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19-03-2020, 23:00   #9406
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Sorry, didn't mean to be arrogant, I'm just a voracious reader.
No worries , I only read physical books and wouldn't touch a kindle or the likes. My eyes wouldn't be able to handle that much screen time after working on a laptop all day.
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Currently re-reading Wolf Hall, and planning to re-read Bring Up The Bodies, to prepare Getting rave reviews so far, hope you enjoy!
I tried Wolf Hall and gave up. Her third book is getting good reviews so am wondering should i give it another go? And go for the treble?
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No worries , I only read physical books and wouldn't touch a kindle or the likes. My eyes wouldn't be able to handle that much screen time after working on a laptop all day.
Kindle is e-ink, not a backlit screen like a laptop. It's no harder on your eyes than paper. Or at least mine is; I couldn't swear there isn't a backlit model.

I prefer real books too, but I travel for extended periods for work (or at least I did, until recently ) and my Kindle has been immensely useful for being a book-sized library.
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No worries , I only read physical books and wouldn't touch a kindle or the likes. My eyes wouldn't be able to handle that much screen time after working on a laptop all day.
I enjoy it when people say they don't like kindles while making it blatantly obvious they've never even used one.
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I tried Wolf Hall and gave up. Her third book is getting good reviews so am wondering should i give it another go? And go for the treble?
I also stopped reading Wolf Hall, just couldn’t get into it.
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20-03-2020, 09:07   #9411
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I tried Wolf Hall and gave up. Her third book is getting good reviews so am wondering should i give it another go? And go for the treble?
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I also stopped reading Wolf Hall, just couldn’t get into it.
Stick to it.
True that it can be dense, and the reader may need some knowledge of the historical era, she leaves some things like hanging or just mentioned.


I should have bought the third book, now that I have plenty of time to read
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No worries , I only read physical books and wouldn't touch a kindle or the likes. My eyes wouldn't be able to handle that much screen time after working on a laptop all day.
They're not that bad, they're very easy on the eye. I use mine mostly when I travel or if I'm on the go. Ill still read my physical book if I'm just at home. Amazon do a Kindle deals of the day where they have 4 or 5 books on offer for £1. I have a whole pile of physical books to read and if I see one of my books from the pile that's on offer with the Kindle I'll buy it. I'll read it on a plane or a bus or something.
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Stick to it.
True that it can be dense, and the reader may need some knowledge of the historical era, she leaves some things like hanging or just mentioned.


I should have bought the third book, now that I have plenty of time to read
One of the issues with Wolf Hall, apart from the dizzying range of characters to get to grips with, was the confusion people felt over the use of "he" as a pronoun, sometimes it was hard to work out who it was referring to. Mantel acknowledged it and rectified it for both subsequent books where you begin to see "he, thomas cromwell,..." etc.

I think its worth studying the family trees and cast of characters very closely, once you have a good handle on that, the whole story opens up so much more easily i think.
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anyone get their hands on Eyes of Darkness - the book that predict covid 19

if so any good?
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They're not that bad, they're very easy on the eye. I use mine mostly when I travel or if I'm on the go. Ill still read my physical book if I'm just at home. Amazon do a Kindle deals of the day where they have 4 or 5 books on offer for £1. I have a whole pile of physical books to read and if I see one of my books from the pile that's on offer with the Kindle I'll buy it. I'll read it on a plane or a bus or something.

I predominantly use the kindle...don;t have room for many books and always hated selling them. Great bit of tech to be honest.

Ionly buy books off a select few author who I love.

Having said that if I ever win the lotto I'll have my own Libary with floor to ceilins shelves and a ladder on wheels
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One of the issues with Wolf Hall, apart from the dizzying range of characters to get to grips with, was the confusion people felt over the use of "he" as a pronoun, sometimes it was hard to work out who it was referring to. Mantel acknowledged it and rectified it for both subsequent books where you begin to see "he, thomas cromwell,..." etc.

I think its worth studying the family trees and cast of characters very closely, once you have a good handle on that, the whole story opens up so much more easily i think.
I had forgotten about the use of "he". Yeah it was truly confusing.
And you're right about the family trees and list of characters.
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I had forgotten about the use of "he". Yeah it was truly confusing.
And you're right about the family trees and list of characters.
Think it was only towards end of Bodies that i could go more than a few pages without checking the cast of characters page. Reading the third book i dont need it at all and makes a big difference. The series does require a bit of extra effort i think, but rewards make it hugely worthwhile.
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I'm doing something I never do but I have 3 books on the go at the moment

Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (so I can get away from the real world)
Rewire Your Mindset - Brian Keane (so I can stay focused and learn some new coping strategies for these strange virus days)
The Body: A Guide For Occupants - Billy Bryson (so I can feel like I'm learning but laugh at the same time)
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I had forgotten about the use of "he". Yeah it was truly confusing.
And you're right about the family trees and list of characters.
I probably find this easier than some because I admit I have watched every programme going about Henry IIIV so I can remember who is who quite easily. Wolf Hall on BBC was a brilliant series based on the Hiliary Mantel books.

If there was ever a time to read a book you couldnt get into now is the time!
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anyone get their hands on Eyes of Darkness - the book that predict covid 19

if so any good?
I'm reading it now. About halfway in. No mention of a virus so far but there is a dead boy who might not be dead ....
I'm also reading Bill Bryson's new one the Body. It's brilliant as is everything that man writes.
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