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Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy 1
Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy 1 | Ken Follett
A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London. Their destiny is entangled with that of an ambitious young aide to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and to two orphaned Russian brothers, whose plans to emigrate to America fall foul of war, conscription and revolution. In a plot of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. BOOK 1 IN THE CENTURY TRILOGY
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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Eggs Perfect 🤩 1mo
Smartypants I need to read some of his books. Thanks for sharing! 1mo
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Reyzl
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“A baby was like a revolution, Grigori thought: you could start one, but you could not control how it would turn out.”

(Image from Madras shoppe)

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DivineDiana
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So, I have a male friend who is an avid reader. He likes to share books that he enjoyed with me. But not to be sexist, 😉 the two he just gave me seem to shout testosterone to me! Am I wrong? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Anyway, they are chunksters, and I won‘t attempt to read for some time. 🙂

Kimberlone I loved Fall of Giants when I read it years ago. There is at least one notable female character (and she was my favorite in the book) in that one, so it‘s not just all testosterone. 3mo
DivineDiana Thank you @Kimberlone! I just read that it does include a bit about Women‘s Suffrage! If only it wasn‘t 985 pages! 😂 Think I‘ll try a Chapter a Day. 🤔 (edited) 3mo
TrishB I really enjoyed Fall of Giants. I don‘t remember being overly offended 😁 3mo
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DivineDiana @TrishB Thank you! Will read that one first! 👍🏻 3mo
vlwelser I liked Fall of Giants a lot. I just finished the 3rd book in the series. They are all that size. 3mo
DivineDiana @vlwelser Glad to know! I am now getting excited about this book! 3mo
Ruthiella My mom likes Nelson DeMille. 😃 He‘s not my cup of tea, however. 3mo
DivineDiana @Ruthiella I know that he is hugely popular! As I have never read one of his books, I sort of feel an obligation to do so. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
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MoBee
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I love books with great character development!

APLitlife My favorite book of all time❤️! 5mo
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Andrew65
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1. Love the characterization of the tagged book and all the Century Trilogy. An excellent read.

2. Animal Farm by George Orwell

3. Historical Mystery.

#WondrousWednesday

RaeLovesToRead Fall of Giants' characterisation was amazing 😊 Still need to get round to reading the other two books. 7mo
Alfoster I was giggling when I saw Animal Farm as the controversial book. Years ago when I was teaching it, a kid raised his hand and asked if it was a true story (and we hadn‘t yet gotten to the Russian counterparts)!😝 7mo
Eggs @Alfoster 🤩🤣🤣 7mo
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Eggs Great choices Andrew!! 7mo
Andrew65 @Eggs Thanks 😍 7mo
Andrew65 @RaeLovesToRead All 3 are great. 7mo
Andrew65 @Alfoster 😱🙈🤣🤣🤣 7mo
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Andorsey
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Fascinating (historical) fiction of WW1, very enticing characters that fit well and gradually cross paths while eliciting strong emotions. Looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.

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Airykah13
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Pickpick

Great story!

I‘m a fan of historical fiction and this one was packed with history — First World War, the Russian Revolution, and women‘s suffrage. Ironically enough, I like reading about history more now than when I was in high school and college.

Like any huge novel, there were many characters but it wasn‘t hard to keep them straight. I found myself cheering for certain underdog characters and I‘m happy with the way the story ended.

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wildwoodreads
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I finished Fall of Giants! Finally! I loved it, but it is a beast of a book. Totally worth the time it took to read it.

https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/08/10/fall-of-giants-by-ken-follett-review...

Reecaspieces I enjoy his books. I listen to them on audio tho...because they are HUGE! 2y
keys_on_fire I have to put his books on a pillow because otherwise they hurt my hands after awhile! But great stories! 2y
Vivlio_Gnosi Such a good feeling to finally finish! 2y
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wildwoodreads @keys_on_fire I told my husband I needed wrist braces. 😂 2y
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Andrew65
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Day 2 of #Top20Series #20Series20Days

No list of top series would be complete without Ken Follett who is such a great writer. Two great series, firstly his Kingsbridge Series which includes the great Pillars of the Earth and is definitely worth a place on this list. However I have chosen his Century Trilogy because this was such a journey and loved every minute of it.

A great storyteller.

