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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 3:00:40 PM PST
Thank you! I will check out your referrals. Yes, I would think shaman would satisfy your pioneering interests. I hate recommending michner because everyone knows him, but if you have not read centennial you will love the pioneer stuff. From sea to shining sea is another pioneer story i liked. If you are going to read shaman you should read the physician first although it is set in Europe.

Sorry I did not include links, I'm not at my pc.

Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 3:22:53 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 3:43:10 PM PST
Put what link where?

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 3:49:15 PM PST
I just realized you are referrink to the ability to link to books for sale. I don't know how you came to the conclusion that this is specifically so people can self promote. The point of the link is to be able to direct your fellow reader to the book that you are recommending. It is not there to make it easier for writers to plug their own books.

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Posted on Jan 8, 2012 4:01:16 PM PST
Todd Ryan says:
There is a short story in a collection by RW Tidd called Leon the Anarchist about the assassination of President McKinley. I don't read a lot of historical fiction but it's pretty good.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 4:04:02 PM PST
Huh? It's called common sense. The point of these forums is for readers to share books based on common interest. The self promotion of books ads little value and is comparable to spam. Dont get me wrong, I have no problem with self promotion. But if you think amazon created the link to facilitate self promotion you have missed the point by s country mile. one of the major reasons forvtheir success is this user community where readers provide referrals based on common interest. People font post in the hope of getting 100 ads from newby authors, they post to get referrals like the Sharon Kay penman posted earlier.

Anyway, if you can't grasp that concept I think this is a pointless conversation.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 4:06:34 PM PST
Chris Little says:
Stephen,

For a sea story, you might try Ivan Doig's Sea Runners, about the only book of his I liked enought to reread. It's on Kindle, too.

I've read most Noah Gordon books, starting with The Physician which would be my first recommendation choice for people who haven't read him.

Way back when, I read all the Michener tomes. (I was a career collection development librarian, and my favorite genre was HF, starting with Rosemary Sutcliff and C. S. Forester. During those decades the biggest lesson I learned across the circulation counter was how uniquely individual reading tastes develop.)

In that overlapping realm between Westerns and HF-Pioneers, probably the most read author in the library was Elmer Kelton. His "The Time It Never Rained" has been kindled.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 4:10:01 PM PST
Thanks i will check it out!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 4:40:06 PM PST
Misfit says:
Yes, Amazon put in the ability to add a link to products on sale. They did not do it for the purpose of self-promotion and as I understand the current policy they do not allow authors to use this to link to their own books, even authors who are actively participating in a discussion and use the link as a signature/sign off. They've really been cracking down on self-promotion, and authors are supposed to keep it over at the Meet our Authors forum only. If you go through these threads carefully you will see an awful lot of deleted by Amazon posts.

Authors would better serve themselves by joining in the discussions as readers. If we like what you are saying and reading, we'd be more likely to think about reading your book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 5:42:34 PM PST
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Possibility says:
Hello Stephen,

Barbara Tuchman's "A Distant Mirror" comes to mind (the story of the 14th century). My personal favorite from Tuchman is "The Guns of August" which I have read a number of times (highly recommended).

Another great favorite which I have read at least 15 times, is Pauline Gedge's "The Eagle and the Raven", a story about the conquest of England by the Romans in 60 AD. Simply wonderful! Quite long too...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 1:35:07 PM PST
Check out "Tom Horn: Killer of Men and Monsters" by Rick D. Eskue - available in paperback or on Kindle. Set in the early 1900's, it's a fictional look at what could have happened had Tom Horn escaped death by hanging and the chase that could have ensued. Aside from escaping a handsomely paid and outfitted super posse, Tom Horn must also battle an ultimate evil - a shape shifting, brujo werewolf with a desire to wipe out the pioneers who have taken over the West. Perfect escapism based on historical facts and figures and a very easy read, moves quickly and you will not be disappointed!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 2:42:04 PM PST
Misfit says:
You wouldn't be related to the author by any chance? Hmmmm?

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 3:14:08 PM PST
I recently enjoyed "The Whiskey Rebels" by David Liss

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 3:37:22 PM PST
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Selene says:
If you enjoy historical adventure, I recommend Robert Lyndon's recently released epic novel Hawk Quest, set in the 11th century. There are some very gripping sea voyages as part of the story, as well as travels to England, Iceland and Greenland, through Russia and into Anatolia. A superbly written story- can't praise it highly enough (and no, I don't know the author from a bar of soap!) Although it's not yet available in the States as a book, Amazon does have a Kindle version listed for sale.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 4:22:49 PM PST
V.J.M says:
I'm a Ken Follet fan as well. Do you know, he will be putting out a new book this year.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 5:53:19 PM PST
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Chris Little says:
Hi, Selene,

Do you have any knowledge of when Lyndon's book will be released in the USA? Great review on Amazon, thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 8:34:30 PM PST
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Selene says:
Glad you found the review useful, Chris :) I haven't come across anyone yet who hasn't been blown away by this novel, though it's possible that some readers might find a few scenes a bit graphic. It's not a gore-fest though. I'm not clear on when "Hawk Quest" is scheduled for release in the US, but for those who prefer a book, it is already for sale at Book Depository.com.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 8:39:08 PM PST
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Possibility,

Wow, all of these look right up my alley. I'm totally going to read these.

Great recommendations, thank you!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 2:46:12 AM PST
Historical fiction? You can't do better than read Nigel Tranter, Henry Treece, Colleen Mccullough (of course, these are way before 1800's, though Mccullough has couple based in 17-1800's))

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2012 7:39:25 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 15, 2012 5:31:51 PM PST
Hi, you probably already read this since there is a movie now but War Horse is a good tail with lots of history and descriptions of the time during WWI. I think you may enjoy that. Thanks, LauraWar Horse: A History of the Military Horse and Rider

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 8:50:11 PM PST
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Shell says:
How about this one: The French Blue, by Richard W. Wise, $9.99 Kindle.

This was recommended to me and I'm enjoying it so far. It's an account of Jean Baptiste Tavernier and his discovery of the Great Blue Diamond (the Hope Diamond). Set in mid 1600s, there are sea voyages to Persia and India, trips through jungles and across deserts.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 3:45:41 AM PST
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