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message 1: by Julie (new)

Julie Brian,
I still have PTSD from reading her memoir, but I will give this a try some day. Thanks for helping to heal the trauma with your five stars!


message 2: by Brian (new)

Brian I did not even know she had a memoir. The only books I have read of hers have been the two in this series.

Julie wrote: "Brian,
I still have PTSD from reading her memoir, but I will give this a try some day. Thanks for helping to heal the trauma with your five stars!"



message 3: by Julie (new)

Julie Yes. Giving Up the Ghost. I think an actual ghost moved in to my house, after I read it. Disturbing.


message 4: by Brian (new)

Brian Hmm...
I think I will skip that one. You don't seem to be selling it. :)

Julie wrote: "Yes. Giving Up the Ghost. I think an actual ghost moved in to my house, after I read it. Disturbing."


message 5: by Julie (new)

Julie Ha! Well, I will say this. . . she knows how to write effectively. . . it was just way too stream-of-consciousness to me, and perhaps written from an actual asylum? (Not that there's anything wrong with that. . . )


message 6: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Guzman Loved your review Brian. So glad you enjoyed the book. I'm looking forward to her 3rd and final book in this series to see how the author presents Cromwell's downfall. Love this period in history and the Tudor stories.


message 7: by Brian (new)

Brian Thanks Charlotte and me too. Love this period in history also. Can't wait for the finale. It has been a long time coming!

Charlotte wrote: "Loved your review Brian. So glad you enjoyed the book. I'm looking forward to her 3rd and final book in this series to see how the author presents Cromwell's downfall. Love this period in history a..."


message 8: by Seth (new)

Seth He is an intellectual giant among worms, and he enjoys himself immensely.

Brian, this is without a doubt the best line I've read today.


message 9: by Michael (new)

Michael Great review, Brian! I’ve somehow never read a Mantel novel, but I’ll have to add this to my TBR list.


message 10: by Brian (new)

Brian Seth, I am sure it heard it somewhere else. But thanks. I almost feel like this is something the television character "Frasier" would have said.

Seth wrote: "He is an intellectual giant among worms, and he enjoys himself immensely.

Brian, this is without a doubt the best line I've read today."



message 11: by Brian (new)

Brian Thanks Michael. She is a dense writer, there is a lot of stuff packed into her sentences, almost like poetry. But I have enjoyed the 2 novels of hers I have read so far.

Michael wrote: "Great review, Brian! I’ve somehow never read a Mantel novel, but I’ll have to add this to my TBR list."


message 12: by Janet (new)

Janet I just think of Cromwell's portrait by Holbein compared to that of Thomas More. They hang in the same room in the Frick Collection in New York. They tell you plenty.


message 13: by *TUDOR^QUEEN* (new)

*TUDOR^QUEEN* Excellent review 👑


message 14: by Brian (new)

Brian I will have to check that out next time I am in NYC. Thanks for the rec!

Janet wrote: "I just think of Cromwell's portrait by Holbein compared to that of Thomas More. They hang in the same room in the Frick Collection in New York. They tell you plenty."


message 15: by Brian (new)

Brian Thank you!

*TUDOR^QUEEN* wrote: "Excellent review 👑"


message 16: by Inkspill (new)

Inkspill helpful review - I'm working up to reading this next year after reading Wolf Hall. I tried reading the latter and I was completely lost and so will try again next year - might need a huge vat of coffee but I'm gonna try :)


message 17: by Brian (new)

Brian It took me a while to get into "Wolf Hall" too. It is not for everyone. Varied tastes and all. If I did not love that period I am not sure I would like this series.

Inkspill wrote: "helpful review - I'm working up to reading this next year after reading Wolf Hall. I tried reading the latter and I was completely lost and so will try again next year - might need a huge vat of co..."


message 18: by Inkspill (new)

Inkspill Brian wrote: "It took me a while to get into "Wolf Hall" too. It is not for everyone. Varied tastes and all. If I did not love that period I am not sure I would like this series.

Inkspill wrote: "helpful review..."


Good to know I'm not alone in this.

It's a period of history that's really romanced don't you think? Maybe it's to do with Henry 8th and how he had six wives / how he created turmoil with the Reformation.

I do like how Mantel finds a different angle to talk about this period, and from the pov of an ambitious social climber but it was tough, maybe I'll have better luck with it this time round - well, I'm going to hope


message 19: by Brian (new)

Brian I agree it has been "romanced", and I think the Cromwell POV was one of my favorite things abut the text. His social class gets almost no attention in the historical fiction literature about that period.
Hoping for you! But having said that, someone not liking this book is more than valid also.
Good luck! :)

Inkspill wrote: "Brian wrote: "It took me a while to get into "Wolf Hall" too. It is not for everyone. Varied tastes and all. If I did not love that period I am not sure I would like this series.

Inkspill wrote: "..."



message 20: by Inkspill (new)

Inkspill Brian wrote: "I agree it has been "romanced", and I think the Cromwell POV was one of my favorite things abut the text. His social class gets almost no attention in the historical fiction literature about that p..."

Thanks for the Luck - I'm going to need it, as I'll read A Place of Greater Safety before the other two. Not sure if this is a good idea as the style is similar (from memory, but it has been a while, not all her books are written in this style).

Yep, I'm definitely going to need that luck :)


message 21: by Brian (new)

Brian "A Place of Greater Safety" is on my "to read" list. Let me know what you think of it please.

Inkspill wrote: "Brian wrote: "I agree it has been "romanced", and I think the Cromwell POV was one of my favorite things abut the text. His social class gets almost no attention in the historical fiction literatur..."


message 22: by Inkspill (new)

Inkspill Brian wrote: ""A Place of Greater Safety" is on my "to read" list. Let me know what you think of it please.

Inkspill wrote: "Brian wrote: "I agree it has been "romanced", and I think the Cromwell POV was one of..."


Will do, even if I don't manage to finish it - what have I set myself up for? Ha Ha.

BTW, in a previous post you said:

Brian wrote: "His social class gets almost no attention in the historical fiction literature about that period."

I didn't get to the end of Wolf Hall last time but now that you mention it - yeah, that's true.

I found Mantel's style (the pauses, the innuendos) did not tranlate well for the screen, Wolf Hall tv mini series (BBC production I think), but the sets and cinematography were really neat.


message 23: by Brian (new)

Brian I have not seen it yet. Keep meaning to.


message 24: by Inkspill (new)

Inkspill Brian wrote: "I have not seen it yet. Keep meaning to."

If you do, it will be interesting to know what you think. It's a good cast and the sets are amazing.


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