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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
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I'll put in my vote for the Shardlake series as well.

I enjoyed the old world settings and the great plots.

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I've now got the four available Shardlake books and have the 5th on order. I'm halfway through the first and I love it, the writing style flows perfectly and it does a great job of placing you right in the middle of a medieval murder mystery.

 

It's edging towards being one of the best I have ever read in any genre.

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I've just read DISSOLUTION and really enjoyed it, just like I had WINTER IN MADRID. Some of the reviews compare it to THE NAME OF THE ROSE,as it seems impossible to write a detective plot set in a monastery if you are not compared to Eco !!! But strangely enough, DISSOLUTION reads better than the one afore mentioned as it doesn't lavish in a pompous language only Eco understands.

It's an interesting historical novel for those who are not particularly familiar with Tudor England and the Reformation; interestingly enough it makes you want to read more about that period.

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Just finished Dissolution and thought it was terrific. In a way, I read it at the right time, because I only recently read Wolf Hall, so seeing Thomas Cromwell from another point of view was really interesting. I thought the central mystery worked well and kept me guessing. I'll be making a point of buying the other novels in the series pretty much immediately :)

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Just finished Dissolution and thought it was terrific. In a way, I read it at the right time, because I only recently read Wolf Hall, so seeing Thomas Cromwell from another point of view was really interesting.

 

Thanks for the tip ! I might just get that one on my TBR list for later, after I read the whole series then. Is that one as well documented?

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Thanks for the tip ! I might just get that one on my TBR list for later, after I read the whole series then. Is that one as well documented?

Even moreso, probably. There's a thread about it here: http://www.bookclubforum.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/4739-wolf-hall-by-hilary-mantel/

 

and you can read an excerpt here: http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Hall-Novel-Hilary-Mantel/dp/0312429983/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1282633056&sr=8-1#reader_0312429983

 

 

 

I bought the rest of the Shardlake novels yesterday, although I'm not going to read them all at once. If they're all as good as Dissolution I kind of want to make them last a while and savour them :)

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Has anyone read Sansom's historical novels which began with Dissolution and are set in the times of Henry VIII? I picked up Revelation in a charity shop recently. The synopsis makes me think these books are historical thrillers played out with factual history as a fascinating background.

 

I've just finished reading Dissolution and found it slow going to start with but then really started enjoying it as I got to the halfway mark. So much so I was 15 mins late back from my lunch hour on Friday :) Am planning on getting more but only when I have made inroads through my TBRs :)

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Just finished Dissolution and thought it was terrific. In a way, I read it at the right time, because I only recently read Wolf Hall, so seeing Thomas Cromwell from another point of view was really interesting. I thought the central mystery worked well and kept me guessing. I'll be making a point of buying the other novels in the series pretty much immediately :)

 

I've read the first three, have Revelation on order right now. I love the series, they get better and better as far as I am concerned.

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^^ Good to know :D

 

I'm going to wait for it to come out in paperback before I take the plunge :)

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I'm reading my way through the whole series again as I've just got 'Heartstone' (on my Kindle) but wanted to refresh my memory of the others before I read it. I am just starting 'Revelation'.

 

I agree with the comments above, it is a jolly good series of books and I look forward to more of them in time.

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I read Dissolution for the first time a few months back, thoroughly enjoyed it :) Being a history geek and a lover of mysteries, it has everything I want from a novel.

 

I don't know why I haven't read the rest yet. So many books and so little time, I guess!

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I have read Sovereign and Revelation. And thoroughly enjoyed both of them. Though Sovereign for me though personally, is my favourite so far. As I rather enjoy conspiracy. Revelation has a fantastic quality of really connecting history with modern times. It makes the period feel like a more lawless reality of the world we live in today.

 

Indeed the Tudor period is credited by many historians as being the birth of modern England. It's a testament to the talent of writer who can make a book operate on so many levels seamlessly.

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At the risk of going OT, has anyone here read Steven Saylor's Gordianus books, set in ancient Rome? I've only read the first one, Roman Blood, and it was very similar to Sansom's novels in terms of weaving real-life characters and history into a murder mystery. There's twelve books in the series so far.

 

Steven Saylor - Roma Sub Rosa series

 

Roman Blood

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At the risk of going OT, has anyone here read Steven Saylor's Gordianus books, set in ancient Rome? I've only read the first one, Roman Blood, and it was very similar to Sansom's novels in terms of weaving real-life characters and history into a murder mystery. There's twelve books in the series so far.

 

Steven Saylor - Roma Sub Rosa series

 

Roman Blood

 

I have a couple in the stack, haven't gotten to them yet, but I have high hopes. From the few pages I did manage at purchase time, the sense of humor is healthy too. :cool:

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I have a couple in the stack, haven't gotten to them yet, but I have high hopes. From the few pages I did manage at purchase time, the sense of humor is healthy too. :cool:

The one I read was excellent. I'll be interested to hear what you think :)

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