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Excellent Story from Overlooked History

Advantages: Great story, covers unexplored parts of history
Disadvantages: Nothing

Conn Iggulden is one of my favourite authors of historical fiction, previously covering such dynamic and interesting periods/characters as Caesars rise in Rome (5 novels) and Genghis through to Kublai Khan (5 novels). For his latest series he has rather ...

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Review of War Of The Roses: Trinity - Conn Iggulden

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Jessie Burton: The Miniaturist -the incredibly shrinking plotline

Advantages: Interesting enough
Disadvantages: Just doesn't ring true

...I do enjoy fiction books which offer some loose historical fact within them. At school, history was simply the tale of battles and Kings and Queens getting more power and wealth, whereas I was always rather more interested in social history and how Joe Bl ...

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Review of The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton

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Unnecessary Truths

Advantages: Well written engaging novel with an original premise
Disadvantages: Issue based fiction is not for all

A book club that I am a member of picked this book as their January choice. I had read The Lost Daughter by Diane Chamberlain a couple of years ago, and had been meaning to read another book by her ever since. As an author she has been likened to Jodi ...

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Review of Necessary Lies - Diane Chamberlain

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Evenki tales

Advantages: Insight into an unknown culture
Disadvantages: Doesn't really hold together too well

...An old woman has been left alone in the mountain camp. Not totally alone, her grandson An'tsaur has stayed with her, to do the chores that she no longer has the physical strength to do. She deliberately withholds her name from us, but tells us that sh ...

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Review of The Last Quarter of the Moon - Chi Zijian

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Continuing to set the benchmark

Advantages: Great Story
Disadvantages: None

Bernard Cornwell is one of my favourite authors, with the excellent 'Sharpe' and 'Warlord' series. You can tell someone is good when he is the one others are built up to be like and in the genre of historical fiction this is the benchmark. The 'Saxon Ser ...

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Review of Pagan Lord - Bernard Cornwell

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