read a book and thought of this thread . It:s not beautifully written but it is interesting. The Stolen Village...about pirates who came to a Cork village and abducted the, mainly Quaker, residents taking them to Algiers into slavery. slave's story and political intrigue behind the whole business
I really like Liz Jensen's, 'The Ninth Life Of Louis Drax' and I've read quite a few good non-fiction books by females, but generally I agree that men are better novelists, for the kinds of books I want anyway.
I didn't like Kate Mosse either, though I'm a bit about condemning all female authors based on one bad one. I mean, Mary Gentle, Sheri Tepper, Elizabeth Chadwick, Sharon Penman, Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie, Susan Cooper, Daphne du Maurier... Do I need to go on?
I read Peter Godwin's When A Crocodile Eats The Sun. It was OK.
I read Kate Mosse's Labyrinth, which was very mediocre and made me want to just stick to male authors in the future. Some good descriptions of daily life of the times and that was it, really. The plot was ludicrous.
Melmoth looks very interesting. Thanks for the recommendation
I was going to say that I'm enjoying Sepulchre by Kate Mosse but I'm not sure that's quite what you're after. Instead I wanted to say thank you for bringing Melmoth to my attention - I've never heard of it but just looked at it on amazon and it sounds fantastic! Think I'll order it for when the nights start drawing in...
Right, so I'm assuming you've also read 'The Italian Boy' by Sarah Wise....slightly off the topic but still medical-ish is Gail Bell's 'The Poison Principle'. It's half-memoir, half-history of poisons and poisoners, with a bit of family scandal thrown in. Quite an unusual book, and fascinating. Will try and come up with more!
If you like Victorian medical non-fiction, OP, I'd recommend Druin Birch's 'Digging up the Dead.' It's a biog of Astley Cooper, surgeon to various royals and a notorious anatomist. He lived locally to me so I found it fascinating, but it's a rattling good read anyway.
A friend of mine just recommended Peter Godwin to me (haven't read any yet, but thought I'd pass on the rec. - looks quite interesting) the two she has read and liked are Mukiwa and When a Crocodile eats the Sun.
About growing up in what used to be Rhodesia, and also dealing with life under Mugabe's regime.
The Wiki page is crap. The thing about Tim Powers is that he isn't tied to a particular genre. I can't unreservedly recommend everything he did - some of it is so off the wall I can't engage with it at all (think 'Earthquake Weather'). However, his 'classics' are very very good. I'd recommend the following:
The Stress of her Regard (non twlighty vampires, Byron and Shelley) The Anubis Gates (fascinating take on time travel and lots of mythology) The Drawing of the Dark (you may have to look for an e-reader edition, it's definitely out of print - this one is a rip-roaring adventure and very funny) Dinner at Deviant's Palace (classic dystopian fiction) (also likely to be out of print) On Stranger Tides - forget the film, Disney only wanted the title. The book is fascinating.
I have to confess one of the reasons why I like Tim Powers is that he is clearly a fencer - his sword fight scenes just reek authenticity.
Harder - I said DT wasn't for me as I can't stand (1) fantasy and (2) cowboy crap stories. If you like those, you would probably like DT. Lord Of The Rings isn't for me, either.
What I called "silly" was the moronic giant lobster that moves at a snail's pace and says "lub-a-dub", "chick-a-dick" etc. Do please try to aim your criticism correctly
I've read most SK and DT is not his best work by any stretch if the imagination. If there was a "cowboy fantasy" genre, I guess it could be one of the best there because SK is such a great writer but as it stands now, it's just about an ill guy shooting some people and avoiding giant seafood. Yawn.
SK is a great writer but Neal Stephenson is God Read Snow Crash, Diamond Age, Anathem, Cryptonomicon and then let's talk about how brilliant DT is in comparison (not very).