MsMelissa I‘ve been trying to decide between this trilogy and the Pillars series, but will likely go with Pillars. 2y
Andrew65 @Book_Fiend_Melissa Quite a knife edge for me between the two. 2y
Andrew65 @Book_Fiend_Melissa If I had to go for best book it would be Pillars. 2y
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MsMelissa There is a new Pillars book coming out in Sep - it‘s a prequel to Pillars 2y
Andrew65 @Book_Fiend_Melissa Looking forward to getting hold of that one. 2y
MsMelissa I still haven‘t read Columns of Fire 😬 2y
Andrew65 @Book_Fiend_Melissa It was a very good book but not of the quality of Pillars. (edited) 2y
Leftcoastzen Thanks for reminding me! I have them in the stash and haven‘t read them yet. 2y
MoonWitch94 He‘s one of my favorite authors 2y
Tove_Reads I have Kingsbridge on my list, since I favor it over this one. This series is naturally great too. 2y
Freespirit He is a favourite of mine also💕 2y
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Both series should really be on a list but only choosing one by any author. 2y
Andrew65 @Leftcoastzen A great read to look forward to. 2y
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perfectsinner
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Read from 7/25-8/2
There was A LOT to unpack in this book! Tons of stuff going on. Plenty of great characters (Billy Twice, Ethel, Walter, Maud) & some rather insufferable ones as well (Lev, Fitz)
Overall I enjoyed this book, as I usually do with Follett, but Kingsbridge will always have my heart, first & foremost. I'm looking forward to Winter of the World & that timeline.
Follett is truly a master at his craft. Solid 4 star

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perfectsinner
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618/850
Hopefully finishing today! It's a wonderful dreary, rainy day, ☔🌧 perfect weather for reading 🤓📖

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perfectsinner
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Calling it a night @ 389/851 pages of Fall of Giants.
45% through, getting there!

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perfectsinner

Kinda sad, reading Fall of Giants by Ken Follett and I'm only 300 pages in & have creases in the spine. So hard to keep books looking decent, especially big ones! I'm trying to be gentle! 🥺 I rarely buy brand new books,& like to try to keep them looking nice if I can. Must. Read. More. Gently 🤣

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perfectsinner
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Beach reads
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica One of my all-time favourite series. I just absolutely loved it. Ken Follett's books are brilliant! 2y
perfectsinner Page 241... preparing for war 2y
perfectsinner I'm enjoying it, but Kingsbridge will always have my heart 2y
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wildwoodreads
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Starting my day by reading on the front porch. I‘ve not done a lot of reading in July. It‘s been a busy month. I haven‘t even finished a book. 🤦‍♀️

To be fair, Fall of Giants is massive, but I adore it. Totally worth the time. Today‘s post is just a chat about my reading month so far. If you want to join the chat here is the link.

https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/07/10/coffee-and-a-book-chat/

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wildwoodreads
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My tbr is short this month. Fall of Giants is massive and will take a lot of time. I have one other book on my tbr. What are you guys reading this month?

https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/07/01/a-short-july-tbr/

Butterfinger I'm looking forward to a lot of fantasy this month. 2y
aa_guer2021 You‘re in for an interesting read! 2y
Freespirit This is a fabulous book❤️ 2y
wildwoodreads @ruskigurl16 @Freespirit I love it so far! 💕 2y
wildwoodreads @Butterfinger I‘ve been wanting to get back into fantasy! 2y
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BacklistReader
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I give you a stack of Chunksters this week for #unreadandontheshelf

I‘d say more but it‘s been a long day and my brain is mush.

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AC4ever17
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Finally got my books from book outlet!! :)

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Pickpick

Honestly, Ken Follett can do no wrong on my eyes. He continues his brilliance in this fantastic book about the start of WW I.
Absolutely fantastic. 5 stars.

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Continuing my latest discovery of the amazing Ken Follett, I'm starting the first book in the Century Trilogy.

Scochrane26 It‘s always great when we discover a new author that we love. 2y
Yoricke_SouthAfrica It really is the best. My reading for 2020 is off to a fantastic start 😎 2y
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MoonWitch94
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Pickpick

My 2nd time through this one, but I learned so much more! Follett is not only a master storyteller, but a breathtaking historian. His blend of fictional characters in historical settings is rich, deep and keeps your captivated for 900+ pages. I learned more about WW1 from this novel than any history class. I cannot wait to dive into book 2, and see what the 5 families are up to in the dawn of WW2.

