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Heresy | S. J. Parris
Like "The Dante Club," this clever, sophisticated, exceptionally enjoyable thriller is written with unstoppable narrative propulsion and stylistic flair. Follow the monk, poet, and scientist Giordano Bruno on his quest to uncover a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth I.
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EadieB
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Oxford 1583. Protestant Queen Elizabeth I on throne of England for 25 years but subjects long to return to Catholic faith. Italian Monk Giordano Bruno has been charged with heresy for believing in a heliocentric universe. Plot to assassinate Elizabeth sends Bruno to Oxford which is a hotbed of Catholic rebellion. An Oxford fellow is murdered and Bruno is plunged into a game of cat and mouse as someone has a revenge against faith. But which faith?

EadieB The plot started off slow but once the murder happened the storyline took off. The book is based on the real life of Giordano Bruno and S.J. Parris has masterfully researched and written an entertaining whodunit that is hard-to-put-down. I look forward to reading book 2 and recommend this series to those who like historical thrillers. 7mo
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Tove_Reads
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I‘m slowly warming up to this book, but apparently my dog thinks it‘s good 🤣

Itchyfeetreader 💕💕💕 8mo
JennyM Nawww, that‘s such a cute pic 🐶♥️ (edited) 8mo
bullbunny So cuute! 8mo
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EadieB @Tove_Reads It suddenly got better after the murder! @Andrew65 8mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Perhaps the dog has worked out who the murderer is! Hunting him down like a dog! 8mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 I don‘t think he liked what they did to the dog. @EadieB Yes, indeed! 8mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads With other commitments I‘ve got a bit behind on this one. @EadieB 8mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I‘ve got a good way to go too. Only on Chapter 7 page 153. @Tove_Reads (edited) 8mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Well ahead of me. 8mo
Tove_Reads @Andrew65 @EadieB How‘s it going with the book? I have about 75 pages left. 7mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads I‘m on page 313. I‘m really enjoying it now. @Andrew65 7mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB Seems to be one of the many first books in a series that just takes awhile before the going gets good. 7mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I‘m still way behind! I‘ve been working on other commitments and library returns. 😔 @Tove_Reads 7mo
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Andrew65
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Have started Heresy which I am reading with @Tove_Reads and @EadieB . Read the first 45 pages so far but yet to feel it has really sparked my interest. Early days!

EadieB Getting ready to start it too. 8mo
Tove_Reads Just finished my work on the resolution for today. Spent the day at a day spa. Tired, but happy. Will need to start reading this one. Hope it gets better! 8mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Me too. Of course may be me! @EadieB 8mo
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rwmg Another series I need to get back to 8mo
Tove_Reads Let‘s hope it‘s the first book in a series syndrome. I‘ve read about 100 pages. 8mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Hopefully, I‘m on page 66. 8mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I‘m having a hard time getting into it too! @Tove_Reads I‘ll try again today. 8mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Glad its not just me. I will try again later. @Tove_Reads 8mo
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Tove_Reads
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The historical fiction lover in my want to read all of these books now!

Crazeedi Nice stack! They all look good, and I dont think I've read any of them! 8mo
Crazeedi Correction, I read the trilogy of Noah Gordon, starting with the one here, the physician, they were really good 8mo
Andrew65 Think I own a copy of The Physican. Will have to check my library when I get home. 8mo
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led567
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I enjoyed this and will read the sequel. Could have been c 50 pages shorter and there are a few coincidences too many, but on the whole a page-turner and evocative of the period. Clever use of a protagonist from Italy as enables outsider‘s perspective, with friends in high places so that real historical figures can be brought in. Historical details well researched and religious conflict brought to life.

