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What do you think about historical fiction?
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>>12182559
It can be very good (i.e., Baudolino) but the field is saturated with cheap knock-offs.
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>>12182559
Graves is great, of course. Another favorite of mine is Gore Vidal, especially for me, Burr, but I've read a lot of his and loved them. His mid to late 20th C. USA stuff might be kind of stuffy, but it was because he actually knew all those people.
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>Picks the origin of the genre
Today, OP was not gay.
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Does Blood Meridian count as historical fiction?
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>>12182559
I liked the biography of Leonardo Da Vinci by Marcel Brion, if that counts. It's actually full of fictional bits, but it's a good read.
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I like One Hundred Years of Solitude, I never knew Colombia had so many crazy inventions in its past.
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>>12184132
>I never knew Colombia had so many crazy inventions in its past.
like?
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What are some historical fiction books that have the least amount of fiction as is possible?
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>>12184328
uh, the very short ones? well researched fiction is still fiction.
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>>12182559
I enjoyed War and Peace
It was pretty good
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>>12184162
Yeah me like very much
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>>12184328
Non-fiction history books.
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>>12184328
Accursed Kings. The most fictional element is, of course, the curse but whether you believe in it is up to you.
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>>12182559
T R A S H
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>>12182559
Love the Flashman series, great stuff. Thanks for reminding me, I think it is time to dust them off an start rereading them...
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>>12182559
This thread needs more good historical fiction
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>>12184328
ASOIAF
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The Name of the Rose
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>>12182559
I should read this. A while back I read Graves' Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis and it was one of the most enlightening things I've ever read.
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>>12184006
>origin of the genre
Pic related wants a word, though I'm sure the genre goes further back than that.
What exactly do you mean by historical fiction?
You could even make a case for Homer's work being historical fiction.

>>12182559
Thinking of trying that book out, is it a comfy read? The "protagonist pretends to be a retard but is actually fooling everyone" is favourite trope of mine for genre fic.
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Is this book good to read in english?
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>>12187419
Yes, it is good in English. Impressive translation.
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>>12187405
Ivanhoe is definitely the origin of the genre as we know it
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>>12187405
>Thinking of trying that book out, is it a comfy read? The "protagonist pretends to be a retard but is actually fooling everyone" is favourite trope of mine for genre fic.

Yeah I like it a lot. I have skipped some parts that bored me though, it has the rambling feel of old history which is fun. I'm reading the 'sequel' now.
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Posing the GOAT historical series
>my sides when the dogwatch is curtailed
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>the bosun's cat is called "Scourge"
I'm literally fucking dying here.
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I recommend The Leopard. Most kino book ever
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>>12190538
Planning to read that as soon as I'm done with my current lot (about 4 books).
Does translation matter much? Pic related seems to be the only paparback version available here.
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>>12190923
I read that exact copy and it was great - go for it
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>>12185874
I recently re-read the first one and it was better than I remembered, which was a pleasant surprise.

It's rare to find a character as sympathetic as Flashy in genre fiction.
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I, Nigger
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Anyone read this? If so, is it any good?
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>>12185874
Love Flashman, have read five or six of them. Fraser doesn't get much love on /lit/ tho.
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>>12191115
>is it any good?
Yes it is, a little reminiscent of Julian at times but still great in its own way.
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>>12184162
Like magical realism
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>>12184328

This is about as accurate as it comes without being a non-fiction history book.
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>>12182559
If you enjoyed I, Claudius/Claudius the God then definitely read Count Belisarius.
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Man I love historical fiction. There is so much fantastic stuff I hardly ever see mentioned or recommended - Sinuhe the Egyptian by Mika Waltari, Wyvern by AA Attanasio, Ironfire by David Ball (Empires of Sand too), The Far Pavilions and Shadow of the Moon by MM Kaye, The Assyrian and The Bloodstar by Nicholas Guild, Raptor, Aztec or The Journeyer by Gary Jennings, The Longships by Frans G Bengtsson ... a while ago I uploaded all of those and a bunch more for novanon.net, you can download the collection here: rapidgator dot net/file/084e704cd0e459e4831cb5ce965ade39/historical_novels.7z.html
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>>12184328
Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrien
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I don't.
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>>12182559
She looks like my gf
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>>12192150
Fuck off you don't belong here
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>>12192153
No
NO
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>>12192150
post pics
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>>12192960
Look at op
She looks like that



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