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Subject: holy guacamole!
Date Posted: 11/4/2008 2:30 AM ET
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so I was just looking at all the books that people are wishing for and I saw a Ken Follett book (world without end, or something like that I think) that had over 600 wishers! what's up with that?!

what is so great about that book?

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 8:14 AM ET
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From amazon.com:

In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds of lives it affected. Critics were overwhelmed--"it will hold you, fascinate you, surround you" (Chicago Tribune)--and readers everywhere hoped for a sequel.

World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of The Pillars of the Earth. The cathedral and the priory are again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge, but this sequel stands on its own. This time the men and women of an extraordinary cast of characters find themselves at a crossroad of new ideas--about medicine, commerce, architecture, and justice. In a world where proponents of the old ways fiercely battle those with progressive minds, the intrigue and tension quickly reach a boiling point against the devastating backdrop of the greatest natural disaster ever to strike the human race--the Black Death.

Three years in the writing, and nearly eighteen years since its predecessor, World Without End breathes new life into the epic historical novel and once again shows that Ken Follett is a masterful author writing at the top of his craft.


The Pillars of the Earth was an Oprah Book Club choice. This alone has no doubt created a vast interest in its sequel.

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 12:23 PM ET
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Oh wow!  I've never heard of those books but they do sound interesting.

I wonder if there's any point of adding myself to the wish list tho' if the wait is 600 people long.

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 4:15 PM ET
Member Since: 6/21/2008
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Some folks are just going to have to buy the book so some copies are available to spread around.  I recently bought 3 copies of a book that 800+people at PBS are wishing.  I got them for $3.00 each and felt that I should show some gratitude for the great books folks here have swapped to me.  I am not preaching, but am really grateful for this site and all the interesting people who are members.

I was also wondering what was up with that book (The Pillars of the Earth).  I have never read any Ken Follett, but it looks like time to consider buying a copy.  Having visited many cathedrals in Europe, this books sounds fascinating.  And I seem to be interested lately in the medieval period.

Date Posted: 11/4/2008 4:33 PM ET
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I've heard it said that this is the "most highly anticipated novel" in many years.  So many readers loved THE PILLAR OF THE EARTH.....and wanted more!

An interesting note;  over 800 PBS'ers have wish-listed for THE SHACK by William P. Young! 

Date Posted: 11/6/2008 2:27 AM ET
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for being the "most highly anticipated" I sure have never heard of it lol :)

Maybe I'll pick it up. I picked up Water for Elephants because it had a long wish list...it's not what I expected. I'm pleasantly surprised. It's one I never thought to get before because the back doesn't have a description...just stupid reviewers quotes, which I hate. I'm convinced that books that wont give you a description on the back are crap that they've covered in rainbow sprinkles to trick you....

Date Posted: 11/6/2008 8:49 AM ET
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The Pillars of the Earth is a fabulous book...one of my all time favorites and I have read it over and over again. I highly recommend it to anyone who has not read it! It is a long and, at least to me, very satisfying read. And yes, if you have ever visited one of the medieval cathedrals in England or Europe, it will resonate with you that much more!