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Postby darcsied » Sat Dec 06, 2008 4:40 am

While not a castle book per se, The Walking Drum by Louis Lamour does mention several castles and fortress' in Europe and the middle east. There is also a lot of detail about Moorish Spain.
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Postby gormadoc1 » Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:22 pm

Lord of the Rings and other works related to this by J.R.R Tolkien has to be the best way to love Medieval stuff etc. Theres a fine line between medieval life and fantasy and Tolkien brings them both together. Personaly the books are better than the films but the films bring the book into contrast. Tolkien is definetly the best author for fantasy and medieval stuff and I recomend it to anyone that is intrested in fantasy,history,lego castle etc. :D
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Postby Dr. X » Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:32 pm

Timeline, by Michael Crichton (although it's technically a science fiction book, most of it takes place in the 14th century). Hands-down one of the best books I've ever read.
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Postby insurrection » Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:59 pm

In my early teenage I read a lot of fantasy novels, starting out with Lloyd Alexander and C. S. Lewis and then of course went on with Tolkien. The first two i recall as aiming towards young readers and I guess they are great in their own right as such. In some of Tolkiens works lies more deept that still appeals to me as a "young adult" or whatever you call the age I'm now (22).
After these (and a few other in the same manner) quite many of storys I think I nowdays would regard as quite flat, Eddings, Brooks, Williams, Goodkind etc. and having very much the same consepts (a young boy/man grows as a person becaus the world is harsh on him, bo-ho. This I find very true for Harry Potter too which I read later on).
Some were of course "aimed" at beeing more humoristic (Pratchett of course, and I remember Hickman/Weis as having quite much of that to?) and I guess that if I was searching for something like that now I could still turn to them.
In others like Redwall and Empire Trilogy the milieus are so speciell I think the could be inspiering even as the storys isn't very great.
Left in my mind then as just good storys which I can long for is Katharine Kerr and Robin Hobb, but maybe this division is just someting I'v got into my mind due to when I read and what appealed especially to my taste rather than the actuall litterary quality.

For "non-fantasy-still-fictional-in-some-kind-of-medival-setting" I had Ronia the Robber's Daughter, The Brothers Lionheart and Mio, my Mio by Astrid Lindgren read to me as child, and (before the fantasy I think) I read some Robin Hood and Ivanhoe storys as well as The Long Ships/Red Orm. In the middle of my teens as I started to seek away from just consuming the same types of fantasystories over and over again I read a Beowolf translation on verse and Heimskringla by Snorri Sturluson.
All of these I remember as good or interesting because of their historical basis and can higly recomend.
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Postby Hound Knight » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:02 pm

My faves are:

The Lord of the Rings

The Hobbit

The Chronicles of Narnia

Winning His Spurs

In Freedom's Cause

A Knight of the White Cross

The last three are by G.A. Henty, and you probably know the authors of the others. :wink:
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Postby outcast » Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:31 am

lotr- of course

inheritance- great fantasy novels

rangers apprentice- heroes dont always have to be big and strong

wolf of the plains- the story of Ghengis Khan

lord of the bows- the continuation of the story of Ghengis Khan

Chronicles of ancient darkness- a bit before medieval but still brilliant reads

The sillmarillion- anyone here like a challenge?
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Postby Rick-Ricks » Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:15 pm

The Redwall books by Brian Jaques.
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Postby knightarmour » Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:54 pm

the call of the wild-jack london
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Postby CastleLord » Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:03 pm

Well to me It's a Norwegian book by Iselin B. Alvestad Alanya Veien følger Hjertet (Iselin B. Alvestad Alanya The road follows the Heart).
Oh and The Kast Templar By Raymond Khoury.

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Postby BrianofBrick06 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:10 pm

Aside from a lot of classic castle and fantasy books (Tolkien to Jacques), Legend by author David Gemmell certainly inspired me through the years...
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Postby Lewa Rocks » Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:36 pm

Rick-Ricks wrote:The Redwall books by Brian Jaques.

Yay! I love those books! :D
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Re: Favorite Castle Book?

Postby Garbageman13 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:37 am

cnelson wrote:The Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis: Must-read for any fantasy fan.

I loved those books! I also read a couple of the redwall books.
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Re: Favorite Castle Book?

Postby Albatross_Viking » Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:45 pm

Some of my favorite books are:
The Hobbit
Silmarillion (is it spelled correctly?)
Narn i Chín Hurin (The Children of Hurin)
Farmer Giles of Ham
Rangers Apprentice
(books about the Nordic Mythology)

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Postby Blue Moon Knight » Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:36 pm

Lewa Rocks wrote:
Rick-Ricks wrote:The Redwall books by Brian Jaques.

Yay! I love those books! :D

So do I! The Redwall series is my favorite by far.

I Also like:
J.R.R. Tolkein's works, though I've only read LOTR, and the Hobbit
The Castaway series by Brian Jacques is also good.
Haven't read Narnia in years, so I might read it again.
I also enjoy the Inheritance least the two I've read so far...
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Re: Favorite Castle Book?

Postby Albatross_Viking » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:35 am

If you liked LOTR and The Hobbit, Blue Moon Knight, i think you should try reading Silmarillion and Narn i Chín Hurin too, i think theyre very good.

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