Chris, if you like fiction loosely based on historical fact, you might enjoy Conn Igulden's Genghis Khan series. I tore through the entire series in a few weeks. He makes some historical errors and certainly takes liberties, but generally owns up to it at the end of the book (which I appreciate) but as far as tone goes, they're basically like Conan on steroids. Which I totally dig.
They look interesting. I never really thought about Genghis Khan as something I would read but a friend has spent almost an entire evening in the pub talking about this guy in great detail and I was intrigued. I'll check them out on Amazon.Drew,I have found reading Sharpe much more fun than watching the tv series, however, the tv series is definitiely worth watching if you like that period in in history. Sharpe himself is one awesome guy who doesn't take crap from anyone. He has been through hell and stil comes up on top after some turblent rides along the way. I certainly recommend both the books and tv series but it will take some time get through as there are 20+ books and about 15 or 16 movie-length epsiodes as well. Sean Bean was definitely the best choice for the role and now when I read the books I see him and his mannerisms in perfect synchronicity.I haven't read George RR Martin's work but my girlfriend has (all of them in about two weeks - she's a pretty fast reader) and we both love the tv series, waiting patiently for series two to come out in the UK.Ealing comedies are so much fun, they are always great a way to lift your spirits. I am glad you like Kind Heartsand Coronets, it is an amazing film, let's face it it has Sir Alec Guinness playing eight members of the D'Ascoyne family, pure genius and the film is no. 6 on the BFI Top 100 British films.My own forum is history related but more recent history (WWI) inspired by finding out my great grandfather died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. It about the whole regiment he served in. You can reach it by clicking on the link under my avatar (which goes to my wiki) and from there to the forum. It is still work in progress. I just love history and I like honouring the memory of the men of the Border Regiment.