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faerywings
04-07-2019, 11:40 AM
Have any of you read the trilogy by Deborah Harkness? (https://deborahharkness.com/) I loved the books and when it went on TV in the UK I was pretty jealous. Good news- it is coming to AMC tonight so I am pretty happy about that.
I know, the books are going to be better, aren't they always? But I am looking forward to watching.

VickiStegall
04-07-2019, 07:36 PM
I haven't read it but the commercials intrigue me. What do you think, watch tv show first or books first?

faerywings
04-08-2019, 06:55 AM
I always seem to read books first and then watch. When I see something on TV or movie, then try to read the book, the visual images get in the way of what I am reading. Or the storylines are so different that I can't comprehend the difference. I tried to read Lord of the Rings after watching the movies and it was impossible for me. It is easier for me to go the other way around- watch a show/movie and ignore the differences.
We will probably watch the show tonight since we dvr'd it. I will have to let you know.

AZK
04-08-2019, 08:02 PM
I've read the books and loved them! I don't have AMC so I won't be able to watch the series, but I have to say that the actor they chose to play Matthew doesn't fit my mental image from the books enough, so I think it would bother me.

wombat146
04-08-2019, 08:06 PM
ooooh! this sounds interesting!! I am like you Chris, I like to read the book first and Angie, totally agree with you on that the actor/actress not fitting the mental image in my head when I have read a book! :)

Will look forward to hearing more about the series Chris! :)

wombat146
04-08-2019, 08:25 PM
oooh goodie, just checked my local library and have put the books on hold! yay!! :)

VickiStegall
04-08-2019, 09:37 PM
ugh, I'm #30 on 10 copies wait list at the library

faerywings
04-09-2019, 07:01 AM
My "one episode in" review--
Not 100% sold on Matthew either. I think I imagined him both stockier/muscular but a softer/gentler face. Not quite so chiseled. I think he comes across that way to me because I know more of his character as the story progresses.
OTOH- Sarah and Em and the house-- thought that was really cute, well done.

The show itself is starting out bland. Again that could be my bias b/c I know what is going to happen. I don't think Gary cared for it all that much but he always falls asleep when we watch TV so :noidea: :D

VickiStegall
04-11-2019, 11:09 AM
I checked a second library in town and was #95 on 13 copies lol

faerywings
04-17-2019, 06:40 AM
So, now I have seen the first two episodes and I am not thrilled with it. Makes me sad because I really wanted to be. Maybe it is too soon make a full opinion but it is so bland esecially compared to the books. I will have to give it another couple of times before I decide completely.

VickiStegall
06-20-2019, 09:01 PM
My turn finally came up at the library! I'm now reading this series and enjoying it so far :)

wombat146
06-21-2019, 03:14 AM
LOL! Well your guys must have been quick readers! I am still waiting! LOL!!! oh!!! I just checked and I have just one more person in front of me! yay!! the last time I looked I think I was about the 15th or something!!! Looking forward to reading them! :)

Madi
06-21-2019, 03:46 AM
I liked the trailers i found on the net but it is not on tv here so i read the books.
No waiting list in our library, maybe because it is not on tv here (yet).
I loved reading most of it.
I like reading series esp if there is a last book and The story has an ending.

faerywings
06-21-2019, 05:42 AM
I did end up enjoying the first season on TV as it went along. It is always an adjustment for my brain to accept a TV character compared to the person that I imagine from a book. Matthew and Marcus were very different in my head than on the screen.

Enjoy the books!

