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Why is so little adult historical fiction set in AE?

 
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Casey
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:32 pm    Post subject: Why is so little adult historical fiction set in AE? Reply with quote

I've been researching this as i'm an aspiring writer about to set my next book in Ancient Egypt. There is hardly ANY adult fiction in the UK set in AE, the historical books are all set in Rome, or are medieval or bodice rippers. I've found only a couple of authors, with the help of staff in Waterstones and WH Smith - Paul Doherty and Christian Jacq - and i wondered why this is? I mean, AE is a really popular era of history for kids fiction...

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course i should add that this is in GB - maybe it is different where you live?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not really. Its is incredibly hard to find anything really involving Ancient Egypt, let alone set in it.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found one fic book on AE ages ago, it was called

'The book of the dead' or something like that. If I find it again I'll let you know. xoox
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's the same with movies. It's time we had a new, movie set in ancient Egypt. Preferably one that doesn't have Cleopatra in! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup. There was one good book set in mostly Ancient Egypt. I only read the last one in the series, but I liked it. And I generally dont like to read series, especially out of order.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Sitra Very Happy

It is strange, though isn't it? I mean, it's the ultimate escapism surely, i'd have thought it would be really popular.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wilbur Smith has written 3, Warlock, 7th Scroll can't remember the third.
Sinue the Egyptian,

Authors to look for are edward upham,
Haggard,
Norman Mailor,
mika waltari,
george ebers
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shepeskaf the Cool wrote:
Wilbur Smith has written 3, Warlock, 7th Scroll can't remember the third.
Sinue the Egyptian,

Authors to look for are edward upham,
Haggard,
Norman Mailor,
mika waltari,
george ebers

The last one is The Quest
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, thanks for those,guys - hmm, someone else reccommended the Norman Mailer one to me and said it was very readable.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The mailer one is called ancient evenings,

I'm an antiquarian book dealer so feel free to direct any book related questions my way
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's very kind of you, thanks, i'll bear that in mind Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Winter 2007 edition of our Egypt society magazine had an article on crime novels set in ancient Egypt.
She listed
Lieutenant Bak by Lauren Haney - 8 books
Lord Meren - Lynda Robinson - 6
Amerotke - Paul Doherty - 6
Egyptian mysteries - Paul Doherty - 3
Huy the Scribe - Anton Gill - 3
plus Death comes as the end by Agatha Christie
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Tnrees. I have acutally just bought one by Paul Doherty, but i'll have a look at the others.

Crime seems to be the order of the day for AE fiction. Very little romance or sagas or humour.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the bent pyramid is just asking for a terry pratchett style comedy
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