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MoonWitch94
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TRUTH!!! Preach, Mr. Follett! This book was written 10 years & is SO poignant. #hardcoldfacts #listentoeachother #disagreewithgrace

Louise I learned a lot from listening to this trilogy. Follett really brings history alive! 3y
Chrissyreadit Wouldn‘t that be nice. 3y
Geenie ❤️💕 3y
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MoonWitch94
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This coffee cup ☕️ couldn‘t be any more spot on. Hoping to finish this book 📖 so I can move on to the rest of the series (since this is just a refresher anyway). #Yogapantsandcoffee #FallofGiants #CenturyTrilogy

ravenlee I hear ya (though I drink herbal tea) - my husband suggested we go out to the science center and maybe run some errands, and I was bummed because it‘s a leggings day and I just want to hang around the house! 😂 3y
MoonWitch94 @ravenlee Oh that is the WORST! I feel your pain 🤣🤪 The ones I have on today have a phone pocket on either side of the legs—I stashed my phone in one & extra hair tie in the other! 3y
ravenlee Pockets! 3y
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MoonWitch94
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Thanks @maich for the tag ♥️ #selfcaresaturday on Sunday but who cares! 🎶 Yes, but it‘s instrumental only and very low & generally not all the time. 🐕Sadly No ☕️🍿🥨🍷 Coffee,Wine,Popcorn,Pretzels are my favorites. Tagging Anyone who hasn‘t played yet! 📚

maich I posted on Sunday too😂 3y
MoonWitch94 @maich ehhh at least we posted 🤣😂☺️ 3y
maich @MoonWitch94 😂😂 3y
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MoonWitch94
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🌕New Year has been positive for me thus far. I have been doing well so far on my resolutions. I am determined to turn them into permanent habits. 🌕 Re-reading the tagged book because I want to finish the trilogy this year & it‘s been 10 years since I read it. 🌕 @Linsy @rather_be_reading @NeedsMoreBooks @DebinHawaii @Meaw_catlady @OriginalCyn620 @Stacypatrice @Eggbeater #ThoughtfulThursday

NeedsMoreBooks Thank you for the tag ❤️ 3y
Meaw_catlady Glad to hear your new year has started out well!! Sending blessings your way! Thanks for the tag! 🖤 3y
MoonWitch94 Thank you, @Meaw_catlady 🌙🖤🤍 3y
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OriginalCyn620 Thanks for the tag! 😊 3y
Linsy ⭐ 👏 💛 3y
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MoonWitch94
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I am in a reading slump. So I‘m revisiting some novels in hopes of breaking the slump. I want to finish The Century Trilogy this year, so I‘m re-reading this one again so I can get acquainted with all the families & their stories. At nearly 1,000 pages, it may take a while. Wish me luck! 📚How do YOU break a reading slump?📚 #YearoftheChunksters

BeansPage You go girl!!!! 3y
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Obliviate
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Saw They Shall Not Grow Old today. The books and the movie have different perspectives (Fall of Giants has at least 3 perspectives on the World War). The combination of the prescriptions about Russian workmen and England normal soldiers help me build a comprehensive introspection about the World War I.

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MandellaL
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This weekend's book haul! So excited! Used book sales are the best 🙂

Soubhiville Yes they are! 3y
Reviewsbylola Great haul. I LOVED 1000 WW. 3y
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Andrew65
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If you are looking for great books #Over500Pages look no further than Ken Follett‘s Historical Fiction. The top line is the Century Trilogy and the bottom line the Kingsbridge Trilogy. All great reads and all well over 500 pages. #GratefulReads

Freespirit Totally agree....I haven't read the more recent trilogy yet..it's on my TBR pile 3y
Andrew65 @Freespirit Enjoy when you get to it, I enjoyed it a LOT more than I thought I was going to. 3y
Freespirit Have you read some of his stand alone novels...they are excellent also 3y
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Andrew65 @Freespirit Yes I found those afterwards, and with @Tove_Reads and @EadieB we are working our way through his books - 1 each month. There are some great books in there, he really does write an excellent story and so variable. 3y
EadieB @Andrew65 Reading The Third Twin today. Like it a lot but it is a long read too! 3y
Andrew65 @EadieB Most of his are! 3y
Tove_Reads @andrew65 @eadieb Starting Night over Water today 3y
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads That will be my commute audiobook next week. 3y
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 3y
lele1432 I finally have all the Kingsbridge trilogy. I may just start the series this winter! 🤔 3y
Andrew65 @lele1432 At one book a month it will see you through the Winter. 😂 3y
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Buechersuechtling
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Pickpick

As I said before I learned more about World War One from Ken Follett than I have ever learned in school. Very interesting. 🤩

I liked most of the characters and how Follet manages to provide them with authentic backgrounds.
As my knowledge of the facts wasn‘t very deep I was surprised here and there but it was nice how certain journeys through life puzzled together in the end.

