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Steven Pressfield's GATES OF FIRE - 30/11/2006 12:46:57 AM   
Cuchulainn


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With all the excitement generated by the upcoming adaptation of Frank Miller's Graphic Novel 300,I thought I'd draw attention to the ultimate Thermopylae novel,Gates Of Fire...
It really is a stunning book.
Beautifully crafted characters,incredible attention to detail,a strong narrative style and simply the most jaw-dropping battle scenes ever committed to the printed page...
If you haven't read this already I urge you to do yourself a favour and get a copy...

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RE: Steven Pressfield's GATES OF FIRE - 30/11/2006 3:38:37 PM   
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yep, it's pretty good. If you want it slightly heavier try some Mary Renaults.

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RE: Steven Pressfield's GATES OF FIRE - 30/11/2006 7:48:06 PM   
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I started reading this last week! I was posting on the 300 thread and asked for recommendations for related reading, this one popped up the most. I'm not that far into it (as usual, started a new book while I still had about three others on the go!) but I'm hoping to get a run at it over the weekend.
Really liked the 300 graphic novel and the trailer for the film looks amazing, so if I'm going to jump on the band wagon, at least if I do it now I'll seem like a wise old head come next March!

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RE: Steven Pressfield's GATES OF FIRE - 4/12/2006 10:55:16 PM   
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I read 'Gates Of Fire' a few years back.  Gripping, but a slog too.  I felt like I'd ran the course when I finished the last sentence.......

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RE: Steven Pressfield's GATES OF FIRE - 5/12/2006 11:17:29 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Cuchulainn

With all the excitement generated by the upcoming adaptation of Frank Miller's Graphic Novel 300,I thought I'd draw attention to the ultimate Thermopylae novel,Gates Of Fire...
It really is a stunning book.
Beautifully crafted characters,incredible attention to detail,a strong narrative style and simply the most jaw-dropping battle scenes ever committed to the printed page...
If you haven't read this already I urge you to do yourself a favour and get a copy...


Seconded - it's a fantastic depiction of the carnage of Thermopylae and as much as I love 300, this trumps it in every department.

For some background reading, I'd recommend you get a copy of Tom Holland's Persian Fire for the historical account of the rise and fall of the Persian empire.  Compelling stuff and still a lesson today to all superpowers trying to crush rogue states...

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RE: Steven Pressfield's GATES OF FIRE - 5/12/2006 11:29:35 AM   
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quote:

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For some background reading, I'd recommend you get a copy of Tom Holland's Persian Fire for the historical account of the rise and fall of the Persian empire.  Compelling stuff and still a lesson today to all superpowers trying to crush rogue states...


I got Persian Fire out of the library the same day as Gates of Fire! I started GoF first - do you reckon the order matters? I also have Herodutus' Histories - in for a penny, in for a pound, and all that!

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RE: Steven Pressfield's GATES OF FIRE - 15/12/2006 5:06:52 PM   
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Xenephon's persian expedition is pretty good if you're into your ancient greek stuff. Firstly two books of the Mary Renaults' Alexander triology is good as well, no Spartan's in that though, just Macedonians. Although they do win in that one.

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RE: Steven Pressfield's GATES OF FIRE - 19/12/2006 9:48:39 AM   
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My reading list is growing by the minute! Almost finished Gates of Fire - it's fantastic! I've really enjoyed reading it. It's more about the Spartar warrior way of life than I realised (which is good), took about twenty chapters to get properly into Thermopylae!

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RE: Steven Pressfield - 2/4/2008 2:13:48 PM   
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I love Steven Pressfield and I have (and have read) Gates of Fire, Last of the Amazons and his two Alexander books.

I've just got my mits on his latest, a WWII actioner! KILLING ROMMELL!

http://www.stevenpressfield.com/index.asp

I love these kind of books - Historical epic fiction such as Bernard Cornwell and David Gemmell.

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RE: Steven Pressfield - 2/4/2008 4:37:28 PM   
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I'm not sure Thermopylae counts as real history, but it's certainly an engaging legend.

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RE: Steven Pressfield - 3/4/2008 10:05:10 AM   
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Thermopalyae IS real history. The battle did actually take place - it's primarily just the figures that have got exaggerated into legend. It's very doubtful the Persian army numbered one million men.

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RE: Steven Pressfield - 3/4/2008 3:02:40 PM   
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quote:

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Thermopalyae IS real history. The battle did actually take place - it's primarily just the figures that have got exaggerated into legend. It's very doubtful the Persian army numbered one million men.


No it's basically the account of one man (Herodotus - The Father of History and The Father of Lies), it's not what I would call accurate history. True it's a good story and probably a good draw for the tourist industry but the way I understand it, no one is even sure if the whole site wasn't under water at the time.

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RE: Steven Pressfield - 13/4/2008 2:06:10 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Kilo_T_Mortal

quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon

Thermopalyae IS real history. The battle did actually take place - it's primarily just the figures that have got exaggerated into legend. It's very doubtful the Persian army numbered one million men.


No it's basically the account of one man (Herodotus - The Father of History and The Father of Lies), it's not what I would call accurate history. True it's a good story and probably a good draw for the tourist industry but the way I understand it, no one is even sure if the whole site wasn't under water at the time.
What a ridicilous theory...

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RE: Steven Pressfield - 19/2/2009 2:41:49 PM   
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Currently reading Steven Saylor's ROMA: Epic Story of Roma and he's very much like Steven Pressfield. In fact, the two are friends.

http://www.stevensaylor.com/

Really recommend his books to those fans of Pressfield.

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