Historical Fiction Genre Help for November

For November 2015, we will be reading a Historical Fiction novel.
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Post by rssllue » 21 Oct 2015, 22:25

Cool! Thanks! :D
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Post by bookowlie » 21 Oct 2015, 22:33

Thanks Bluemel for the book ideas and Gravy for the website link!
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Post by gali » 21 Oct 2015, 22:36

bookowlie wrote:Thanks Bluemel for the book ideas and Gravy for the website link!
I also gave you some suggestions. Did you see them?
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Post by bookowlie » 21 Oct 2015, 22:56

Hi Gali - I first submitted a detailed reply to your post before posting a 2nd post thanking Bluemel and Gravy. I see the first post about your suggestions is not here! The touch screen on my tablet is sometimes temperamental vs. the easy click of a mouse on the desktop. Here's what I wrote the first time -

I've read The Book Thief and All the Light You Cannot See. Thanks for the additional suggestions - they both look interesting.
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Post by bluemel4 » 22 Oct 2015, 08:22

You're welcome bookowlie. :D
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Post by Gravy » 22 Oct 2015, 13:59

You're welcome. I hope it's helpful :D

I still can't settle on what I'm going to read. Lots of ideas...
Guess I'll just wait and see :lol:
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Post by hsimone » 22 Oct 2015, 14:12

Theses are all great suggestions! Some of them I have been wanting to read. I think I'm going to stick with The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, but I'll have to make sure I read some of the others listed here, too!
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Post by Ryan » 22 Oct 2015, 14:30

I also recommend 'Wolf Hall' by Hilary Mantel. I've only read bits of it (hardly enough to be able to recommend it, I know) but from what I've read of it, combined with the synopsis, it looks pretty damn good 8)
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Post by ChincredibleHulk » 22 Oct 2015, 16:12

Simon Scarrow's Eagle series (starting with Under the Eagle), featuring Cato and Macro and based around the time of Emperor Claudius, is excellent, as is Conn Iggulden's Emperor series (staring with The Gates of Rome) featuring Julius Caesar and Ben Kane's Hannibal series (starting with Enemy of Rome).

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Post by kio » 22 Oct 2015, 16:46

Thanks @Graverobber, that will be helpful :)
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Post by Gravy » 22 Oct 2015, 19:18

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Post by Topcho » 23 Oct 2015, 12:31

Just finished my Ocotber genre book and I am now ready to pick my November read!

I am so glad cross-over genres are permitted. I see you mentioned Naomi Novik's series in the first post - I love love love those books! Still haven't finished the series tho. I have some on audio books and now I am tempted to start them.

However, I'd be probably wiser to choose something else. I have The head of the Khan from the library, so I better read it in the next few weeks. It is a historical mystery set in Danube Bulgaria at the time of the conversion into Christianity. There is a killer at loose who is marking his victims and is always aiming into man of the nobility - probably hoping to reach in the end the khan itslef. Meanwhile spies are spotted around the city, searching for a myssterious object that may be linked to the murders.

The author was recommended to me, and the blurb sounds good too.

I have some other possible choices of the fantasy subgenre. And also a bunch of historical romance novels, lol! I admit that sometimes it is really relaxing to dive into such light read.
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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 26 Oct 2015, 13:07

Okay, this is not strictly fiction, although it reads like fiction. Paris Underground about Etta Shiber. This is about two women (one British and one American) smuggling British soldiers out of Paris during the French Resistance. I do not know if every detail is really true, but regardless, it is a read-in-on-sitting book.

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Post by joanofarc2015 » 30 Oct 2015, 06:13

i'd like to ask: what are your perceptions of the differences bet historical fiction and classics? hehe i believe we may get mixed up...
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Post by hsimone » 30 Oct 2015, 15:41

That's a good question! When I went back to the November genre of the month voting list, there is no category for classics. I guess if a classic is also historical fiction, then we might be good for November :)
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