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by gyrehead
Wed November 16th, 2011, 5:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Forthcoming Books: 2012 edition
Replies: 391
Views: 28788

The Last Caesar looks interesting. Not sure about the last entry. Well I am pretty sure just based on the promotional copy since it is so, well, sadly amusing: She broke with tradition by marrying outside of the elite circle of European royals at a time when no child of the English throne had wed a ...
by gyrehead
Fri July 8th, 2011, 6:40 pm
Forum: Book Sellers/Traders
Topic: Amazon, Abe books or book depository
Replies: 117
Views: 15347

In hindsight it seems a rather brilliant bit of work. I wonder how many other people will try the same thing. Or perhaps did but didn't succeed. In a way I'm surprised that Amazon took the bait. BD had whittled away pretty much most of any real significant pre-order discounts in the last 18 months o...
by gyrehead
Mon March 28th, 2011, 9:06 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Forthcoming Books: 2011 Edition
Replies: 826
Views: 66745

[quote=""Telynor""]RE: O'Brien. Oh ick; this is precisely the sort of thing I loathe in historical fiction. Incest I can understand if I'm reading say, about Caligula and Claudius, or the ancient Egyptians. But Eleanor and Uncle Raymond? Or Marguerite of Anjou and her son? Oh please -- the cultural ...
by gyrehead
Sun January 16th, 2011, 5:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The final countdown: How many books did you read in 2010
Replies: 39
Views: 2540

Thanks to an even more excessive travel schedule the last year I might have actually read more books than days in the year. That's with helping start up a side business with a couple of friends, get within top 300 ranking in cross country skiing and having a nice little life (I manage to read and st...
by gyrehead
Tue November 2nd, 2010, 6:32 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Forthcoming Books: 2011 Edition
Replies: 826
Views: 66745

Not sure if it has been mentioned already but Karleen Koen has a novel about Louis XIV entitled Before Versailles due out June 28th (US release).
by gyrehead
Wed September 29th, 2010, 9:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Obligations of H.F. Writers to be Factual
Replies: 79
Views: 5672

[quote=""Russ Whitfield""]But if they don't add these notes then they're attacked for inaccuracy and not knowing what they're on about. Its hardly a smoke-screen - its just saying what you say at the end - "this is fiction. I changed this, this and that." [/quote] I think you missed my point. I'm ta...
by gyrehead
Tue September 28th, 2010, 9:52 pm
Forum: By Author
Topic: Cecelia Holland
Replies: 18
Views: 2112

I found The Secret Eleanor to be an incredibly weak book. Very thin and not much there for a Cecelia Holland novel. Didn't help that I re-read Great Maria thanks to getting a promo re-print this year. But overall I found it was a slim no-enough-there book. Kings of the North on the other hand was ma...
by gyrehead
Tue September 28th, 2010, 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Obligations of H.F. Writers to be Factual
Replies: 79
Views: 5672

I think an author should feel the obligation to be up front with what is fact and what is fiction. But if they don't feel such, there really isn't anything to do. Especially when most readers simply do not want to be burdened with facts I suspect. What I do find annoying is that many authors throw i...
by gyrehead
Tue September 28th, 2010, 9:24 pm
Forum: Book Sellers/Traders
Topic: Amazon, Abe books or book depository
Replies: 117
Views: 15347

I've noticed that many of the "notify me" statuses have gone with either no discount or to a 24% none "buttoned' discount. Though, from my wishlist, some of the British editions have simply gone away (from the US BD site). Right now looking at costs and I can get, even with shipping, almost every bo...
by gyrehead
Sun September 19th, 2010, 7:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is there anywhere you would not take a book?
Replies: 70
Views: 3725

I wouldn't take a book into a wedding or a funeral with me. I'd have one out in the car though. Came in handy when a wedding I attended had a miserable cocktail 'hour' that lasted three hours while we waited for photos to be taken. Went out and put the driver's seat back, sipped a mediocre pinot noi...

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