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Stonehenge

Postby Rosaboobie » Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:47 am

Just finished this book by Bernard Cornwell - "Discover a time of ritual and sacrifice...A land steeped in blood and glory...A family of brothers whose deadly rivalries and glorious ambitionswill forever mark the world. In this rousing epic, Bernard Cornwell has created the Most compelling and powerful human drama of its kind since Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth and Edward Rutherford's Sarum."

I love this type of historical book - so much research must have gone into it - describing how Stonehenge may have come come about.
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby draclvr » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:52 am

Me too... I will definitely get this one.
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Rosaboobie » Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:23 pm

The writing reminded me very much of Jean Auel's books Earth's Children series
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby draclvr » Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:34 pm

I loved that series up until the last couple of books. The final one was so painful to try to slog through, I nearly didn't finish it. I kept going back and forcing my way through it and finally did. Hubby also loved the series, but just couldn't make himself read the last book all the way through.
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Rosaboobie » Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:53 pm

I never even tried to read the last one because everyone told me it was not worth reading. Does she still write?

And how do you pronounce her surname???
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby draclvr » Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:54 pm

I don't know if she still writes any more... certainly haven't seen anything from her. I always pronounce it sort of like "owl," but I have no idea if that's correct!
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Lucien21 » Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:48 pm

There is a Clan of the Cave Bear TV show coming this year so maybe that will get her writing again.
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Diat60 » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:30 pm

Just looked her up on Wikipedia and she's 79 now, probably enjoying her retirement. Like the rest, I couldn't be bothered trying to slog through the last book, but loved the first two and liked the others.

I read the reviews on Stonehenge on Amazon and it seems to be agreed that it's not his best work, but very slow and plodding. Not exactly an impetus to buy it. I'll see if I can't borrow it from the Library.
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby draclvr » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:49 pm

Based on the reviews, that's what I decided to do too, Diat.
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Diat60 » Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:14 am

Have you read any of Edward Rutherfurd's novels? Sarum is his first and covers the development of Stonehenge and Salisbury.
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Rosaboobie » Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:18 pm

I was pronouncing it "awl" - so not sure which one of us is right, Drac.

Well I certainly didnt find Stonehenge slow going - I was enthralled with it all the way through.

No, Diat, never even heard of Edward Rutherford - Have you read Sarum?
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Diat60 » Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:14 pm

Yes, I've read most of his. Sarum was his first but my favourite is Russka, which starts in prehistoric Russia and follows several families up to the present time. It was the best description of Russia I've ever read, painless history lesson.
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Rosaboobie » Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:17 am

Having visited Russia years ago, I am very interested in this country - so I will look out for this book for sure - Thanks for the heads up :cheers:

Is the Clan Bear tv programme a series? I would very much like to see this.
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby draclvr » Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:56 am

I would like to watch that series too, but I've heard nothing about it in the US.
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Re: Stonehenge

Postby Rosaboobie » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:38 am

http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/clan-of ... 201260180/

On your recommendaton, Diat, I have just bought 3 of Edward Rutherfurd's novels - Sarum, Russka and The Forest :cool:
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