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Tove_Reads
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Anyone read this series? Is it good? @EadieB @Andrew65

EadieB @Tove_Reads I own some of this series. 11mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB But haven‘t read? 11mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads no not yet. I own thousands of books so can‘t get to them all! 11mo
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Tove_Reads @EadieB You also read a lot, so I expect you‘ve read everything I ask about 😂 I have heard of this series, and now that we are almost done with Shardlake this could be a good one! 11mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads I‘m thinking that @Andrew65 may have read some of this series. 11mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB @andrew65 One of us should have! 11mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads just checked @Andrew65 Goodreads account and he hasn‘t read it yet. 11mo
julesG @EadieB Stalker alert! 😂😂😂 11mo
julesG I'm stacking it. Hell, I might even own this already. 11mo
EadieB @julesG well then you need to read it with us! 11mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads check out these authors and see if you like any of their series: Lindsay Faye, Stefanie Pintoff, Imogen Robertson, Susanna Gregory, Tessa Harris, William Dietrich 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I own some of the series, but know my wife wasn‘t over impressed with the first one. @julesG EadieB can stalk with the best of them. 😂 😂😂 and she was right! Not read any of those authors either @EadieB 11mo
Andrew65 @julesG You will have to join us in the future. 😊👍😍 11mo
julesG @Andrew65 Yep. Will do. You pick some interesting series. I just don't want to get overwhelmed with too many obligations. 😉 11mo
Andrew65 Just join us for one series as a start. 😊 @julesG 11mo
julesG @Andrew65 I will. Was tempted to join Mo Hayder. Which book are you on there? Or have you finished already? 11mo
Andrew65 @julesG Finished the first book, but plenty of time to catch up. Likely to be early March before we read book two. Read a book about every 6 weeks in these series. 11mo
julesG @Andrew65 That's doable. I think for me the next unread in the series is Poppet. 11mo
Andrew65 @julesG That is one frightening cover. Poppet is Book 6 in the series. 11mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 I checked the series, and yet again it looks like the first book is not as good as the rest of them. @EadieB 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Often the case. 11mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB Only heard of 2, read none. They do sound good. Willing to try all! Especially Gregory caught my eye! I‘m happy to plan far ahead - because I have to try to get my library to order them as the first option, or I need to get them to Finland before the mess Andrew‘s country is in happens March 29. @Andrew65 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads And Boy is it in a mess. Everyone (politicians) trying to use the situation for their own ends rather than sorting out what they should be doing for the country. Whether you agree with the result of the referendum or not what they are doing is compromising democracy. 11mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 We‘ve been advised not to fly to or through the 🇬🇧 March 30. Everything is a mess. That‘s why I need to get my books out of there before that. So, I need to plan ahead, for ex I have to order a lot of Marianis. 11mo
Tove_Reads @eadieb I have one Gregory, library has most of them, but yet agai the first one is missing. Asked them to get it. 11mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB Are you familiar with Louis Bayard? 11mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB Alex Grecian, Caleb Carr, Lynn Shepherd? 11mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads Yes I have books from all those authors. 11mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB Read any? 11mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads I think we read the first Caleb Carr with our group on LT 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB We did, I wasn‘t impressed. @Tove_Reads 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads I think sone people are playing games re UK and trying to cause panic, anybody would think it was the end of the world! (edited) 11mo
Tove_Reads @andre65 I expect it to be Peckham, Whitehawk or Moss side within a year. 😂 11mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 @eadieb So the “superbly fantastic” first book by CC is a myth? 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads A lot of people do like it. My wife read it after me and we both felt it was very long winded and needed more pace. Gave it 3 1/2 stars. I had been so looking forward to that book and expected more. 11mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 I get it, but I give quite a few first ones 3+, and once I decide to continue I‘m either 4,5-5 or 2. 11mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 I fear that our expectations do kill it for us. I‘m at that stage with Masie Dobbs #1 for example. Well, it took us both a while to continue with both Frieda and Shardlake, and both of us ended up looooving them. Sometimes (quite rarely) the first one is fantastic, but after that 👎🏽 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Yes quite often takes a series a while to build but given the reputation of this book just left disappointed. Started so well too. 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads I enjoyed the first Maisie Dobbs, but do feel they get better. You are right, some Series you are blown away by the first book and then flat lines from there! 11mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB @andrew65 Do you think the tagged series could be our new Shardlake? 11mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 Def prefer the ones that grow with you. Tana French has a first superb book, but I felt every single one just made it further down the drain. (edited) 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads I wasn‘t even happy with first book, gave it 2 generous stars! Not read any by Tana French since! 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Willing to give them a go when I finish Shardlake. @EadieB (edited) 11mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 I liked in the woods, after that 👎🏽 2 whole stars! Almost Ursa Major then! 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Again I felt In the Woods was too long and lost the plot in the second half of the book. Enjoyed the first half. 11mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 I read two more. The third one was simply wtf happened after 50 pages. 11mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads @Andrew65 Tana French is very wordy but I do like her books. If you listen to them on audio it is a better experience. I loved The Witch Elm and The Trespasser. She is an excellent writer but wordy! 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I think this is one we will differ on based on the first one, but can see she‘d be better as an audiobook. 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Many people write reviews about her being wordy and she just does her thing and is not going to change. I do the audio and it works! 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB A person‘s style is a person‘s style! 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Yes and if you don‘t like it then you don‘t have to read it! 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB plenty of other books out There! 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 That is for sure! 11mo
Tove_Reads @Andrew65 @EadieB So the tagged one sometime around April? 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads April would seem right. @eadieb 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Sounds good to me! 11mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 @EadieB I‘m just afraid our standards are set too high for authors in the “Sansom genre”. Btw, any interest in Gregory‘s books? I‘m keen! 11mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads Sure I own them so I would like to read them! @Andrew65 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I own a few so willing to give her a try (Gregory). S J Parris does have a high standard to meet! (edited) 11mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 @EadieB I think we must accept the possibility we will be disappointed in the first one, and give Parris a chance to prove herself as a good author! Awesome, Gregory, we except a lot from her as well! 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 it‘s rated 3.8 on Amazon and 3.7 on Goodreads @Tove_Reads so we know what to expect. 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I always find Goodreads ratings more reliable than amazon, although these two are quite close. Not always the case. @EadieB Of course sometimes we differ from the views of others. 😂 @Tove_Reads (edited) 11mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 @EadieB Have you seen the GR rating for Heartstone? 11mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB @andrew65 I‘m suddenly number 5 in line for Tombland (4 copies), so should get it towards the end of February. 10mo
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Oblomov26
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Hmmmm.... I am perhaps rating this book to highly. Giordano Bruno, ex monk, philosopher and heretic arrives in Oxford to debate the Copernican theory and is drawn into a murder mystery set against a background of hidden Catholics, conspiracies against the crown and Walshingham‘s secret service. An interesting setting, and a competent murder mystery, but I found that it suffered in comparison to Sansom‘s Shardlake series.

