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What are you reading?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by chorse123, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. David Copeland

    David Copeland Well-Known Member

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    The fabulous series - THE WORK AND THE GLORY, by Gerald Lund

    "The Work And The Glory, an historical novel centered in the 1800's in a young America - begins with the saga of the Benjamin Steed family, who, in the fall of 1826, move from Vermont to Palmyra Township in upstate New York in search of better farmland. Almost immediately they meet a young man named Joseph Smith and are thrown into the maelstrom of controversy that swirls around him. Is he a deluded farm boy or a prophet of God? Sincere seeker of truth or clever charlatan? Does he commune with angels or consort with devils? The answers to those questions - intensely personal, bitterly divisive - will profoundly affect the lives of the Steeds and many others."
     
  2. Nil

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    So it's Mormon historical fiction?
     
  3. VaderDave

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    Yes.
     
  4. David Copeland

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    Examples of historical novels are:

    War and Peace.

    I, Claudius

    More at: Wikipedia link

    In the WORK & THE GLORY SERIES - The author has included non-fictional and fictional characters into true historical events occurring in the 1800's - so that the individual impact on people could be explored. Although the series is a fictional work, in another sense it is not fictional - where it tells, as accurately as possible, the story of the rise of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the various state's elected officials, the western movement of American pioneers, and other experiences as documented in the author's bibliography and sources.
     
  5. lawyerdad

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    So it's fictional except when it isn't.
     
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  6. imatlas

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    Christ on a cracker does that sound awful.
     
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  7. David Copeland

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  8. lawyerdad

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    Your'e missing the point. It matters when I say it.
     
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  9. imatlas

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  10. Geoffrey Firmin

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    Choices either fiction Wreaking James Scudamore or Strange Rebels 1979 and the birth of the 21st Century Christian Caryl.
     
  11. David Copeland

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    A great autobiography written by a guy who started at age 16 clearing the weeds around his dad's billboards in the southern humid heat, nearly flunking out of military school - only to discover he thrived on what would become a discipline for life, and then crawling and scratching and risking all that he had to build his win for America's Cup - and something new known as CNN. All that, plus giving $1billion to the UN Foundation, and earning another $10billion before he finally decided to move on.

    Great hardback edition read.
     
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  12. Geoffrey Firmin

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    Started the Scudmore but put it down when The Coat Route, Craft Luxury and Obsession on the trail of $50,000 Coat by Meg Lukens Noonan arrived.

    One of the best Sartorial reads i have ever encountered a joy to read, a cultural studies masterpiece. Highly Recommended.
     
  13. javyn

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    Why is there confusion over what historical fiction is? Fiction in a historical setting. Easy.

    HBO's Rome = historical fiction

    HBO's Game of Thrones = high fantasy

    Use that as your guide.
     
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  14. David Copeland

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    In my personal opinion, the confused many times wish to remain the confused, to stagnate their education, their view of what lies ahead, and their insistent refusal to read any books in this topic, with a mission of only tearing down what others have chosen to read. There are some confused who have an open mind and a humble, teachable heart - and will search out the elements of definitions, reviews, and consider what others are saying in their comments.

    On your comment about HBO Rome, which is an excellent historical piece of drama, the following link provides a very nice list of other historical drama films:

    LINK TO HISTORICAL DRAMA FILMS

    Also, many of the historical drama films listed in the above link were screenplays based on the book version of an historical novel.

    David
     
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    It's funny how many people say "back then" when referring to the setting of GOT. I get it, because the show clearly uses a lot of elements of the actual European middle ages, even moreso than your typical high fantasy, but it's still amusing.
     
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    Just finished The Haitian Vodou Handbook by Kenaz Filan. It's a good, practical introduction to the topic. Next I'll probably read some early writings by Antonin Artaud. 'd also wish that R. Scott Bakker's final book of his second Prince of Nothing trilogy, The Aspect Emperor, would come out soon so that I can finally start reading this, too.
     
  17. OliverGauffe

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    When I was in high school, historical fiction was considered historically accurate enough that James Michener's Centennial served as our textbook. The class was about the expansion of America's west. Pretty fascinating stuff actually. Michener has made that genre his specialty, and for me, his books are a pleasant way to learn the history of a place.
     
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    Well my high school history teacher (who was a coach, of course, because any idiot can teach history) showed us Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to teach us about the middle ages. :uhoh:

    He also taught us that the Sumerians were the people from the Good Samaritan parable in the bible, along with a lot of other incorrect facts.
     
  19. Nil

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    On this now.
     
  20. L.R.

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    Bought a few hours ago, and now finished: The Ocean at the End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman. As far as Gaiman books go, it's very typical in motifs and the use of little-kids-see-what's-there, magic-as-matter-of-fact, and other little Gaiman/Pratchett tropes. But it was really well done. One of his better works, with no extraneous material.
     

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