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August 2008 - Flashman and the Dragon by George MacDonald Fraser

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diamondlil
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August 2008 - Flashman and the Dragon by George MacDonald Fraser

Postby diamondlil » Tue August 26th, 2008, 8:39 pm

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Discuss Flashman and the Dragon by George MacDonald Fraser in this thread.

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Postby Margaret » Fri August 29th, 2008, 4:58 am

Aha! Now I know why I put this book on hold at the library. I did want to read a Flashman, and I was wondering why I didn't start with the first one in the series.
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diamondlil
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Postby diamondlil » Fri August 29th, 2008, 10:41 pm

The lightbulb comes on. I do have this here on my TBR shelf, and I will get there but it won't be this month,

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Postby Lintalee » Mon September 1st, 2008, 11:47 pm

I'm too late for the August reading, but if anyone is still interested, Robert Messenger wrote a moving remembrance piece about Fraser in the January 17 edition of The Wall Street Journal.

You can find a summary of the article in my July 11 blog posting at www.historyintofiction.com.

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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue September 2nd, 2008, 12:11 am

I must say I got bogged down on Flashman and the Redskins about half-way through. What was funny and new at the beginning started to get boring and old after a while.
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Postby diamondlil » Tue September 30th, 2008, 3:09 am

I am nearly finished this book and I have to say that I really unsure of what I think of it in some ways.

I have enjoyed it. I have laughed out loud several times. I love all the notes and appendices and additional info that is provided, and how close to actual history the story seems to be.

I did go into the book expecting it to be non-PC, but there have been moments when I have cringed at some aspects because it is very, very non PC. I get that he is a man of his time, but there were just a couple of instances of things going too far if you know what I mean.

It has also taken me ages to read, not only due to the book but because I drove a couple of days instead of taking the train and had a couple of days off. I think part of it is having to concentrate more because it is a very different kind of book for me.
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Postby Volgadon » Tue September 30th, 2008, 2:15 pm

This is actually my least favourite Flashy of all.

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Postby Alaric » Tue September 30th, 2008, 2:24 pm

It's not my favourite either even though I nominated it.

At the Charge has that one wrapped up.

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Postby Volgadon » Tue September 30th, 2008, 6:10 pm

At the Charge IS my favourite!!!

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Postby diamondlil » Tue September 30th, 2008, 9:57 pm

Let me ask this question then. I really don't like reading a series out of order, so I broke my own rule to read this one first. If I am going to continue reading the series, I would want to start at the beginning. Are the earlier books in the series worth reading?
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