VickiStegall
06-24-2019, 09:01 PM
I don't know why I didn't set the TV show to record when it first started. Now that I'm reading the books, I'm left wondering how I'll watch the show when I finish. Ah, first world problems.... lol

faerywings
06-25-2019, 05:25 AM
Isn't that the truth? :rofl:

vivaartistry
07-19-2019, 07:52 AM
Hmmm...this sounds interesting. I'll have to hunt the books down as I always read the books first...

wombat146
07-19-2019, 09:24 PM
Well I am half way through the first book and loving it! I can't find the tv series down here but I am not too worried as the joy of reading a good book far outweighs seeing it on screen I think. :) and funnily enough, the book I have actually has the picture of the two actors on the front of it so I am 'imagining' them as I read......... so at least there will be no big drama for me if I ever do get to see the series, as the main actors will be familiar to me!! lol!! :pound: Unlike the Outlander, I won't have imagined them looking totally different! :)

faerywings
07-20-2019, 06:53 AM
As always, the books are better. :p
But having the pictures of the actors on the cover would make it much easier for the brain to make that transition, for sure!

VickiStegall
07-22-2019, 05:52 PM
I'm finished with those three and loved them! I'm now reading the first in her next series which is Time's Convert. It's all about Marcus - his history and something that might be a spoiler for anyone just starting the series so I won't say for sure who the other focus of this book is. :)




And, Ona, I totally agree about preconceived ideas of what they look like and Outlander not matching that AT ALL lol

wombat146
07-22-2019, 08:04 PM
So happy that there are more books to come!! Love reading these saga type novels!!! :) :dance::dance:

faerywings
07-23-2019, 05:42 AM
Vicki- I read Time's Convert a few months ago and liked it a lot! I am so glad that you are enjoying the series. Helen H and Lisa H are the ones who got me into this series when they were Cheery Os here. They always had good book recs.


Ona-in Outlander- Jamie is the only one who "matched" in my head. But the more I watch, the easier it is to see them as I did when I read them. Lord John was a tough one to accept at first but now I cannot remember why I felt that way ;)

wombat146
07-30-2019, 02:47 AM
Vicki- I read Time's Convert a few months ago and liked it a lot! I am so glad that you are enjoying the series. Helen H and Lisa H are the ones who got me into this series when they were Cheery Os here. They always had good book recs.


Ona-in Outlander- Jamie is the only one who "matched" in my head. But the more I watch, the easier it is to see them as I did when I read them. Lord John was a tough one to accept at first but now I cannot remember why I felt that way ;)

yep, Jamie matched but I couldn't come to grips with Claire and haven't watched anymore after Season 1. lol!

wombat146
07-30-2019, 02:48 AM
So I just finished the first book of the A Discovery of Witches and I now I have to WAIT before I can read the next one!!! lol!!! It's on hold but there are 10 people in front of me!!! read very fast people!!!!!!!!!!! lol!

faerywings
07-30-2019, 05:29 AM
That is great! Sorry that you have to wait-- get reading, Other People on the Wait List!
I think that is a huge reason that I felt guilty when I had an overdue book. It has only happened once and I was thinking about the people who were waiting for the book after me. :Cry:

janedee
07-30-2019, 01:37 PM
I read the books a couple of years ago and loved the series. I had no idea they'd made a TV series until I found it on the entertainment system on our flight home from Europe!! I managed to watch all the episodes by the time we landed! Good thing too as I haven't seen them listed here at home yet.
I wasn't too sure about Mathew Goode in the role of Mathew Clairmont even though I like him as an actor, but liked him better by the end of the season. I'm still not happy with Marcus though :decision: :icon_frown:

AZK
07-30-2019, 05:38 PM
So I just finished the first book of the A Discovery of Witches and I now I have to WAIT before I can read the next one!!! lol!!! It's on hold but there are 10 people in front of me!!! read very fast people!!!!!!!!!!! lol!

