If it's king, queen, empress, czar does that eliminate American women?  Just asking.  Maybe in the future we could do our BoM on American historical fiction?  Off to think about this some more.

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 5:01 PM ET
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For our "queen" choice, I submit either Margaret George's Mary,Queen of Scots or her Memoirs of Cleopatra.

Still pondering "king" options.

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 5:41 PM ET
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...and what about

Jean Plaidy, The Wandering Prince, about the Restoration King Charles II, #1 in the Charles II trilogy

for our "king"? I've never read a Plaidy....

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 6:03 PM ET
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Oh, great idea, Holly! I'm going to think on it and get back to you.

I always enjoy being formally invited to anything. I'm going to dress up in satin, heels, and a tiara as I type my January BOM posts.

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 8:22 AM ET
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now there's a visual, Valli!  LOL

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 10:45 AM ET
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Holly - If I may, I'll also second Colleen's nomination of Margaret George's Memoirs of Cleopatra.  That one's been on my wish list for a long time!  Not sure if it's permissible to make a nomination yourself and then second someone else's nomination (are we following parlimentary procedure to the letter here?), but I've done it!  LOL! 



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If it's king, queen, empress, czar does that eliminate American women?  Just asking.  Maybe in the future we could do our BoM on American historical fiction?  Off to think about this some more.

Hmm, it seems I did unintentionally rule out American women but I agree we should do an American HF month sometime :)

 

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 6:53 PM ET
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Ooooh, I also have Memoirs of Cleopatra on my TBR. That's a great suggestion.

I actually did suggest one about American "royalty" but I also agree a good American HF would be a great theme.

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 9:44 AM ET
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I am going to nominate Magaret George's Mary, Queen of Scots as I've read Memoirs of Cleopatra (excellent - BTW!). 

For a king choice, I'm going to nominate another Margaret George selection The Autobiography of Henry VIII.

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 10:32 AM ET
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Okay I've updated the first post with nominations so far.  Margaret George is getting a lot of love for January's BOM!

Mimi- Are you nominating Isabella and Emma for the Queens?  I don't think Jackie would count because Jack was the big cheese and not her.

I'm glad everyone is picking books I already have on my TBR pile ;)  Has anyone else had more trouble finding a king to nominate than a queen?  It seems there are  a lot more queen books out there than king books...

Oh well, keep the nominations coming!  It is fine to nominate more than one for a category.

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 12:12 PM ET
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I vote for Cleopatra by George ( because I already have it).  Another choice would be Nefertiti (for the same reason).  The one problem I see with Margaret George's books it that they are soooo long and they're WL.  I guess that's 2 problems.

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 2:45 PM ET
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Mimi- Are you nominating Isabella and Emma for the Queens?  I don't think Jackie would count because Jack was the big cheese and not her.

Yes to Isabella and Emma, and I still think that an argument can be made for Jackie being American Royalty.  However, I also think that it's not a hill I'm willing to die on, as it really looks like Cleopatra is winning, and I'm totally fine with that too!

 

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 7:20 PM ET
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I'd like to nominate The Last Queen  by C.W. Gortner - http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780345501844-The+Last+Queen

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 11:46 PM ET
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Just a reminder nominations are closing tomorrow at 8 pm est :)

Date Posted: 11/15/2008 12:31 PM ET
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I think I should probably nominate another book. I have had my copy of The Last Queen for ages, but I forgot that it was really hard to get. Since the new edition was just released a few weeks ago, it is probably still not easy to get a cheap or used copy.

I'm going to find another book and post the title bfore tomorrow.

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 1:18 PM ET
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Okay time to vote!  Everyone please vote for one king and one queen.  I'll tally the votes saturday afternoon and have my wonderful assistant pick between the two :)

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 1:27 PM ET
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My votes (although I'm a happy camper all the way around, grin!)

King: A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith (Richard III)

Queen: The Memiors of Cleopatra by Margaret George

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 2:22 PM ET
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Okay, for King I'm going to have go to with my own nomination and pick Caesar.  Mostly because I'm not in the mood for English stuff.  LOL!  For Queen I'll go with The Eagle and The Raven for three reasons - 1) I hate to vote for both of the books I nominated even though Empress Orchid looks really good to me (LOL!), 2) I really want to read Memoirs of Cleopatra, but it appears as though one or two people have read that, 3) Again, I'm not in the mood for anything English.  More than likely though I will happily read whatever gets selected! 

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 3:39 PM ET
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Well, I've already read Memoirs of Cleopatra and Empress Orchid, so for queen I am going to vote for Isabella: She Wolf of France.

For  king, I'd like to vote for A Rose for the Crown.

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 4:47 PM ET
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Memoirs of Cleopatra for the queen and  A Rose for the Crown. for the kingI have copies of both.

Date Posted: 11/25/2008 7:52 PM ET
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Holly - Maybe I missed it.  Did you crown our King or Queen?

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