Looking for a new book similar to Pillars of the Earth
February 3, 2010 5:21 PM Subscribe
What are some books that are similar in storyline and writing style to Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet?
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet to Writing & Language (21 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
I recently read Pillars of the Earth as well as World Without End. I enjoyed them thoroughly. I would like to remain lost in that type of world for a bit longer though.
Can anyone recommend any books that are similar?
The location isn't that important.
I'm looking for the rustic setting. I want something before electricity or modern machinery.
I want a story told more from the peasant side of things as opposed to the royal side of things. I guess most of the people in the story were pretty ordinary at least at first glance.
Not Kings or Queens or Warriors or Magicians.
I like how well developed the characters were and the amount of research that went into it.. details.. i love details.
I enjoyed learning so much while I was reading for pleasure.
It could be a fantasy novel - I tried to get into Robert Jordan's stuff but felt like he took too much from Tolkien and changed it here or there to make it just different enough and it got on my nerves. But the setting was perfect for what I'm looking for.
I liked the love story. Not too sappy or overly predictable. or overwhelming the whole story.
I enjoyed that the story spanned decades.
I guess that is a good starting point. What books do you love that fit into these parameters? Why do you love it?