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Subject: The Kitchen Boy ~ Historical Fiction
Date Posted: 9/11/2007 8:26 AM ET
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This was a terrific quick read, a wonderful piece of historical fiction that will haunt you long after you've finished.  Warning: there are some graphic passages about the assassination of the Romanovs.

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Date Posted: 9/11/2007 12:51 PM ET
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I have never even heard of the book.  I am going to look it up.  Thanks.  I like Historical Fiction.  Thanks

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Date Posted: 9/11/2007 2:28 PM ET
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Thanks added it to my long and winding WL !!

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Date Posted: 9/11/2007 3:58 PM ET
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This is an absolutely wonderful book!  It is one of the few that has made it to my keeper shelf lately!!  Rasputin's Daughter, by the same author, isn't as good, but I still liked it.

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Date Posted: 9/11/2007 6:39 PM ET
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If you loved the KITCHEN BOY,  you will also enjoy THE ROMANOV CONNECTION by William M. Green.  It too is historical fiction, but I've heard that this story is closer to what actually happened to the Royal Russian family.  A very fast-paced and compelling read! 

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Date Posted: 9/12/2007 8:06 AM ET
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Thanks for the rec Anna!

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Date Posted: 9/12/2007 8:23 AM ET
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sounds like a great book. I've added it to my growing wish list.

I'd also recommend the Romanov Phrophecy, by Steve Berry. It also touches on the Romanov family. It was an excellent read.

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Date Posted: 9/12/2007 8:38 AM ET
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I just received this book in the mail yesterday.  I'm glad to hear that its good!!!

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Date Posted: 9/14/2007 12:43 PM ET
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Another one who loved the book!  A quick read but great story. 

I have also read his book "Rasputin's Daughter" and agree with Melissa M.-a good book but not as good as "The Kitchen Boy".

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Date Posted: 9/14/2007 2:17 PM ET
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Ok, I agree with both of you, harmony85 & sassenach, about "Rasputins Daughter"  It was good but not as good as "Kitchen Boy" Both of these books were a great introduction to a piece of history I was unfamiliar with and both gave great insights into Russian politics and culture, but "Kitchen Boy" was so captivating! 

Another really good book, a little older and not so much historical fiction as fact, is Arthur Koestlers "Darkness at Noon" about Stalin's purges of the gov't officials and intellectuals in the 30's, very grim but truthful!!! You can almost hear the drumrolls as they come to get him for the gallows, I know it set a chill to my blood!!!


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Date Posted: 9/27/2007 5:42 PM ET
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Thanks for the Recommendation Bloomer.

Historical and Science Fiction are pretty much the only Genres I read so I'm always on the lookout for a good Historical Fiction book.

I love Historical Fiction! There is nothing better then taking an actual event in history and wrapping a good story around it. By far my favorite Historical Fiction author is Bernard Cornwell. He covers several different time periods throughout history in his 50 some books, but my favorite are his Warlords Chronicle books:

1. The Winter King

2. Enemy of God

3. Excalibur.



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