I am already curious for Volume 2 since Follet alludes to it wittily.

Ericalambbrown I loved this series. I learned a ton reading these - I was always stopping to look things up. 3y
Buechersuechtling @Ericalambbrown Yeah, welcome to my world. I very often do this, then one entry and fact leads to another and I end up somewhere completely different from where I started. 😄 I was surprised that I liked the “Titans” as much as I did because I usually am sick of WWI-and WWII-stories. I always feel they are bold and simple with a love story added on top. But not this one. Glad I gave it a try. 3y
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Buechersuechtling
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Cooking 👩🏽‍🍳,
eating 🥘,
audiobooking 🎧.

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Buechersuechtling
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Still entertaining (one third is over).

At times I‘m not sure if I find the description of military manoeuvres tiring – because at other times I find it interesting to learn more about World War One than I have ever learned in school. For example, I yesterday by a five minute research finally found out how it came that Germany is considered to be a guilty party even if an Austrian 🇦🇹 has been murdered in Serbia. 🙊 (Don‘t judge me, please.)

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Buechersuechtling
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It‘s only Tuesday but feels like the whole week can go to waste.

I left work earlier. “We need to dismiss people by the end of the year but sorry folks, we can‘t yet say how many and who.” Great news. 🤢 Not.

I‘m glad I have this audiobook. It distracts.

I like it so far. My first thought was that there obviously are people who get up even earlier than I do.
My second thought was that I know almost nothing about mining.

Jari-chan Das klingt ja schrecklich! Ich hoffe, alles wird gut ❤ 3y
Buechersuechtling @Jari-chan Danke. ? Es ist im Moment auch nicht schön. Nachdem ich im Büro gehockt hab und geheult, habe ich gedacht, dass ich für heute genauso gut das Handtuch schmeißen kann. Wofür hat man Gleitzeit❓ (edited) 3y
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Buechersuechtling
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Not the audiobook I wanted to start tomorrow but since it took me 3 different audiobooks to lend and uncounted tries to try to download each one on my device I was happy that 1,5 hours ago at least _this_one_ was finally downloaded properly so I will have a functioning companion tomorrow morning.

I know in this situation it‘s kind of complaining about first world problems but still I would have preferred “Widow for a Year” … 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Kdgordon88
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1) Tagged
2) Joy in the Morning, War and Peace, Harry Potter series
3) I am afraid to count
4) A Memoir of Vincent Van Gogh 4⭐️
5) @gimmeabook @JaneyWaneyB @nichollinlove

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs #3 !!! Fear not-you‘re in good company 😊 3y
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Skeebies05
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This book is exactly what I wanted. I finished today, on the day the second book is set to be delivered. Perfect timing. Like any large book it did lag in places but personal relationships I loved. And Maud and Ethel are the real badasses in this book.

carlygriff I loved this trilogy! Enjoy 😊 3y
Andrew65 A great trilogy, but this was my favourite one. 3y
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Skeebies05
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Freezing water but plenty of sun! Started this one today. 🤞🏾

Crazeedi Love this author!!!❤❤ 3y
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Villo
La caduta dei giganti | Ken Follett
Pickpick

I just finished it, reading through the last 200 pages without being able to stop! Historical fiction at his best with Ken Follett, no doubt. To me being passionate about history this is another way of reading about it. Now, let‘s start the second book of the XX century trilogy! #2019

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Shamzi
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????1/2
Finally ended this one today.
Highly recommended for everyone who likes historical fiction, it's detail is it's USP.Looking forward to other parts.
If you do read it, please keep an ice pack with you for the hand cramps and comments like "how can you read such a long book""I would run away just by looking at the size of this book" etc etc

PS:Comments translated to bad English from Hindi(my native language), kind of loses the essence!

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Shamzi

As I finish this book, one has to appreciate the extensive research that must have been done to write this book.I loved the parts of fictional characters with real life people.It also argues correctly that WW I was an unnecessary war, and the part aristocracy played in starting a brutal war in Germany, Russia and even Britain.America comes out good BTW. Read it if you love historical fiction but there is a lot of realism for history buffs as well.

