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Subject: help! I am bogged down....
Date Posted: 1/14/2011 2:17 PM ET
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First Man In Rome,  I know she is setting up the characters in the book.  I normally don't have a problem with Latin names but I feel like my brain is going to explode!  Please tell me it gets better soon I am at page 70 and I am ready to bail!  I am bored to tears!

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 2:30 PM ET
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Yes, it gets better.  Keeping everyone straight at first is by far the hardest thing.  Has Ceasar offered his older daughter Julia to Gaius Marius yet?  That's were events start to pick up.

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 2:42 PM ET
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Not yet, so I will continue.  DH saw the size of the book and the size of the type and brought me in a magnifying glass.  Mr smartie pants!

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 2:51 PM ET
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It is a bit of a slow roll, though.  It picks up speed as more and more characters start being wrapped into the core plotlines.  Snowball rolling down the hill effect.  I totally loved the book and moved immediately to the next one. 

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 2:59 PM ET
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McCullough's Masters of Rome series is amazing! Trust us, you'll love it!  smiley

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 3:26 PM ET
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Does your copy have the pronunciation guide & glossary at the back? I copied those pages so I had a separate hand-out reference always available to me.

And, I echo Sharla's comments - stick with it! This is a wonderful series & after the initial groundwork is laid & you get a feel for the characters & their relationships, it will go fast.

This is one of my very favorite HF series!

Kelly P

 

 

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 3:54 PM ET
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Kelly, It has all of that in the front.  I knew that many of you liked this so that's why I chose it.  Thanks Ladies I will stick to it.

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 5:27 PM ET
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Letty, it took me 3 tries before I actually stuck with the book and finished...the beginning is S.L.O.W.  I ended up loving it though and I've read the whole series, except for the last one. I have the final book, but I feel like I need to re-read the others before I read it. Gosh only knows when that will happen!

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 8:47 PM ET
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Keeping track of the names got better for me, but I still lost interest in the story. I bailed after 500 pages.

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 9:08 PM ET
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Hang in there Letty!  It gets better soon....such a good set of books, sigh.

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 12:58 AM ET
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I gave up after a few hundred pages, too. It's going to be my Play it Again, Sam book for the challenge....if I can make it through this time. What confused the heck out of me was the headers where they tell you who the current goverment big-wigs were...it never seemed to match with who I thought held the position in the storyline at the time. Does that make sense? I decided I was too dumb for the book b/c I couldn't figure out the politics of it all.

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 10:04 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/15/2011 1:52 PM ET
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Thanks for the heads up as I have the series on my TBR, so it is good to be prepared for the beginning slowness.  I will keep that in mind when I start.

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 2:33 PM ET
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Are you still reading it, Letty?

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 2:34 PM ET
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I have put this on the shelf.  I am at this point convinced that the only way I would read this is if, 1.  I was trapped on a desert island, with this book or 2.  I was thrown into jail in solitary confinement and only give this book to read.   Maybe it is my mood I just don't seen to have any patients  right now.

 

ETA  I folded at page # 176 Valli



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Date Posted: 1/15/2011 7:54 PM ET
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Maybe one thing that helps me with slow starts is that I read on a train.  So my choices are either keep reading, or stare out the window at scenery I've seen approximately ... let's see ... 7  years times 50 weeks, times 5 days a week ... about 1,750 times before.  Yeah, I usually keep reading.  If I'm tired, I might nap, but ... I don't DNP very many books.