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Subject: I Love Uhtred!
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 8:03 PM ET
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LOL!  I just finished the third book in The Saxon Tales series by Bernard  Cornwell, Lords of the North, and I daresay I think I enjoyed this book the best out of all three - although I really, really liked them all!  I am so grateful to the HF BOM for turning me onto the series when we read the first book, The Last Kingdom, as the July BOM.  This book just rocked, IMO.  Uhtred was at his dry, sarcastic best, it was great to see issues left unresolved in the previous books wrapped up, and there were lots of twists and turns (some of which I saw coming and some of which completely surprised me). 

So, I just had to stop in and rave about how much I liked this book and how much I'm looking forward to the next book in this series, which I hope is due out soon.  Who else out there has read all the books in this series?  And do you love them as much as I do?  I've never read any of Cornwell's other series. How do they compare to The Saxon Tales?

 

 

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 8:13 PM ET
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The Saxon books are my favorite by Cornwell. But I haven't gotten to the Arthur books or the ones on the Revolutionary WAr.

I do like taking up a Sharpe book from time to time.

There's a 4th in the Saxon series, but the title escapes me at the moment.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 8:43 PM ET
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I have read the first three and loved them too!!  I agree Uhtred was at his sarcastic best in Lords of the North.  I really had some good laughs at how he describes Alfred in the beginning of the book!  The fourth one is called Sword Song and I am waiting a bit to read it because I don't want the fun to end till a new one is on the way.  The author also has a new book coming out in the fall called Azincourt that I am really looking forward to reading.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 8:21 AM ET
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Shelley--I've just begun collecting the Saxon chronicles, to read them in order---now, I can't wait to begin them! Your recommendation has made me want to start them today. I've got Pale Horseman and Last Kingdom so far, but not the others.....

Colleen

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 2:31 PM ET
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Ooooh, thanks, guys!  I didn't think the 4th one was out yet.  It's the 5th, then, that's coming soon, eh?  I'm off to check to see if my library has Sword Song.  As soon as I finish Beneath A Marble Sky (which I started yesterday), I'm going right back to Uhtred!!! 

Colleen - I hope you enjoy the series as much as I do.  I just fell in love with Uhtred!  I keep picturing Viggo Mortensen playing him in a movie (probably because Viggo does dirty, tough, brooding action guys of bygone eras better than anyone), although Viggo's probably a bit old to play the 20-something Uhtred.  LOL! 

 

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 5:53 PM ET
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Oh I like the way your mind works, Shelley!!  Viggo probably would be a little too old but he sure looks better the dirtier he gets!!  Somehow I always picture Uhtred as a blonde, I don't know who in particular I would pick to play him thoughj.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 8:51 AM ET
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Cheryl - LOL!  So true on Viggo.  He doesn't clean up as well as he dirties down!  I think he'd make a great Uhtred, but yeah, the age might be a hang up to that.  However, back in Uhtred's day, I'm sure people aged much faster.  LOL!  I'll have to think of any younger actors I could picture as Uhtred. 

And yep, the library has a copy of Sword Song, so I hope to be picking that up in a few days! 

 



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