Book recommendations

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Janeway’s Girl, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. Janeway’s Girl

    Janeway’s Girl Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I've been on a historical fiction kick the last few weeks. Any recommends for books set in Ancient Greece, Rome, Polynesia, China, or Japan, where the main protagonist is female?

    Side note: I’m aware of Circe by Madeline Miller and it’s been on my list for a while.
     
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  2. Miss Chicken

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    ‘The Laughter of Aphrodite’ by Peter Green which is a novel about Sappho of Lesbos. I have not read it but I came across it when I was looking for a non-fiction book about Sappho. It gets good ratings and second hand copies are cheap on AbeBooks.
     
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  3. Timewalker

    Timewalker Cat-lovin', Star Trekkin' Time Lady Premium Member

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    The Flavia Albia novels by Lindsey Davis (Roman murder mysteries that continue from the Marcus Didius Falco novels); also there's a standalone novel about Vespasian's mistress, Caenis (The Course of Honour).

    Pauline Gedge wrote some absorbing novels set in ancient Egypt; I recommend Child of the Morning (about Hatshepsut) and House of Dreams/House of Illusions (about a young girl in Pharaoh's harem who gets involved in a plot to kill the Pharaoh).

    Gillian Bradshaw wrote some standalone novels set in Greece and Byzantium: The Bearkeeper's Daughter, Imperial Purple, and The Beacon at Alexandria (about a young Greek woman who leaves home to become a doctor).

    Margaret George wrote a fantastic novel about Cleopatra: The Memoirs of Cleopatra. She also wrote a novel about Helen of Troy.
     
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  4. Janeway’s Girl

    Janeway’s Girl Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Thanks for the suggestions!
     
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    The Persian Boy by Mary Renaul - about Bagoas, a young Persian aristocrat who is captured, castrated and sold to King Darius III. When Darius is overthrown by the Macedonians, Bagoas becomes the servant and lover of Alexander the Great.
     
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  6. Zella

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    Just checked this one out myself but not read yet: Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls. It's The Iliad from Briseis' point of view.

    Love Pat Barker's WWI historical fiction. Looking forward to what she does with this one.
     
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    If...only. ;)
     
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    I sense that you and @Zella already know each other, and so this is probably intended as just some light-hearted ribbing between the two of you. But I might suggest that it’s best to avoid public banter that could also be interpreted as misogynistic trolling. If this is how you normally interact, then PM might be a better venue for that. I know you don’t currently have access to it, but it looks like you’re only a few posts away.
     
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