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by annis
Sun June 11th, 2017, 7:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Death of Helen Dunmore
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Death of Helen Dunmore

Just caught up on the fact that British poet and historical novelist, Helen Dunmore, has died. She had been suffering from cancer for some time. A reminder to get on to reading her last historical novel, https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/19/birdcage-walk-review-helen-dunmore-georgian-bristo...
by annis
Sat March 11th, 2017, 12:26 am
Forum: America
Topic: Salem Witch Trials
Replies: 8
Views: 5090

Re: Salem Witch Trials

I thought "Susannah Morrow" by Megan Chance was pretty good, though it's some years since I read it. Another example of the confusing US/UK double title thingy - I read it under the English title "The Fatal Key".
by annis
Sun January 29th, 2017, 4:33 am
Forum: Early Medieval (until about 1000 A.D.)
Topic: "Viking Fire" by Justin Hill
Replies: 2
Views: 410

Re: "Viking Fire" by Justin Hill

Thanks, Misfit :) Have been heavily involved in researching and writing up local history the last year or so and not getting to read so much fiction.
by annis
Sun January 29th, 2017, 12:32 am
Forum: Early Medieval (until about 1000 A.D.)
Topic: "Viking Fire" by Justin Hill
Replies: 2
Views: 410

"Viking Fire" by Justin Hill

Just finished Justin Hill's "Viking Fire", second book in his "Conquest" series based around the pivotal Battle of Hastings in 1066. I loved the first, ''Shieldwall", and seem to have been hanging out forever for this one, but it was well worth the wait. The last great Viking king, Harald Sigurdsson...
by annis
Mon June 27th, 2016, 1:25 am
Forum: Early Medieval (until about 1000 A.D.)
Topic: Vikings
Replies: 10
Views: 3223

Re: Vikings

A heads-up about Justin Hill's latest novel, "Viking Fire", due out this September. It's the story of Harald Hardrada. In theory this is a follow-up to "Shieldwall", the first in Hill's trilogy set around the Norman Conquest of England. Not quite sure exactly how it fits in, though clearly Hardrada'...
by annis
Thu December 24th, 2015, 10:34 pm
Forum: Historical Fantasy
Topic: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Replies: 16
Views: 3472

Re: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

I actually bought this novel some time ago and then lost it in my ever-expanding collection of books :) However, I have just started watching the TV series and enjoying its dark, off-beat vibe very much.
by annis
Fri July 10th, 2015, 3:02 am
Forum: Movies, Television, Radio, and Music
Topic: Poldark (US broadcast)
Replies: 62
Views: 4572

Having read lots of rave reviews I thought I'd give this series a go and did see it out to the end, was but disappointed by the schmaltzy Mills & Boons' treatment. I was reduced to helpless laughter every time the "gallop across the scenic clifftop" trope made yet another appearance to a sweeping so...
by annis
Fri May 8th, 2015, 4:53 am
Forum: By Author's Last Name G-L
Topic: Ben Kane: Eagles at War
Replies: 1
Views: 2129

Have been waiting forever for a decent novel about the Battle of the Teutoberg Forest (deeply regret that Wallace Breem never wrote the one he had in mind). Looking forward to Ben's version. I've read Ben's freebie story The Shrine and the taster at the end of it for Eagles at War , so I'm keen to g...
by annis
Sun April 5th, 2015, 9:10 am
Forum: By Author
Topic: Dinah Lampitt AKA Deryn Lake
Replies: 12
Views: 3187

The king in question is Charles VII of France, and the women of the title are some of those who play significant parts in his life, like his mother, Isabeau, his mother-in-law, Yolande of Aragon, Joan of Arc, Agnes Sorel and so on.
by annis
Tue March 31st, 2015, 3:32 am
Forum: By Author
Topic: Dinah Lampitt AKA Deryn Lake
Replies: 12
Views: 3187

The King's Women is set around the story of Joan of Arc- a rollicking, entertaining read, but outrageously OTT.

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