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Hello from the Driftless Area

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Hello from the Driftless Area

Post by Treebeard » Fri November 16th, 2012, 6:07 am

I'm a complete newbie to this site. I'm from Southwestern Wisconsin - the Driftless Area, which is a geologic/geographic name for this corner of the Midwest. The last continental glaciers by-passed this region, leaving no glacial drift. However, we are surrounded by gorgeous, rugged limestone bluffs, covered with oaks, maples, birches, and pines. It's a beautiful area, with some of the best trout fishing in the US.

I'm a fan of several genres of Historical Fiction.

I have enjoyed classic mysteries by Conan Doyle, Christie, Allingham, John Dickson Carr; along with newer mysteries by writers such as Ruth Downie, Lindsey Davis, Ellis Peters, Maureen Ash, Barbra Cleverly, and others.

I'm also a fan of historical action adventure stories, such as those written by Dumas, Conan Doyle, R.L. Stevenson, Howard Fast, The Shaara's, CS Forrester, Arturo Perez-Reverte, Van Reid, and many more.

My reading taste swings through cycles, where for a time I may prefer Histories over other genres, then I might swing over to Mysteries-only for a time, then off to How-To's or conversely SF/Fantasy. Most often though, I prefer tales of far off places with strange sounding names.....

I don't get as much time to read for enjoyment, as I once did, but it is my goal to get back into that great activity.

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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Fri November 16th, 2012, 8:10 am

Welcome, Treebeard! I hope you enjoy it here. Are you a Lord of the Rings Fan? Just wondering with regards to your name! :D
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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Currently reading: "Murder on the Ile Sordou" by M L Longworth
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime, dual time-frame
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Fri November 16th, 2012, 9:37 am

HI Treebeard and welcome! I wondered if there was a LOTR connection too.
Currently reading "Murder on the Ile Sordou" by M L Longworth

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Post by Treebeard » Fri November 16th, 2012, 12:59 pm

Thanks for the welcome.

Yes, I am a LOTR fan. The Treebeard reference is two-fold, in that Treebeard has always been one of my favorite characters, and E.N.T. are my initials.

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Location: North Carolina

Post by boswellbaxter » Fri November 16th, 2012, 1:21 pm

Welcome, Treebeard!
Susan Higginbotham
Coming in October: The Woodvilles


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Post by wendy » Fri November 16th, 2012, 6:13 pm

Glad you've chosen to join us. Enjoy!
Wendy K. Perriman
Fire on Dark Water (Penguin, 2011)

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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

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri November 16th, 2012, 6:16 pm

Hi Treebeard!

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Post by Misfit » Fri November 16th, 2012, 8:11 pm

Hi and welcome. My father was from Sheboygan, but I have no recollection what part of WI that is in. Been a few years :o
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Post by Carla » Fri November 16th, 2012, 8:23 pm

Hello and welcome!
PATHS OF EXILE - love, war, honour and betrayal in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria
Editor's Choice, Historical Novels Review, August 2009
Now available as e-book on Amazon Kindleand in Kindle, Epub (Nook, Sony Reader), Palm and other formats on Smashwords
Website: http://www.carlanayland.org
Blog: http://carlanayland.blogspot.com

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Post by annis » Sat November 17th, 2012, 3:28 am

Welcome, Treebeard - you'll find that many historical fiction fans also have a taste for mysteries and fantasy- seems to go with the territory :)

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