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Subject: Margaret George
Date Posted: 7/17/2008 11:03 AM ET
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I have been eagerly awaiting a new book by Margaret George, and I was  so bummed to find her next books is going to be about Elizabeth. Although I'm sure she'll do a good job with Elizabeth, I wish she'd  done just about anyone else. I'm still planning to read it though. ;-)

From her website:

I am currently working on a novel about Elizabeth I in the latter part of her reign. Recently historians have been calling it almost a second reign, very different from the first reign, a sort of film noir version of the earlier one, with a whole new cast of characters and a fin de siecle feeling to it. I am enjoying exploring this idea, which has barely been hinted at in other books and movies. Those tend to focus on the Essex episode, but only as a romance and not as a symptom of something deeper.

And, of course, much of what we think of as "The Elizabethan Age" really did not get underway until near the end of her reign: the theatre, the colonies in the New World, and the brilliant writers---Shakespeare, Marlowe, Donne, Spenser, and Jonson. It certainly is a time that deserves its own special treatment.

The one thing I didn't see... When is this book going to be released. Anyone know?

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 11:35 AM ET
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I felt that way when I learned Philippa Gregory's next one was going to be about Mary, Queen of Scots but I am still interested in reading that one as well.   I don't know when the MG one is going to be released but I'll probably put this one on my WL too.  Wonder if its going to be as long as her other ones have been?

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 11:43 AM ET
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I wasn't thrilled about Gregory doing Mary either. Why can't those authors branch out and do someone different?!

We really need a permanent "New Releases" thread! There are so many H/F books coming out this year and early next year.

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 11:12 AM ET
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Gosh they all seem to be writing about the same few themes or people.  That will get boring no matter how good the authors are.  You can only "spin" information so many ways before it gets repetitious.  I hope there are some other subjects in the works somewhere in HF land.

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 1:57 AM ET
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I want more stuff on Edward IV, Joan of Kent, John of Gaunt (and of course my historical crush, Richard  the Lionhearted). My gosh, so many interesting people and eras in history. I've moved away from Tudors this year, except for The Infamous Lady Rochford book about Jane Boleyn (Anne's sister in law). While I do enjoy reading about the Tudors, I cannot understand why so many are authors are locked into this one dynasty when there is just so much other fascinating stuff to fill the imagination!

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 11:49 AM ET
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I absolutely LOVED George's Memoirs of Cleopatra and wish she would write on more exotic topics. I have been on a serious eastern world reading spree lately and have found so many people and places in history to be sadly neglected in HF. I am sure that if she would write on these topics they would be wonderful and it really disappoints me that she is sticking with "the same old thing" that so many other authors are doing.

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 1:01 PM ET
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I loved Cleopatra by Margaret George too.  I think the character of her Cleopatra is one of the most interesting and compelling females that I have read and is certainly one of my all time favorites.

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 1:40 PM ET
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I completely agree Cheryl. Before reading that book I hated history. By the time I finished reading Memoirs of Cleopatra, I knew what my calling in life was. I went a few days later and changed my major and plan to go to graduate school for ancient history. I have enjoyed George's other books too, Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles and The Autobiography of Henry VIII, but nowhere near as much as Cleopatra.

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 11:23 AM ET
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Congratulations to you, Jennifer!  Isn't it amazing what the effect a fine book, movie, play etc. can have on a life sometimes?  By the way, what about The Name of the Wind didn't you like now that I have finished it?

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 12:29 PM ET
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Cheryl, the thing I didn't like about The Name of the Wind was the strong love interest involved. The story itself was great, but I really felt that it got bogged down by Kvothe's love for some mysterious, vanishing girl. I have never understood why authors feel the need to make characters fall in love with people like that.