Fiction on the Titanic


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tracey campkin

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Hello Everyone, I am in the process of building up a large collection of books on the Titanic. Mostly they are reference or (auto)biographies. Can anyone please tell me if there are any FICTIONAL books out there. I can not seem to find many and wonder if there is. Thank you.
 
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tracey campkin

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Hello Everyone, me again. Just a quick note to add on to my last message. I would really appreciate it if someone could recommend some must-have books for my growing library (including fiction). Unfortunately I do not have the time to read through all the previous conversations. I live in New Zealand so it is not always possible to obtain some books so maybe someone could give me some information about international book sites that have a good range of Titanic books. Thank you.
 
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Hello Tracey,
you can find both a list of Titanic fiction and a list of international booksites on my website:

http://www.titanicbooksite.com

go to the Subject List page to see the list of fiction titles. go to the Recommended Sites page to see booksites, especially the link to BiblioOz which is right in your backyard, well more or less. :).

all the best, Michael (TheManInBlack) T
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There is a fictional book that was written and published in Canada entitled Titanic by Tony Aspler about 15 years ago. It may not be familiar with (or available to, T scholars outside the Great White North....but don't know for sure.

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Tracey,
By far the most disgusting fiction I have read about Titanic is "TITANIC - a love story", by one Shannon O'Cork. (How's that for a pseudonym - right up there with Holden Mc Groin!!! LOL). It has Captain Smith dallying with ladies on board, Joseph Boxall eyeing off 16 year old twins, Stanley Lord sending come -on Marconis to a woman on board and even questions Ismay's sexual preferences!! Not to mention the fact that everyone is hoping in and out of showers on board Titanic.....
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tracey campkin

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Hello Everyone Thank you for your advice. Lynne, TITANIC - a love story sounds almost too impossible to have been written and almost tempting to read! Somehow I don't think I will though. G, I was not aware of Tony Asplers book and I will now keep an eye out for it. Thank You Tracey
 
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What? No time travellers? Click on
http://users.metro2000.net/~stabbott/timetravel.htm
then click on films, scroll to the bottom and click on websites. The first one is a fascinating comparison between Somewhere in Time and Cameron's Titanic. INSITE (The International Network for Somewhere in Time Enthusiasts) has a great website and membership. We get together at the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Michigan once a year in October- (in 1912 costume). Naturally Titanic buffs abound here.
 
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tracey campkin

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Shelley, I have visited the site you mentioned in your last messages and found it quite impressive. I have not seen SIT but my appetite has been whetted. Can someone tell me if it is available on video or book. I live in NZ so unfortunately any gatherings I am likely to miss. Thank you for your time. Tracey.
 
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Oh my YES to all! The John Barry soundtrack which is SUPERB is still a top-selling item- and the movie came out in 1980! VCR and DVD releases of the film are available anywhere- and the novel, Somewhere in Time is available on amazon.com or bookfinder online or the original Richard Matheson Bid Time Return on which the story is based (and superior to the movie)- has been re-issued. The movie theme is so haunting- Napster has a version. Let me know if you have any trouble finding any of the above. It IS the ultimate time-travel movie- and incidentally, the story is based on real- life actress Maude Adams- Jmes Barrie's "Peter Pan" inspiration who had a fascinating life and was the queen of the Victorian stage. Also an all-consuming interest of mine.
 
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tracey campkin

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Hello Shelley, I have spent quite some time this morning hunting around and have been reasonably successful. I managed to find the novel on a NZ book site (unfortunately the most popular site is closed for maintenance today so I will check it out tomorrow) and found the soundtrack and video at Amazon. I even found Jack Finney's books. I am about to trip back to INSITE and spend some time there. Thank you for your information. It has been very helpful (and has got me hooked). If you have any more recommendations please sing out and let me know. All The Best. Tracey.
 
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The video is pretty cheap now- about 10 dollars. I promise you will stay up ALL night with Finney's TIME AND AGAIN- resist the urge to jump to the ending- it is a corker! His sequel, TIME AFTER TIME, which features Titanic is not as good. I recently saw a musical play based on TIME AND AGAIN- fantastic- hope it comes to Broadway. You will love the Barry score- he also wrote the score to Raise the Titanic. Matheson's Bid Time Return is set in 1896 at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego but the film adaptation was on Mackinac Island at the Grand in 1912 because this island forbids vehicles, so it was easy to shoot there.- we go everywhere in horse-drawn carriages! Other similar films you may like are Portrait of Jenny (based on the novel) and Two Worlds of Jenny Logan (based on David William's Second Sight- the novel is better than the film). You will like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir too I suspect!
 
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I saw this title mentioned already, but thought it worthy to point it out again. In my opinion, the most interesting fiction book about the Titanic was written by Tony Aspler and merely called "Titanic". The writing is crisp, clear and upbeat and the plot moves around quite well. I enjoyed all the characters in the book, especially the main character's nemesis Thaddeus Tarr. It's a very good read and I highly recommend it.

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Shelley, I recently read the Finney books and I loved them. I also have "Somewhere in Time", which was not quite as good, but still enjoyable.

I saw Two Worlds of Jenny Logan a long time ago and would like to see it again.
 
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Tracy- Get the Richard Matheson original BID TIME RETURN on which Somewhere in Time is based- far better than the film- set in 1896 instead of 1912 and at the Hotel Coronado instead of the Grand. Maude Adams, the victorian actress and protegee of Lusitania's Charles Frohman, was the sole inspiration for this novel and film. Second Sight by David Williams is the original for Two Worlds of Jenny Logan- both films are in VCR format- the novels are back in print. Somewhere in Time was re-released in selected locations last fall-with a big premiere in New York City- Chris Reeve went I understand. You may also like Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Portrait of Jenny and The Univited (Ray Milland)-all on video. Enjoy!
 
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Tracy:
Here are a few others:
Way Back When by D. F. Kelly
The Memory of Eva Ryker by Donald Stanwood
Psalm at Journey's End by Erik Fosnes Hansen
Ka-Re by Donald Kirch
Murder on the Titanic and Voices from the Titanic, both by Jim Walker
Something's Alive on the Titanic by Robert Serling
The Titanic Murders by Max Collins
Titanic the Long Night by Diane Hoh
The Case of Cabin 13 by Sam McCarver
Some Distant Shore by Margaret Pemberton

I just got a copy of the Tony Aspler book from abebooks.com and it looks very good. There are other copies available.

There are also two short stories, but they may be hard to find, since they are very old, from the 1930's I think. They are

You're Dead by Wilson Mizner (about gamblers)
The Lady and the Titanic (no author, but it comes from a short story collection called "All in Our Day" It's about newspaper reporters.

Hope you can find some of these.

Carole
 
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Tracy:

A few more

Sherlock Holmes and the Titanic Tragedy by William Seil
Maiden Voyage by Cynthia Bass
The Story of a Great Ship by Joseph Chipperfield
Amanda Miranda by Richard Peck

Carole
 
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Lest it get lost in the welter of Titanic fiction mentioned in this thread, I think it is fair to say that the one first-rate literary work in which the Titanic plays a major part is Erik Hansen's Psalm at Journey's End. If you love literature and the Titanic both, this is a must-read.

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