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Male Authors Wanted

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Male Authors Wanted

Post by wendy » Wed September 22nd, 2010, 10:14 pm

Can you recommend any good male-author books for our literary book club? We have covered most women's issues. Any different suggestions appreciated.

M.M. Bennetts

Post by M.M. Bennetts » Wed September 22nd, 2010, 10:51 pm

Patrick O'Brian
Julian Stockwin
Allan Mallinson
C.C. Humphreys
Charles Palliser
Neal Stephenson
James McGee

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Post by Miss Moppet » Wed September 22nd, 2010, 11:29 pm

[quote=""wendy""]Can you recommend any good male-author books for our literary book club? We have covered most women's issues. Any different suggestions appreciated.[/quote]

Hi Wendy - are you looking for historical fiction only, or any genre?

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Post by cw gortner » Wed September 22nd, 2010, 11:48 pm

And, we have several male hf authors right here on this forum, several of whom would be delighted to chat via phone or Skype with your book group, right, gentlemen? :)
THE QUEEN'S VOW available on June 12, 2012!
THE TUDOR SECRET, Book I in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles
THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
THE LAST QUEEN


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Post by Matt Phillips » Fri September 24th, 2010, 7:01 pm

Also John Jakes, Bernard Cornwell (who has a new book coming set during the American Revolution, The Fort), Charles Frazier ...

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Post by SGM » Sat September 25th, 2010, 8:26 am

Try some of the Arthur Conan-Doyle historicals. He thought more of his historical novels than he did his Sherlock Holmes ones.
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Post by Russ Whitfield » Sat September 25th, 2010, 9:25 am

[quote=""cw gortner""]And, we have several male hf authors right here on this forum, several of whom would be delighted to chat via phone or Skype with your book group, right, gentlemen? :) [/quote]

It specifically asks for "good" authors, though.

Rules me out, but I'd nominate Ben Kane from,this group for sure - thing is though, I do know that he's working really hard on a deadline at the moment, so that might rule him out.

I'd be delighted to help if they needed a purveyor of "trashy", though. *lol*


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Post by Miss Moppet » Sat September 25th, 2010, 1:02 pm

As far as historical fiction goes, I read mostly women authors, but I can certainly recommend our own C.W.Gortner - his novels about Juana la Loca (The Last Queen) and Catherine de Medici (The Confessions of Catherine de Medici) are fresh sympathetic looks at much-vilified historical figures.

If you're looking for a controversial book, I think my best suggestion is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

A short classic and tragic love story is Manon Lescaut by the Abbe Prevost - about a young man who falls for a prostitute and tries to redeem her. Alexandre Dumas junior's The Lady of the Camellias has a similar theme.

In the good-read category, Dracula by Bram Stoker is absolutely wonderful. So are Marjorie Morningstar and The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk. I also liked Julian Fellowes' Past Imperfect very much - set partly in the 1960s and partly in the present day, about a man helping a friend in desperate need by investigating their shared past.

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Post by Ash » Sat September 25th, 2010, 3:26 pm

Curious, why are 'women's issues' the province of women authors? I suspect you'll find men authors covering similar, with a different pov. Those issues, after all, are issues that concern all members of the human race.

If you are looking for HF, Cornwell is an excellent place to start. If you like some fantasy with your HF, consider Once and Future King by T.H. White. Edmund Whitemore writes some interesting HF about the Middle East starting with Sinai Tapestry (tho his books are hard to get) Neal Stephensen, best known for SF, writes a splendid series called the Baroque Series starting with Quicksilver, that takes place in England and the colonies in the early 1700s.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat September 25th, 2010, 10:58 pm

Go back fifty years, and almost all the HF authors were male.

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