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  • Talbot Mundy (AKA William Gribbon)

    I posted this in the books thread - but just wondering if Mike or anyone is familiar with this author. I confess I'd never heard of the guy before Amazon flashed up a recommendation for me for "Tros of Samothrace", but it looks intriguing, and I have a taste for historical "pulp" fiction.

    http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1596542...085347-5110238
    Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

    Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

  • #2
    I remember the series as being very readable back in the mid 70s.
    "A man is no man who cannot have a fried mackerel when he has set his mind on it; and more especially when he has money in his pocket to pay for it." - E.A. Poe's NICHOLAS DUNKS; OR, FRIED MACKEREL FOR DINNER

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    • #3
      I liked Tros quite a bit. Definitely give it a try. Have you read any Harold Lamb? If you like pulp historical adventures, Lamb is excellent. A lot of his work has recently come back into print too. Check Amazon for the new collections.

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      • #4
        If I get one of the jobs I'm going for - I'll definitely buy myself this by way of a reward.

        BTW - anyone familiar with Mary Renault? I hear her name come up quite a lot as a writer of good historical fiction.
        Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

        Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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        • #5
          Mary Renault's good. I read her books about Alexander the Great ages ago. Real ripping yarns, but also very well historically researched. Interesting on the gay angle as well.

          I've nearly finished the first Tros book and really enjoying it. I'm very impressed by the quantity of mead consumed by the characters. The anti-imperialist message seems very contemporary.
          \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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          • #6
            Yes I wouldn't mind reading something accurate about Alexander - am on a bit of a historical fiction binge at the moment. Still have that copy of Graves' Count Belisarius to get through.
            Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

            Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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            • #7
              I read Mundy and Lamb quite a bit in my teens. Lamb, I recall, was quite an influence for a lot of the juvenile historical fiction I did in those days.

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