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by Alex Worthy
Fri March 8th, 2013, 9:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cliches in Historical Fiction
Replies: 138
Views: 11741

[quote=""MLE""]That's what I mean about calling something a cliche because it is ubiquitous in real life. I know lots of people who smile without it reaching their eyes, and the expression is very telling. How else would you describe this, except to say just that?[/quote] What I meant was in some bo...
by Alex Worthy
Fri March 8th, 2013, 12:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cliches in Historical Fiction
Replies: 138
Views: 11741

One expression I've run across in both fiction and historical fiction is "His/her smile didn't reach his /her eyes". I've seen this from good writers like Gabaldon as well as from hacks.
by Alex Worthy
Wed September 1st, 2010, 8:40 pm
Forum: Ask Your Fellow Readers
Topic: As good as The Baroque Cycle?
Replies: 14
Views: 2911

I just started the 3rd book in the Volume One of the Baroque Cycle. Fantastic reading. Although quite lengthy and full of intellectual ideas, the adventure and the characters make it easy reading. Does remind me a lot of Pynchon - erudite and witty. But much more accessible.
by Alex Worthy
Fri August 13th, 2010, 3:01 pm
Forum: Historical Fantasy
Topic: Pyridain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
Replies: 24
Views: 4283

Thanks Divia and MLE.
by Alex Worthy
Thu August 12th, 2010, 8:29 pm
Forum: Historical Fantasy
Topic: Guy Gavriel Kay/Jacqueline Carey
Replies: 14
Views: 2876

Doug, thanks for mentioning Under Heaven. I just finished it and it is a great book. Just got A Song for Arbonne from the library.
by Alex Worthy
Thu August 12th, 2010, 8:24 pm
Forum: Historical Fantasy
Topic: Pyridain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
Replies: 24
Views: 4283

[quote=""Divia""]Loved them. I read them as a teen. And it helped me to start reading again because i hadn't done so before then. They were younger books but it gave me the confidence I needed to try other stuff. I was a pisspoor reader. I was always in the "reading groups." for extra help. And now ...
by Alex Worthy
Tue February 2nd, 2010, 9:16 pm
Forum: By Era
Topic: hernando Cortez
Replies: 11
Views: 4910

I meant look in Latin America
by Alex Worthy
Tue February 2nd, 2010, 9:11 pm
Forum: By Era
Topic: hernando Cortez
Replies: 11
Views: 4910

[quote=""donroc""] Captain From Castile by Samuel Shellabarger.[/quote] Captain from Castile was good. See South America for other suggestions. Aztec by Gary Jennings is well know for this period of history. Great book, but I didn't like the subsequent Aztec book. Just bought Skull Rack by Braithwat...
by Alex Worthy
Sat December 5th, 2009, 1:50 am
Forum: Diana Gabaldon
Topic: An Echo in the Bone
Replies: 31
Views: 5796

I thought Echo was a terrible book. Boring, disjointed and of no interest of all. I couldn't get past page 150 and I really enjoyed the previous books. What happened?
by Alex Worthy
Mon August 3rd, 2009, 8:41 pm
Forum: By Country/Continent
Topic: Spain
Replies: 32
Views: 10002

Thanks, Annis. I'm glad it was free.

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