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Know any good historical or political fiction?

Post by JoshuaDLambert » 07 Mar 2017, 21:28

Hey everyone! :tiphat: I'm a huge historical and political fiction buff, and I'm looking for some new works to read! I know about and have read a lot of Ann Rinaldi, but from there, I'm stuck! :eusa-think:

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Post by kc3po311 » 17 Mar 2017, 03:26

Tom Clancy. My dad always loved his books

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Post by Dave » 26 Mar 2017, 18:34

Try Watergate by Thomas Mallon. I enjoyed that book immensely. He also wrote Finale about the Reagan years, but I liked it less.

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Post by Frances Ilnicky » 29 May 2017, 15:16

Just completed Mark Sullivan's Beneath a Scarlet Sky:A Novel.
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Post by Kelebogile Mbangi » 08 Jun 2017, 06:52

The Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda! This is a fictional book based on the South African Xhosa tribes history and their battle against oppression. It is shows two different time periods, the events in the 19th century and modern day South Africa. It's a great read!
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Post by Natalie Charlene » 08 Jun 2017, 20:01

I haven't read much in the way for historical fiction. As for political fiction, I would say my favorite has been The Iron Heel by Jack London.

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Post by Fuzee4 » 09 Jun 2017, 05:04

Try Honolulu by Alan Brennert. Being a his-fic buff myself, I loved that book and couldn't gather why it isn't as popular as it's counterparts. Also I've heard Moloka'i by the same author is amazing. Good luck!

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Post by Justinian » 09 Jun 2017, 14:38

The Ill-made Knight by Christian Cameron is a great piece of historical fiction and a fun read. His characters are actually real people for the most part, it's set during the Hundred Years war. The author has a pretty good understanding of medieval warfare and combat, and he's also written a few historical fiction pieces set in ancient Greece.

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Post by Zoey » 16 Jun 2017, 13:30

Yay! Historical Fiction is one of my ultimate favorite genres. I would suggst 'In Farleigh Fields' by Rhys Bowen. It si my favorite of all times at the present moment. One of two, actually. It is so difficult to choose :P

The book is about a British family during World War II. I do not want to spoil the book by sharing too many details, but it is a story of betrayal, love, and loyalty. A strange combination of things, but you will certainly not be disappointed. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!
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Post by Storygamer88 » 20 Jun 2017, 09:51

Farewell to Manzanar, The Things they Carried, and Fires on the Plain are three books based on historical events, all tied to a war but also each bring up some interesting questions of the rights of people and the impact of war on civilian and soldier alike. I liked all three.
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Post by Anirudh Badri » 29 Jun 2017, 14:42

Try Wolf Hall, by Hillary Mantel. It features England in the time of Henry VIII and focusses on the work of Thomas Cromwell. It is both historical and political fiction and so fits your requirements quite well. I must warn you that I didnt like it personally as I am not a fan of the genre. It came very highly recommended to me (won the Man Booker etc) and so just passing it on.
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Post by Creating Serenity » 04 Jul 2017, 23:07

This may be the popular choice but I absolutely love to read Philipa Gregory. I have not read all of the Tudor series but working on it and they are amazing! Political as well, but maybe not what you're looking for in that arena. Still, fantastically accurate with minor character add ins that give the stories more feeling.

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Post by Mallory Whitaker » 05 Aug 2017, 00:34

Anirudh Badri wrote:Try Wolf Hall, by Hillary Mantel. It features England in the time of Henry VIII and focusses on the work of Thomas Cromwell. It is both historical and political fiction and so fits your requirements quite well. I must warn you that I didnt like it personally as I am not a fan of the genre. It came very highly recommended to me (won the Man Booker etc) and so just passing it on.
Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring up the Bodies, could easily work for historical/political cravings. They're both loved by critics. The writing style is stream of consciousness. This gets confusing because the author decided not to use Thomas's name when narrating his thoughts and actions. She just calls Thomas "him" or "he" which is confusing when there are a few male characters around. It took me a while to get used to it. However, I probably wouldn't have stuck with it if I didn't love the Tudor time period so much.

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Post by Creating Serenity » 05 Aug 2017, 11:09

I've had Wolf Hall sitting on my bookshelves for something close to two years maybe. I didn't realize it had a sequel now as well. I am going to have to finally get to that one! I love the Tudor period as well so I will have to get to this one soon. Those TBR piles just don't go away!

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Post by fayetino » 07 Aug 2017, 13:26

The Kingmaker's daughter by Philippa Gregory is really good, it's centered in 15th century England. I also enjoyed Half of a yellow sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which is abiut the Biafran war in Nigeria

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