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Subject: Recommendations?
Date Posted: 3/16/2010 8:40 AM ET
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Having been a fantasy and chick-lit kinda gal for most of my life, I'm just now getting into historical fiction and I'm looking for some recommendations.

I just read Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney, which is about a girl named Anaxandra and her life/involvement in the whole Helen of Sparta/Troy thing. Anyway, the point is that now I'm way into Greek and Roman myth, and I was hoping someone could recommend some good historical fiction that ties into Greek mythology?

Also very open to suggestions of other great, must-read historical fiction. I've read Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth and World Without End (loved them!) and a whole mess of the Philippa Gregory books centered around the time of Henry VIII. What else do I positively NEED to read?

Date Posted: 3/16/2010 8:53 AM ET
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Rochelle..I'm into the Greek mythology thing right now as well!  I just finished "The King Must Die" and its sequel "The Bull from the Sea" by Mary Renault, and recommend both of those.  They retell the story of Theseus, from his childhood to his death.  Excellent!

I'm reading "Helen of Troy" by Margaret George right now, and as usual, her books are wonderful!  

The other ladies here will give you some wonderful ideas, I'm sure.  But be careful; they have increased my Books I MUST Read List so much!!:D

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 3/16/2010 9:51 AM ET
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Can you tell us a little more of what time periods you may be interested in  Ancient Eqyption, Chinese, Japanese, American historical, UK history,

Ancient Rome.

Some of the more popular authors you will see here are Bernard Cornwell, Sharon Kay Penman, Elizabeth Chadwick, Stephen Lawhead. Ariana Franklin, Morgan Lwelleyn (not a chance in spelling it).

I am reading a really good book now Nefertiti by Michelle Moran set in 1350 BC Egypt.

Alice

Date Posted: 3/16/2010 11:16 AM ET
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I have a pretty broad range of interests... Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece/Rome, Chinese, Japanese, UK History, Arthurian... I've got Nefertiti and two other Michelle Moran on my to-read list, and I own a fair amount of Stephen Lawhead. =)

Vicky - thanks for the recommendations! I will most certainly add the books by Mary Renault to my To Read list, and I'll take a look at that Helen of Troy one as well. =)

Date Posted: 3/16/2010 12:50 PM ET
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I was also going to suggest "Helen of Troy"....all of Margaret George's books are amazing!  If you are interested in Ancient Egypt, you may also want to check out her "Memoirs of Cleopatra".  This book was amazing - the story was so vivid that you felt like you knew Cleopatra.

Date Posted: 3/16/2010 3:58 PM ET
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Really, it's such a pleasure to get a post/request like this!!! Where to start:


anything by Sharon Kay Penman, Margaret George, Elizabeth Chadwick, Alison Weir, Diana Gabaldon

 

what i sometimes find turns me on to authors I'd like is to buddy some of us HF-ers so you can see our bookshelves and WLs---then by reading the descriptions I always find new titles and authors I want to try

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 3/16/2010 4:13 PM ET
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Rochelle if you look under our 2010 historic fiction reading challenge topics (especially the list) you will get lots of suggestions for books. I know my wish list grew.

Alice

Date Posted: 3/16/2010 5:56 PM ET
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ElleyKat -- You must be nuts!! Asking this forum for recommendations is like lighting a stick of dynamite. You will be blasted with authors and titles that you ABSOLUTELY must read -- IMMEDIATELY. Your wishlist will runneth over; your reminder list will grow by leaps and bounds; your TBR stacks will tumble over; your bookshelves will crack under the weight of HF tomes.

But if you insist upon wandering into such treacherous territory, in addition to heeding the above suggestions (including looking at HF folks' wishlists and challenge lists), you can read the following forum threads:

Top Ten of the Decade in HF: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=190599#p3897160

Top Five Books I Read in 2009 (not all, but most, are HF): http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=187568

Top Ten All-Time Favorite HF books: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=114549

Then there's always the HF online group, good for another gazillion recommendations: http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/forums/index.php

Just note that as friendly and welcoming as this forum is, I'd keep silent if you don't like Sharon Kay Penman, Elizabeth Chadwick, or Bernard Cornwell's Uhtred -- you run the risk of the wet noodle treatment. You'd also be wise to stay out of the crossfire when Plaidy is being discussed.

Good luck -- and happy reading.



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Date Posted: 3/16/2010 6:32 PM ET
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Hi Rochelle, We are just a suburb apart.  I can't add to any of the above suggestions.  Just enjoy!

Date Posted: 3/16/2010 7:22 PM ET
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ElleyKat -- You must be nuts!! Asking this forum for recommendations is like lighting a stick of dynamite. You will be blasted with authors and titles that you ABSOLUTELY must read -- IMMEDIATELY. Your wishlist will runneth over; your reminder list will grow by leaps and bounds; your TBR stacks will tumble over; your bookshelves will crack under the weight of HF tomes.

 

She is not kidding.  Not at all.

Date Posted: 3/16/2010 9:27 PM ET
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Deb, I only got as far as "you must be nuts" in your post when I started laughing so hard, I was crying. I was kinda creeping along down the posts just waiting to see yours - and you didn't disappoint me , by golly. They say that really good humor is hard to write but I seriously think that you ought to give it a try - really - don't hold back any more!!!

Date Posted: 3/16/2010 11:01 PM ET
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Jeanne -- you are too kind.  I wish my kids, who swear that I have no sense of humor, were as generous as you.:)

Date Posted: 3/17/2010 9:17 AM ET
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Hahaha, well thanks to all of you for your great suggestions! I'm going to start with, hmm, let's see, everything Michelle Moran has published first, and work my way on from there. I also found some other HF I'd like to read by using the "Users who bought this book also bought..." function on the Amazon pages to order things. I only wish I could find more books here at PBS available NOW! I'm so impatient with items on my wishlist. ;)

I can already tell you're a super-great, fun group of people, and that I'm going to love it here. =) And as I haven't read any Sharon Kay Penman, Elizabeth Chadwick, or Bernard Cornwell's Uhtred, I'll just have to reserve judgement (same for Plaidy, whatever that even means...) Hooray for new books to read! I just love that I've fallen in love with a whole new (to me) genre - in good time, too, as I was struggling to find something interested to read in the other genres I like... =)

Date Posted: 3/17/2010 10:57 AM ET
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Rochelle - Some of us are a bit on the eclectic side when it comes to our reading and you will see that if you check our WLs. You may want to keep an eye on some of the posts like "what's in your shopping bag" or the monthly available books thread. One thing is for sure, you will not run out of ideas on this forum. The HF books are hard to come by most of the time, so the monthly available books thread is a help.;)

Date Posted: 3/17/2010 1:15 PM ET
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There is no chance of running out of books to read, if one haunts this forum.  And very GOOD books to read, too--I don't think I've ever rated less than 4 a book recommended by the folks here.  I went from buying new at the rate I read, to a TBR of 85 waiting to be read, and at a fraction of what I was spending before for new books.  Fill up your WL (it can hold 200) and you will probably get offers faster than you can read.