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. ...more

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
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Race to Tibet

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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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