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Post by Divia » Thu November 11th, 2010, 3:59 pm

The Personal History of Rachael Dupree
Mists of Avalon
Gone with the wind

I'll think about more....
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Post by LoobyG » Thu November 11th, 2010, 6:28 pm

Forever Amber
Gone with the Wind
The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit
On the beach by Nevil Shute
Angelique series
Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels

I could go on...and on...and on :p

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Post by Miss Moppet » Thu November 11th, 2010, 6:43 pm

Does The Da Vinci Code count as historical fiction since it's set in modern day times? I read a lot of this sub-genre... historical/archaeological mystery thrillers set in modern day time. Or at least mostly set in modern times, some of them have a historical side-plot. But even so, I'm not sure I would consider them historical fiction.[/quote]

I wouldn't call it HF as none of it is set in the past. I don't exactly know what that sub-genre should be called. Timeslip is different again because it is part in the past, part in the present so it's half HF and half not.

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Post by Telynor » Thu November 11th, 2010, 8:09 pm

The Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough
Alinor by Roberta Gellis (my favourite of the series)
My Lady of Cleves by Margaret Barnes Campbell
Anything by Sharon Kay Penman
Possession by A.S. Byatt
Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The Marranos by Lilliane Webb

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Post by Ash » Fri November 12th, 2010, 4:54 am

Da Vinci Code might be considered historic in a sense, certainly fiction, but not HF, if you get what I mean.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri November 12th, 2010, 5:51 am

I thought the thread topic was 'books you think everyone should read'. I didn't know it was supposed to be HF. Actually, I can't think of ANY HF I think everyone should read. People's tastes differ, and to hold out any of my favorites as something people MUST read seems presumptuous. I didn't even put in the whole Bible. If I had to pick one part to recommend for everyone, regardless of faith or taste, I'd pick the Book of James. Its the one about showing what you believe by what you do.

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Post by Mythica » Fri November 12th, 2010, 10:16 am

[quote=""Miss Moppet""] I don't exactly know what that sub-genre should be called. [/quote]

On Goodreads, I have them shelved as "archaeological mystery" and then I usually also add them to my separate "thrillers" shelf too depending how much action they have in them.

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Post by LoveHistory » Fri November 12th, 2010, 12:23 pm

Since Jane Austen has been mentioned I have to throw in my favorite of hers. Northanger Abbey.

If I think of anything else that hasn't already been mentioned, I'll be back.

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Post by wendy » Fri November 12th, 2010, 12:32 pm

The Personal History of Rachael Dupree
Mists of Avalon
Gone with the wind

I'll think about more....[/quote]

Yes - 1984 is a must. I'd also add Brave New World.

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