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Subject: August BOM-- Black Ships by Jo Graham
Date Posted: 7/5/2008 11:08 AM ET
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Well, the results are in for August's Book of the Month, and the winner is Black Ships by Jo Graham, nominated by Hannah!

I believe this book is more historical fantasy than historical fiction, but if everyone else is okay with that, so am I. I have had this on my wishlist since before it was released, so I am excited to read it.

Book Description: "Haunting and bittersweet, lush and vivid, this extraordinary story has lived with me since I first read it." --Naomi Novik, author of His Majesty's Dragon

The world is ending. One by one the mighty cities are falling, to earthquakes, to flood, to raiders on both land and sea.

In a time of war and doubt, Gull is an oracle. Daughter of a slave taken from fallen Troy, chosen at the age of seven to be the voice of the Lady of the Dead, it is her destiny to counsel kings.

When nine black ships appear, captained by an exiled Trojan prince, Gull must decide between the life she has been destined for and the most perilous adventure -- to join the remnant of her mother's people in their desperate flight. From the doomed bastions of the City of Pirates to the temples of Byblos, from the intrigues of the Egyptian court to the haunted caves beneath Mount Vesuvius, only Gull can guide Prince Aeneas on his quest, and only she can dare the gates of the Underworld itself to lead him to his destiny.

In the last shadowed days of the Age of Bronze, one woman dreams of the world beginning anew. This is her story.

 

This book isn't available on PBS, so we will all have to try to find a copy elsewhere. Search for ISBN 0316068004 .



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Date Posted: 7/5/2008 11:29 AM ET
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Great I wanted to read this book and  ordered a copy from Amazon the other day.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 11:36 AM ET
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Well, now I have an excuse to buy a new book, and, of course, I'll have to order $25 worth so I can get the free shipping at Amazon. This is terrible. ;-)

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 11:38 AM ET
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I just got a copy of the book from Half.com for $1.99, free shipping. If you sign up for a new account and use the coupon code FREESHIPBOOKSJUL08 you get free shipping on your book order. There are several copies there in the $4 price range. Of course, I snapped up the one that was $1.99! haha

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 12:06 PM ET
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I did not pay full price for my book. I got a warehouse deal for $5.ll it was eligible for Amazon Prime so I got free shipping and I will have it next week.



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Jennifer, when I tried to order it by ISBN, it comes up as authored by 'Jo Wyrick'--is this the same book? your initial posting said Jo Graham was the author and I'm not familiar w/ the book at all enough to know....TIA

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 12:44 PM ET
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Colleen, yes that is the same book. Apparently she has gotten married or something and changed her last name.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 12:57 PM ET
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Got it, thanks...off to order it now!

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 1:10 PM ET
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7 copies available through the libraries in the area so I should be good to go on this one.  I'll just have to put a post it somewhere to remind myself to request it towards the end of this month.

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Date Posted: 7/5/2008 1:16 PM ET
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I am so excited to read this book.  This was the one I was hoping would get picked!!  I was going to ask everyone if historical fantasy or historical mystery would be a valid BOM selection but it looks like the historical fantasy question has been answered.  I just got a copy from Amazon for $4.01 (of course that does not include shipping) but that's the cheapest one I could find after looking at several websites. 

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 8:18 PM ET
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I'm glad everyone is already getting, or making plans to get, the book. I think this will be a great one! I can't wait until August 1st now!

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 8:23 PM ET
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The Hard part for me will be not starting the book before Aug 1.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 8:29 PM ET
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I know what you mean Anne! I couldn't resist, I have already finished this month's BOM! But I knew that if I read just a little bit each week, with long breaks in between, I would forget what had happened. I haven't decided yet if I am going to go ahead and start on the rest of the series, or start something else though.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 8:56 PM ET
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Jen:     I have not finish this BOM yet but I am reading ahead and have a feeling I will finish it soon.I am waiting for the next book in the series to come. I may go ahead and read it when it comes while the first book is fresh in my  mind. Maybe that will keep me from reading the Aug BOM ahead of time.



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woo hoo! I can't wait for August now! :)

p.s. I didn't realize it was historical fantasy, I guess it's good that we all aprove then lol!

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 9:38 PM ET
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It seems everyone is happy with the choice.

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 7:29 PM ET
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I've read the Saxon Series to date. I think it's one of Cornwell's best. It's certainly my favorite.

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 10:01 AM ET
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Genie--which titles are the Saxon series? I'm currently on a 'read the series in order' kick and I'll begin to track them down for future reading now....TIA

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 10:23 AM ET
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Colleen: Here is the order of the Saxon series by Bernard Cornwell:

 

Saxon Chronicles
1. The Last Kingdom (2004)
2. The Pale Horseman (2005)
3. The Lords of the North (2006)
4. Sword Song (2007)

 

Here is the link to Fantastic Fiction which has a list of all Bernard Cornwell series of books;

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/bernard-cornwell/



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Date Posted: 7/7/2008 11:44 AM ET
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Thanks, as always, Genie...on my TBA (to be acquired!) list....

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 6:28 PM ET
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Good pick, Jennifer!  Thank you!  I'll check to see if my library has it tomorrow, otherwise I'll order.

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Well, I didn't "pick" the book. I just made little strips of paper with the titles on them, put them in a bowl, and had my boyfriend draw one out. He had no idea what I was having him do (he gets really irritated with my book addiction). I just said "Hey, go pick a piece of paper out of that bowl sitting on the coffee table." He came into the kitchen holding a strip of paper and said "Black Ships? What the hell is this?" I just had to laugh. So yeah, this was just random.



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Jen: I love the way you the book was picked Espically the part where your boyfriend came in the kitchen with the paper that said Black Ships and said what the hell is this? LoL



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Date Posted: 7/7/2008 11:59 PM ET
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That's really funny. my boyfriend gets just as irritated. supposedly I "ignore" him when I'm reading...

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 10:50 AM ET
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 I can sympathize, too--I married a non-reader and have apparently spawned two non-reader DSs--all three of them seem to think that finding me curled up in my favorite chair, nose in book = invitation to interrupt me for discussion time. Arrrgh!

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