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How did you discover the last HF book you read?

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how did you find out about your latest HF read?

I liked other books by this author
15
29%
it was recommended on this forum
12
23%
recommended on another forum (Goodreads, etc)
6
12%
found it through browsing in a physical store
3
6%
browsing / recommendation on Amazon (or B&N)
5
10%
web advertisement
0
No votes
other media advertising
0
No votes
reviewed or recommended on a blog
2
4%
recommended by a friend (includes bookclubs)
3
6%
received as a gift (includes ARCs and other giveaways)
6
12%
 
Total votes: 52

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Posts: 3562
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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.
Location: California Bay Area

How did you discover the last HF book you read?

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun April 10th, 2011, 4:36 am

How did you discover the last HF book you read? (not counting re-reads)
Go vote in the poll! you can vote for more than one option, if several apply.
Last edited by MLE (Emily Cotton) on Sun April 10th, 2011, 4:46 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Margaret
Bibliomaniac
Posts: 2440
Joined: August 2008
Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
Favourite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
Location: Catskill, New York, USA
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Post by Margaret » Sun April 10th, 2011, 4:42 am

I'm going with the book I'm currently reading, a YA by Philip Pullman that I'm enjoying, The Ruby in the Smoke.
I liked other books by this author.

To be strict about this, though, I would do the last historical novel I read, which was an ARC: Mary of Carisbrooke by Margaret Campbell Barnes. But I didn't find it particularly interesting. Some readers might like it, but it was too tepid for my taste.
received as a gift (includes ARCs and other giveaways)
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Posts: 3562
Joined: August 2008
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.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun April 10th, 2011, 4:44 am

Wow, you're fast, Margaret! I was still figuring out how to set up a poll. I didn't put in a closing date because I would like to see how this develops over time. I only wish I could set it up so that people could vote multiple times, for every time they pick up a new book. It would be interesting to see the trends.

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Post by annis » Sun April 10th, 2011, 6:18 am

A few of my most recent reads - (btw- no picked up at the library option!)

Kathleen Herbert, Moon in Leo

Through mention on Reading the Past blog, ordered because I enjoyed earlier novels written by this author.

Frank Schatzing, Death and the Devil
and
(NF) Alistair Urquhart The Forgotten Highlander
and
(YF) John Stephens Emerald Atlas (fantasy)

Picked up at the library (i get to see the new books coming through)

Karen Maitland Gallows Curse
and
Robert Low The Lion Wakes

Pre-ordered because I enjoy books by these authors and look out for forthcoming titles.
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Posts: 3562
Joined: August 2008
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.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun April 10th, 2011, 7:05 am

*strikes forehead with palm* How could I forget the library?
I suppose because it started with a talk about book sales, and that drove 'library' clean out of the skull.

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Post by Misfit » Sun April 10th, 2011, 1:14 pm

Great idea for a poll. BTW, even though I get my books from the library, they're always from one of the options above. I never browse, I just place holds online and pickup. If there was a dedicated HF shelf I might go and browse on occasion.

For me Goodreads is the main drive in my reading picks for the older stuff. I love the feeds you get from your friends seeing what they are buying, planing to read, etc.
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Post by Carla » Sun April 10th, 2011, 5:41 pm

Moon in Leo by Kathleen Herbert - previously liked books by this author, heard about it via the Reading the Past blog
The Whale Road by Robert Low - recommended by a friend
The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff - recommended here
PATHS OF EXILE - love, war, honour and betrayal in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria
Editor's Choice, Historical Novels Review, August 2009
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Ariadne
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Location: At the foothills of Mt. Level

Post by Ariadne » Sun April 10th, 2011, 6:32 pm

My current read, Georgia Lowe's The Bonus, was a review copy sent to me.

The one I just finished, Oliver Poetzsch's The Hangman's Daughter, I first read about in Booklist and knew I'd have to get. (Historical mystery set in 17th-c Bavaria.)

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Post by annis » Sun April 10th, 2011, 7:17 pm

I should add that I owe a lot of my reads to the HNS Forthcoming Historical Novels lists (thanks, Sarah!) and random searches through online auction websites- I've picked up some terrific unknown older HF that way.

Ash
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Post by Ash » Mon April 11th, 2011, 2:10 am

My current read, Sailing to Sarantium, was recommended here as well as on Book Balloon.

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