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Jun 15, 2012 07:57PM

2196 Found this link on Hilary Mantel's Facebook page, originally from the Wall St. Journal: As Alexandra Alter discusses on Lunch Break, will newcomers be able to pick up the latest book without having read the first to follow the story?
Jul 13, 2010 04:44PM

2196 Good one, Susan!

"I Will Not Be Broken" by Bonnie Raitt:

You can hold me but you
Can't hold what's within
Pull me round
Push me to the limit
Maybe I may bend
But I know where I'm not going
I will not be broken
Jul 07, 2010 04:24PM

2196 I Am Woman by Helen Reddy (am I dating myself here??)

Oh yes I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong
I am invincible
I am woman
Jul 02, 2010 09:01AM

2196 Robin - sorry if I missed this from another post, but what's the address for your blog? I'd love to see the complete lists!
Jul 02, 2010 08:43AM

2196 Memories - from Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber

All alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again
Jul 02, 2010 08:22AM

2196 Under My Thumb by the Rolling Stones

Under my thumb
Her eyes are just kept to herself
Under my thumb,
While I can still look at someone else

Used to Love Her by Guns 'n Roses

I used to love her
But I had to kill her
I used to love her, Mm, yeah
But I had to kill her
I had to put her six feet under
And I can still hear her complain

What a fun thread - I'm going to have to try to put some of these together on my iPod!
Jun 01, 2009 08:04AM

2196 I really enjoyed this one. I didn't know much about the history of the period, so I found that very interesting. I also liked how Emma's character was developed, from insecure young girl, to mature, powerful queen, to sorrowful older woman.

I did think that there were points where Emma's story disappeared while other threads were followed, and in these places it dragged a bit for me. One point where this happened was in book 1; I remember thinking for about a hundred pages or so that there was very little about Emma.

Also, the ending seemed unsatisfying, but I gather from the author's note that she needed to end it the way she did so that it would fit with the already-written sequel.
May 23, 2009 07:43AM

2196 I envy you guys your first reading of this one! This is one of my all-time favorites. I'd like to join in for a re-read if I have time, but I'm not sure if I can fit it in right now. I'm looking forward to seeing the discussion on this.
May 23, 2009 07:37AM

2196 Hi Sara - the book is divided into 4 parts, if you want to use this to create the threads:

Part 1: Aethelred 1002-1013
Part 2: Edmund 1014-1016 (p. 309)
Part 3: Cnut 1017-1035 (p. 437)
Part 4: Emma 1035-1041 (p. 673)

I'm up to page 121 and really enjoying it. The history is very interesting to me, since I haven't read much in this period, and the style so far reminds me a bit of my beloved Sharon Kay Penman.

I do wish it had a "cast of characters' list, though, because it's a bit hard for me to keep track of the similar sounding Anglo-Saxon names (Aethelred, Aelfric, Alfhelm, Athelstan, etc..) There is a family tree, and maps, which are helpful, and an author's note at the end, which I always like to see.
Dec 08, 2008 08:52AM

2196 I usually give a book 50-100 pages, and if it hasn't captured my interest by then, I put it aside. I figure there are too many good books out there to waste my precious time on a bad one. I'm surprised by the number of people who have not finished only 2 or 3 books ever - I think I have 9 this year that I abandoned!

I agree with Misfit on the value of the library. I'm amazed at the number of readers who don't utilize their public libraries, or who consider them a last resort. I simply couldn't afford to buy all the books I want to read - not to mention I have no place to store them. I try to limit my book buying to books that I can't get through the library (or that I want to own for other reasons - I want a copy for reference, I want to be able to mark it up, etc...)

Oct 23, 2008 10:34AM

2196 I'm so glad to hear Penman will be writing another book in the Henry & Eleanor (& offspring) series! Loved the first two, and I just got my copy of Devil's Brood - can't wait to start reading it.
Aug 04, 2008 07:49AM

2196 I just read The Queen of Subtleties too, and I really had mixed feelings about it. I thought the idea of combining Anne's story with that of Lucy Cornwallis was a good one, but the threads didn't quite mesh well (maybe in part because the dates switched along with the narrators, so that you'd have Anne in 1536 followed by Lucy in 1528, etc...) Just telling Lucy's story might have been more effective; I was intrigued by this independent, self-made woman's story, and wanted to hear more of it.

I thought Anne came across as even more of a bitch than usual. The only times I felt any sympathy for her character were when her dog died, and when she expressed love and concern for Elizabeth through her letters.

I also found the author's use of language jarring at times, like Anne calling Catherine of Aragon "Fat Cath" and other names. I understand the issues around language usage in historical fiction (authors can't recreate exactly how people spoke in the past, so colloquial expressions are just as legitimate as the elegant or near-archaic language often used for historical characters.) The language used in this book seemed overly rude or vulgar to me, like the author was writing for the shock effect.
Aug 03, 2008 04:50PM

2196 I'd like to vote for The Last Queen by C. W. Gortner. I just bought a copy and am planning on reading it anyway.
Jul 29, 2008 05:12PM

2196 I'd be open to any changes in the nominations/voting. I do think "one vote per person" might be easier to track than 3 votes.

I agree with Sera; I'm in 2 other book groups, and I also want to have time to read whatever I'm into at the moment, so I can't always read the selection when the group is reading it. I have read all except one of the group reads eventually, though, and then it's interesting to be able to look at the posts and see what others thought of the book.

I'm also a huge Tudor fan, but there are many other periods that interest me, and I love to discover new interests. Emily's "theme of the month" idea might help diversify the selections a bit, for those who have OD'd on Tudors.
May 28, 2008 10:47AM

2196 I'd like to vote for The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman. This is the only SKP I haven't read, and I'm planning to read it anyway before The Devil's Brood is released in October. Her work is excellent - When Christ and his Saints Slept is the book that really hooked me on historical fiction.

May 12, 2008 07:31AM

2196 I have the book and I'm almost finished (about 30 pages to go). I think it's great, and I look forward to seeing how other people feel about it (there's one plot twist in particular that might cause some controversy!)

It's broken into 3 parts:
1. The King's Daughter (chapters 1-11, 155 pages)
2. The King's Sister (chapters 12-15, 135 pages)
3. the Queen's Sister (chapters 16-22, 183 pages)

Hope this helps in making the discussion threads!
May 09, 2008 08:13AM

2196 Thanks Nan - I love medieval period fiction, and I'll have to take a good look at your site in my "spare" time!
May 01, 2008 03:10PM

2196 I'd like to vote for #2, The Lady Elizabeth. I just got a brand new copy from the library, so I'll be reading it anyway!
2196 I agree with Despina on this one. I've had it checked out from the library for a week now, and just haven't felt any motivation to read it.

Instead, I just started The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman, which I've been looking forward to for a long time.

I hope to join the group for the May/June selection!
Apr 01, 2008 09:49AM

2196 I'd like to vote for Bloody Mary by Carolly Erickson.
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