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Post by chuck » Sun February 15th, 2009, 8:30 pm

Annis....Thanks for the interesting BC Q&A....I would love to listen BC and Robert Low's take on writing about fact or fiction.....Both seem very approachable and have a terrific sense of wit and humor......Very glad to hear BC's 5th Uhtred is on the horizon...And Low's new Oathsworn third should be out soon....I heard your reading "Needle in the Blood"....don't mean to put a blight on it....but I could not get into it....did not like the up, close and personal approach with Odo....He will always be a Robber/Baron in my eyes...might have had his warm and fuzzy moments....but......I might give the book another go; later....The author has a interesting style of writing.....BTW...I loved "Robin of Sherwood" series....Ray Winstone character is a favorite.....the lovely Marion's Lament......

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Post by annis » Sun February 15th, 2009, 11:14 pm

Yeah, I haven't quite finished "Needle in the Blood" yet, so will reserve judgement till I reach the end. The story is beautifully written and I feel as if I'm actually there. The love scenes are strikingly elemental rather than prurient, but Odo as romantic hero? He always struck me a classic Mk2 Viking - it's all about the plunder :) He appears from the various chronicles as a man with an eye for the main chance, and certainly the uncle from hell- he didnt hestitate to pit his nephews against each other when William died, with his own interests at heart. Somehow i can't see a mere English female with no rank or property to recommend her getting in the way of his ambition.

But I guess that's the role of fiction- to play with different possiblities and interpretations, and I've always been rather intrigued by the mysterious Aelfgyva, who is the only woman in the Bayeaux tapestry to have been named, though no-one has been totally able to identify her or her role in events.
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Post by Misfit » Mon February 16th, 2009, 12:29 am

but Odo as romantic hero?
I don't know which book I picked it up from, but I've always envisioned Odo as a very well fed, pompous clerical. It might be from one of Valerie Anand's books on the period.

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Post by diamondlil » Mon February 16th, 2009, 8:50 am

I am in New York. It's summer, it's 2058 and someone is killing young people.
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Post by Vanessa » Tue February 17th, 2009, 7:51 pm

I'm in Centralia, on a Canadian Air Force Base, in the 1960s meeting some new neighbours. Having a bit of a shin-dig with them later!
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Post by Nefret » Thu February 19th, 2009, 2:02 am

In England. King Henry VIII is trying to divorce Queen Katharine.

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Post by LoveHistory » Thu February 19th, 2009, 4:29 pm

I'm somewhere in Italy. In the Castle of Otranto.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri February 20th, 2009, 8:00 pm

Modern Day Seattle with a woman who cleans up crime scenes and can see and talk to ghosts.

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Post by Madeleine » Fri February 20th, 2009, 8:36 pm

New York, in "The Seduction of Water".

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Post by SonjaMarie » Mon February 23rd, 2009, 2:31 am

Pompeii AD 59 (16 years before the eruption of Vesuvius), nonfiction.

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