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Subject: Man Booker Prize Winner
Date Posted: 10/6/2009 8:04 PM ET
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I thought it was cool that a book of H/F has won the Booker Prize this year. The prize went to Hilary Mantel for his newest book, Wolf Hall.

http://www.themanbookerprize.com/

 

I'm slightly obsessed with the Booker books. I've read just about all of the winners now and I'll definitely be reading this one. ;-)

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 8:24 PM ET
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I was reading Brian Wainwrights blog and he mentioned  "Wolf Hall"  http://brianwainwright.blogspot.com/.  It might be of intrest to you Valli

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 8:54 AM ET
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Thanks for posting that, Letty! I wouldn't have seen if if you hadn't and that was a very interesting blog post. I might just wait on the Wishlist for this book instead of buying it at Christmas like I'd planned. I didn't know it was written in 1st person and that is not something I normally love. I'm not crazy about the idea of reading another book about the Tudors, actually I'm Tudor-ed out!, but Thomas Cromwell is a fascinating man and sure to make for a good book. I am eager to see what she does with Cromwell.

I saw an article with Hilary Mantel somewhere and she stressed that she'd had this idea for "Wolf Hall" in her head for years and I wondered if it was true or if she was just trying to make it seem like she was not jumping on the Tudor bandwagon, lol. Oh, I'm sure she really has had this idea for a long while, just like she said, but it is hard not to wonder about it because so many authors have jumped on the same wagon. Or, the Jane Austin wagon. You'd think both of those poor, overloaded wagons would have broken down by now! ;-)

I really, really need to buy Brian Wainwright's book! I have had it on my list for ages, just haven't gotten around to actually buying it and I don't know why because it sounds awfully good. I actually think it was one of the very first books I wishlisted after joining here and getting back in to H/F again. I removed in from my WL because the line never, ever moved. It must be a great book since no one is posting their copies! ;-)

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 8:55 AM ET
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Now, I have to go add the 2009 Longlist, the Shortlist, and the prize winner to the Excel spreadsheet about the Booker Prize that I keep fully updated.

I am such a nerd.

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 9:19 AM ET
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Valli,  I read both "Within The Fetterlock" and "The Adventures of Alianore Audley"  the latter was very funny by the way.  I love his blogspot you really hear his voice in his writing.   I can't wait to get his next book.  I think you'll like these.  Interesting to see the Yorks pre Edward and Richard.

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 9:26 AM ET
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I just got a copy of Wolf Hall and hope to get to it this weekend. I love Brian's books and heartily recommend them and I'm anxiously awaiting his next (if he'd ever finish it) set during the time of Richard III. Any of you that are on Goodreads he's a member of the Richard III group and his posts are quite fun and interesting.

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 9:58 AM ET
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Cathy,  I will be interested on your take on Wolf Hall it's not on my wish list yet, still on the reminder list. Second string so to speak.

ETA  I put the shelf of shame on my bookmarks.   Love it!



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Date Posted: 10/7/2009 11:31 AM ET
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Jerelyn, I snuck in a few pages last night, but I was awfully tired so not much sunk in. I'm just finishing up a book written in present tense and then go right into Wolf Hall which is the same. Ack! I can't believe little ole me got an offer for a review copy, I was planning on getting it from the library when it came in (they are soooo good they get everything).

Shelf of Shame, it's fun but I wish more bloggers would contribute. They can't possibly be loving every book they get ;(

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 6:53 PM ET
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Misfit, Got it. Wolf Hall. Geez I'm thick sometimes. Enjoy it!

I'm also interested in what others think of this book.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 12:05 PM ET
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Well, you guys sold me... I am definitely planning to buy "Within the Fetterlock" next time I decide to book shop. It really does sound awfully good. ;-)

Cathy, please do let us know about "Wolf Hall". I'm especially curious about how well she did with that 1st person style, ugh. I just don't care for 1st person at all. I'm very interested in the subject though, so, hopefully, Mantel will end up being one of the few authors who do 1st person really well.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 2:20 PM ET
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I've made it to about page 80 or something and put it aside for a rest - it's heavy going and I'm finding it needs to be read in small doses. It's not in the first person, but in the present tense - i.e. she walks into the room instead of she walked into the room. Supposedly it gives a story *immediacy* but I'm not too fond of it. I'll hit it again some more tomorrow I have been totally side-tracked by an 80's romance (although it's pretty tame so far). I love stories of the California trail and the Gold country.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 6:06 PM ET
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I've read about 120 pages and I agree with Misfit - I can't read it for very long at a time.  It's tough going with a very distinct style (apart from the present tense and in parts other than direct dialogue, Cromwell always being referred to as "he").

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 6:59 PM ET
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Well, this isn't sounding too promising. I'm not excited about the present tense either. The only books that should be witten in present tense are those with lots of car explosions and people getting stabbed in the neck as they attempt to steal Top Secret documents containing government plans to build high tech warrior robots. I thought everyone knew that....  ;-)

Date Posted: 10/10/2009 8:41 AM ET
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I don't even like hot romance in the present tense. Makes feel like I'm missing out! ;-)

Ah, well, I'm still looking forward to reading the author's previous book.

Date Posted: 10/14/2009 10:08 AM ET
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I'm still slogging through in very small doses. I am just too tired during the work week and have trouble concentrating. I did start Mary Luke's The Ivy Crown (about Katherine Parr) and having Cromwell in it might help get me more focused and I'm more *refreshed* on him and his history.

Anyone seen this blog post? http://royalaffairs.blogspot.com/2009/10/plagiarism-setting-record-straight.html

Date Posted: 10/14/2009 11:54 AM ET
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Wow, Cathy! Now, I don't know if I want to read the book or the blog posts about the book! :-D

Date Posted: 10/14/2009 2:19 PM ET
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That Leslie Carroll is quite something and doesn't know when to keep her hands off of the keyboard and walk away, http://dearauthor.com/wordpress/2008/07/08/top-ten-things-authors-should-not-do-at-amazon/

Date Posted: 10/14/2009 4:51 PM ET
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Well, I can certainly understand why the alleged plagiarizer is a *former* friend.

Date Posted: 10/14/2009 6:41 PM ET
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I had forgotten about that whole other Leslie Carroll incident!  Jeez.

Date Posted: 10/14/2009 8:21 PM ET
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I had a front row seat for the whole weekend fiasco. She kept digging herself deeper and deeper and then the DA post hit and her posts and husband's review just started melting away.