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Spitfire
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Post by Spitfire » Wed November 5th, 2008, 5:02 pm

[quote=""nona""]truely this is overwhelming and I must think on this and get to it in a few days but only 10 that will be hard to determine.[/quote]

Yeah, I know what you mean. Maybe we should make it top 20?
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Post by Spitfire » Wed November 5th, 2008, 8:15 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Someone else who has read that! This was very early read a few years ago when I first started getting into HF and I loved it. The cover scared the h*** out of me when it came though. I was ashamed to be seen in public with it :D :o :p [/quote]

I didn't realize Joan Wolf wrote anything else besides romance. But I checked out her website and she has written in many different gendres.

Besides The Edge of Light which is a story about Alfred the Great and the struggle waged by the English against the pagan Danish invasions of the ninth century.

She also wrote an Arthurian novel called The Road to Avalon, and another novel which takes place 80 years after the death of Arthur called Born of the Sun.

I realize I am probably posting in the wrong thread...sorry! But I was interrested in who has read these and what they thought of them? Perhaps we should start a Joan Wolf thread!
Only the pure of heart can make good soup. - Beethoven

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Post by nona » Sun November 9th, 2008, 3:40 am

I've thought long and hard on this so here it goes...

The Welsh Triology, Sharon Penman
The Conquest, Elizabeth Chadwick
The Last Boleyn, Karen Harper
Marsh Kings Daughter, Elizabeth Chadwick
Rivals for the Crown, Kathleen Givens
Greatest Knight, Elizabeth Chadwick
Duchess, Susan Holloway Scott
The Clan of the Cave Bear(whole series), Jean Auel
Nerfertiti Michelle Moran
Widacre Triology, Philippa Gregory
The First Princess of Wales, Karen Harper
Royal Harlot, Susan Holloway Scott
Crown in Candlelight, Rosemary Jarman

ok it's three over but I had to get them in and of course it might change next week, who knows.

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Post by Toelistangan » Fri November 14th, 2008, 1:11 am

This is my top 10 list:
1. Gates of Fire - Steven Pressfield
2. The Saxon Chronicles - Bernard Cornwell
3. Pillars of The Earth - Ken Follet
4. The Greatest Knight - Elizabeth Chadwick
5. The Emperor Series - Conn Iggulden
6. Antony & Cleopatra - Colleen McCullough
7. Memnon - Scott Oden
8. Musashi - Eiji Yoshikawa
9. The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory
10. Wolf of The Plains - Conn Iggulden

I must admit that my list is still dominated by battle stories, not because I'm addicted to blood, i just love to follow the path of wars in the history which i believe brought us to the kind of world we live in today

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Post by nona » Fri November 14th, 2008, 1:33 am

[quote=""Toelistangan""] Antony & Cleopatra - Colleen McCullough
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What a great book, has to be my favorite Cleopatra, Ceasar and Antony book ever.

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Post by donroc » Fri November 14th, 2008, 2:53 am

Annis, I will bet not many people have read The Bridge on the Drina. Yes. it should be included. I had read it many decades ago. I still remember one character, Santos Papo, because a family of that name lived in San Francisco and a friend of mine maried one of the daughters.
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Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

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Post by Anna Jacobs » Fri November 14th, 2008, 5:40 am

Interesting to see everyone's Ten Top Reads. As my first post to this group, here are mine:

1. Friday's Child - Georgette Heyer
2. Brother Cadfael - how can you choose just one?
3. World From Rough Stones - Malcolm Macdonald
4. Jack Mercybright - Mary E. Pearce
5. Morning Glory - LaVyrle Spencer
6. A Parcel of Land - Mary Ann Gibbs
7. A Civil Contract - Georgette Heyer
8. Village School - Miss Read
9. A Horseman Riding By - R F Delderfield
10. Poldark - Winston Graham - whole series, really

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri November 14th, 2008, 5:57 am

[quote=""Anna Jacobs""]
10. Poldark - Winston Graham - whole series, really[/quote]

Oh, yes, how could I have forgotten Poldark? Although I confess that I had only gotten as far as Warleggan. I think my favorite was Demelza.

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Post by diamondlil » Fri November 14th, 2008, 8:16 am

[quote=""Anna Jacobs""]Interesting to see everyone's Ten Top Reads. As my first post to this group, here are mine:

1. Friday's Child - Georgette Heyer
2. Brother Cadfael - how can you choose just one?
3. World From Rough Stones - Malcolm Macdonald
4. Jack Mercybright - Mary E. Pearce
5. Morning Glory - LaVyrle Spencer
6. A Parcel of Land - Mary Ann Gibbs
7. A Civil Contract - Georgette Heyer
8. Village School - Miss Read
9. A Horseman Riding By - R F Delderfield
10. Poldark - Winston Graham - whole series, really[/quote]

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Post by Vanessa » Fri November 14th, 2008, 8:36 am

Hi Anna

I remember watching the Poldark series many moons ago on the TV. I loved it. I have the whole series of books on my TBR pile - they've all been recently republished to mark the centenary of Winston Graham'sbirth. I loved A Horseman Riding By, too.
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