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Subject: BEHOLD!
Date Posted: 1/21/2010 2:28 PM ET
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 I have it in my hot little hands - The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell!  Yes, the latest Uhtred installment, which I pre-ordered from Amazon months ago has finally shown up on my doorstep.  Most of you know of my long-standing love affair with Uhtred, so I'm sure you understand my excitement.  I cannot wait to read his latest adventures.  Now, if only I could dig into it tonight.  Alas, I must finish Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, which I'm a little more than halfway through.  Fortunately I am enjoying this book very much, so it shouldn't be a hardship to squeeze in as much reading time over the next couple of days to finish it up.  Then, my friends, nothing will stop me from picking up this book I've been waiting for since . . . well, since I read the last Uhtred book last year!  Joy of joys!!!!

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 2:54 PM ET
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I'm so happy for your, Shelley!  I hope that Uhtred lives up to all of your expectations!

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 3:04 PM ET
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I've been denying the urge for an Amazon order -- I've spent my book budget for the month already. And now, dagnabit Shelley, you've gone and increased the temptation to nigh irresistable levels.

~muttering to self: 10 more days~

We'll see how long I can hold out.  I have a sneaking feeling that when I actually see it at the bookstore, continued resistence will be futile.



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Date Posted: 1/21/2010 3:57 PM ET
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Oh, snap, Shelley, you didn't get the email about this first shipment of books? They are all missing the very last chapter and need to be sent back. It's very sad.

 

 

 

:-D

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Date Posted: 1/21/2010 4:37 PM ET
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Barnes and Noble has some really good deals now. I was feeling unhappy so I ordered 8 books, came to less than $60 so I was happy.

Alice

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 5:52 PM ET
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Yah, yah, yah, Valli!  :)

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 6:23 PM ET
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LOL, Valli! You're going to start a revolution.

Shelley, I'm right there with you. I ordered it weeks ago. But I need to go back and re-read Sword Song. It was the first book I read after the surgery and I can't remember a darn thing.

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 6:44 PM ET
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Genie - Welcome to my world! That happens to me all the time, and I can't even use recent surgery as an excuse.  I can't ever remember very many details of books I've read.  The whole Uhtred series is a haze. I remember certain events, but I couldn't tell you exactly what happened in what book or what happened to a certain character.  When the book I'm currently reading refers back to something in one of the previous books, stuff comes back to me, but if you were to ask me what happened in say, Sword Song I'd be hard pressed to give you many details.  I can't even remember which my favorite Uhtred book has been so far.  I think it might be The Pale Horseman.  Is that the one where Uhtred is on the slave ship?  I love that one.  Is it the one where they free Ragnar's sister (whose name, of course, escapes me)  from the bad guy who killed their father?  I think those things happend in the same book, but see?  I can't remember!  LOL!  And which one was it where Uhtred, Alfred and Company spent time essentially trapped for months (or was it years) in some type of boggy marshland?  Aaack ! I'm hopeless!



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Date Posted: 1/21/2010 7:07 PM ET
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So, are you saying you don't believe my story? It's very hard to have friends who never believe me. *sob*


Actually, now that I think about it...The last chapter being missing wasn't the problem. The real problem was that Uhtred DIES a HORRIBLE death in the last chapter. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 8:00 PM ET
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LOL Valli!!  Your going to start a wet noodle riot!!!

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 8:37 PM ET
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Valli - You just keep getting funnier and funnier!  ;)

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 9:24 PM ET
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Alice, that is some very cheap therapy!

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 10:44 PM ET
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I've got my copy too Shelley!!  Now what do I do, finish the new book I started or read Uhtred?  Do you think the guy on the cover is supposed to be our hero?

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 8:24 AM ET
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Oh good, Shelly, I'm not alone! When I read something I really like, I usually go buy the audiobook at Audible. Then I can brush up while I drive. I spend lots of hours driving each week with a 2-hour one-way commute to work. So this works well for me.

