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Sophie Schiller

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Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies. She is a novelist and a poet. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews has called her "an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer." Publishers Weekly called her novel, ISLAND ON FIRE, "a memorable romantic thriller", her novel RACE TO TIBET, “a thrilling yarn,” and her TRANSFER DAY, “a page-turner with emotional resonance.” Her latest novel is THE LOST DIARY OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON, about Hamilton's lost boyhood in the Caribbean. She graduated from American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Alexander Hamilton's Boyhood in St. Croix: A Smuggler’s Paradise

In researching my latest novel, The Lost Diary of Alexander Hamilton, I knew I had to master the art of smuggling. In the 18th century, smuggling was big business. It kept the thirteen colonies afloat, since, without their illicit trade with the West Indies, they would have been eternally indebted to London bankers. Indeed, as Peter Andreas points out in "Smuggler Nation", America was born a smugg Read more of this blog post »
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Published on June 01, 2020 18:19 Tags: action-adventure, alexander-hamilton, caribbean, colonial-america, revolutionary-war
Average rating: 4.01 · 152 ratings · 75 reviews · 8 distinct worksSimilar authors
Race to Tibet

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Island on Fire

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Spy Island

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On a Moonlit Night in the A...

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Droit des biens

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"One of my favorite books, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, delves into the crazy idea that people don’t have to be miserable when the world around them is. Moloka’i is another such book. The message: life isn’t over until it’s over.

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A simply stunning book about a man's inward journey from active duty soldier to civilian trying to figure out who he is. His journey will take him to the depths of PTSD to despair, to near-death experiences, to joy and love, and finally, to self-acce ...more
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“Combat was always a game of luck, where few who took enormous chances knew that there was no such thing as luck, but rolled the proverbial dice anyway.”
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This book is impossible to put down. Jorgenson's storytelling is gripping. His characters come alive as if they were sitting across from you. You almost wish they were. But his real skill is making heroes out of the quiet guys who have the foresight ...more
The Ambassador's Daughter by Pam Jenoff
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Yet another " NYT bestseller" that is in reality a total train wreck.
Little history and less depth to any other essentials: characters, plotting.

The " vase of gardenias" in Paris is only one HUGE faux pas that any editor of normal intelligence sh" Read more of this review »
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If you take Leon Uris and H. Rider Haggard and had them write a story, this would be that story. The Rose of Tibet is a compulsively readable thriller about a young man's journey into the heart of the Forbidden Kingdom during the 1950 Chinese invasio ...more
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The Rose of Tibet by Lionel Davidson
"Had never heard of either this book or author, so big thanks to my GR friend (and fellow Tibetophile) Sophie Schiller!

Surprisingly, this book is in many ways similar to Jack Higgins' Year of the Tiger - a lone Westerner and his guide head into Tibet " Read more of this review »
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“It's only a question of time before either you die or your motivation dies. Naturally we all hope to go first.”
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Sophie Schiller Hi Philip,
So nice to hear from you! There are lots of ways we can connect, not just through Goodreads. You can always email me at sophieschillerbooks@gmail.com or through my Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/SchillerSoph...

Now, regarding your question, I scrolled through your list of books to get an idea of your reading preferences, and it occurred to me, especially since you mentioned that you like stories with unusual voices or narrative styles, that you might enjoy the Flashman novels of George MacDonald Fraser, especially with your interest in the Great Game and the exploits of Sir Francis Younghusband in Turkestan and Tartary. There's even a book called "Flashman in the Great Game." MacDonald Fraser had such a unique literary voice that I don't think he will ever be equaled. Try one of his novels and let me know what you think. You might be pleasantly surprised!
The only other book that I think fits your requirement would be "Perfume" by Patrick Suskind, which kind of has a creepy narrative voice; however, I'm not sure if my suggestions are what you're looking for. Probably the most unconventional book I've ever read was "Einstein's Dreams" by Alan Lightman, which reads kind of like a cross between physics and poetry. It's an extremely erudite work and so for that reason I would recommend it to you.


Philip Hi Sophie,

I always like stories with unusual voices or narrative styles - anything from Riddley Walker to Illuminae to World War Z to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. However, can't think of many more - so have created a list with those and a couple more, but am looking for other additions and recommendations.

Here's the list: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1... - and if you can think of more to add to it, please do!

Thanks, Phil

P.S. - notice that now you're a "la-de-da Goodreads Author," I can no longer just send you a friendly message like in the old days; can only post a comment like this. Too funny!


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