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annis
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Post by annis » Sun April 5th, 2009, 4:06 am

Posted by Ash
Have you read other Hambly books? I was a fan of her fantasy books in college, esp the Darth Trilogy.
Barbara Hambly is an olf favourite of mine-- I still have a collection of her old fantasy books. I have a particular soft spot for "Ladies of Mandrigyn" and "Dragonsbane"

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Post by Leyland » Sun April 5th, 2009, 2:48 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]Is that still in print? I can't seem to find it.[/quote]I ordered a 1993 edition hardbook Heaven Tree trilogy from an Amazon seller for $6.67 (includes shipping). There are several others currently available in that price range.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/ ... 781&sr=1-1
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Nefret
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Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
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Post by Nefret » Mon April 6th, 2009, 2:58 am

[quote=""Leyland""]I ordered a 1993 edition hardbook Heaven Tree trilogy from an Amazon seller for $6.67 (includes shipping). There are several others currently available in that price range.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/ ... 781&sr=1-1[/quote]

Oh, thanks. Will have to look into that.

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Post by Mattigan » Tue April 7th, 2009, 5:30 am

[quote=""Ash""]I read Emancipator's Wife last summer and loved it. I remember learning about Mary Todd Lincoln as a kid, how she was insane. This book brought forth such a compelling (if sometimes irriating) person. Have you read other Hambly books? I was a fan of her fantasy books in college, esp the Darth Trilogy.[/quote]

I have read the Benjamin January mystery series and loved them. I wasn't so crazy about her two vampire books and I love vampires in general.

I have her book about early American patriot women, the title escapes me at the moment , but I haven't read it yet.

I have read none of her fantasy/science fiction.

Re: Mary Todd Lincoln. I don't think she was insane -just misunderstood. She was Nancy Reagan,Betty Ford and Hilliary Clinton all rolled into one,sort of a victim of her time.
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Post by Ash » Wed May 13th, 2009, 12:26 am

[quote=""annis""]Barbara Hambly is an olf favourite of mine-- I still have a collection of her old fantasy books. I have a particular soft spot for "Ladies of Mandrigyn" and "Dragonsbane" [/quote]

I somehow missed this post - yes, those were quite wonderful.. There was a sequel to Ladies, something like Witches of Mandrigyn that was good as well.

I am adding Legacy by Susan Kay to my list of top HF.

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top ten; nine that didn't work for me

Post by greenery » Thu May 21st, 2009, 11:00 pm

I'm new, and this seemed like a good way to get started. In fact, I tried it once already but the post disappeared into the ether. So one more time, with feeling: my top ten historicals.

Niccolo Rising (and the rest of the series) -- D Dunnett
Possession: A Romance (half historical) -- AS Byatt
Lonesome Dove -- L McMurtry
A Soldier of the Great War -- M Helprin
Bride of the Wilderness -- C McCarry
Dance -- Judy Cuevas aka Judith Ivory
The English Patient -- M Ondaatje
Hearts and Bones (and the rest of the series) -- M Lawrence
A Thread of Grace -- Mary Doria Russell
City of Shadows -- A Franklin

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These are novels that a lot of people seem to admire and love, but I could not get close to for a wide variety of reasons. There may be excellent aspects to them; they may in fact be excellent novels overall, but I was thoroughly put off. Please note: a list like this gives away more about me than it does about the books themselves.

March (and also)
Year of Wonders -- G Brooks
Shadowbrook -- B Sterling
Letters from an Age of Reason -- N Hague
The Red Tent -- A Diamant
The Historian -- E Kostova
The Crimson Petal and the White -- M Faber
The Clan of the Cave Bear -- J Auel
The Other Boleyn Girl -- P Gregory

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Post by Misfit » Fri May 22nd, 2009, 12:12 am

I greenery and welcome. We're kind of neighbors, I live just south of Seattle.
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Post by greenery » Fri May 22nd, 2009, 1:15 am

[quote=""Misfit""]I greenery and welcome. We're kind of neighbors, I live just south of Seattle.[/quote]

I bet you get up here just about as often as I get to Seattle. Which is not too often. I should make the effort now and then.

Thank you for the kind welcome
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Post by Scrapcat » Sun May 24th, 2009, 3:14 am

I can't come up with only 10 books, but these are the authors I read and re-read and won't give away.

Rosemary Sutcliff
Anya Seton
Sharon Kay Penman
Dorothy Dunnet
Judith Tarr
Mary Renault
Mary Stewart
Cecelia Holland
Guy Gavriel Kay


And thank you all for reminding me how many authors and books I enjoyed in 55+ years of reading.

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My picks

Post by Ani » Wed May 27th, 2009, 3:54 am

I will cheat.....10 is too little

1. The King Must Die and Bull From the Sea - Mary Renault

2. The Last of the Wine and Praise Singer - Mary Renault

3. The Alexander Trilogy - Mary Renault

4. The Claudius Novels and Wife to Mr. Milton - Robert Graves

5. Most of Rosemary Sutcliff

6. The Long Ships - Franz Bengtsson

7. The Egyptian - Mika Waltari

8. Young Caesar and Imperial Caesar - Rex Warner

9. The novelized biographies by Harold Lamb

10. Year of the HorseTails - R.F. Tapsell
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