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I’ve read (and listened to) a lot of great books this year. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d choose Bernard Cornwell’s, Lords of the North, the third book in his Saxon series.

Here’s the book blurb:
The Lords of the North begins soon after the events described in The Pale Horseman. Uhtred, having helped Alfred secure Wessex as an independent Saxon kingdom, returns north in an attempt to find his stepsister. Instead he discovers chaos, civil war and treachery in Northumbria. He takes the side of Guthred, once a slave and now a man who would be king, and in return expects Guthred's help in capturing Dunholm, the lair of the dark Viking lord, Kjartan. There is [fencing, fighting,] betrayal, romance [possibly true love] and war, and all of it, as usual, based on real events.

I’ve always liked historical fiction and there’s something about the way Mr. Cornwell contrives to make his poor characters suffer (usually by making them long for something they can never get) that I find irresistible, as anyone who’s enjoyed his Sharpe or Starbuck Chronicles novels will agree.

I'm sure there are those who don't care for his work, and I'm the first to admit that Mr. Cornwell loves his adverbs, but so what? The man writes compelling stories that keep you coming back for more, and that should be good enough for everyone, don't you think?

The next Uhtred novel, The Burning Land, comes out in the US next month.

I’m already excited about reading it. I thoroughly recommend the whole series.

How about you?

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?


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Dec. 15th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, The Greatest Knight is on the 'possible books to buy for Senior Management this Christmas' list. Seeing your recommendation has made me transfer it to the 'Books I should definitely buy for Senior Management this Christmas' list :)

By the way, was it you who posted about Buffy and Angel the other month? Only, Target is selling a seasons 1&2 combo pack of Buffy for $26.99, and 1&2 and 3&4 combo packs of Angel for $19.99 each. in case you're interested.
Dec. 16th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, thank you. Yeah, I've two seasons of Buffy and would like 3 & 4. That's a great price; maybe I can have Santa sneak it under the tree as a family gift. :)

As far as The Greatest Knight goes, I don't normally read historical fiction, so I was surprised how this caught me. If you like noble characters and a somewhat restrained and elegant style, this should appeal.

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