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    Quote Originally Posted by FGG View Post
    I'm bang up to date on them. I read book 9 a couple of weeks ago when it came out. Make sure you also read the Here We Stand books which are Sholto's story and what happened at the start and how he got out of the US.
    Thanks for that. I didn't know there was a spin-off series. That's next on the reading list.

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    I love the whole lot and Frank Tayell the author is very chatty on the Facebook page and Twitter.

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    I think Mount! might be Jilly Cooper's last hurrah. The last few chapters included every hero and villain there's ever been in any of her 'romps'.

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    Most of the characters are getting on a bit as well, they can't last forever. The first book was written over 30 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scurlogue View Post
    Nice one!

    I've read all of the Sharpe books, so it's great to go over the history again from Wellington's perspective. The Napoleon angle is also fascinating.
    You've tried the Patrick O'Brien Aubrey/Maturin books? If so, you might have a look at Julian Stockwin. If not, consider your grog stopped.

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    No, not tried the Patrick O'Brien books yet. I will though. I'll have a look at Julian Stockwin too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scurlogue View Post
    No, not tried the Patrick O'Brien books yet. I will though. I'll have a look at Julian Stockwin too.
    O'Brien is probably the most complete writer of historical fiction ever, never mind the subject material, which is probably to your taste. Sharpe was early in Cornwell's career, not well written, though the ideas were great. His later books, like the Uthred series, or Grail quest are pretty good. Like Asimov, he improved massively with practice I guess a lot of authors are like that.

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    I like the Sharpe books!

    I've read half of the Uhtred Saxon series.

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    I enjoyed the Sharpe series, don't get me wrong. They're just a tiny bit like the war comics us 60's kids read when we were about 10 though. The later stuff is better written, that's all. Tried the Grail Quest series? About the English longbow, essentially. With a few dodgy relics thrown in.

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    That's the whole point of the Sharpe books though, I think. To carry you off to those days when you were thrilled by action and adventure, good vs evil in a book, without any complication. Sheer escapism. Yes they are sometimes a bit cheesy and often predictable, but I think that's partly why people love them.
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