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Old 11-21-2012, 04:40 AM   #61
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Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series - 20 titles' worth of total historical immersion. I can't believe that no one else mentioned these already in this thread. It's rated as one of the great novel cycles in any genre.

Also, Ford Madox Ford's The Fifth Queen trilogy about Katharine Howard and Henry VIII - available now for free courtesy of Gutenberg. Ford's Parade's End series is also a great take on life just before and during World War I - "possibly the greatest 20th-century novel in English", says one critic.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:29 AM   #62
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Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series - 20 titles' worth of total historical immersion. I can't believe that no one else mentioned these already in this thread. It's rated as one of the great novel cycles in any genre.

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I did!!!! Post 35. I was so disappointed when I got to the last book, 'Blue at the Mizzen'. After the marathon of reading all 20 books of the series back to back, knowing that book was to be the end due to Mr. O'Brian's death, I did not finish the last few chapters. I guess I just didn't want it to be over! That was a couple of years ago and that book is still sitting with the bookmark in it where I left it.

I'm presently reading the second book in Follet's Century Trilogy, 'Winter of the World'. I'm totally wrapped up in this story!

After reading through this thread, I think I might try Giles Kristian's Raven series next. I hope he will present the historical background as well as O'Brian, Cornwell, Iggulden, and Follet.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:11 PM   #63
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KrowNB, I felt exactly the same about the Aubrey/Maturin series. I read the books, one after the other - bought what I couldn't borrow - until it came to the last one. I've never been able to bring myself to read it.
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