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Post by Ash » Sat August 8th, 2009, 12:24 pm

Oh I loved the Alatriste series, the first three. Then I just started losing interest. I may need to reread and then try to coninue again (it may have just been my mood at the time.) Welcome!

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Post by Divia » Sat August 8th, 2009, 4:19 pm

[quote=""Jonathan""]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.[/quote]

Thanks for checking out the blog :) Its always nice to meet someone else who reads the younger stuff. :)
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Post by LoveHistory » Sat August 8th, 2009, 5:01 pm

Nice to meet you Jonathan!

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Post by Anna Elliott » Sat August 8th, 2009, 6:33 pm

Welcome! It's nice to meet you!

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Post by Madeleine » Sat August 8th, 2009, 7:46 pm

Hi Jonathan and welcome to the boards.
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Post by diamondlil » Sat August 8th, 2009, 10:40 pm

Hi Jonathan. Welcome to the boards!

Look forward to hearing more from you.
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Post by annis » Sun August 9th, 2009, 2:35 am

Hi Jonathan, good to see you here. I really enjoy the swashbucklers, too, and Harold Lamb and Robert E howard are on my favourites list.

I'm intrigued by your Italian author, as i haven't come across him before ( that's one thing that's so good about this forum - discovering new authors :) ) His settings sound interesting, so I'll have to check him out. I did find a sampler of his first Sandokan novel, and i like his style, which doesn't seem as florid as some C19th authors.
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Thanks again

Post by Jonathan » Sun August 9th, 2009, 4:41 am

Again thanks for all the welcomes, this seems to be a very engaging group. I am enjoying sorting through members various links, blogs, etc.
Annis - Harold Lamb is new to me, any suggested titles to start with? I recently finished reading some of Howard's Cormac Fitzgeoffrey stories.

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Post by annis » Sun August 9th, 2009, 6:58 am

Harold Lamb has become a bit of an unknown, though he was a major influence on authors like Robert E Howard. His books have been outof print for some time, but several have recently been republished, and i'd suggest you try for those- "The Cossack Adventures", "Swords from the West" and "Swords from the Desert"> Like Howard Lamb wrote mostly for the pulp adventure magazines, so a lot of his fiction is in story, rather than novel format.

Howard Jones, who is a long-time, dedicated HL fan, has a very useful website, called The Curved Saber and you'll find quite a bit of info there.

I only discovered Lamb fairly recently (from this forum) and started off with "Durandal" which is a novel set in the Latin Empire of the thirteenth century. I was impressed with it and wrote a review of it for the Historical Novels Info website, run by Margaret Donsbach who is also a member here.
Unfortunately 'Durandal" is fairly hard to find and quite expensive.

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Post by Kveto from Prague » Sun August 9th, 2009, 10:01 am

Hi Jonathan,

welcome. we share some of the same tastes. I have read a few captain Altriste novels. Ive also a few read Harold lambs cossaak stories. the good news is his stuff is scheduled to be rerelesed in the next few years. as annis mentions, ive yet to see a reasonaly priced version of durandal so hopefully that will be rereleased soon.

And if you like Robert Howard, I hope youve read his collection of crusader stories "lord of samarkand". for me, they are howards best writings, strong HF with realism rather than the fantasy in the later conan/kull stuff.

and you managed to find an author annis wasnt familar with. thats a first. just kidding, annis. :-)

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