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Subject: The Pillars of the Earth *** NO SPOILERS, PLEASE!! ***
Date Posted: 4/10/2008 10:44 AM ET
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I just started this book the other day and I am HOOKED.   The first chapter or two were a bit slow, but now I find I am totally invested in these characters and want to see what happens next! 

Others who have read this.....Your thoughts, please!! 

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 12:24 PM ET
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I gave up after the first three chapters. I didn't like it.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 2:44 PM ET
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I loved it, I have part two World Without End on my TBR.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 5:25 PM ET
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I loved it, but I also have great interest in architecture, especially old churches., and medieval England.

  But if you already like it,  I think you're set.....  I'm listening to World Without End right now and if my cd player in my car would cooperate I'd be finished with it by now.

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 6:03 AM ET
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It is worth the time and effort.  Enjoy.

susan

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 10:34 AM ET
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I'm well into the book now and am still loving it.  I think it's one of those books that you either love or hate.  I love "historical" books, books about architecture, and books about England so this one is right up my alley!

 

Subject: Pillars of the Earth
Date Posted: 4/11/2008 7:51 PM ET
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I think you will love it even more as you keep reading.  I have now read it twice and just finished the sequel to it which was also good

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 9:33 PM ET
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I don't normally read or listen to historical books but the audio book is FABULOUS!!  I love the readers voice and the story is so fascinating...I still haven't started his latest book but I have heard that it is good also.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 12:55 AM ET
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Pillars of the Earth is one of my all-time favorite novels.  Keep reading...it will hook you and won't let you go. 

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 9:26 PM ET
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I just finished this book - the first one in a while that I could NOT put down!!  Well worth it!

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 3:00 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Pillars of the Earth.  Couldn't wait for a WL copy of its sequel "World Without End".  Got it from the library and I actually cried because it ended.  I loved both of them.

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 12:05 AM ET
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This is not my typical read. I'm more of a simple John Grisham a few minutes before bed.  Well, when I read Pillars of the Earth it was more like 2 hours after my bedtime and I couldn't put it down!  I got my copy from the library and I made my husband check out a second copy to make sure I didn't miss a day reading it if I had to take mine back! (wasn't able to renew it)  LOL..  I read a few of the passages to him out loud (describing how a corner of a building was built) and he thought I was nuts!

It was very interesting how the author weaved the description of medieval building practices with such interesting characters. It's definitely unlike any book I've read, and I'm still surprised I got through it.  The characters are so interesting it's just impossible to put down.  I just finished the sequel, but wasn't quite as happy with it. I still enjoyed it, though. 

My latest Grisham novel is so boring now! Does anyone have any other books they would recommend or liked as much as Pillars?

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 9:44 AM ET
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I am reading Pillars of the Earth now.I am enjoying it.I do not have  much time to read right now.I read it when I am able to.I have World Without End here to read.

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 10:27 AM ET
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Suzanne I just finished Lonesome Dove, I highly recommend it. I'm not much into westerns but this book is a treasure.  I couldn't put it down. A wonderful epic novel.

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 2:20 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Pillars.  I'm about #537 on the wishlist for "World Without End".  I'm #7 for the paperback version which comes out later this year I think.  I wonder which one will come up first for me!

Subject: Pillars of the Earth
Date Posted: 4/19/2008 3:30 PM ET
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Hi Beth,

It is interesting. This is the first day that I joined andI after looking at the forum, I see the book that I have been telling people that is the one of the best I have read in years is the one you are reading.

Makes me glad I joined up.

Folet did a great job with this and I know you will enjoy it all the way to the end.

 

Have a great day.

 

Kevin

 

 

Date Posted: 4/21/2008 11:13 PM ET
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Rebekah: I couldn't get into it either.  All the endless talk about monastic life and the proper way to build a Cathedral. 

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 11:55 AM ET
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I couldn't get into it.  All of the characters have the same "voice" and this really irks me.  Very shallow writing style.  I stopped at about page 100.

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 2:33 PM ET
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I am almost to the end, and still hooked.  This has been a wonderful read.

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 1:34 AM ET
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I couldn't put it down at the end. I was up until about 2:30 am or so and then I posted it as soon as I was done. Since it was my first of the genre it made me fall in love with historical fiction.

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 9:35 AM ET
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I'm almost finished with World Without End.  I would have finished it last night but Icouldn't keep my eyes open. I think if you enjoyed Pillars of the Earth you would like this one too.



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Date Posted: 4/24/2008 3:03 PM ET
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April.....I'm a little daunted by the fact that it's over a thousand pages, but I'll still read it!     It sounds really good.

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 10:08 AM ET
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Just think of it like readng five 200 pages books!!!

eta: I finally finished it last night.  phew!



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Date Posted: 5/12/2008 1:36 PM ET
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I appreciated how he wove the lives of all the characters together, but I just can't make myself like the book.

I like math and was interested in the architecture.  The violence bothered me, although it was probably true for the era.  Around page 300 I told my husband, I don't know if I like this book.  I did want to know what happened with the characters and wanted it the book to redeem itself to me so it would be worthwhile for me to have read it, so I guess that is a credit to the author.

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 3:08 PM ET
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Loved it! I rarely give a book 5 stars but this one deserved it.

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