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Post by Soulmonster on Sat May 21, 2011 8:24 am

I just finished book three in Conn Iggulden's series on Ghengis Khan. Brilliant stuff. Conn really knows how to write historical novels Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Post by Pawnshop-Sitars on Sat May 21, 2011 8:51 am

I don't actually read novels. I'm a non fiction guy
I have been known to read novels from time to time actually. The Stand by Stephen King (unabridged) is amazing, and the Lord of the Rings is just untouchable
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Post by Soulmonster on Sat May 21, 2011 9:03 am

Lord of the Rings is fucking brilliant. I recommended the books to a good friend of mien as a kid. He had never read a book before but agreed to read them. He read the trilogy and was very happy. Actually so pleased that he read them again. And again. In total I believe he read them seven times in a row. THEN he decided to read some other books. He is a huge fantasy nut now.

I also had a period where I only read non fiction. It comes and goes. When I travel much, which I have been doing the last three years I get to read more, so then I swallow lots of novels and stuff. When I studied I mostly read science books.
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Post by Pawnshop-Sitars on Sat May 21, 2011 9:22 am

I only read history and political works for the most part, but I do find time to read Lord of the Rings roughly once a year
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Post by Soulmonster on Sat May 21, 2011 9:23 am

That is excellent! I read it every third year or so Wink. I read it aloud to my wife a couple of years back (she had never read it before). That was very nice. I love the movies too, among my favourites.
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Post by Pawnshop-Sitars on Sat May 21, 2011 9:36 am

Agreed. The movies are really well done. I can't wait for The Hobbit!

See those khan novels you were reading; what's the deal with them? I've read a few histories of Ghenghis Khan, and even Subotei his greatest general, so I would be intrigued to know what a historical novel about him would be like. I've only ever read one historical novel and that was back in Primary school
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Post by Soulmonster on Sat May 21, 2011 9:49 am

It follows Ghenghis from birth till death and his descendants further. Epic in scope, very well written. The historical sources are contradicting at times, so Iggulden is allowed to choose and adjust to make the novels really epic and a good read. I can highly recommend the books.

That is amazing, just 3 minutes ago I talked to my wife about Subotei! He is given a lot of room in the novels so I read his his wikipedia entry to and discussed him with my wife.
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Post by Pawnshop-Sitars on Sat May 21, 2011 9:57 am

Hmmm...could be something I want to read! And you are right about Mongol information being contradictory. There is hardly any of it either, which means a concise history of them is basically impossible

But it's good to hear Subotei gets in there! That guy never lost a battle. Some of his campaigns were epic as well - his strategies and tactics are still relevant today. Not bad for the son of a blacksmith!
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Post by Soulmonster on Sat May 21, 2011 10:08 am

It's a very good read and you never feel that the story is unrealistic. It is really good. One of the better historical novel writers I know of.
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