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Subject: Author Interview - Robert Harris
Date Posted: 2/11/2010 1:26 PM ET
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I heard this interview this morning, and thought of my HF friends. It seems I've read one of his books, but not the first one of this series (he wrote Pompeii, right? That's the one I've read)

 

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123580156

Date Posted: 2/11/2010 1:57 PM ET
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Hey Mimi -- this sounds good. I checked Amazon -- the first book in this series is Imperium which got pretty high ratings.

Date Posted: 2/11/2010 2:36 PM ET
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I just saw it on the splash page, too, available for order. It appears he wrote "Fatherland" which I considered for the Alternate History category of the challenge (I am planning on reading Philip Roth's The Plot Against America instead) 

Date Posted: 2/11/2010 7:04 PM ET
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I just saw his new book at B&N today.  Yes, he did write Pompeii.  That's one I have read as well.

Date Posted: 2/12/2010 11:45 AM ET
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I read Imperium and highly recommend it. Because of Imperium, I have ordered Pompeii and it is on its way to me now. I can't wait to read it. I just went to Amazon and put Conspirata on my wish list.

Date Posted: 2/12/2010 3:36 PM ET
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I have Imperioum and Pompeii on my RL but I have no idea when I'll get to them.

Date Posted: 2/19/2010 4:50 PM ET
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I knew nothing of this author until Mimi posted. Then on Tuesday while I was sorting books for our high school's book sale, I found and grabbed a practically brand new copy of Pompeii and today I found a copy of Fatherland at the library for 50 cents. I must admit that the latter is not my kind of book but the customer reviews on Amazon were decent (although as Cathy has so well highlighted, these reviews don't necessarily mean much) and it does fit the Alternate History category. Have any of you read it? If not, could someone be the guinea pig and do so -- and then let me know if it's worth reading??? (Isn't that the purpose of this forum -- to have others weed out the drek?)

Date Posted: 2/19/2010 7:13 PM ET
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Deb - I've not, but in a small world story - I've known about it for years, really contemplated using it as my Alternative History book, and chose instead Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America". Then, I discovered, after posting this thread, that he wrote it. I think that I will probably read it soon anyway, just because I do wonder how it is.

Enjoy!

Date Posted: 2/19/2010 7:21 PM ET
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Heh. I've shared that twice on this thread, now. Sorry about that. Clearly, I need to order Fatherland and just read it ;)