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Old 08-24-2009, 10:08 AM   #16
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:38 PM   #17
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And in my opinion the best historical fiction written in the last 50 years is Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels and Dorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolo novels - both of which unfortunately are not legally available in ebook. I think you can find them in audiobooks. Most of my other favorites have been mentioned already - Simon Scarrow, George MacDonald Fraser, Lindsay Davis, C. S. Forester, Steven Saylor, Rafael Sabatini, David Liss, Allan Mallinson, Bernard Cornwell.

edit: You might try "John Adams" by David McCullough", very good book. And if you like Forester's Hornblower books and since you can't get the O'Brian ones in ebook, next best is Alexander Kent's Bolito's novels followed by Dudley Pope's Ramage novels...... a further note: Captain Frederick Marryat's "Mr. Midshipman Easy" books are available here at Mobileread. Some like him better than the others except O'Brian. Good reading. Also good is Allan Mallinson's "Hervey" novels but also not in ebook, I think.

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Old 08-26-2009, 11:57 AM   #18
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Haven't seen Mary Renault mentioned - but her Alexander books are at the top of my list.
Julian Rathbone is another author I've enjoyed.
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:25 PM   #21
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Definitely! Great books.

"A Paper Plot" and... "The Coffee Trader" I think?
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:25 PM   #22
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I hadn't realized that Dudley Pope was available in ebook format?

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Probably not, most of the good stuff that I really like isn't. I just get carried away.
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Ken Follet's *Pillars of the Earth* and *World Without End* are both available in ebook version. They're heavy tomes (one just under 1K pages, the other just over 1K) but the early medieval research is superb and the human-interest fiction that drives the books is quite wonderful. I've just read them back-to-back and can't wait to forget them in a few years so that I can experience the reading over again. The best of 14th Century historical fiction, broad-canvas, racing, fully satisfying reads. Best. Neil
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And, of course, anything by James A Michener and by Edward Rutherfurd, but I don't think there are digital versions available yet. Great pity because these hefty tomes take up a huge amount of space on the bookshelf, but merely inconvenience a few electrons in the ebook reader. Neil
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And, of course, anything by James A Michener and by Edward Rutherfurd, but I don't think there are digital versions available yet. Great pity because these hefty tomes take up a huge amount of space on the bookshelf, but merely inconvenience a few electrons in the ebook reader. Neil
There's Rutherfurd's newest(?) about Ireland available as ebooks. Haven't read them yet, but I've liked 'London' and 'The forest'. He's clearly become a better writer with time, and I think I would recommend to start with either of those two - or perhaps the new ones. 'Sarum' was okay, but the writing felt a bit laborious.
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Ken Follet's *Pillars of the Earth* and *World Without End* are both available in ebook version. They're heavy tomes (one just under 1K pages, the other just over 1K) but the early medieval research is superb and the human-interest fiction that drives the books is quite wonderful. I've just read them back-to-back and can't wait to forget them in a few years so that I can experience the reading over again. The best of 14th Century historical fiction, broad-canvas, racing, fully satisfying reads. Best. Neil
I will second Pillars of the Earth. I just finished it a few days ago. Very much worth the read.

I will probably read World Without End sooner rather than later.

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Ea -- I agree with you on Rutherfurd. It did take him a while to get into his stride. He seemed to get it right, though, with *London*. I'm looking forward to his Irish books (didn't know they were available as ebooks, so thanks for that tip). He was so serious about this work that he actually went to live in Dublin for five years while he put in the research spadework.

And, Bill: If you liked *Pillars of the Earth*, you'll love *World Without End*. It's a fine job of work by a superb author.

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Oh -- and a couple more historical recommendations: Mark Twain on Joan of Arc is magnificent. And his *Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court* is a must. Old Sam had a real feel for medieval history -- and his wit and ideology is pure 21st Century. These titles are in the public domain, by the way, so you can pick them up free. Very best. Neil
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