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Nov 17, 2011 06:24AM

1225 I will probably re-read more of the series, but my TBR list is so long that I'm not sure when I'll get to it. I enjoyed the point of view of the Romans in Britain, but I would like more of the legend.

Also, did anyone else find Caius a little too good to be true?
Nov 11, 2011 06:47PM

1225 I finished the book this morning. I still wish there was more Arthurian legend, but I would like to read more. What other thoughts did people have?
Nov 06, 2011 02:44PM

1225 With regard to the use of whoreson and other swear words - I really like his use of horse turds. I may start using that myself.
Nov 02, 2011 03:39PM

1225 Janice wrote: "It is historical fiction based on the Roman occupation of England. This book is the first of a series and sets up the Arthurian legend. It's the story of the sword. It's not really a stand alone..."

I did know that, but I would still like more than the occasional mention of Camulodunum in the story. I want the myth.
Nov 02, 2011 03:39PM

1225 Janice wrote: "Don't feel silly, Alison. It's easy enough to do. There's a couple thoughts running around in my head. One is "thanks for the chuckle", and the other is "that's what you get for cheating". LOL!"

I always cheat. There are very few books that I read where I haven't read the ending.
Nov 01, 2011 03:34PM

1225 Hi all,

So, I'm not sure how to lead a discussion, but I thought I would start with a question - how are people feeling about an Arthurian novel that doesn't seem to have anything to do with Arthur? I haven't finished the novel, but I'm about half way through now. So far, it seems to be a historical novel.
Oct 26, 2011 07:06AM

1225 I've just started reading this, so I hope I'll be ready to lead the discussion. :)

It's a good thing that I read quickly and I'm participating in a read-a-thon right now.
Oct 08, 2011 05:26PM

1225 Does that mean I'm the moderator? Oh dear, well, I guess I can figure it out.
Sep 25, 2011 09:31AM

1225 Doesn't look like something I'd normally pick up, but that can be a good thing. I'll have to get it and see what I think.
Sep 25, 2011 08:14AM

1225 I would recommend "The Skystone" by Jack Whyte. On the surface, this book is less about Arthur than it is about a Roman legionnaire, but it turns into a brilliant retelling of the well-known story. It is the first in the Dream of Eagles series and is well worth reading.
1225 Janice wrote: "Both Susan and Sarah's interpretations of the title make sense. When I think about what you both wrote, I have to wonder if I even "got" this book. I find symbolism really tricky because every on..."

I also think that there is a link between the destruction of the Native culture (the so-called savages) and the unnecessary killing of the wolves (the savage creatures).
1225 I spent quite a bit of time thinking about the title after I finished the book, and to me, it signifies how people misinterpret things. Wolves are not the vicious killers they are portrayed as; they are intelligent creatures who are actually monogamous. There are a lot of characters in the novel who are not really the way they seem to be at first - just as wolves are tender, so are many of the characters.
1225 Susan wrote: "Sarah wrote: "I just finished the book. I gave it 4/5 stars, but I need to really digest what I've read before I can even begin to write a review of it."

Sarah? Did you read the whole book in one..."

Yes, I did. I read very quickly and I spent the day reading.
1225 I just finished the book. I gave it 4/5 stars, but I need to really digest what I've read before I can even begin to write a review of it.
1225 I've just started the book - maybe we need another discussion thread for those who want to discuss as they go along? A sort of "no spoilers" thread?

I'm not sure what I think so far. It hasn't totally captured me in the first 50 pages.
1225 Amber wrote: "Let's suppose a high school aged person is struggling with their sexuality and reads this book. What kind of a message do you think it would send to them? This book was published in 1999; do you ..."

I don't know about kids struggling with their sexuality, but I have had a number of students (I teach high school) tell me how much they loved this book and how much they wanted me to read it. It definitely still resonates with high school students today.
Aug 16, 2011 07:35PM

1225 My copy arrived today. I can't wait to get started.
1225 I think there are things to discuss, but they are more about the topics in the book and not the book itself. I can see using it in my classes, but not so much as a book club discussion.
1225 Amber wrote: "One thing that didn't sit well with me while reading this book: the fact that the letters Charlie was writing were being written and sent to an anonymous reader. I agree with what Sarah said in he..."

I agree. The letter writing device just didn't work for me. Why would someone receiving these letters not do something to help Charley? It just didn't work for me.
1225 This is a book that my students recommended to me. I try to read their recommendations, but I'm not too happy with this one. I did have an interesting twitter conversation with a 14 year old stranger who was upset that I only gave the book 3/5 stars. You can look at my review to see what was said.
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