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Subject: In need of a new book
Date Posted: 1/19/2010 2:22 PM ET
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I really need a new Historical fiction book. 

I've already read all of Phillipa's books which I enjoyed. I really don't know what to read next. I'm in need of a new book, and fast, ahah. 

 

Thanks a lot 

xoxox

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 2:31 PM ET
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Do you have a particular historical period you are interested in or is anything up for grabs? Want things racy like PG's?

I've done a bunch of Listmanias on Amazon and once you start there you can pick up on other people's lists as well. I always find interesting books on these lists and it's nice to see the covers. http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/listmania/byauthor/A2F540P3L6P5CL/ref=cm_pdp_lm_all



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Date Posted: 1/19/2010 2:32 PM ET
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No particular historical period, and yes, racy would be nice. 

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 2:37 PM ET
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Kristeen, I see you are a new member, so first of all, as we like to say, Welcome to your new addiction PBS!! 

You'll find that the folks on this forum read a broad range of Historical Fiction, so it really depends on what you like.  Are you looking for something lighter, maybe just a little more historical than straight up romance? Or do you want some hard-core, door-stopper HF about ancient Chinese people digging a well in 2000 BC?  (If it's the latter, then you might be out of luck because I just made that up and there might not be an HF book like that! LOL! But you get my drift).  Anyway, you'll find all of it here.

Someone else asked a similar question recently and it really helped me put my finger on what direction to head.  So you might want to check out this thread  Beyond Philippa Gregory  I would also suggest that you rummage through the 2009 and 2010  Historical Fiction Challenge threads.  The main thread for each year lists and describes each category in the challenge.  If you see something that strikes your fancy, then you can go to the specific thread for that category and see all of the books that the people who hang here read for that category and what they thought of them.  Honestly, those threads are like a "Best of Historical Fiction" index...the gals here have excellant taste.

I'm sure others will chime in with lots of suggestions.  Feel free to ask questions about anything you see.

Again, Welcome!!

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 2:39 PM ET
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Thanks you two (: 

Should give me lots of choices!

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 2:39 PM ET
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We also have a "Top 5 I Read This Year" thread for the best books we read in 2009.  That might give you some good suggestions!  http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=187568



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Date Posted: 1/19/2010 2:46 PM ET
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Another most excellent place to talk all things historical fiction is here, http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/forums/index.php

Goodreads is a lot of fun and has some excellent HF groups.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 2:50 PM ET
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Cathy, that was the first time I have actually seen your infamous wallbanger lists!  What fun reading!

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 2:59 PM ET
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Anything by Sharon Kay Penman or Elizabeth Chadwick are safe bets. And they're infinitely better than PG.

If you like a little adventure with your history, try Bernard Cornwell or Conn Iggulden.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 3:16 PM ET
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What Genie says in words is better advice than what I say in sentences! 

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 3:16 PM ET
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Thanks Christa. I find them extremely theraputic to do, especially with a book that's tossed after a few chapters - can't really write a fair review from that.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 1/19/2010 3:26 PM ET
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Another great way I found new authors and now have too many books is to look through 2010 historical fiction challenge lists. You will see lots of books. There is also historical mysteries that I love. Some of my favorite historical mystery authors are: Stephen Saylor, Lindsay Davis, Rhys Bowen, Robert Alexander Bruce Alexander, Jacqueline Winspear, Elizabeth Peters, Barbara Hambly and many many more.

There are some here who read a lot of historical romance and can help you with that subgenre if you like that.

Alice

Date Posted: 4/7/2010 4:00 PM ET
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