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Subject: New to this Forum...but love historical fiction!
Date Posted: 5/21/2008 1:35 PM ET
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Hi!  I just finished The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant and just had to post here.  What a great book.  Has anyone else read it?

I'm currently reading Labyrith by Kate Mosse.  Do you consider "holy grail quest stuff" HF?

Thanks for letting me introduce myself!


Date Posted: 5/21/2008 2:55 PM ET
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Hello Cassandra, and welcome!

I would say that anything that takes a historical theme and fictionalizes it is HF, so yes, I would say that Holy Grail quest books are HF.


I haven't read The Birth of Venus, but I should. I love HF set in Italy.

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 5:20 PM ET
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Hello from Northern Colorado! I have both "Birth of Venus" and "Labyrinth" on my TBR mountain.

If you don't already have a TBR mountain, you will soon, with all the reading recommendations you'll get from this forum!

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 6:16 PM ET
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Thanks for the welcomes!  Happy to be here.

Felicia: I'm in Western Colorado.  We're practically neighbors. 

Yes, I have a TBR mountain myself.  PBS has created a monster! :-)

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 7:18 PM ET
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Hi, Cassandra,

I've read both those books and enjoyed them.


Best, Linda


Date Posted: 5/21/2008 9:53 PM ET
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Hi Cassandra. Welcome! Glad you're enjoying HR in GJ.


Date Posted: 5/21/2008 11:01 PM ET
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Hello!  Nice to see another HF lover in the crowd!

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 12:32 AM ET
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Hi Cassandra: Welcome we are always glad to get another H F Lover here.I have labyrith on my TBR list too.

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 10:37 AM ET
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I have both on my TBR too.  Another hello from CO here, too!!

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 12:26 PM ET
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I loved The Birth of Venus.  I love anything to do with Florence, and the Italian Renaissance is probably my favorite place/time.  Tudor England would be second.

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 2:07 PM ET
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Welcome Cassandra! I enjoyed Birth of Venus too. Dunant has another book coming out at the end of the year, I think. I can't remember the title, but it's on my wishlist. I hope the new one is as good as Venus.

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 7:59 PM ET
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If you like "Grail" fiction, I just finished Bernard Cornwell's "The Archer's Tale" and "Vagabond" and enjoyed them both.  If you like more of the Arthurian fantasy kinds there are lots of good ones new and old that I could recommend.  Mary Stewart's books are all wonderful and Stephen Lawhead is good, but I found his Merlin character way more compelling than Arthur.  I also have a very old copy of Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff that I treasure that deals more with Arthur as a war leader.