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~ Historical Fiction Through The Ages ~

Historical Fiction

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Edited: Dec 17, 2015, 4:07am Top

Moving backwards, and forwards through time from Victorian England, to the Pioneering Days of the old American West.

1. Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin
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2. Child of the Mist by Kathleen Morgan
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Edited: Dec 14, 2015, 2:55am Top

3. The Boy in the Woods (On Wattpad)
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4. A Viking Captive (On Wattpad)
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Dec 17, 2015, 2:59am Top

First of all, you should add brackets to create "touchstones" ... this would give readers of this thread an easier time finding your books in LT.

Secondly, you would find out that you have the title wrong for #1 in your list.... making it doubly frustrating trying to find the book. Here is your list with touchstones

1. Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin

2. Child of the Mist by Kathleen Morgan

3. The Boy in the Woods (On Wattpad).... this author? does not seem to exist on LT unless it is Carter Wilson or perhaps it is by Nate Gubin.... we have no clue

4. A Viking Captive .... there is no novel titled "A Viking Captive" on LT.... and we have no author to guide us. Now there is a book titled Viking Captive by Emma Merritt but that is a romance novel. Could it be The Viking's Captive? but this is a romance novel as well..

I have no idea what (On Wattpad) means... it means something to you but not me...I suspect most readers are like me.

Anyway, I thought I would point out the difficulties with following your thread

Dec 17, 2015, 9:08am Top

>5 Lynxear: Wattpad is a site where people post things they have written. There will likely not be touchstones here for works there as they are often not published. There is also certainly no rule enforcing anyone on the site to use touchstones if they do not wish to, touchstones are simply there for convenience and it's up to everyone whether to use them or not.

Dec 17, 2015, 8:17pm Top

Why would you promote books here that do not exist on LT??? Are YOU the author? If this is true then self-promotion is frowned upon in threads like this. There are chat areas specifically for Authors to talk about their books. To do so in non-author threads will get your messages flagged.

What you do on this Wattpad forum is immaterial here... if you wish to discuss books on LibraryThing you should conform to their way of doing things.

As you say, Wattpad is a website for new authors.... If you want to discuss your own writing you should confine it to that website.

Since you provide no author name for "The Boy in the Woods" or "A Viking Captive" I believe these are your own creations. As such they don't belong in this group and probably not on LT in general as they don't appear to be published.

Dec 17, 2015, 8:59pm Top

>1 BookieWorm:
Hi bookieworm, it just looks to me like you set up a thread to keep track of the historical fiction you plan to read. Lots of groups do that and you are certainly welcome to post whatever you want to keep track of your reading.
Happy reading!

Dec 18, 2015, 6:10am Top

>7 Lynxear: Dude you need to stop and back off, now. People are allowed to read WHATEVER THEY WANT, and to discuss it in their threads here. There is absolutely no promotion, self or otherwise, going on in this thread. If you don't want to read BookieWorm's thread because they do not conform to your personal expectations of how people should do things on LT, please do everyone a favor and click the red X on top of the thread.

Dec 18, 2015, 6:56am Top

Mary Renault's novels about ancient Greece. My professor of ancient history, fifty years ago, said the characters in her first such novel were psychologically accurate. Ok, how would he know for sure? -- but it's certainly the case that the characters are not just Americans or Brits wearing togas (or whatever the Greeks wore). The syntax of their speech will remind you of Jowett's translations of Plato.

There are two novels dealing with the myth of Theseus, which, while not historical fiction exactly, should be mentioned here: The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea.

In chronological order the historical novels are

--- The Praise Singer, the life of the poet Simonides (who wrote the famous inscription on the tomb at Thermopylae, "Stranger, passing by, / Go and tell the Spartans that/ Obedient to their orders,/ here we lie."
--- The Last of the Wine, Athens during the Peloponesian War
--- The Mask of Apollo, Plato and the tyrant Dionysius the Younger,

The first three are about classical Greece. The next three are about Alexander the Great, of whom she was a great admirer, if not apologist.

--- Fire from Heaven, the youth of Alexander
--- The Persian Boy, his conquests
--- Funeral Games, the division of his empire after his death (I'm not so fond of this one.)

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