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Old 06-23-2011, 07:30 PM   #1
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Recommendations for classic swashbuckling adventures?

I love The Three Musketeers books, RE Howard's Solomon Kane, and all sorts of swashbuckling adventures in that same style, regardless of the period it was written.

Any unique suggestions? Maybe some newer books?
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:20 PM   #2
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Try Harold Lamb. His Cossack adventures have been re-released in four volumes by Bison Books.

Other collected works are Swords from the East, Swords from the West, Swords from the Sea, and Swords from the Desert.

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Master of driving pace, exotic setting, and complex plotting, Harold Lamb was one of Robert E. Howard’s favorite writers. Here at last is every pulse-pounding, action-packed story of Lamb’s greatest hero, the wolf of the steppes, Khlit the Cossack. Journey now with the unsung grandfather of sword and sorcery in search of ancient tombs, gleaming treasure, and thrilling landscapes. Match wits with deadly swordsmen, scheming priests, and evil cults. Rescue lovely damsels, ride with bold comrades, and hazard everything on your brains and skill and a little luck.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:38 PM   #3
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Among more classic reads I'd go with Captain Blood by Sabatini. It has some good reading in it and the Errol Flynn movie wasn't bad either.
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:10 PM   #4
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I agree about Captain Blood! The Prisoner of Zenda is really good as well, and the Zorro books aren't bad.
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:37 AM   #5
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It may be a stretch, but there is a series of time-travel novels by Simon Hawke, where each one takes a classic novel and assumes that it accurately tells history. Then the story applies a time-wars scenario on top of the "story". Source books include the prisoner of Zenda, The Three Musketeers, Gunga Din, 20000 Leagues under the Sea, etc. This meets *my* definition of swashbuckling.
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:50 AM   #6
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Have you read R.E. Howard's El Borak stories?
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:39 AM   #7
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Among more classic reads I'd go with Captain Blood by Sabatini.
Yes, agreed. And also his Scaramouche.
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:35 AM   #8
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I love The Three Musketeers books, RE Howard's Solomon Kane, and all sorts of swashbuckling adventures in that same style, regardless of the period it was written.

Any unique suggestions? Maybe some newer books?
There are a few Jeffery Farnol books over at PG - try Black Bartlemy's Treasure. (Actually, it may even be in the library here, but I have trouble searching the library over my home dialup connection... )
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Old 06-24-2011, 11:48 AM   #9
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You may want to try Stanley Weyman's books, also.

http://www.violetbooks.com/weyman.html
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:55 PM   #10
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Look into "Pirate Latitudes" by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park and ER).

Harry Harrison has a series of books like "The Stainless Steel Rat" if you want more of a sci-fi adventure.

Douglas Preston has a number of good adventure books that I like. "Thunderhead" and "The Ice Limit", "Impact". While not "swashbucklers" they are about guys who go off on adventures.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:52 AM   #11
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Have you read R.E. Howard's El Borak stories?
His Solomon Kane stories are interesting as well.
edit:Of course jrlewis already knows that. lol.

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Old 06-28-2011, 06:04 AM   #12
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You may want to try Stanley Weyman's books, also.

http://www.violetbooks.com/weyman.html
I agree. There are several books by Stanley J. Weyman in the MobileRead library, including Under the Red Robe, which is probably his most famous book.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:38 PM   #13
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Thanks guys, those look like some great suggestions, I will go hunting for them...right now!
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Old 06-30-2011, 09:02 AM   #14
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+1 To all Sabatini reccomendations. As for finding them, MR has them!

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Old 06-30-2011, 01:40 PM   #15
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If by "swashbuckler" you include adventure stories with lots of action and swordplay, then I would suggest the following:

The Mars sequence of Edgar Rice Burroughs is a fabulous page-turning series! In the same vein is Leigh Brackett {she did the screen play for The Big Sleep and The Empire Strikes Back} who wrote Sea Kings of Mars. Some of her best work is collected in the anthology: Sea Kings of Mars and Otherworldly Stories. She clearly was inspired by Burroughs {and admits as much} but is a better writer.

A more traditional novel is the Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope which has been continuously available since it was written in 1894. That's one no lover of the swashbuckler should miss.

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