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Book Recs

I'm looking for something to read, so rec me books! New books, or books that are about to come out, including your own books. Comment with title, author, and why you liked it/are looking forward to it.

ETA: Fantasy, mystery, science fiction, romance, it's all good.
ETA2: And historical fiction or non-fiction!
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I recently finished Michael Gruber's The Book of Air and Shadows, which was scintillating, intricate and compelling. Very well written modern/historical intrigue about a possibly lost, possibly fake never-before-seen Shakespearean manuscript. I highly reccomend it.

Lindsey Davis's historical detective series about Falco, set in the Rome of Vespasian, are excellent. The first is 'The Silver Pigs.'

I second the recommendation for Barbara Mertz's 'Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs,' which I practically memorised when I was an Egypt-mad teen.

Another Barbara Tuchman which is just superb is 'A Distant Mirror: the calamitous 14th Century.' A good counterpoint to cod-mediaeval fantasy that ignores the brutal realities of plague and war.

(Also: it is so exciting that, having recommended your books to anyone who stands still for two seconds, I can suggest books to you, too! I love the Internet! /fangirling)

Oops! Apologies, I clicked the wrong link. Mea culpa! *blushing furiously*

ETA: (It always seems to me that doing that is as bad as interrupting someone else's conversation)

Edited at 2008-11-11 05:22 pm (UTC)

No prob! :)

I've read all the Falco books to date and really liked them. Barbara Hambly wrote a great Ancient Roman mystery, called Search the Seven Hills. It's one of her early novels, and a little hard to find now.

And thanks for recommending my books!

Barbara Mertz also writes as Elizabeth Peters.

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