But Audible doesn't have unabridged copies of Sword Song. What's up with that? I won't waste my money on an abridged copy. So now I have to wait until I have time to hold the book in my hot little hands. Which will be sooner rather than later as I'm almost as anxious as you to read the latest.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 9:09 AM ET
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I would feel really crappy if Uhtred actually ended up dying in this book. I'd feel like I jinxed it for poor Shelley, lol.

Really, I'm just terribly jealous because I don't have this book yet! I am trying so very hard not to buy any more books! Since I am in second place in the WL line for this one, I have decided to be strong and wait it out. Alas.

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who forgets what happens in which book while reading a series. I can't ever keep that straight, even in books I love.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 10:25 AM ET
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Valli, There is a little evil side to you, isn't there?

Forgetting what happens in books happens to me all the time. It comes from reading so MANY books! The mind only absorbs and retains so much that you can readily draw on. I recall when I first read Pillars of the Earth (years ago) and all that stuck in my mind was the detail given to the construction of the temple. When the sequel FINALLY came out, I had to re-read Pillars! THAT must be why I can't get through my TBR pile!!!

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 12:23 PM ET
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Valli - Uhtred can't possibly die in TBL because Cornwell recently posted on his website that he envisions many, many more books in the series.  I can't believe he'd carry on the series without Uhtred.  (I certainly hope Cornwell doesn't eventually veer into "son of Uhtred" territory.  I usually stop liking series after the main character is gone.) 

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who forgets books!  I'm surprised though. I always get the impression around here that you all remember things much better than I do. I mean like, "Oh, that happened on page 64 of the fourth book in the series, and later it eventually gets resolved on page 210 of the fifth book in the series.  It all started, of course, when X happend about halfway through book 2."  LOL! 

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 1:37 PM ET
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Rest assured, Uhtred CAN'T die.  You will likely remember, as soon as I say it, that the narrorator for the series is old man Uhtred (in a monastery IIRC?) writing the story down for the young queen/princess/whatever she is.  Of course, I can't remember her name or other details, either!

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 2:37 PM ET
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Sharla:  Isn't that Derfel in the Arthur series?  I rember Uhtred talking as an old man, don't remember the monastery part though.  He talks about having had lots of wives etc.

 Thank goodness I'm not the only one who can't remember details in books, Jeanne and Valli.  I feel so much better in such good company!



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Date Posted: 1/22/2010 7:29 PM ET
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LOL -- my husband says that I should get rid of all but 2-3 of my favorite books and just keep re-reading them since I never remember what I read anyway! (He of course charitably volunteers to box up and remove the books for me.)

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 8:25 PM ET
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I also remember the old man Uhtred talking about dribbling when he pees!   Why do I remember stupid stuff like that?  LOL!

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 9:47 PM ET
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I decided to start this series for the challenge and zipped through the first two book in the first two weeks of the year. I am heading to the library next week to get the third one and have already put my name on the waitlist at the library for the fourth :-)

 

LOL -- my husband says that I should get rid of all but 2-3 of my favorite books and just keep re-reading them since I never remember what I read anyway!

Ha Ha Deb! My Dad tells my mom this all the time!

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 1:41 AM ET
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Cheryl: you are right--I mixed up the two narrators. ~shaking head~  

I went and pulled the first books of both series, and the one I described was indeed the Arthur series, and the old guy was in a monastery, writing the story for some Igraine queen, who goes to the monastary to pray for a child and get the next installment of the tale.

Uhtred, too, narrates from later in life, but I have no clue now how much later.  I don't know when I mixed the two up in my mind, but I've been picturing Uhtred telling the tale from the monastary for at least the last two books. Pathetic, I am. LOL

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 8:38 AM ET
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I so can't imagine Uhtred in a monastary!  LOL!

I finished Snow Flower and the Secret Fan last night, so I'll start The Burning Land this afternoon.  Can't wait!

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 9:31 AM ET
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Shelley--very happy for you, vicariously! I am collecting the Cornwells, haven't read a one of them yet, but I do know Uhtred is the man in your life! Congratulations!

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