- Hello everyone, welcome to all the new members. Thanks for the new
suggestions on authors. Also a big welcome back to Shirley!
Angelique Series by Sergeanne Golon
Sharon Kay Penman
Wolf And The Dove by Kathleen Woodwiss
Mary Stewart (All of her books because I liked her as a child!)
Outlander Series by Diana Galbadon
Wheel Of Time Series by Robert Jordan(Fantasy)
Anything set in Africa by Wilbur Smith
All but "Redemption"by Leon Uris
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
September by Rosamund Pilcher
Light reading Nora Roberts
I too tried to read Cold Mountain, because it was on the bestseller
list. I just couldn't finish it. I have tried to read the books on
Oprah's list but I have never finished even one. Has anyone else read
her recommendations? I find that her books are depressing.
I am still reading Penman's "Sunne In Splendor". I like it but I must
confess that my thoughts on Richard III have been colored by
Anyone else read Rosamund Laker?
Yes, I have read Rosamund Laker. I read several of her books at one point
in time several years back. The first I read was the one set during the
time of Louis the ? who made Versailles what it is. I really enjoyed that
one, so I read some of the others then, as well. The thing with her books,
though, is that they are very formulaic, and so although they are all
(presumably) good, they probably shouldn't be read consecutively. The
formula being poor disadvantaged girl takes on a craft in some significant
point in history (when women generally don't rise out of the holes their
class has put them) and becomes the expert, gaining wealth, recognition,
and royal access. Or something like that - it's been awhile. They are
well written, and perhaps it has been long enough that I could pick up
another and enjoy it quite well.
As for Richard III, I must admit that I was completely ignorant of the
issues surrounding him and the War of the Roses prior to reading Sunne in
Splendour. I haven't read Shakespeare's play. I really like her comments
at the end that history is written by the winners, in this case, the
Tudors, and the losers come up with the bad end of the deal in history. So
she has written a number of books about people who, from the English
perspective, were villains, but when taken from another angle, were
fighting the noble cause. If your recollection of Richard III is too
present, perhaps you should try her Welsh trilogy (assuming you know much
less about their big days in history). Those are each very good, as well.
As someone mentioned a few weeks back, reading her stuff and Diana
Gabaldon's books pretty cause you to harbor some pretty poor feelings for
the English and their treatment of their Welsh and Scottish neighbors.
Anyone know of a great book chronicling their mistreatment of the Irish to
make this picture complete? (I say this as a confirmed Anglophile... Just
as we are not responsible for the actions of our Presidents, the English
people cannot, for the most part, be blamed for the ruthlessness of their
Kings and Queens)
- I am definitely going to have to go away and come back more often!
Good choice of books, Vickie, I seem to have read most of them - I
remember reading all the Angelique books as a teenager, when they were
very daring! Although I have to say I do prefer the books before she
and Joffrey go to America - up until Angelique in Love, they're great,
when they get to the New World it all gets a bit silly. But I still
own them all.
A similar French author is Juliette Benzoni, who wrote two series, one
set during the reign of Phillipe Le Bel (13th? Century? Sorry, my
French medieval history is shaky!) about a heroine called Catherine,
and a series set during the Napoleonic Era where Marianne, the
heroine, is Napoleon's mistress at one point and spends about four
books chasing after an English privateer who eventually turns out to
be a rat. She ends up fallilng for her husband, who is a recluse like
Ken Follett's best book is The Pillars of the Earth, I love it.
Somebody I was talking to last night said that, while she loved Sharon
Penman's work on the whole, she liked The Sunne in Splendour least
because Sharon was so obviously in love with Richard. I am a member
of the Richard III Society - and I joined almost directly as a result
of reading the book - so I would defend him to the death, but I do see
what she meant. In our opinion her best book is definitely When
Christ and His Saints Slept because it's got a more balanced point of
view. Don't all flame at once, because I love all the books, and all
this talk about them means that I'm going to have to find time to
re-read them soon, but don't take what Sharon says about Richard as
being absolute, gospel truth - much as we'd all like it to be.
And, yes, I've read some Rosalind Laker books. She's what I'd call a
"journeyman" author - able to turn her hand to any period of history,
instead of concentrating on one or two. But good fun for all that -
there was a very good one about a woman painter in Holland called The
Golden Tulip, I recall.
Gosh, this has been a long post.
> Hello everyone, welcome to all the new members. Thanks for the new------------------------------------------------------------------------
> suggestions on authors. Also a big welcome back to Shirley!
> Favorite Authors
> Angelique Series by Sergeanne Golon
> Sharon Kay Penman
> Wolf And The Dove by Kathleen Woodwiss
> Mary Stewart (All of her books because I liked her as a child!)
> Outlander Series by Diana Galbadon
> Wheel Of Time Series by Robert Jordan(Fantasy)
> Anything set in Africa by Wilbur Smith
> All but "Redemption"by Leon Uris
> Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
> September by Rosamund Pilcher
> Light reading Nora Roberts
> I am still reading Penman's "Sunne In Splendor". I like it but I must
> confess that my thoughts on Richard III have been colored by
> Anyone else read Rosamund Laker?
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> I have tried to read the books onI don't know where Oprah gets the ideas for her book of the month; but I
> Oprah's list but I have never finished even one. Has anyone else read
> her recommendations? I find that her books are depressing.
have never finished any of them except the first Wally Lamb book--and it was
still so depressing. I have given up on Oprah, and now I get idea from the
lists on this mb.