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Has anyone read Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" and "Bring up the Bodies"? They're about Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII, and both won the Man Booker prize.

I'm about halfway through the former. It's an excellent book. Even though it's historical fiction, and you already know the outcome of every character, it's thoroughly absorbing.
23-Apr-2015 02:56 PM
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(23-Apr-2015 02:56 PM)tented Wrote:  Has anyone read Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" and "Bring up the Bodies"? They're about Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII, and both won the Man Booker prize.

I'm about halfway through the former. It's an excellent book. Even though it's historical fiction, and you already know the outcome of every character, it's thoroughly absorbing.

I haven't read them, but I recently watched the TV adaptation, which was brilliant. Apparently she has a third book due, to round things off. No pressure, but the first two each won the Booker Prize...

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(24-Apr-2015 11:34 AM)Kieran Wrote:  
(23-Apr-2015 02:56 PM)tented Wrote:  Has anyone read Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" and "Bring up the Bodies"? They're about Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII, and both won the Man Booker prize.

I'm about halfway through the former. It's an excellent book. Even though it's historical fiction, and you already know the outcome of every character, it's thoroughly absorbing.

I haven't read them, but I recently watched the TV adaptation, which was brilliant. Apparently she has a third book due, to round things off. No pressure, but the first two each won the Booker Prize...

LOL, yeah, no pressure, Hilary. Don't even think about your two Booker Prizes. Just finish the book.

I haven't watched the TV adaptation, but I have recorded it on DVR to watch later.

I strongly urge you to give the books a try. At least the first one. It's one of the best written novels I've read in years. Seriously. It's that good. She has a unique style, which is part period, part contemporary, part documentary, and part gossip. I realize how bizarre that seems, but it all works beautifully.
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I can imagine./ They're on the list, trust me, and I'm sure I'll get to them... Smile

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Reading a nice little pamphlet by Thomas Merton titled "Praying the Psalms". What a read!

Virgil Cane is the name ...
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(30-Apr-2015 08:50 AM)shawnbm Wrote:  Reading a nice little pamphlet by Thomas Merton titled "Praying the Psalms". What a read!

He's got some great books. I don't know that one, but Contemplative Prayer is a spiritual classic...

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True story, this. A couple weeks ago I was in the local public library when an old woman tugged my sleeve and held out a book: "this is a great book," she said, "you should read it." Dilemma, dilemma, but I didn't want to be rude so I thanked her and took it, carried it around the library while I searched, but thought I'd put it back on the shelf before I'd leave. Doubtless an old romance, I thought. Popcorn

Well eventually I looked at it and figured, well I'm going away for a few days, it's a thriller, I'll take it home. I began it that evening. People, this book isn't a page-turner: you'll fricking rip the pages out trying to get to the next bit. It's a spy thriller and filled with great detail and action. Haven't read a thriller as good as it:

Kolymsky Heights, by Lionel Davidson.

I know. I hadn't heard of him either. I'm eagerly sourcing the rest of his books...

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Great story and tip Kieran. Always on the hunt for fresh blood.

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I'm back with another Lionel Davidson, The Chelsea Murders. It's hard to get this man's books! This one is about a serial killer, but although it starts in a macabre and chilling way, it swiftly heads into swift-moving narrative which is partly - imho - very funny satire of the usual murder mystery form, and now about two-thirds through I'm heading at breakneck speed through the pages wondering who the heck done it! Very good book, again, by Lionel Davidson. Not so brilliant as Kolymsky Heights - again, imho - but this one is less detailed and much more humourous...

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I am about to finish The Martian, by Andy Weir. Really entertaining, well written book with a great sense of humor. I will watch the movie once I finish the book.

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Been binge-reading Raymond Chandler novels from the 30's and 40's, all of them featuring the hardboiled detective, Philip Marlowe. So far, I've read The High Window, The Big Sleep and The Little Sister. Next up will prolly be The Long Goodbye. They're excellent books, very witty and sarcastic, tough as teak too, for their time, and beautifully descriptive and tight, as narratives...

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