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Best Historical Fiction you've read recently

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Posted on May 13, 2012 6:10:33 PM PDT
J. Paha says:
"Juliet", by Anne Fortier, was a fun, interesting take on the origins of Romeo & Juliet.

Posted on May 13, 2012 6:31:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012 6:32:16 PM PDT
Bookgal says:
I just finished Kate Furnivall's The White Pearl and it was mesmerizing. I enjoy books which feature so-called everyday folks who get caught up in war time; in this case Malaya just before the Japanese start invading the peninsula on their way to take Singapore in late 1941. The main character is a Englishwoman married to a wealthy rubber plantation owner, but the first sentence gives you a clue she is not your typical snobbish landowner. "It was not the first time Connie had killed someone. But today there were witnesses."

Posted on May 14, 2012 6:02:58 PM PDT
Beverly says:
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer: A story of Hungarian Jews in Paris, France and Hungary and what happened to them in the time before and during World War II. It was a surprise to know how much Hungary was involved with Hitler during that war.

The Glass Room by Simon Mawrer: Another story of Jews before and during World War II, which is about a rather wealthy Jewish family who commission an architect to build them a house, the design of which includes the main room to be made almost entirely of glass. Exciting to read what happens to this family while living in the house and afterward.

Posted on May 15, 2012 9:18:31 AM PDT
BookBuff says:
There's a new book Scoundrel! by Keith Thompson set during the American Revolution that's really good. It's not the usual patriotic bs, but a witty, sexy romp featuring a real-life scoundrel out of our nation's early history named James Wilkinson. (Look this guy up on Wikipedia. I guarantee you you won't believe some of the stuff he did.) The history is very accurate as well. My favorite book of the year.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 9:25:55 AM PDT
BookBuff says:
All of Sabatini's books are great. Many were made into movies back in the 30s starring Errol Flynn. One of Sabatini's biggest fans was George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman books. If you haven't tried Flashman, I strongly recommend it. Or, if you prefer American history, there's a new book "Scoundrel!" by Keith Thompson that's in the same vein. More satirical than Sabatini, but great adventure, great fun, and historically very accurate.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 9:44:09 AM PDT
p m Tractor says:
did you know Fraser wrote several movie scripts Ian Flemmins novels . Flashman is the best best. I learned so much about India of course Flashman was there *(or was he ?)

Posted on May 16, 2012 2:26:35 PM PDT
JoCat says:
Shanghai Girls: A Novel and Dreams of Joy
really enjoyed both of them

Posted on May 17, 2012 8:14:44 AM PDT
Hello everyone. You may want to read "Take the Silk Road Home." The Prologue starts in the 1200's in China, then 1500's in Italy to 1960's-70's America, Italy and Vietnam. Take the Silk Road Home

Posted on May 17, 2012 8:24:46 AM PDT
@ Mr. Terrena - This is a friendly reminder that promoting your own book is against Amazon's rules and is considered spamming. Please re-post it in the Meet Our Authors forum.

Thank you,
Mary Beth

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 8:26:24 AM PDT
Sorry Mary. I did not realize this. Thanks.

Posted on May 18, 2012 1:40:21 AM PDT
Feline says:
George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 4-Book Bundle: A Song of Ice and Fire Series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows (Song of Ice & Fire)


In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 7:53:54 AM PDT
Mark Kaplin says:
if you enjoyed the Book'll ENJOY the book: SAVING STARFISH....... it covers both WW1 and WW2 as well as the holocaust.............. like the book thief it looks at the events thro two young germans.........a boy and a girl, despite being in love the boy becomes an SS officer and the girl she's jewish.......well you'll have to read the book to see what happens................

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 7:55:21 AM PDT
Mark Kaplin says:
again I havre to suggest SAVING STARFISH.................. as well as the IRON HORSE...which covers similaR period....

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 9:00:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2012 9:05:49 AM PDT
Ben Kane says:
@Feline: this is a thread about HISTORICAL FICTION, not fantasy.

@Mark Kaplin: why don't you just edit your first post, rather than telling us yet again about SAVING STARFISH? It would seem less like spamming. Thanks.

I've just read Sultan's Wife by Jane Johnson. Excellent.

Posted on May 18, 2012 4:39:54 PM PDT
A reader says:
Best historical novel I've ever read: "The Master of Verona," By David Blixt.

Posted on May 19, 2012 6:43:30 AM PDT
Puck says:
I liked When Two Women Die When Two Women Die: An Historical Novella of Marblehead, Telling of Two Murders Which Happened There, 301 Years Apart by Patricia Goodwin, about two women who died and became legends. Moves very fast, very well-written with strong characters. I loved the language and flavor of life in the 17th C colonial America and the way the author translates that into modern times. I didn't want it to end. I find myself re-reading passages.

Posted on May 19, 2012 10:42:05 AM PDT
Bkworm Bren says:
I recently finished (and enjoyed) The Crimson Petal and the White (Harvest Book).

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 10:54:43 AM PDT
I read that book to and LOVED every word of it...until the last three pages and then it PISSED ME OFF. (I"d still recommend it, though.)

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 11:00:27 AM PDT
Bkworm Bren says:
Martin Turnbull: I agree that the ending of "The Crimson Petal and the White" was somewhat unsatisfying, but I enjoyed the atmosphere and escapism of the book so much, that I was able to get past that feeling of disappointment!

Posted on May 19, 2012 11:12:25 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 12:11:25 PM PDT
Absolutely, Bkworm Bren. The writing is SUPERB and evoked the period incredibly well. But, for me, that ending was a huge disappointment mainly, on reflection, because I'd so thoroughly enjoyed the entire book.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 2:12:00 PM PDT
Bkworm Bren says:
Martin Turnbull:
It was difficult to invest that much time on a novel and not really have a sense of closure at the end! I know that the author has done a book of short stories involving characters from the book, but it would be wonderful if there was a bona fide sequel. Apparently that's not going to happen (sigh)!

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 2:13:38 PM PDT
That's exactly what I felt! I'd LOVE a sequel rather than some short stories. Damnation!

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 2:48:14 AM PDT
Ben Kane says:
@Betty Everdene: On your wishlist, your name is listed as Patricia Goodwin. If this is correct, then you have a) reviewed your own book with 5 stars (!)
and b) are spamming this thread by promoting your own book. This is against Amazon rules. Please delete it and promote your book on the Meet Our Authors area.

Posted on May 21, 2012 10:23:44 AM PDT
Best historical fiction?
"The Cruel Sea," by Nicholas Monsarrat, and "The Killer Angels," by Michael Shaara.
And anything by Mitchener.
Oh, and what's with all those romance novels that pose as historical fiction. Does the castle behind the lovers put it into the historical fiction category? Seems there should be somebody monitoring that stuff.
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