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MysteryRose
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 8:06 am    Post subject: Sharpe's books in general Reply with quote
I am re- re- re watching the Sharpe series and I am considering reading the books now too. But I'm not sure yet, for various reasons.

To those who have read the books: is it a difficult read? How detailed are the battles for instance? Is it very technical?

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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The Sharpe books are easy reads. Not technical to the extreme but just enough that you get the story. I loved them and am considering reading them again. Sharpe is my favorite Sean Bean character in the tv shows.
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The Sharpe books are easy reads and very exciting adventure stories.

Bernard has done his research well and often mixes real life historical characters with his fictional ones. I like the details about military history and the battles, but you can always skip those parts if you are not interested. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The Sharpe books are terrific reads and sufficiently different from the films to add interest. It is interesting that, in the later books, Bernard Cornwell stopped describing Sharpe's appearance because by this time, our Sean was in every reader's mind as Sharpe, and not the black haired, blue eyed Cockney originally envisaged. The battle scenes can be a bit gruesome, but you can always skip this bit. I am half way through reading the set for the third time!
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Moominmamma wrote:
The Sharpe books are easy reads and very exciting adventure stories.

Bernard has done his research well and often mixes real life historical characters with his fictional ones. I like the details about military history and the battles, but you can always skip those parts if you are not interested. Very Happy




I really can recommend to read the books, if you like Sharpe. Sometimes the books are different to the movies, but to compare book to film can be very interesting, too!
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MysteryRose
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thank you for your replies! Very Happy
When reading the book, do one lose the image of Sean in one's head, or will one still see Sean in the character of the book (even though he is dark haired as I read above)?
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
MysteryRose wrote:
Thank you for your replies! Very Happy
When reading the book, do one lose the image of Sean in one's head, or will one still see Sean in the character of the book (even though he is dark haired as I read above)?


Since I saw the tv shows before reading the books, Sean IS Sharpe in my minds eye!!!

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MysteryRose
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
PamMcM wrote:
MysteryRose wrote:
Thank you for your replies! Very Happy
When reading the book, do one lose the image of Sean in one's head, or will one still see Sean in the character of the book (even though he is dark haired as I read above)?


Since I saw the tv shows before reading the books, Sean IS Sharpe in my minds eye!!!

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That's good to know!
Well, I'll have to start collecting the books now then!

Thanks again for your replies
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Beany
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I read two of the books, they are nice, but ...enough for me. Easy reading.

What I liked most about them was..I always imagined Sean as Sharpe. And - as far as I know...Bernard Cornwell started thinking of Sean as Sharpe ...once the Tv Series started!
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've read all of the books and enjoyed them all. Yes, as everyone said they are a very easy read, and I learned a lot about the battles and wars Cornwell described. Reading the Sharpe series led me to read a couple of Cornwell's other books, too.
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morvgal58
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I have to confess here to being an absolute Bernard Cornwell addict - I have read EVERY book he has ever written (even under an assumed name). His sailing thrillers are particularly good and his various historical series are just brilliant. Fellow and would-be addicts can always PM me.
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Reanna
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
It is 'seeing Sean' in your minds eye while reading it that makes it so much more enjoyable to read. His features and dark hair in the book hardly gets mentioned and the few times it is mentioned will not make you forget what the real Sharpe look like. You will put the voice of Patrick Harper there too. Laughing
One thing though, the books don't resemble the tv episodes at all. You will recognise names and a few scenes that are the same but in general they are miles apart. The advantage of that is, you are 'seeing' a whole new episode with every book you read even if you did see the tv episode of the same name Smile
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MysteryRose
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
That sounds good to me! Very Happy
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kristin724
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yes indeed, the original series of Sharpe books are a lot of fun easy action adventure!

The newer ones that go back and fill in the timeline are less Sharpe centric and tend to wander a bit but as a completist I am slowly making my way thru them.

Now if only we could get one more movie!

I wrote reviews on most of them here somewhere. I should find all the links!
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gillian
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well, I have enjoyed reading them (not all yet). Easy to read. For me it is a good complement to the movies - some aspects are well developped in the books, in particular Harper caracter and Sharpe-Harper friendship - it is well but not fully depicted in the series - for example in the books they talk a lot and it is really great and moving at times. I found really interesting the picture of everyday life in the army - Cornwell is perfect in depicting it. For somebody not very interested in history and army S I am the descripition of battles was fine and not boring at all.
Weak side of the books are "romance" side and ladies themselves, excluding Teresa and Lucille. Jane's portrait is much more nuanced in the books than in the series, sometimes she is sympathetic.
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