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Subject: im new to hf
Date Posted: 6/6/2010 12:25 PM ET
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im new to historical fiction , and am looking for some good titles. im looking for modern title's  on old topics. any help?

 

 shauns

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 12:36 PM ET
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Welcome,  What are your areas of intrest?  We would love to help. 

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 12:43 PM ET
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thanks. well i've read robert mccammons mathew corbet series i liked that. im looking for mysteries/ thrillers or horror. and bernard cornwell his books look good.

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 12:57 PM ET
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Company Of Liars, By Karen Maitland, Veil of Lies Jeri Westerson,  Mistress of the Art of Death series, by Arianna Franklin.  Your might like Barbara Erskine's novels.  Stephen Lawhead's, Hood, Scarlet, and Tuck might appeal to you, they have a fantasy bend to them. Wilbur Smith has an excellent series The River God,  Seventh Scroll oh gosh I am blanking out on the other two books in this series.



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Date Posted: 6/6/2010 1:37 PM ET
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I think one of the missing Wilbur Smith's is Warlock but I don't know the other.

Subject: thanks
Date Posted: 6/6/2010 2:02 PM ET
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thanks for the help , i ordered the first part of the mistress of the art of death.

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 2:17 PM ET
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Thanks Cheryl, thats one and the last is The Quest

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 10:49 AM ET
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You might also try Rennie Airth's John Madden series: River of Darkness, The Blood-Dimmed Tide, and The Dead of Winter. These are set in England, the first book in 1921, the second in 1932, and the third in 1944. Highly recommended if you like police procedurals and psychological thrillers.

And, of course, many of us here are Cornwell fans -- though you may get conflicting views on which series to read first: his Saxon stories featuring a much-beloved Uhtred; the Sharpe books of which there are many; the Arthur books which Cornwell unreservedly says are his favorites; the Grail Quest books, or the Starbuck chronicles. He also has a number of stand-alones. So, just depends on the place and time period in which you're most interested. Here's a link to Cornwell's website so you can see the titles of the books in each series: Bernard Cornwell's website.

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 10:55 AM ET
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Might not be what you're looking for, but also look into David Liss. His books aren't quite mysteries (as in,not about trying to solve a murder) but each does seem to revolve around a conspiracy or plot that the main character is trying to unravel. I could hardly put down Whiskey Rebels,and my dad felt the same way!

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 11:09 AM ET
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Hi, Shawn, welcome to the H/F forum!

You can't go wrong with Bernard Cornwell, Stephen Lawhead, Simon Scarrow,and Robert Low. You would probably like Jack Whyte's series about Arthur, which starts with "The Skystone". Try Parke Godwin, too.

Conn Iggulden has 2 series about Rome and Genghis Khan that are really good. For more in Rome, try Stephen Pressfield, Robert Harris, Sam Barrone. Valerio Massimo Manfredi has a trilogy about "Alexander" that you might like.

Gary Jennings!!! I've read "The Journeyer", about Marco Polo, and "Aztec" and loved them both.

Tim Severin's Viking series is great! Starts with "Odinn's Child".

If you want some dragons in your history, try Naomi Novik. I read the 1st one "Temeraire" and thought it was great fun. I'll definitely be reading more of this series!

A book everyone loves - "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara, the best novel about the Civil War. His son, Jeff Shaara, also writes H/F and has quite a few good novels. More authors of American H/F: Kevin Baker, Kenneth Roberts, Beverly Swerling. Swerling's book, "City of Dreams" is not for the faint of heart! I loved the descriptions of early medical practices, but they made some people quirm. It's such a good book! Her others are all great too.

If you want to check out some of these names, click below, and do a search for the author. It's the best place to get lists of series in order!

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/



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Date Posted: 6/7/2010 11:24 AM ET
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Oh, my there are some wonderful HF books.  One of my favorites was Company of Liars and if you like sagas you can't go wrong with Pauline Gedge's The Eagle and the Raven, about the best book I've read this year but I warn you.  It's long.  My favorite last year was A Venetian Affair by Andrea Di Robilant.  Along other lines there is Jack Finney's Time and Again.   You can't go wrong with Elizabeth Chadwick's William Marshal series (The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion) or Lawhead's Hood.  Have fun!  We are!



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Date Posted: 6/7/2010 9:45 PM ET
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thanks for the tips. anyone know of some about the colonial times? thanks

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 10:49 PM ET
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Rise to Rebellion
Date Posted: 6/8/2010 8:16 AM ET
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Kenneth Roberts is great for authentic revolutionary times. Bernard Cornwell has a revolutionary war series that gets mixed reviews. If you like a little lighter reading, try Sara Donati's series, which begins with Into the Wilderness. It's set post-revolutionary era, but it's still fairly rough living.

Date Posted: 6/8/2010 12:20 PM ET
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I agree with Genie, I really liked Sara Donati series it goes through the war of 1812.

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 12:34 PM ET
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Late to the party here, and no one will be surprised at my response - Bernard Cornwell - HUGE thumbs up - start with the Saxon series (just try not to think Uhtred rocks, c'mon, I dare you) - then read the Arthur trilogy. 

And, WELCOME!!!

The resident (well one of a few) Bernard Cornwell fanatic - Shelley smiley