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Subject: The Eight by Katherine Neville
Date Posted: 1/9/2009 6:14 PM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2005
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Has anyone read "The Eight"? I have heard so many good things about this book, but I have zero interest in chess so I never bothered to get it. Now, a friend who knows how much I love history is saying the sequel is just as good as The Eight and insists that I would love both books. I can't seem to get past the fact that the book is about chess, probably because I still remember many torturous hours spent with my G-father who was trying to teach me how to play the game. ;-)

If you've read it, what did you think? I'm really curious about it. My friend is not a big reader so when she raves about a book, I usually like to check it out.

Date Posted: 1/11/2009 7:11 PM ET
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I haven't read it, although I have a copy and I plan to. I've actually heard that the sequel is better than The Eight. The Eight received rave reviews when it came out, so it sounds like it's worth trying out.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 5:24 PM ET
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Genie, it was actually the great reviews for the sequel that made me re-think trying "The Eight". I requested a copy, so I'll see how it is soon. People really seem to love both books. I hope we like it as much as they all do! ;-)

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 7:17 PM ET
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I thought The 8 was very good, and definitely better than the sequel. Chess is simply the vehicle - I don't know much about the game and it wasn't a problem.