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  • #15607

    anonymous
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    I have been away for two weeks in Great Britain.  It was a rather wet trip as Scotland is having one of the wettest summers since 1910.  I am curious if there is interest in continuing the book club.  Chris and I, I believe, were the only ones to listen/read the first selection.  If folks would like to pick a book for July, let's do so.  If there is not enough interest in continuing then I guess we can suspend the idea.  I will keep reading British and Scottish history/novels.

  • #18297

    Chris
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    Hi Laura, I hope the trip was enjoyable even if you did get a bit wet; we have had a pretty awful summer so far and it doesn't seem to be getting any better  :(The film club has slowed down as well, there doesn't seem to be enough general interest even with some coaxing. These ideas seem good at first but then lose steam after a while which is a shame but most of us, if not all, do have busy lives and don't always have time to read a book and watch films, which can be time-consuming. So, the best thing is to keep going until it picks up again.I am still behind on the podcasts I have on my phone (not Jamie's of course!) and books I want to get through and I started reading Game of Thrones as well from the beginning. Not enough hours in the day to do everything  ???

  • #18298

    anonymous
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    Hi, Chris.  The trip was really enjoyable despite the rain.  I escaped very hot temps in OK, so it was actually nice to feel chilled in July somewhere else.  I am fine with the fact that folks have very busy lives.  My life is about to get much busier as I look to transition from one office to another.  I love reading/listening to books and will keep doing so.  Perhaps you and I can have a book club of two.  Others might join in.What I am listening to/re-listening to right now are the Harry Potter books.  We had a really great tour guide for a one day tour into England and the border region between Scotland and England.  She took us to Alnick Castle where most of the outdoor scenes for the first Harry Potter were shot.  She actually had a witches hat and wands of various woods.  She claimed to be a senashea (sp?), which is some kind of story teller who goes through loads of schooling.I thought a re-visit to Harry would be a way to keep connected to Scotland, a place I have come to really enjoy.

  • #18299

    PaxRomana
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    What about Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and for later history Fall of Giants?  All of them are by Ken Folett

  • #18300

    Matthew
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    Pax Romana,I read Pillars of the Earth and mostly enjoyed it, except that some scenes are absolutely pornographic, which does not appeal to me. I heard that World without End is the same way so I have avoided it so far.One series I did enjoy is Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles, which is about King Arthur (although he's not king in this series). His Saxon tales is good, too, but a lot of it is a reworking of the Warlord Chonicles. I'm reading Cornwell's Agincourt now, which is just okay, but I'm too far into it to quit now.A King Arthur book that I do not recommend (although it has a stong legion of fans) is Firelord by Parke Godwin. It's an okay read, but the historical inaccuracy bothered me (e.g. the ambassador from Rome mentions that his son is an Augustinian monk, which is a religious order that did not exist at the time. Also, elsewhere in the book, a rider on horseback is described as standing up in the stirrups to get a better view. Unless I'm mistaken, there is no evidence of stirrups in Britain before the 7th century. Sorry I'm anal about accuracy, especially on things that are so easily corrected.)The best book I've read recently is the Autobiography of Henry VIII, by Margaret George. It is very well researched and well written. I recommend it to anyone who can find the time to read a 900-pager.

  • #18301

    anonymous
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    I made it through the Margaret George book (though I believe in an Audible version).  I am a huge Tudor fan and have read as much as I have been able to get my hands on.

  • #18302

    Chris
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    One series I did enjoy is Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles, which is about King Arthur (although he's not king in this series). His Saxon tales is good, too, but a lot of it is a reworking of the Warlord Chonicles. I'm reading Cornwell's Agincourt now, which is just okay, but I'm too far into it to quit now.A King Arthur book that I do not recommend (although it has a stong legion of fans) is Firelord by Parke Godwin. It's an okay read, but the historical inaccuracy bothered me (e.g. the ambassador from Rome mentions that his son is an Augustinian monk, which is a religious order that did not exist at the time. Also, elsewhere in the book, a rider on horseback is described as standing up in the stirrups to get a better view. Unless I'm mistaken, there is no evidence of stirrups in Britain before the 7th century. Sorry I'm anal about accuracy, especially on things that are so easily corrected.)

    I will always recommend the Warlord Chronicles (The Winter King, Enemy of God, Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur) because I think it has some of Cornwell's best writing and the trilogy is simply engrossing and I especially like the way some of the well-known characters of Arthurian Britain are portrayed in a different light to the common myths and legends we are familiar with. I tried getting into his Grail Quest series but didn't find that grabbed my attention so have stalled on that after only half way through the first book.I am interested in reading more about King Arthur so can anyone recommend a decent (historical fact, not fiction) book that have read or have heard was a pretty good read? As Jamie has started his King Arthur members-only episodes, I thought it might be a good idea to read along side this.

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