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Subject: The Sunne in Splendour Read Together
Date Posted: 3/24/2010 12:20 PM ET
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Hi Everyone,

Melani and I have decided to read together The Sunne in Splendour by Penman.

Everyone is welcome to join us!

We have not chosen a start date yet.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 1:22 PM ET
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Well, clearly I'm in for the read along!  LOL!

I picked up my copy of the book at the library today so I can start whenever y'all want!

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 1:30 PM ET
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I am long due a re-read, so count me in.

I'm curious how I'll find it now that I know SO much more about R3 and the Plantagenets in general, compared to when I first read it.  That must have been at least 10 years ago.  Maybe more like 12-13.   

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 1:57 PM ET
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Oh, it is such a wonderful book! If I didn't have such a huge TBR, I wouldn't mind doing a re-read with you.

You have a great read ahead of you!

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 4:58 PM ET
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I also should probably skip as my TBR is towering, and my copy is loaned out.

But, I'll definitely read along on the discussion.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 5:11 PM ET
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I am up for it.  It's been awhile since I read it.

 

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Date Posted: 3/24/2010 5:12 PM ET
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Oh, it is such a wonderful book! If I didn't have such a huge TBR, I wouldn't mind doing a re-read with you. You have a great read ahead of you!

Ditto, ditto, ditto.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 5:29 PM ET
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I would love to join in as well.  Please let me know when you are ready to start reading.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 7:10 PM ET
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Oh good, glad to see that a few others are interested! Well, let's set a start date. Is Monday, the 29th too soon?

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 8:20 PM ET
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If I can slog through Wolf Hall by then, I'm game.  I have the book on my shelf, plus it's the one I'm using for the "Birthday" challenge of HF Challenge #1.  I'll stay tuned for details and will try to get through WH by the end of the weekend!

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 10:18 AM ET
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Sheila:  The 29th sounds fine for me.  I'm reading a short mystery and should be done by then no problem.

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 10:39 AM ET
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I also ditto what Valli said and I too, will be watching this thread! Fun, fun read!!

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 2:38 PM ET
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That's good for me, too.  Looking forward to it.

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 2:42 PM ET
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Depending on how my reading goes this weekend I may join in - it's in my HUGE stack (thanks to all you guys ;)) of TBR books.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 9:26 AM ET
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Started it bright and early this morning. My, but it does start off with a bang, doesn't it?  She starts out shaping Richard immediately, at 7 years old.  Very well executed. 

I suspect I may end up liking this book even more than the first two times I read it, eons ago.  I know more about the people and events and times now, to appreciately more fully just what she's doing with them.  When I first read this book, I knew the names and geneologies just well enough that I didn't get lost in it, but nothing more.  This is going to be fun.



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Date Posted: 3/29/2010 10:53 AM ET
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The group read starts today.  Being a slow reader, I'll probably get behind.

Is there a reading and discussion schedule?

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 10:54 AM ET
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I hope to re-read this someday, but it's been too recent since I first read it (2, 3 years?). I need the memory to dull a bit before I try it again. Have a feeling that Richard's super-super goodness would only annoy me. :-P

At least SKP could write a coherent book filled with guys that have the same name!  All those Richards and Edwards, and yet.....totally comprehensible.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 12:39 PM ET
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I jumped the gun and started reading the book last night.  I'm already completely hooked!!

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 7:53 PM ET
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I hope to start the book this evening.

I skimmed through the book and noted that the novel is separated into four "books". Would this be a good way to divide discussion? Book 1 is the first 374 pages. We can still discuss as we read but maybe put "spoiler" at the beginning of a post if it contains a spoiler. I looked for a discussion guide for The Sunne in Splendour but I did not find one not does my book have any discussion questions.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 8:34 PM ET
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I haven't seen a discussion guide, either.  Your four "books" division makes sense to me.  If we note in our posts which book we are in, that will help others who are behind avoid spoilers if they want to.

Date Posted: 3/30/2010 9:27 AM ET
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No time after all!  (bigstone)

 



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Date Posted: 3/30/2010 10:31 AM ET
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I haven't started yet as I'm still muddling through Wolf Hall.  I didn't get as much time to read last weekend as I had hoped. I'm doing big-time skimming here at the end of WH, so I should be done in the next day or two and then will start TSIS.  Can't wait!

Date Posted: 3/30/2010 11:31 AM ET
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Sheila:  I think dividing the discussion into the 4 "books" makes a lot of sense.  What about doing 4 discussion threads (1 for each book) like there was for the sections of Aztec?  That way there should be less "spoiler" issues.

Date Posted: 3/30/2010 12:20 PM ET
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Yes, starting 4 discussion threads was what I was thinking also. If someone would like to start them, go ahead. Otherwise, I will start the threads this evening, after work.

I read about 30 pages last night :-)

I have a question for everyone:

How did you come by your copy of The Sunne in Splendour?

In my experience, it was not an easy novel to find. I had it wishlisted here for about year and I never saw the line "move". Then, I was ordering some books from half.com for my daughter and there was one copy available so I ordered it. The condition is not great but after I received it, I have let the book languish on my TBR shelf for over 2 years!

Date Posted: 3/30/2010 12:36 PM ET
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I bought mine new in a bookstore, eons ago.  I bought and read the Welsh trilogy first before Sunne, and I liked it even better than the others.  I don't know when that was, but it was some time between when the last  Welsh was published and before When Christ and His Saints Slept was published.  I remember how delighted I was to see a new Penman on the shelf it came out.

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