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Subject: All time favorite Historical Fiction book
Date Posted: 5/16/2010 9:22 AM ET
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You are sent to a deserted island and you are allowed to bring only one historical fiction book which one will it be? You have to choose one or you go to the island with no historical fiction book. I figure we want to grow our wishlist evan more.

If I had to pick just one I think it would be Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. Mixes history, romance and adventure with a touch of time travel.

Alice

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 9:51 AM ET
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Wow that's a toughie, Alice.  I would have to say Niccolo Rising by Dorothy Dunnett.  Niccolo is the ultimate puzzle-maker.

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 10:01 AM ET
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Here Be Dragons by SKP

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Date Posted: 5/16/2010 10:16 AM ET
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Hey, is this in addition to the one Mystery I get to choose??? lol

 

Like I said in the mystery section, it isnt fair to only bring one!!! But I would have to chose the Historian by Elizabeth Kostava, unless of course, I can bring one mystery and one HF. THen I would have to pick Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens as my HF.

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 1:06 PM ET
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Actually, I'd probably pick my first introduction to historical fiction, which would be Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.  I read the book over and over and over when I was young, and I'd probably credit my love of Holocaust historical fiction to that novel.

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 1:21 PM ET
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I can't even comprehend this question! I can't ever see a reason why I'd be on the way to a deserted island with just one book; I take two books with me when I drive to the mall! Did I take more books, but the airline lost my luggage? Damned airline!

With that said, I would probably take "The Stand" by Stephen King. "The Stand" and "Gone with the Wind" are the only books I've ever read over and over again. I chose Stand because it's longer than Wind. Or, maybe a book like "Infinite Jest", a book they say you have to read over and over to truly understand, would be best. Hmmm....

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 2:25 PM ET
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Valli - I'm kind of thinking along your lines. I need a few more details about my sojourn on this deserted island. If it is for just a short stay and my other creature comforts are arranged for, then I would pick an old fav that would keep me entertained and happy in my seclusion - Noble House (James Clavell), First Man in Rome (Colleen McCullough) or Three Musketeers leap immediately to mind.

If I could find an omnibus edition or if a six-book series could be considered as just one book, I would pick the Lymond Chronicles (Dorothy Dunnett).

However, if there is no end in sight to how long I will be stranded, I would probably take one of the classic tomes that I have never forced myself to read - War & Peace, perhaps, or Anna Karenina.

If there were no creature comforts, I might be tempted to bring Hawaii by James Michener in hopes of gaining a few tips on what plants are and are not edible.

Kelly

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 2:46 PM ET
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I'm torn between taking a really long book that I haven't read and taking a chance I won't like it, or an old favorite like Gone With the Wind.  If I could take a non fiction book I would take a survival guide.

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 7:12 PM ET
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I think I'd have to  bring An Instance of the Fingerpost by Ian Pears just because I think that one could easily be read, re-read, read again, etc. and one would pick up new details (or more instances of the fingerpost) every time they go through it.  I had no clue who the killer was when I read the book.  I'd love to go back through it and find the clues.  Also, IMO, it's just a really good, fascinating book.

Date Posted: 5/17/2010 9:28 AM ET
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Because this would be the ONLY book, it must be one that I know I will enjoy reading over and over.  And it must be long.  I think I'd go with Trantor's single-volume Bruce trilogy.  I've never re-read the whole thing--just bits and pieces here and there when I wanted to check something.  But Trantor's Bruce is my first love in the category of "long dead historical heroes" and I know I'd relish it again.  Probably even more now that I know more about those times and events.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 5/17/2010 9:56 AM ET
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Sounds like a good selection of books ladies. Everybody has something different. One book would be awful and i hate to reread books:)

Alice

Date Posted: 5/17/2010 11:24 AM ET
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Before I get stranded on a desert island, I hope I have enough sense to buy an iPad and fill it with novels!

But, if I can only bring one book - The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough

Date Posted: 5/17/2010 11:35 AM ET
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I rarely ever re-read, so I'd just grab whatever was most tempting at the moment from my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 5/17/2010 3:42 PM ET
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Before I get stranded on a desert island, I hope I have enough sense to buy an iPad and fill it with novels!

Uhm ... I don't think so.  Once the battery ran down, you'd have nothing.

Date Posted: 5/17/2010 4:19 PM ET
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Outlander.  No contest.

Date Posted: 5/18/2010 3:44 PM ET
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The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough. it's silly, but if I could never read the whole section with Sulla's nephew Sticky Stychy ever again, I'd be very sad. So it goes with me.

Date Posted: 5/18/2010 4:13 PM ET
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I really had to think about this one, but with the thought of little chance of rescue in the back of my mind, I finally settled on War and Peace.



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Date Posted: 5/19/2010 12:09 PM ET
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Shogun

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 10:18 AM ET
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Oh ... Shogun is a good choice.  That one kept me up reading all night, and I didn't even know it, I was so absorbed.  I only realized it when sunlight started coming in the window. 

Date Posted: 5/24/2010 12:08 PM ET
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Evelina, I just looked at this thread this am and as I started reading down, I thought "my choice would have to be War and Peace" and there it was - YOUR choice as well!!

Date Posted: 5/24/2010 3:11 PM ET
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Clearly, I need to read War and Peace.  Maybe later this year.

Date Posted: 5/25/2010 6:56 PM ET
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The Sunne in Splendour by SKP.