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Old 01-27-2012, 01:07 AM
 
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I loved Pillars...I've read it several times. WWOE was less appealing to me...it was like a story formatted on Pillars with different charachters.

Currently I am reading Fall of Giants & enjoying it very much!
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:56 PM
 
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One of the best books ever written and should be required reading for high school.
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:56 PM
 
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I've read a few of Follet's books and I really don't like his writing that much...

On the other hand, The Pillars of the Earth might be in my top 3 all time favorite books.
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:16 AM
 
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I absolutely LOVED "Pillars of the Earth." It is one of the few books I've ready over the years that really stand out in my mind as a favorite. Ironically, I was just discussing that book with someone yesterday before I even happened upon this thread.

Based on comments here, I'm going to be reading "World Without End" now. I wasn't too sure as I was afraid it might not even come close to being as good as Pillars was.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:45 AM
 
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I think it has to be a "love it or hate it" book. Personally, I loved it. I enjoyed WWE as well. When I first read Pillars I had never been in a cathedral before - now that I live in England and get to visit these magnificent structures it makes the book even more poignant. I am due to reread it I think.

Also just got Lie Down with Lions - anyone read that/is it any good?
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:56 PM
 
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I think it has to be a "love it or hate it" book. Personally, I loved it. I enjoyed WWE as well. When I first read Pillars I had never been in a cathedral before - now that I live in England and get to visit these magnificent structures it makes the book even more poignant. I am due to reread it I think.

Also just got Lie Down with Lions - anyone read that/is it any good?
Everything he writes is excellent.
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Old 02-05-2012, 02:38 AM
 
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Also just got Lie Down with Lions - anyone read that/is it any good?
I read it years ago. I didn't know that it was shaped around a nonfiction character until 2002. Ahmad Shah Massoud. He was quite the interesting fellow. He was the only one who was able to keep the Taliban from taking over 100% of Afghanistan. He and his guys (The Northern Alliance) kept theTalibs out of a small valley in northeast Afghanistan (The Panjshir). He was murderded by al Qaeda two days before 9/11.

The book is a romantic picture of him but the main characters are not Afghans.

So, yes, I liked this book very much. I like all of Follet's books except Pillars of the Earth. I've tried reading it twice now and just cannot get into it.
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:54 PM
 
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I recently read Pillars of the Earth, and I finished World Without End last night. The first half (or more) of WWE seemed almost like a rewrite of Pillars, but I still wanted to keep reading. Had I known how similar they were, I would have waited longer to read WWE - it wouldn't have been so annoying. Both are good books. Neither is a great book.

If I read more of Follet's books, will I find the same recycled characters?
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:31 AM
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I have "Pillars of the Earth" on this months reading list. I will report back here later when I finish it. I sure hope it is as good as most of you say it is!
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:11 PM
 
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I recently read Pillars of the Earth, and I finished World Without End last night. The first half (or more) of WWE seemed almost like a rewrite of Pillars, but I still wanted to keep reading. Had I known how similar they were, I would have waited longer to read WWE - it wouldn't have been so annoying. Both are good books. Neither is a great book.

If I read more of Follet's books, will I find the same recycled characters?
ITA about WWE. I was annoyed because I really loved POTE. I wondered if he just erased the names & wrote in new ones. There is one plotline that I particularly enjoyed, but it wasn't enough to redeem it for me.

Fall of Giants was fantastic, and nothing like either of the above.
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