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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 1:00:25 PM PST
billmelater says:
Galway Bay was absolutely amazing and wonderful...I highly recommend!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 8:33:52 AM PST
Books & More says:

I have read that book myself a couple months ago.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 8:27:35 AM PST
Donna says:
Thanks Anna - I had forgotten about Galway Bay.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 8:26:40 AM PST
Books & More says:

You may wish to read "Galway Bay" by Mary Pat Kelly. I hope that I got name right. It gives you summary of Iraland in bits and pieces with a nice story of survival and love.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 8:23:19 AM PST
Donna says:
I plan to spend several weeks in Ireland later this year so your post was very timely for me. Do you have any other recommendations for nonfiction or HF to add to my list of readings?

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 8:18:52 AM PST
Besides my own work (shameless plug and all...) I absolutely recommend every reader who has any interest whatsoever in Celtic tradition and Irish culture and history, read Bard, by Morgan LlywellynBard: The Odyssey of the Irish

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 11:52:19 AM PST
If you liked "Shogun" but would like to see something with a strong female lead, pick up "the Tokaido Road." I've read it several times - marvelous history and adventure in medieval Japan.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2011 11:48:58 AM PST
Loved the Masters of Rome series - although thought the first three were the best: First Man in Rome, Grass Crown, and Fortune's Favorites. Nobody else has dared to write about Julius Caesar as a boy or a young man - everybody thinks of him as Cleopatra's older lover - but McCullough has given us reasons why he was a great man. She'll make a believer out of you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2011 9:08:22 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2011 9:05:57 AM PST
Books & More says:

I have read "Katherine" and loved it.

I would recommend to you Mark of The Lion Series by Francine Rivers.


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2011 8:59:12 AM PST
Deegal says:
Didn't read those two Michener books, but I thought POLAND and TEXAS were excellent reads.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2011 8:50:07 AM PST
Deegal says:
Anya Seton's KATHERINE (correct spelling). Excellent read.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 8:08:17 AM PST
The Far Pavilions by MM Kaye
Shōgun by James Clavell
The Count of Monte Cristow Alexandre Duma
The entire Earth Children's series by Jean Auel
The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R .R. Tolkien

These are just a few of those novels that I personally class as epic fiction that I dearly love. There are others that I enjoy, but I think these are my favorites.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 5:53:14 PM PST
Donna says:
Recently finished The Far Pavillions by M.M.Kaye, currently reading Trinity by Leon Uris - both great epic HF. There is just something about these classics - solid history embedded in great storytelling - you become so engrossed that you forget you are reading!

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2010 4:14:32 PM PST
Lee G. Koss says:
What time period is "Katheryn" set in?

Posted on Jan 1, 2010 3:01:53 PM PST
A suggestion? If you like historical fiction, give Anya Seton's "Katheryn" a try. It is probably the most historically accurate and readable book I have ever found. It was one of the first, if not The First, popular historical fictions written. It had been out of print for many years but has returned. I have an original hardbound copy and have probably read it 10 times over the years. Never gets old.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2010 9:43:50 AM PST
Lee G. Koss says:
I agree that personal taste is a factor in whether a particular historical series or book appeals to a person. While the first part of "Outlander" might appeal to women, by half way through I think there is a lt for a guy to find interesting. The book switches "speakers" (from Claire to Jamie and back and forth) Eventually, by the end of the 6th book, 3 generations of family interactions are the story.


Posted on Jan 1, 2010 7:39:19 AM PST
C. Coleman says:
If it's epic you want, I recommend the 20 (or 21, depending if you count the last, postumous book fragment) novel Patrick O'Brian series on the careers of Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin of British Naval Intellegence. My second recommendation is the Rome series by Colleen McCollugh. Brilliant both, but different. O'Brian is entranced by nature, McCollough by pre-Imperial Roman politics. Neither is light reading, but both series are beautifully written.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2010 6:06:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2010 6:07:15 AM PST
K. El-Hassan...

you have just supported the rave reviews of the Flashman series that I picked up on another historical fiction forum so I am going to have to chase these up together with the Dorothy Dunnett books.

I have only recently acquired from a Canadian friend visiting my country (S. Africa) a copy of Jenning's "Raptor" which I am dying to get into.

I have just finished two excellent HF - The Far Pavilions by MM Kaye and The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie ....both epic reads.

I find Rutherford's books good in parts, other times just downright ponderous. Obviously a matter of personal choice like not been able to get into the Outlander series...


Posted on Dec 31, 2009 10:27:55 AM PST
Brothers of Gwynnedd Quartet - Edith Pargeter
Good King Harry - Forget Author
A bloody field by Shrewesbury - Edith PargeterL
Lymond Chronicles a MUST - Dorothy Dunnett
King Hereafter - Dorothy Dunnett
ALL Sharon Kay Penman, not as good as Dunnett in my opinion
The Bruce Trilogy by Nigel Tranter
Pillars of the earth - Kenn Follet

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2009 7:03:57 AM PST
I, also have read all of Diane Gabaldon's books, even some short stories. Some are tomes and take a couple of weeks to read but worth it. I think I have waited 5 years for the latest one. If you love time travel and history these books are for you. Start with Outlander.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2009 12:28:20 AM PST
Sissy says:
I've read so many positive comments about OUTLANDER that I finally bought it Tuesday. I can't believe Books-A-Million had the whole series. With a gift certificate, 4 books for the price of 3, coupons, and other books marked down, I made a killing yesterday. I got almost all of the books on my wish list.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 7:23:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2009 7:27:58 PM PST
Metalgirl says:
I know this has already been suggested but Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is my favorite book series of all time. I am absolutely in love with James (Jamie) Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser thanks to Diana's brilliant writing. This series has it all....romance, adventure, mystery, suspense, humor, etc. It will be on the top of my book list forever!!
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