Friday, July 30, 2010

What Would You Recommend? - Roman Era Historical Fiction

This is a question I get asked all the time working in the bookstore: "What would you recommend for somebody who loved "_________"? (fill in the blank)" Usually I can come up with something, but that something can be a bit of a wild guess if it's not a book or genre I normally read. This is where you helpful people come in. If you have a suggestion, I'd love to hear it.

This week I'm asking about an area in which I've rather fallen behind lately: Historical fiction set in the Roman era. Recently I've been seeing quite a few new-to-me titles and authors. I've read and enjoyed Taylor Caldwell's A Pillar of Iron about the life of Cicero, some of Colleen McCulloch's books, namely The First Man In Rome and all of the Skystone series by Jack Whyte.

But, I know there are a lot of others out there as well: Conn Iggulden has a series of books set in Rome as well as his Mongolian books. Simon Scarrow has a couple as well, and I've seen others on the shelf too:  Ben Kane and some other authors whose names have slipped my mind for the moment, though I could probably walk right up to the shelves at work and find them that way.

Are there any I've missed here, and which are your favorites? Suggestions are always welcome, both for me to pass on to customers, and for my own reading enjoyment.
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