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Shardlake Series

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Post by Carine » Wed August 5th, 2009, 11:30 am

[quote=""alice""]For those of you in the UK, Sansom was on Bookclub on the Radio on Sunday. You can catch his question and answer session with an audience on the BBC iPLAYER. I think he mentioned what happened with the proposed series, but I've forgotten what he said :o . It's only been a few days, so that's a bit worrying :eek: .[/quote]

Even though I'm not in the UK it decided to try to listen to it anyway and guess what .... it worked !
It seems that you can listen to it even when you're outside the UK.
Link here and then click "LISTEN"

He does mention the series, says the BBC is working on it.

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Post by cw gortner » Wed August 5th, 2009, 9:53 pm

Great interview! Thanks for posting the link.
THE QUEEN'S VOW available on June 12, 2012!
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Post by annis » Thu August 6th, 2009, 3:18 am

Yes, thanks :) It was very interesting to hear CJ Sansom talking about the influences which shaped the series, and particularly his reasons for writing a series which explores the effects of dramatic change on the lives of ordinary people, rather than focusing on the more common Court dramas.

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Post by javagirl » Sat August 8th, 2009, 3:07 am

I read both Dissolution and Dark Fire and loved them both. The next two have been in my TBR and I'm looking forward to them.

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Post by Hunter » Thu September 10th, 2009, 8:53 pm

I love this series of books!

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Post by Jemidar » Sat March 6th, 2010, 1:21 pm

I'm very interested in reading this series but just wanted to double check I have them in the right order:

1. Dissolution
2. Dark Fire
3. Sovereign
4. Revelation

I know this is really anal but I can't stand reading books out of order :p .
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Post by Leo62 » Sat March 6th, 2010, 8:47 pm

Yep that's right. :) And they get better as they go along...enjoy!
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of a good universe next door;let's go
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Post by Madeleine » Sat March 6th, 2010, 9:29 pm

Yes it's best to read them in order. I've just started "Dark Fire" and am enjoying it, very well-written.

There's a 5th book due out in the summer (in the UK) called "Heartstone" I believe.
Currently reading "The Last Hours" by Minette Walters & "The Lost Man" by Jane Harper

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Shardlake Series

Post by Greg » Fri April 1st, 2011, 6:05 am

I must admit to coming to his series only very recently, although I had been aware of the series for a couple of years. In fact I read my first one over Christmas (Dissolution). All right it was set in the Tudor period in particular during the previously ignored reign of Henry VIII so that points gained my interest. Now the publicity write ups didn't sound encouraging so I thought about this one for at least a month before I started (sorry really really picky). I read through it and then had to think seriously about my reaction to the story. There were a few flaws, which I found annoying and distracting (Sorry I did say I was picky), however the overall quality was reasonable. So since that was a first novel (and don't we all make mistakes the first time around) I tried out Revelation. It was significantly better, in fact really impressive, good setting, excellent storyline, believable twists very good descriptions of Tudor London. Shardlake comes across as a real character sympathetic and engaging. So I can guarantee I will be buying the rest of the series!

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Post by EC2 » Fri April 1st, 2011, 9:59 am

Greg, I had the same response as you and so did my husband. We both read the first one and we both thought that it was a bit silly in places and the behaviour of the characters not quite as solid as they could have been. However we still enjoyed it a lot so were prepared to carry on with the series. Since then the books have got better and better and really developed into something special. I'll be buying the new one for my DH's birthday in May.
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For never will cowards fall down there.'

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