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Chey12
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Just read this book before I had to return to classes for college. Bruno is at Oxford to defend the Copernican Theory and now I sit in Astronomy studying the Copernican Theory.

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Chey12
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I have a question, Littens. I'm only a quarter through the book, and so far it is pretty accurate; however, some of the language used is historically inaccurate. I am an avid Oxford Dictionary user so I've been looking up phrases to check the accuracy. The conversations are modern with no use of common vernacular of the 1500s . I am slightly bothered by it. Anyone else bothered by inaccurate word use / lack of common vernacular in His. Fiction?

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Chey12
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"Books prohibited to scholars? How then should men of learning sharpen their intellect, or learn to discern between truth and heresy."

I love that this book defends reading and intellectual discovery. Also, the subtle title drop.

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Chey12
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"So I learned that, in Italy, words and ideas are considered as dangerous as swords and arrows, and that a philosopher or a scientist needs as much courage as a soldier to speak his mind."

How incredibly poignant in this chaotic world.

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Chey12
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"The works of Erasmus are on the Inquisition's Index of Forbidden Books, as you well know, Brother Giordano."

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jimintheverse
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All day long I've been doing obligation reading. This is my reward. Elzabetham espionage mystery!

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Chey12
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Cconnolly Enjoy your birthday! 3y
Chey12 Thank you! 3y
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Chey12
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It's my birthday, so naturally I went to the bookstore. I bought this lovely book. I'm love anything to do with Tudor England or the Renaissance.

saresmoore Happy birthday! You look lovely! 3y
Chey12 Thank you! 3y
mcipher Happy birthday!! 🎁🎈 3y
Chey12 Thank you!! 3y
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