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Subject: October BOM?
Date Posted: 8/2/2008 7:33 AM ET
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Should we be thinking about who will lead October, so the leader has time to come up with a topic, gather suggestions and do the drawing?

BTW, I think I forgot to tell y'all how An Arrow's Flight was selected for September. I made a list of the nominations and numbered them. Then I asked a friend to pick a number between - I think it was one and ten. Anyhoo, the number she picked was 3 and Arrow's Flight was the third book on the list.

Genie

Date Posted: 8/2/2008 9:05 AM ET
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Genie, I'd be willing to be the general for October....I do feel a tad* inadequate on the 'come up w/ a topic' part--you and Jennifer are soooooo much more well read on the historical fiction side and have come up w/ such great themes, I feel a little daunted by that part.....

 

*Edited to fix typo: taq to tad



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Date Posted: 8/2/2008 10:55 AM ET
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Colleen, I wouldn't worry too much about your being able to pick a topic. Just think of something, anything, that interests you and I'm sure there is HF out there about it. So if you want to volunteer, go ahead and take some time to think about what interests you and I'm sure something will come to mine. Also keep in mind that you don't have to choose a theme. You can have a free month like Valli, where people can just nominate any historical fiction book they want.

Date Posted: 8/2/2008 12:15 PM ET
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Ditto, Colleen. I think you'd make a great General. Aren't you the one who mentioned in another thread you are a lawyer. What about something in legal history?

Date Posted: 8/2/2008 11:16 PM ET
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Hey, How about Biblical historical fiction for October?

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 11:35 AM ET
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Genie, that's just what I was thinking!  I was looking at my TBR pile last night which includes two gorgeously brand new copies of Noah Gordon's Physician (and the second one), and the thought popped into my head that I wonder if there's historical lawyer fiction out there--so I will lead for October if that's the group's choice.

 

I've got both topics in mind now, and may consider others--lawyer characters in historical fiction, and Biblical fiction...others of us should feel free to throw out suggestions for me to think about as well!

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 1:12 PM ET
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Well October is when Halloween falls so maybe some HF with a darker theme?

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 2:08 PM ET
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Oooh, I like all the suggestions so far. 

I'm a paralegal, so anything "legal" would be cool.

I have a couple of Biblical HF books in my TBR pile as well, so I would be up for that.

I'm always up for something macabre, so something in that vein in keeping with the Halloween month of October would be cool as well.

Can't wait to see what you decide on, Colleen, and thank you for your willingness to lead the charge in October!

 

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 3:12 PM ET
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Great, Colleen! I think the possibilities are endless.

Some off-the-cuff examples:

    Lawyer character - Any of the Matthew Shardlake books by C.J. Sansom

    Historical legal event - Any HF on the Amistad

    A murder trial - example is Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Genie

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 9:21 PM ET
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Some suggestions in keeping with the legal thriller and darker Halloween themes:

Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn - a historical mystery about Sir Edward Grey's wife bringing his murderer to justice

The Alienist by Caleb Carr - a serial killer lose in NYC in 1896

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 11:35 PM ET
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In keeping with the "darker themes" in HF how about ........

Anatomy of Deception by Goldstone

Book Description:

A mesmerizing forensic thriller that thrusts the reader into the operating rooms, drawing rooms, and back alleys of 1889 Philadelphia, as a young doctor grapples with the principles of scientific process to track a daring killer

In the morgue of a Philadelphia hospital, a group of physicians open a coffin and uncover the corpse of a beautiful young woman. What they see takes their breath away. Within days, one of them strongly suspects that he knows the woman’s identity…and the horrifying events that led to her death. But in this richly atmospheric novel–an ingenious blend of history, suspense and early forensic science–the most compelling chapter is yet to come, as young Ephraim Carroll is plunged into a maze of murder, secrets and unimaginable crimes....

Dr. Ephraim Carroll came to Philadelphia to study with a leading professor, the brilliant William Osler, believing that he would gain the power to save countless lives. As America hurtles toward a new century, medicine is changing rapidly, in part due to the legalization of autopsy–a crime only a few years before. But Carroll and his mentor are at odds over what they glimpsed that morning in the hospital’s Dead House. And when a second mysterious death is determined to have been a ruthless murder, Carroll can feel the darkness gathering around him–and he ignites an investigation of his own.

Soon he is moving between the realm of elite medicine, Philadelphia high society, and a teeming badlands of criminality and sexual depravity along the city’s fetid waterfront. With a wealthy, seductive woman clouding his vision, the controversial artist Thomas Eakins sowing scandal, and the secrets of the nation’s powerful surgeons unraveling around him, Carroll is forced to confront an agonizing moral choice–between exposing a killer, undoing a wrong, and, quite possibly, protecting the future of medicine itself….
Also Perfume by Patrick Suskind......now that was a "dark" historical novel and the  movie was excellent as well.

 




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