This is what frustrates me so much when I'm reading series! I binge-read books like other people binge-watch TV shows. Having to wait months or even years for the next book in a series does not make for a happy reader! :pout:

wombat146
07-30-2019, 08:40 PM
That is great! Sorry that you have to wait-- get reading, Other People on the Wait List!
I think that is a huge reason that I felt guilty when I had an overdue book. It has only happened once and I was thinking about the people who were waiting for the book after me. :Cry:

:pound: That was me on the weekend Chris! The book was due back last Monday and on the Friday before I tried to extend my loan by a week but it was a no go as it was on hold for someone else so I had to read very very fast over the weekend to finish it! lol! I was considering going a day or so over but I felt bad, knowing someone else was waiting on it, like I had been! I have tried all my second-hand online shops to actually buy the series but they were still quite expensive, and now that I have to watch my pennies after my retirement I guess I will need to stick to the library! :)

wombat146
07-30-2019, 08:43 PM
This is what frustrates me so much when I'm reading series! I binge-read books like other people binge-watch TV shows. Having to wait months or even years for the next book in a series does not make for a happy reader! :pout:

I am another binge reader here Angie, love me a loooooong series of books! :) and yes, having to wait years is such a pain! patiently waiting for the last book of Outlander and of course, who knows about Game of Thrones......... will there ever be a last book??? Both of those book series I have purchased and have re-read them a lot over the years, those are two books I will definitely buy when they come out! :)

wombat146
07-30-2019, 08:47 PM
Jane, I have still yet to see that series downunder, but I am not holding my breath! lol! I really like Mathew Goode as an actor, loved him in both Downton Abbey and The Good Wife. As I said to Chris in another post, the book I read had him and the leading actress on the front cover so I have imagined them throughout the book, so hopefully it will be okay when I do get to see the series. :)

VickiStegall
07-30-2019, 09:14 PM
So, here's what I do.... I have more than one Kindle so I will download an entire series from the library (so I can binge read lol) and then I just don't turn the wi-fi on until I've finished reading the whole series. This way, I can take my time and noone is stuck waiting for me to return it.



So, why do I have more than one Kindle you ask? That way I can download the next group of books if I've had some on hold or been waiting on something on the other Kindle and don't miss out on my turn :)

wombat146
07-30-2019, 11:44 PM
So, here's what I do.... I have more than one Kindle so I will download an entire series from the library (so I can binge read lol) and then I just don't turn the wi-fi on until I've finished reading the whole series. This way, I can take my time and noone is stuck waiting for me to return it.



So, why do I have more than one Kindle you ask? That way I can download the next group of books if I've had some on hold or been waiting on something on the other Kindle and don't miss out on my turn :)

Good thinking Vicki! :) but I am old-fashioned, I prefer to sit and read with REAL book ........... just feels so much more comfy and relaxing for me. :) lol! yeah! I know, I am a dinosaur!!! :pound:

faerywings
07-31-2019, 05:42 AM
So, here's what I do.... I have more than one Kindle so I will download an entire series from the library (so I can binge read lol) and then I just don't turn the wi-fi on until I've finished reading the whole series. This way, I can take my time and noone is stuck waiting for me to return it.



So, why do I have more than one Kindle you ask? That way I can download the next group of books if I've had some on hold or been waiting on something on the other Kindle and don't miss out on my turn :)


OMG- you are hysterical!!! Great workaround!

faerywings
07-31-2019, 05:45 AM
Jane- what a great find on your flight! Yeah, Matthew and Marcus really didn't click for me either.


Angie and Ona-- that is me with Outlander Book 9, too. It is killing me!

VickiStegall
08-01-2019, 02:44 PM
Good thinking Vicki! :) but I am old-fashioned, I prefer to sit and read with REAL book ........... just feels so much more comfy and relaxing for me. :) lol! yeah! I know, I am a dinosaur!!! :pound:


I went back and forth at first because I missed actual books too, but then I discovered the Text to Speech feature. This enabled me to listen to my books while doing chores and in the car. And, when I want to read again, I don't have to find where I am, I just pick up where it left off. And, I don't have to pay for audio books this way :)


I will admit that the computer voice takes some getting used to and one of the early books had me very confused. You see, it reads what it thinks are abbreviations as the whole word. So, for several chapters I thought this young lady's name was Mississippi because it was reading Miss as Mississippi :) Oh, and another good one - Street for St. John.

wombat146
08-01-2019, 08:20 PM
I will admit that the computer voice takes some getting used to and one of the early books had me very confused. You see, it reads what it thinks are abbreviations as the whole word. So, for several chapters I thought this young lady's name was Mississippi because it was reading Miss as Mississippi :) Oh, and another good one - Street for St. John.

