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magildachunks
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Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
Really dig the genre and looking for some recs for more reading.

I'm currently reading The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet (brilliant so far) and have read:

All of Clavel's Asian Saga (Shogun was great but my favorite is probably Tai-pan)
First three of Cromwell's Viking Saga
Michelin's Caravans

Is the Master and Commander series good?

Anything else suggested?
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memphis tiger
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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
Just started The Last Kingdom (Saxon Chroncles).

Too early to tell if it's good but lot of people recommended it.


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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
Richard Sharpe series by Cornwell
Flashman series which is a bit lighter/funnier.

Both great.


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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End kept me up late. I couldn't put them down. Got a copy of the latest in the series, and will start it next week.

I enjoy Clive Cussler's writing, as well.


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magildachunks
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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
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Just started The Last Kingdom (Saxon Chroncles).



Very good.


Read first three. All good.


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ZacAttack
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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
Basically anything by Bernard Cornwell

His Warlord Chronicles about King Arthur are some of my favorite books.


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RollTide1987
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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
I read all of Ken Follett's "Century" trilogy and, despite all the progressive bullshite, I found all three books to be solid.


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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
James Michener books


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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
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Is the Master and Commander series good?


It's my favorite historical fiction, I've read each book several times. The nautical jargon can be a bit confusing at first. The author really is an expert on the subject and I enjoy his subtle, dry humor. At its core it has the same dynamic as Star Trek with Aubry = Kirk and Maturin = Spock so the stories work pretty well.


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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
Really depends on which era you are interested in.

Good suggestions thus far.

I really enjoyed Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons.

Recently read The Son and loved it.



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Jeff and Michael Shaara.


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ElectricWizard0
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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
Forgotten Legion Chronicles by Ben Kane. Very good trilogy, have read it through 3 times


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FeauxPaw
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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
Aztec by Gary Jennings. Probably the most fricked-up book I've read.


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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
Fatherland. It takes place in an alternate 1964 where the bad guys won WW2.


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OldTigahFot
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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
I found this one to be a really enjoyable read :



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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
Gates of Fire, and anything else by Steven Pressfield.


magildachunks
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It's my favorite historical fiction, I've read each book several times. The nautical jargon can be a bit confusing at first. The author really is an expert on the subject and I enjoy his subtle, dry humor. At its core it has the same dynamic as Star Trek with Aubry = Kirk and Maturin = Spock so the stories work pretty well.




I'm definitely gonna have to check it out.




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TheGooner
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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
This is by far my favorite genre. A great WW2 series that I like to recommend is the Station Series by David Downing. If I remember correctly it is five books and they are all brilliant.

It's about a British ex-pat working in Berlin and is mostly set in the run up to the war.


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JawjaTigah
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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
Alan Furst is a go-to writer of great WW II and Cold War era fiction.

His excellent Night Soldiers novels include:

Night Soldiers (1988)
Dark Star (1991)
The Polish Officer (1995)
The World at Night (1996)
Red Gold (1999)
Kingdom of Shadows (2000)
Blood of Victory (2003)
Dark Voyage (2004)
The Foreign Correspondent (2006)
The Spies of Warsaw (2008)
Spies of the Balkans (2010)
Mission to Paris (2012)
Midnight in Europe (2014)
A Hero of France (2016)

I've read 'em all.
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John Gotti
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re: Historical fiction - What are the best in this genre
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read all of Ken Follett's "Century" trilogy and, despite all the progressive bullshite, I found all three books to be solid.




I plan on starting Fall of Giants tonight actually.


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