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Historical and Alternate history novels: your favourite?

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  • #31
    I haven't read any of the books in the poll and am thinking I probably should at some point.

    Not sure if this historical fiction could count as alt history, but I'll go with: Lion of Ireland by Morgan Llywelyn. It's an account of the life of Brian Boru. The story is predictably violent and bloody, but she weaves an amazing tale set in 10th C Ireland.


    • #32
      Only just now some digging through some old boxes yielded up a book i had thought lost; a dark vision of the Arthurian legend : The Great Captains by Henry Treece. The copy I'm holding now is the 1980 Savoy Books edition with an introduction by Michael Moorcock. So, this has been a fairly good day by my standards!
      Mwana wa simba ni simba

      The child of a lion is also a lion - Swahili Wisdom


      • #33
        The very first alternative history novel I ever read was Keith Laumer's "Worlds of the Imperium" back in... maybe 1968. It was a whole new thing for me, and I liked it a lot... but there simply wasn't much of it around back then.

        I found Andre Norton's "The Crossroads of Time" a bit later, and then Roger Zelazny's "The Guns of Avalon", just to put a different spin on things. And after that, it seemed like it became a more popular subject, until now it's commonplace.

        I still get a chuckle when I see that Len Deighton's "SS-GB" and Robert Harris' "Fatherland" are usually shelved in mainstream fiction instead of SF, though...