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Re: Napoleonic Fiction: A list

Postby unclearthur » July 31st, 2016, 6:40 pm

Josh&Historyland wrote: I know someone who prefers it to the Aubreyad for its relative simplicity
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That'll be me, then! :lol:
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Re: Napoleonic Fiction: A list

Postby TheBibliophile » August 1st, 2016, 7:11 pm

Josh&Historyland wrote:It's light Nautical reading, action and adventure stuff. I know someone who prefers it to the Aubreyad for its relative simplicity, I smile tolerantly and say things like yes, yes it is.

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Yup.... its not O'Brian, thats for sure...
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Re: Napoleonic Fiction: A list

Postby unclearthur » August 1st, 2016, 9:43 pm

Well, no-one will ever convince me The Ionian Mission is riveting entertainment. Sorry, O'Brian fans.
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Re: Napoleonic Fiction: A list

Postby TheBibliophile » August 2nd, 2016, 9:10 am

unclearthur wrote:Well, no-one will ever convince me The Ionian Mission is riveting entertainment. Sorry, O'Brian fans.

Not read that. To be honest, I can't get away with O'Brian. I prefer C.S. Forester.
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Re: Napoleonic Fiction: A list

Postby DaveH » August 2nd, 2016, 11:53 pm

Looking down the thread, I noticed that there isn't really any court/high politics fiction - similar to Versailles! :lol: I suppose it is harder to write, although characterisation isn't a problem, given the number of colourful characters we all know about.
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Re: Napoleonic Fiction: A list

Postby Josh&Historyland » August 3rd, 2016, 11:45 am

unclearthur wrote:Well, no-one will ever convince me The Ionian Mission is riveting entertainment. Sorry, O'Brian fans.


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unclearthur wrote:Well, no-one will ever convince me The Ionian Mission is riveting entertainment. Sorry, O'Brian fans.

Not read that. To be honest, I can't get away with O'Brian. I prefer C.S. Forester.


Argh philistines! :lol:

I've read some of Forester's land stuff, not Hornblower yet, quite honestly because I don't like the modern editions.
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Re: Napoleonic Fiction: A list

Postby TheBibliophile » August 3rd, 2016, 5:31 pm

Josh,
I must be honest, I dont "read" much fiction. Before Alexander Kent, I probably read Stockwins "Kydd" a few years back and before that I was reading Allan Mallinsons books in sequence. I wrote to Allan actually and he sent me a really nice reply on the back of a postcard featuring a painting on a trooper of Skinners Horse.

I do a lot of travelling for work (I'm a Technical Sales Manager/Consultant Estimator for a specialist engineering company-35,000 miles a year) so most of my fiction is in the form of audible audio books in the car. I have about 6 further Stockwins I've managed to get through... another one will be started next week when my "1 book a month" download membership refreshes.
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Re: Napoleonic Fiction: A list

Postby unclearthur » August 3rd, 2016, 9:15 pm

DaveH wrote:Looking down the thread, I noticed that there isn't really any court/high politics fiction - similar to Versailles! :lol: I suppose it is harder to write, although characterisation isn't a problem, given the number of colourful characters we all know about.


I think one problem is perception. If you write Napoleonic period fiction it's either got to be romance, or military (including naval). That seems to be what most publishers, and readers, I think, expect so I'm not sure whether there'd be enough of a market. The nearest to a British political novel I can think of, though it's really about spies, is the late MM Bennetts' Of Honest Fame, a more literary (in the O'Brian style) story of Castlereagh's intelligence network. Of course there were no British spies (!) because the fledgling Department of Military Intelligence fell apart once recruits, or more likely their families and friends, discovered what the name really meant.
Bennetts also wrote about the murder of Spencer Percival in May 1812, a political thriller with Georgian-mannered romantic overtones.

Just another thought - if period 'police procedural' is more your interest there are the Matthew Hawkwood novels by James McGee, about an ex-95th Rifles Bow Street Runner. Criminals and spies!
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Re: Napoleonic Fiction: A list

Postby Josh&Historyland » August 3rd, 2016, 11:52 pm

TheBibliophile wrote:Josh,
I must be honest, I dont "read" much fiction. Before Alexander Kent, I probably read Stockwins "Kydd" a few years back and before that I was reading Allan Mallinsons books in sequence. I wrote to Allan actually and he sent me a really nice reply on the back of a postcard featuring a painting on a trooper of Skinners Horse.

I do a lot of travelling for work (I'm a Technical Sales Manager/Consultant Estimator for a specialist engineering company-35,000 miles a year) so most of my fiction is in the form of audible audio books in the car. I have about 6 further Stockwins I've managed to get through... another one will be started next week when my "1 book a month" download membership refreshes.

Big fan of Mallinson, and Skinners Horse :)

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Re: Napoleonic Fiction: A list

Postby TheBibliophile » August 4th, 2016, 10:54 am

Josh&Historyland wrote:
TheBibliophile wrote:Josh,
I must be honest, I dont "read" much fiction. Before Alexander Kent, I probably read Stockwins "Kydd" a few years back and before that I was reading Allan Mallinsons books in sequence. I wrote to Allan actually and he sent me a really nice reply on the back of a postcard featuring a painting on a trooper of Skinners Horse.

I do a lot of travelling for work (I'm a Technical Sales Manager/Consultant Estimator for a specialist engineering company-35,000 miles a year) so most of my fiction is in the form of audible audio books in the car. I have about 6 further Stockwins I've managed to get through... another one will be started next week when my "1 book a month" download membership refreshes.

Big fan of Mallinson, and Skinners Horse :)

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There's obviously nothing wrong with Allans judgement, he was educated in Durham! ;)
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