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Post by Jonathan » Sat August 8th, 2009, 3:59 am

Hello. I am another new member and I am hoping to pick up ideas for further reading in the HF genre, as well as get involved in discussions about the genre.
I lean towards the “swashbuckler” HF – authors such as Sabatini, Cornwell, Shellabarger, Robert E. Howard. I am looking forward to one of my favorites – Perez-Reverte – coming out in English with the latest in the Alatriste series.

I have just come across the name of Emilio Salgari, a 19th century Italian author who wrote the Sandokar and Black Corsair series. Has anyone read these?

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Post by Divia » Sat August 8th, 2009, 4:09 am

I havent read them but welcome aboard. Post early and often. :)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat August 8th, 2009, 4:13 am

Hi Jonathan, we share some favorites. I confess myself partial to the swashbuckler novel too.
I haven't read Captain Alatriste, but I keep hearing about him. I'll put those books on my TBE pile!

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Post by Jonathan » Sat August 8th, 2009, 4:37 am

Thanks for the welcomes. I can't recommend enough the Alatriste series by Perez-Reverte (also an ambitious movie made in Spain starring Viggo Mortensen). He credits Sabatini and Dumas as some of his inspirations, while writing an epic historical series set in the golden age of 17th century Spain. The English translations are excellent, and quick reads.

Divia - checked out and enjoyed your YA blog. We share similar vocations, I work at the Dallas Library Children's Center as a Library Associate. I find much of the best current writing is done for these age groups, a certain purity to the good stuff.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Sat August 8th, 2009, 5:15 am

Welcome, Jonathan!
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Post by juleswatson » Sat August 8th, 2009, 8:14 am

Welcome, Jonathon - you'll find many like-minded souls here. Have fun!
Author of Celtic historical fantasy
New book "THE RAVEN QUEEN" out Feb 22 2011: The story of Maeve, the famous warrior queen of Irish mythology.
Out now, "THE SWAN MAIDEN", the ancient tale of Deirdre, the Irish 'Helen of Troy'

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Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
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Post by Vanessa » Sat August 8th, 2009, 8:36 am

Hi Jonathan

Hello and welcome - hope you enjoy it here.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Post by EC2 » Sat August 8th, 2009, 9:05 am

Welcome to the forum Jonathan!
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal


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Post by Misfit » Sat August 8th, 2009, 11:35 am

Hi Jonathan and welcome. I like swashbucklers too, I have a great fondness for Dumas and his Musketeer series.
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Interest in HF: I love history
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Preferred HF: Medieval, Tudor and Ancient Egyptian
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Post by Carine » Sat August 8th, 2009, 12:09 pm

Hi Jonathan,welcome here !

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