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#21 Magdalena

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Posted 02 December 2015 - 12:56 PM

 

Found an interesting link to a new movie in the making:
 
 
 
 
 
I wonder if it will be based on the Master of Rome series!

 

 

Know any good alternate history novels?  How about some good non-fiction!?

 

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Sure, plenty of pulpy fiction to choose from.  Loosely based on 'true' facts. It's all alternative history.  Brought to you by the victors.  Now, a word from our sponsor...
 
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Posted 03 December 2015 - 05:26 PM

What constant reader thread doesn't have James Michener in it.  He has long been a major contributor to the historical fiction genre. Some of the best around....or ever.  Super historian Michener combines facts, obscure mythos and stories, and great characterization through generational studies of different social values.


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#23 Jesse Jimmie

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 03:58 PM

 

I see a trend toward historical fiction on this thread.  I was expecting a contemporary favorite of the fringe type.  ;)
 
Some of those historical fiction writers out there are fantastic time travelers.
 
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Good eye! Needs to spread out a little bit...

 

Try some Zane Grey!

 

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#25 Feathers

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 06:24 AM

This is a good thread idea OP. Book reports are great devices to practice writing and analyses. It helps to find patterns in any given material and identify your reactios and interpretations to the work. You might want to consider these major aspects when analysing literary work in the future.

 

Number 1 is the plot: the sequence of events.

Look at theme: those are central ideas in the work.

Character is important: Traits and actions of the people.

Keep in mind the structure: how the parts of whole relate to one another

Look at the setting: the times and places, etc.

Point of views should be noted: 1st, 2nd, 3rd person. Narrators, main characters...

Style or fashion: how the words and sentences are presented.

Imagery: what kind of pictures get created in your head.

What is the tone of the work: what are the attitudes of the author and how are they directed to the reader. Use imagery to ask questions.

The ever present symbolism: what are the underlying meanings below the surface.

All the rhythm and rhyme: is it good to dance to? Beats, meters, and repetitions.

 

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 11:39 AM

This is a good thread idea OP. Book reports are great devices to practice writing and analyses. It helps to find patterns in any given material and identify your reactios and interpretations to the work. You might want to consider these major aspects when analysing literary work in the future.

 

Number 1 is the plot: the sequence of events.

Look at theme: those are central ideas in the work.

Character is important: Traits and actions of the people.

Keep in mind the structure: how the parts of whole relate to one another

Look at the setting: the times and places, etc.

Point of views should be noted: 1st, 2nd, 3rd person. Narrators, main characters...

Style or fashion: how the words and sentences are presented.

Imagery: what kind of pictures get created in your head.

What is the tone of the work: what are the attitudes of the author and how are they directed to the reader. Use imagery to ask questions.

The ever present symbolism: what are the underlying meanings below the surface.

All the rhythm and rhyme: is it good to dance to? Beats, meters, and repetitions.

 

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Those are great tips. Thanks CM. Using imagery is a favorite of mine. Today's technology allows us to call up all kinds of pictures to convey thoughts and emotions quite effectively.

I also see the old fashioned form of literary imagery in there: the use of figurative language. All those analogies creating irony using metaphors to overstate every personification imaginable. We can't ignore those smiling similes deliberately understating everything in a land of confusing fantasy.

 

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#28 Feathers

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 11:45 AM

Anyone like historical fiction?  This great series by Colleen McCullough is a great collection describing the last days of the Roman Republic.  Starting with Gaius Marius and ending with Antony and Cleopatra.  Her research into the history of the period is extensive.  All the details are there.  All your favorite Roman characters of the past are represented.  What's really great about it is the life she gives to real historical figures:  Caesar and his generals, Cicero, Sulla, Marius, and many others.  All the minor players have their own human foibles and talents showcased.  Set within the historical action of the period she gives real personality to all these important figures in history.

Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough

  • The first book of the series details Gaius Marius and his rise to consul...7 times!
  • The second book details a very colorful Lucius Cornelius Sulla.  Low class patrician making good and becoming dictator.
  • The third and fourth details Caesar in his younger days and his rise to power.
  • The fifth an sixth volume's describe Caesar at his full height of power and his eventual murder.
  • The last and seventh book is the tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra and the rise of Augustus.

Reading this series may help to improve an interest in Roman History.  It goes well with the texts, documentaries, and movies available on the subject.  Especially, on the religious and political psychology of the day.  In there time, one can suppose that it would be called philosophy.  The Greek and Persian worlds and their ideas are all represented in these volumes.  Kudos to Colleen McCullough and her massive effort to describe the past and it's lessons.

 

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Yes, it is a good series of historical fiction. The author really did do her research. It was well written. But, it did seem dry to me in places. It takes a while to really get going once the real characters become known. Especially Julius Caesar. I did a little fact checking and most of these true points are all in the characterization of Caesar himself. She really puts a lot of character into these real individuals of the past. All the famous Romans of the time are brought to life.

 

15 Interesting Facts About Julius Caesar

 

Julius Caesar is one of the most recognizable names of all time. His name has been a title, an insult, countless movies have been made about his life as well as books, TV shows, and even the month of July is named after him. This is a man who was determined to conquer the world in any way possible both in men’s hearts, and his desire of having more power than anyone else ever had before.

 

http://www.yurtopic....esar-facts.html


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Posted 09 October 2016 - 02:44 PM

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Those are great tips. Thanks CM. Using imagery is a favorite of mine. Today's technology allows us to call up all kinds of pictures to convey thoughts and emotions quite effectively.

I also see the old fashioned form of literary imagery in there: the use of figurative language. All those analogies creating irony using metaphors to overstate every personification imaginable. We can't ignore those smiling similes deliberately understating everything in a land of confusing fantasy.

 

  :Grin9:

 

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 05:30 PM

 

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