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Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Finds 01/30/09


I have only one new book to share with you this week, but that one book got me thinking about the author so I'll tell you my thoughts on him as well.

Agincourt, by Bernard Cornwell - Here's an excerpt from the author's website:
Agincourt is one of the most famous battles ever fought; the victory of a small, despised, sick and hungry army over an enemy that massively outnumbered it. [This book] tells the story of that small army; how it embarked from England confident of victory, but was beaten down and horribly weakened by the stubborn French defence of Harfleur. ...[B]ut Henry V was stubbornly convinced that God was on his side and insisted on marching from Harfleur to Calais to prove that he could defy the great French army that was gathering to crush him. He believed he could evade that army, but the march, like the siege, went disastrously wrong and the English were ... forced to fight against an enemy that outnumbered them six to one.

[This] is the tale of Nicholas Hook, an archer, who ... finds himself in that small army trapped at Agincourt. The novel is the story of the archers who helped win a battle that has entered legend, but in truth is a tale, as Sir John Keegan says, 'of slaughter-yard behaviour and outright atrocity'.
I have sort of a love/hate relationship with author Bernard Cornwell ...

LOVE: I loved his ALFRED THE GREAT series. The characters he created in those books were what drew me in. That series tells the tale of 9th century England when the Viking warriors controlled much of the land. King Alfred (the only king in English history to be called "the Great") starts as a minor character but gains prominence through each book. The main character is Uhtred, a English boy raised to manhood by the Danish conquerors. This is a FANTASTIC series. I listened to the audio version of the first three books and highly recommend them. The final book, SWORD SONG, wasn't out on audio when I finished the third book back in January of last year. It is now though, and I've just requested it from the library - yeah!

HATE: I hated - passionately - his stand-alone novel STONEHENGE. It was one of the first books I reviewed on my blog. Suffice it to say that between the vivid descriptions of infant sacrifice, the horribly brutal murders, and the grating voice of the audio book narrator, it was quite possibly one of my least favorite books ever.

WHAT TO DO?! Will AGINCOURT be more like the ALFRED books or more like STONEHENGE? I guess I'll have to give a try to find out.


Check out other Friday Finds over at MizB's blog.

10 comments:

Beth F said...

I love Bernard Cornwell! (In fact I just reviewed his Rebel).

Funny, I didn't mind Stonehenge. It was kind of an odd take on the Stonehenge story. I do agree that it wasn't his strongest book.

Anyway, I plan on getting to Agincourt one of these days!

Lezlie said...

Stonehenge is one of his books that I keep meaning to read. I hope I don't feel the same way about it! :-) I do hope you like Agincourt though. May it be another Alfred for you!

Lezlie

Lenore said...

The actual Stonehenge is such a tourist trap. I hate what they've done to it.

Serena said...

good luck with the new read...I hope it works out in your favor!

Heather J. said...

Beth F: a large part of my problem was the narrator - he was awful :(

Lezlie & Serena: I certainly hope so!

Lenore: that is such a shame ... have you been to Newgrange in Ireland (near Dublin)? although there IS a museum there, the site itself is practically untouched, and it is very moving.

marie said...

Oh yes ~ they have blogs....now if they would just post on them regularly. I thought my post might encourage them to get back to it. Mandy is getting a laptop soon and that will definitely help with regular posts. Katie is using her blog to showcase Charlotte & scrapbooking ~ as a new mom, she's still trying to find time to do it all. Johanna just started her's ~ she also has a time issue...'cause Elijah keeps her busy. It's difficult because they both work full-time. Christine is too busy entertaining Charlotte to blog during the day. Regina writes some great posts ~ the last one involves an owl ~ I loved it!
I'm getting inspired by all your book talk by the way - who knows where it will lead.
Have a great day Heather!

sherry said...

hiya Heather,

I've haven't read anything by Bernard Cornwell yet. Hmmm...

Kristi said...

Shame on you! These sound like books that I would like and I have not heard of Bernard Cornwell - I had to go check out his website and WOW - lots of new books for me to read - so Shame on you cuz now my list of tbr's just grew and grew!

My post for Friday Finds is here: http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2009/01/friday-finds-1-30-2009.html

Liz said...

I've not read this book, I just have to recommend the one I just finished! It's a great new thriller, Deadly Exchange. You'll be rivted (I was kind of reminded of a John Grisham book, because of the fleeing. Plus there's espionage, romance, technology and of course lots of action. Jason Bourne better watch out...

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Interesting book. Not sure its for me but good to know about. Thanks.

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