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Subject: Cadfael opinion
Date Posted: 1/30/2010 11:36 AM ET
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Hey gang!  I haven't read any of the Cadfael books but I'm just about thru Netflixing the series and LOVE it.  Are the books just as good as the series?

Date Posted: 1/30/2010 11:44 AM ET
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I loved both the books and the series.  Derek Jacobi is flat-out brilliant, first of all.

But the books are wonderful!  I found them very atmospheric; Ellis Peters drops the reader into the monastic life and completely surrounds one with the sights, sounds and smells of the time period.  Now...I love this time period, English history, and monks..so I may be a bit biased.  But this is one series I have on my "Series to read yet again" list.

Date Posted: 1/30/2010 1:15 PM ET
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Adored the books and I have only seen parts of the series.  I haven't read them all I took a break, yet another series I should revisit.  Thanks for the reminder!

Date Posted: 1/30/2010 1:45 PM ET
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I've read them all and I think they are uniformly very good.  Some I certainly liked better than others but that's just personal taste.  The television  series was quite accurate in regards to the books as I recall.  I really thought Derek Jacobi was perfect as Brother Cadfael too.

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Date Posted: 1/30/2010 1:50 PM ET
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I have only read the first one and thought it was very boring. Probably 5 years ago so I don't remember why I thought that. Tried watching the PBS series didn't like either. Too bad I bought the first 10 or so in that series as they are taking up room on my bookshelf.

Alice

Date Posted: 1/30/2010 1:58 PM ET
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I've only read the first one, and I remember liking it 



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Date Posted: 1/30/2010 4:18 PM ET
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I had the same reaction as Alice to the one book I read. I haven't tried the PBS series, though.

Date Posted: 1/30/2010 5:22 PM ET
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I read the first one and thought it was okay, but it didn't compel me to seek out the rest of the series.

I didn't even know there was a movie about the books! I'd definitely like to see it. Maybe I can find it on YouTube; everything else seems to be there.



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Date Posted: 1/31/2010 6:19 AM ET
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You will most likely find it on YouTube while you're sleeping, Valli!

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 7:43 AM ET
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LOL Jeanne!

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 8:34 AM ET
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"I read the first one and thought it was okay, but it didn't compell me to seek out the rest of the series"

My initial reaction was just like Valli's.  Then on the HFonline forum, Elizabeth Chadwick mentioned that the second Cadfael (One Corpse Too Many) was her favorite, so I decided to give the series one more try.  That did the trick, and now I've also read books 3, 4, and 5.  I enjoy having a Cadfael around for those times when you want a simple, quiet, little mystery to slip in between heavier, more thought-demanding novels.

Linda

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 11:13 AM ET
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LOL, Jeanne! If only I could manage to do something constructive during my sleep; like laundry, lol.

Linda, you convinced me; I'll give the 2nd book a try. ;-) Now, I'm going back to the post you quoted to correct my spelling of the word "compel". Jeez.



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Date Posted: 1/31/2010 11:16 AM ET
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I agree with Linda...that is exactly what they are.

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 9:17 AM ET
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I can't get into any mystery novel, historical or otherwise. However, I eat up British TV mysteries by the dozen, and Cadfael is tops with Midsomer Murders! Derek Jacobi is excellent, and his relationship with Hugh Beringar is one of the best parts of most of the episodes - namely Hugh #1 (Sean Pertwee) and Hugh #2 (Eoin McCarthy). The 3rd Hugh was sort of non-descript and lacked the spark of the others.


I do know that the books are markedly different from the TV adaptations. Oswin is a minor character in the books....Hugh's character was changed quite a bit for TV....no doubt there's lots of other things that got changed from page to film.

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 12:16 PM ET
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Gosh I didn't know there were more series' and more Hughs.  Now I'm going to have to track them down on Netflicks!!

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 12:47 PM ET
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I am so going to get netflix, my library has only 3 Cadfael's DVD's!   At least they had all the Sharpe's.



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Date Posted: 2/1/2010 5:34 PM ET
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I like Hugh #1 best!!

Subject: cadfael
Date Posted: 2/1/2010 6:43 PM ET
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I enjoyed both the TV series and all of the books. If you like historical mysteries also check out the Marcus Didius Falco series set in Rome, AD 70's; by Linsey Davis. Good history, clever mysteries, and P.I. Falco and his family are a "hoot'. 1st book in series is Silver Pigs. Ed

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 12:38 AM ET
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Oh thanks Edward I will check these out I am looking for a book sent not set in America or Britian for a challenge!

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Date Posted: 2/3/2010 12:14 PM ET
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I love Marcus Didius Falco books by Lindsay Davis. I am reading one for the Mystery challenge. I recommend you read them in order. Silver Pigs is the first one. The Roman series I like better is by Steven Saylor. For me, it is series that never gets tired, and old. I recommend reading that one in order too. There is another series by Lauren Haney set in ancient Egypt that is good too.  If you are interested in Anceint Egypt Wilbur Smith's River God is excellent.

Alice

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 12:32 PM ET
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Alice I read the River God books a few years ago, my daughter has claimed them as her own.  I really enjoyed them.

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 1:39 PM ET
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I enjoyed both the series and the majority of the books and I too liked the first Hugh best.  The actor who played the second incarnation of Hugh also played Thomas Pitt in an adaptation of Anne Perry's Cater Street Hangman

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 1:55 PM ET
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I like Hugh #1 best!!


And Hugh #2 is my favorite. Maybe it's just the sproingy hair, but I do tend to be shallow that way. ;-)

Any favorite episodes? I find myself re-watching The Virgin in the Ice and St. Peter's Fair more often than any others.

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 12:16 PM ET
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The Virgin in the Ice was really good!  And the first movie that came out...can't remember the title, something Sparrow?

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 12:57 PM ET
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The Sanctuary Sparrow?

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