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Old April 22nd, 2010, 09:50 AM   #31

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The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsythe. I've never read a novel that I so identified with the bad guy.
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Has anyone ever read Harry Sidebottom's Warrior of Rome series?
I am at the end of the first book in the Warrior of Rome series, Fire in the East. Its ok, not the best book i have read but well worth a read.
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Could anyone recommend some historical fiction based on the Crusades to me? Battle-oriented HF would be best, thanks!
I have read the the first two books out of three, Brethren and Crusade by Robyn Young. I enjoyed both of them and will be reading the third in the series, Requiem when i finish Fire in the East. Not a lot of heavy fighting in it but some. They have a very good story line.
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Two series recommendations:

[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masters_of_Rome]Masters of Rome[/ame] by Colleen McCullough. There's a bit more adulation of Caesar than necessary, once he comes on the scene, but McCullough really did her homework for this series, and the writing is enjoyable as well.

The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson. Late 17th--early 18th century Europe, mostly England. Prominent historical characters are Newton and Leibniz, but several others play more or less important roles. The central characters are a rogue called Jack Shaftoe and a natural philosopher called Daniel Waterhouse.

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...The Baroque Cycle form[s] a sublime, immersive, brain-throttlingly complex marvel of a novel that will keep scholars and critics occupied for the next 100 years. Its combined 2,600-odd pages – first created in longhand, with a fountain pen – positively dwarf both Stephenson's own imposing Cryptonomicon and The Lord Of The Rings. Despite its size, and the often daunting density of its ideas and complexity of its plots, The Baroque Cycle remains highly readable. It's the sort of work that quickly becomes an obsession.
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Stephen Lawhead's "Byzantium"
Caisel More's "The Tile Cutter's Penny"
Edith Pargiter's "Brothers Gwynedd" trilogy
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If you could tell us hat period of history you are interested in or passionate about, I am sure I could suggest some great books. Even if you can define a time, i.e ancient, mediaeval, modern etc it would be a help
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Has anyone read any of Bernard Cornwell? I saw his book "The Burning Land" in the library the other day and it looked interesting (Crusades, I believe). Was wondering if anyone had an opinion on the series.
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Burning Land I believe is the latest in his Saxon series, about a pagan warrior serving Alfred the Great. The Saxon series is quite good, but I prefer the Warlord Chronicles which is about King Arthur, and of course the Sharpe books are mostly brilliant.
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So Cornwell is a solid author?
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Oh yes, definitely had his misses though, but he's generally quite good.
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