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message 1: by Joey (new)

Joey I have read Wolf Hall, but I have still been looking for its part 2 at flea bookstores. Your review excites me more. ^^


message 2: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes It's a pretty amazing read. Worth being excited for.


message 3: by HBalikov (new)

HBalikov Glad that I wasn't born into this era, Will. There were so many things/people to be wary of --- no matter if you were part of the masses or on the rise. Mantel provides a "not too hard to believe" world in which many characters (including our Thomas) grasp at opportunity and walk the tightrope to the next ring. Too many seem to believe they are in control, to their's and other's peril.


message 4: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I have this in my 'to read' pile although I almost don't want to begin reading it until Mantel has finished writing the final book in the trilogy. I adored Wolf Hall and her portrayal of Thomas Cromwell as a humane man. It will be interesting to see how she turns him into a monster.


message 5: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes It is indeed


message 6: by Dustin (new)

Dustin I hadn't heard of these books, but I just added Wolf Hall. Thank you, Will.


message 7: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes They are a treat


message 8: by Gary (last edited May 23, 2015 02:11PM) (new)

Gary  the Bookworm What a terrific review. I'm still recovering from watching the mini-series and I was thinking about just waiting for the next in the trilogy. I had some ambivalence about Wolf Hall, but you've convinced me that the banquet doesn't really begin until all the attention turns from Anne's womb to her head. I always admired the mini-series about Henry's six wives which aired back in the 1970's but Mantel takes us to a much darker place.


message 9: by Hanneke (new)

Hanneke Super review, Will. Loved it! I completely agree that this 2nd book had a different tone than Wolf Hall. The story is much more focussed and does not meander to side stories as Wolf Hall did. Of course, I did not mind that in the slightest but, like you also said, this one is a smoother read. I wish the 3rd book will be published soon. Can't wait to read it! I saw somewhere that it was delayed because Hilary Mantel is not in a very good health.


message 10: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes I have no intel on when Mantel's third book will her ready. Her health issues are of relatively long standing, but it could well be that there is something more immediate going on. In addition, I imagine that all the attention she has been getting for the first two, and related involvements, have reduced the time she has available for writing.


message 11: by Trish (new)

Trish Will wrote: "I have no intel on when Mantel's third book will her ready. Her health issues are of relatively long standing, but it could well be that there is something more immediate going on. In addition, I i..."

Don't think it is her health, which seems to be better since she discovered she likes working on stage plays and TV productions. Think she has been very involved in those, and with her kind of writing there can be no distractions if one is to ever finish and keep the standards as high as the earlier two.


message 12: by Hanneke (new)

Hanneke Thanks, Trish. Now you mentioned that, I do recall reading about her stage play.


message 13: by Jeanette (last edited May 24, 2015 06:35AM) (new)

Jeanette For those of you who loved this excellent Mantel and need a non-fiction Tudor fix, I strong rec the following. The Children of Henry VIII by John Guy. What really happened to Arthur that killed him before he could act a husband? Why was Henry so fat and why did he have so many problems with dying babes, despite the number of pregnancies and action? What were his plans for Fitzhugh? How did the future of the monarchy and religious life parse with the picking of the Nannies and Tutors in their households? Lots more Cromwell, lots more Anne Boleyn. All of these more informed answers told from a research and forensics look at archival and artistic evidence. It was superb.


message 14: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes Sounds like a fun read, thanks.


message 15: by Trish (new)

Trish Jeanette wrote: "For those of you who loved this excellent Mantel and need a non-fiction Tudor fix, I strong rec the following. The Children of Henry VIII by John Guy. What really happened to Arthur that killed him..."

Thanks for that, Jeanette. That's exactly where I was headed...into nonfiction.


message 16: by Hanneke (new)

Hanneke Thanks, Jeanette, for your excellent tip. I'll order it right away. I do love the Tudor period.


message 17: by Lynne (new)

Lynne King An excellent review Will. However, I didn't like the book at all. I've tried several times and all to no avail. I believe that it is the writing style.


message 18: by Trish (new)

Trish Lynne wrote: "An excellent review Will. However, I didn't like the book at all. I've tried several times and all to no avail. I believe that it is the writing style."

Hi, Lynne. You might try downloading the audio from the library since that is the way it worked best for me.


message 19: by Sue (new)

Sue Another excellent review, Will, and I love the extras you give us.


message 20: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes Thanks, Sue


message 21: by Doseofbella (new)

Doseofbella Outstanding committment to detail. Love your reviews.


message 22: by Karen (new)

Karen Ng Big gap between this and Wolf Hall...getting ready for the third?


message 23: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes Absolutely!


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message 26: by Urvi (new)

Urvi nice.


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