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Shamzi

Grigori and Walter are two other characters whose arc i really enjoyed. Walter, a very intelligent and astute man and Grigori, a brave man who defied his masters and contributed in starting a revolution.

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Shamzi

counted 8 central characters around which the story revolves and ot is hard to pick a favorite. Everone delights or dismays at some point. The most fascinating would be Ethel, a feminist, a powerful character, sometimes struggling for her love to an unfaithful man but never wavering from her principles and her fight for women's rights in a difficult period of the 1st world war.

Still have 100 pages to go in this 850 page first part of three.

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Shamzi
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Making slow and steady request on this mammoth of a book!!

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Shamzi
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I realized that when you read a book of this volume, if the story is good, the characters start to grow on you. I have always loved historical fiction and I was looking forward to reading this one and so far it has not disappointed.

Also, I was not expecting so many intimate and steamy scenes and I am only 300 hundred pages in.

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Jaimelire
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I have never read anything by Ken Follett. What would you recommend I start with? What is your favourite book by this author? Thanks🙂

DebReads4fun Pillars Of The Earth. 3y
Melissa_J It depends. Are you looking to read one of his works of historical fiction? If so, start with The Pillars of the earth as noted by @DebReads4fun and @Mtroiano If you are more interested in his thrillers/spy novels I‘d go for Eye of the Needle or Lie Down With Lions. 3y
Aswenson Pillars👏🏻 of 👏🏻 the 👏🏻 Earth. One of my all time favorites. 3y
Jaimelire @DebReads4fun @Mtroiano @Melissa_J @Aswenson Thanks! Pillars of the Earth it shall be👍 (edited) 3y
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Andrew65
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I need to read more books with #Fall in the title! These were all 5 star Reads for me!
#SpringIntoReading

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How are you Andrew? 3y
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Slowly recovering. Took first steps outside yesterday. Think last time bug affected me this badly was back in 2000! Still bad chest and low energy but now need to try to build up stamina (slowly). Been almost two weeks now. Thanks for asking. 💕 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 bless you!!! Sending lots of prayers your way 💛💛 3y
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Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks, I don‘t do illness! 😡 😊👍💕 3y
Crazeedi @Andrew65 Andrew, so sorry to read you arent well! Glad to hear you are recovering, just dont overdo it! Sending a long distance hug your way!💞💞 3y
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Thanks, much needed over past couple of weeks. Even a period of six days where I didn‘t do Litsy! 😳😱🥶 Hopefully onwards and upwards from here. Lucky got two weeks work but who wants to be ill when off work! 💕💕 3y
ShyBookOwl I love Nicci French 😍 3y
rwmg Best wishes for a rapid recovery 3y
Andrew65 @rwmg Thanks 👍😊 3y
MoonWitch94 Fall of Giants is so great, one of my favorites 3y
Andrew65 @MoonWitch94 The whole Century Trilogy by Ken Follett is excellent but Fall of Giants was my favourite. 3y
MoonWitch94 @Andrew65 I have yet to finish the trilogy, but it on my TBR list. 3y
Andrew65 @MoonWitch94 Enjoy it, I‘m certain you will. 👍😊 3y
vkois88 👍👍👍 3y
Crazeedi @Andrew65 that's a bummer! But so glad you're on the mend, take care noe💞😍 3y
RadicalReader What has been your all time favorite book you‘ve ever read? 3y
Andrew65 @RadicalReader 😂 That will take a bit of thinking about, will get back to you later today. 🤔 3y
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keys_on_fire
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I finished this one a few days ago and forgot to post.
This was my first Ken Follett and I honestly did not know what to expect. Such a great story, interweaving five families and how they all were involved with WWI. Showed many different perspectives and nationalities. I‘m not usually a fan of war stories, but this one just sucked me in. I will be giving the second book in the series a try!

Crazeedi Great series! 4y
Kimberlone This is such a great series! Long but worth it if you like 20th century history 4y
keys_on_fire @Kimberlone I love when you can learn things when it doesn‘t FEEL like learning lol! 4y
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Kimberlone @keys_on_fire yes, agreed! I actually learned a lot about the shadiness of the Nixon administration from the 3rd book! 4y
juliegumdrop Pillars of the Earth is amazing. I will have to read this one. 4y
keys_on_fire @juliegumdrop I have Pillars of Earth on my list for the PopSugar Reading Challenge, so I‘ll be tackling that this year as well! 4y
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