:pound: :pound: oh dear! that would have been hilarious, as well as confusing.

Many years ago I had RSI in my left hand, wrist and arm. The doctor said no typing for 6 weeks. Of course I was working and I couldn't afford to take time off. My workplace purchased me a voice recognition software program, whereby I could dictate instead of having to type. The program was called Dragon Talking and of course my hubby thought THAT was hilarious!!!! The guy I shared an office with was in hysterics for most of the time, listening to me dictate the text AND everything else I said unless I switched the little button off in the microphone/headset!! So initially it included any aside-type comments I made, all cursing-type words, and even my responses on a telephone conversation!!!!! I REALLY had to double check all of my emails and letters that were sent out to make they made sense!! lol!!!

That was the longest six weeks of my life!!! and poor Mark's as well!! :pound: :pound:

VickiStegall
08-01-2019, 09:03 PM
lol I tried that software when I was still in school thinking it would help me with my thesis but I spent more time proofing and correcting than it saved me lol

faerywings
08-02-2019, 06:51 AM
Ona-- that is so funny!!
When I get a photo text while I am in my car, the number of the jpg gets read out in full. So the text becomes "one million, two hundred sixty eight thousand, five hundred eleven dot jay pee gee." Took me a couple of times before my brain could translate that. ;)

wombat146
08-02-2019, 09:23 PM
Ona-- that is so funny!!
When I get a photo text while I am in my car, the number of the jpg gets read out in full. So the text becomes "one million, two hundred sixty eight thousand, five hundred eleven dot jay pee gee." Took me a couple of times before my brain could translate that. ;)


:rofl: of for goodness sakes, that would annoy the crap out of me!!! lol!! I can image how your brain was trying to compute the first time it did it! hahahaaaaa!!! :pound:

wombat146
08-02-2019, 09:24 PM
lol I tried that software when I was still in school thinking it would help me with my thesis but I spent more time proofing and correcting than it saved me lol

YES!! exactly!! trying to actually correct anything but so time consuming...... all in all the whole experience was terrible! :pound:

nightshadow
08-11-2019, 06:08 PM
lol I tried that software when I was still in school thinking it would help me with my thesis but I spent more time proofing and correcting than it saved me lol

I had the same experience trying to use "Dragon Speaking".
The software misunderstood me more than half the time and I never could figure out how to do numbers in numerical form (I'm not even sure it's possible.)

I think the problem may be that the software is geared to the U.S MidWest ac cent, not New York's. LOL

wombat146
08-11-2019, 06:23 PM
I had the same experience trying to use "Dragon Speaking".
The software misunderstood me more than half the time and I never could figure out how to do numbers in numerical form (I'm not even sure it's possible.)

I think the problem may be that the software is geared to the U.S MidWest ac cent, not New York's. LOL

:pound: :pound: Well no wonder it didn't work for me!!!!!! :pound: No doubt couldn't understand my Aussie accent!!! lol!!! :rofl:

VickiStegall
08-12-2019, 07:16 PM
Y'all, I am totally midwest and it didn't understand me either. That said, Siri and Alexa always understand me when they don't anyone else around me lol

faerywings
08-13-2019, 05:35 AM
I think the problem may be that the software is geared to the U.S MidWest accent, not New York's. LOL
Hmm... I wonder how it would react to me asking for "cawfee" or chatting about my "dawgs." Jersey accent here, which gets noticeably stronger when I am angry :p