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David Liss

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I am a novelist living in San Antonio, Texas, though, for the record, I am not from Texas. I just live here. I have four novels published: A Conspiracy of Paper (which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel) and A Spectacle of Corruption were both national bestsellers. They are set in 18th century London and feature Benjamin Weaver, a Jewish former pugilist, thief-taker for hire. Weaver will be back in 2009 with The Devil’s Company, but he’s featured in a new short story, The Double Dealer” in the anthology Thriller , edited by James Patterson. The Coffee Trader is set in 17th century Amsterdam. It was also a national bestseller, and is a book group favorite. My most recent novel, The Ethical Assassin , is a contemporary animal rights thr ...more


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HISTORICAL FICTION POLL "D"
There will be a series of polls to begin putting together a potential reading list for the "historical fiction folder". I have divided the books into groups of 15 books apiece. Make sure to choose your favorite from each poll and make sure to vote in each of these polls so that we can generate a list according to priorities and interests. You will only receive one notification per poll. There will be simultaneous polls so please make sure to vote in each one.

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THE FIRST MAN IN ROME BY COLLEEN MCCULLOUGH
 
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The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber Michel Faber Michel Faber

THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE BY MICHEL FABER
 
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Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1) by Jacqueline Winspear Jacqueline Winspear Jacqueline Winspear

MAISIE DOBBS BY JACQUELINE WINSPEAR
 
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Roma  The Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor Steven Saylor Steven Saylor

ROMA: THE NOVEL OF ANCIENT ROME BY STEVEN SAYLOR
 
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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke Susanna Clarke Susanna Clarke

JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL BY SUSANNA CLARK
 
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The Hornet's Nest by Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter

THE HORNET'S NEST BY JIMMY CARTER
 
  2 votes, 5.4%

Drums Along the Mohawk (New York Classics) by Walter D. Edmonds Walter D. Edmonds

DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK BY WALTER D. EDMONDS
 
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I, Claudius by Robert Graves Robert Graves Robert Graves

I. CLAUDIUS BY ROBERT GRAVES
 
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POSSESSION: A ROMANCE BY A. S. BYATT
 
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Freedom  A Novel of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War by William SafireWilliam Safire William Safire

FREEDOM: A NOVEL OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN BY WILLIAM SAFIRE
 
  2 votes, 5.4%

A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss David Liss David Liss

A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER BY DAVID LISS
 
  2 votes, 5.4%

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I. ELIZABETH: A NOVEL BY ROSALIND MILES
 
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GIRL IN A BLUE DRESS BY GAYNOR ARNOLD
 
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DISSOLUTION BY C.J SANSOM
 
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message 10: by M

M Thanks for the invitation! I really loved The Ethical Assassin, but I still love my pork!! (Though I must admit it did put me off it for a bit.) However, I am definitely off door-to-door salesmen!! Actually, a week or so after finishing the book, a K***y guy stopped by and I let him clean my rug and then told them no thanks as I thought of Lem's slimy boss. Thanks for the confidence!!


message 9: by Meg

Meg Thanks for adding me to your friends. I promise to add more detail to my reviews of your books and post all the ones I've read. (And I've loved them all.)

;)


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Saleh Hi.What We Talk About When We Talk About Love?PLZ Answer The Question In My Profile.


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Rabeah I would like you to visit my picture exhibtion in our website at www.iranipc.net on 30 nov to 6 dec 2008 and give me your advice


edifanob Hi David,
thank you for the book recommendation.
I put it on my to-read list.

ediFanoB


QUOTE
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
British scholar & fantasy novelist (1892 - 1973)


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi David and thanks for the book recommendation.
Sound pretty interesting. I'll have to check it out!
Jeannie


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi David and thanks for adding me as a friend. Even if you're not from Texas, I'm sending a warm southern hello and we're glad you're here. You have such an impressive bio! I know you're a busy man, but if you have the time, I'd love for you to visit my web site, jeanniebarber.com. I'm a novice writer so feel free to make any kind of suggestions, ideas or thoughts to correct it. I’m co-authoring a novel with Patty Wiseman, another friend on Goodreads. We’ve known each other for over 30 years. While you're there, please sign the guestbook, too! There’s also a link to our book you can click on…clairkelley@synthasite.com. This site is brand new and in the editing stage as is our story. Please visit it as well. We’re both very green, but we’ve met so many people on this site willing to reach out and offer advice or a guiding hand, we feel very blessed.
Thanks,
Jeannie



Vivian Zabel Thank you for adding me, David. I'm definitely interested in some of your titles. I'll add them to my list of books to read.

My first mystery/suspense was released in June, after many years of trying to write mysteries.

Are you participating in the Texas Book Festival in Austin? Our publishing house is too small to afford that festival, yet. We're going to Decatur (GA) the last of this month, though.

Vivian



message 1: by J.R.

J.R. Thanks for adding me to your friends, David. Your books are being added to my to read list.


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