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Lamentation- C J Samson

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GrandmaH Fri 14-Nov-14 10:25:27

Just finished this book- I was so lucky to get it from library as soon as it was released. As always- brilliant & very hard to put down. DH was reading it at the same time so we fought over it & it had 2 bookmarks being swopped round. I finished it this morning & he is staying in bed until he has finished it too(bit miffed I think as I woke early & nabbed it so I got to finish it first! In fairness it was me who reserved it from library back in the summer
So relieved to gain from last page that the series will continue- at least he gives that impression. He can't stop now!

whitewave Fri 14-Nov-14 10:52:26

I thought that I had read that C J Samson was seriously ill? I had thought that there would be no more Shardlakes so whoopee! will add to my wish list and read after I have finished my current read.

GigiGransnet Fri 14-Nov-14 11:04:10

I was lucky enough to be given an early copy of this - just as wonderful as his earlier tales of Shardlake. Although carrying it on and off the tube to and from GNHQ put a serious crick in my neck as it's a big book grin

jinglbellsfrocks Fri 14-Nov-14 11:09:57

I've had it on my kindle for a while now. I'm saving it, cos once I start reading it, it will be - well - read. And I want it to be there, waiting for me.

I am in love with Shardlake. And Barak.

I hope Mr Sansome continues for a long, long, time.

Atqui Fri 14-Nov-14 11:14:31

Is it part of a series or can it be read as stand alone?

jinglbellsfrocks Fri 14-Nov-14 11:14:43

Winter in Madrid was excellent too. (A non Shardlake)

Soutra Fri 14-Nov-14 11:44:07

It's a compelling read but I found it darker than the others. So glad he is still writing.

jinglbellsfrocks Fri 14-Nov-14 13:20:14

Atqui you can read any of the books as stand alone, but you would do better to start with the first book. Much more enjhoyment to be had.

this is the first one Dissolution

Nonny Fri 14-Nov-14 15:30:32

I had been waiting for this book and wasn't disappointed. I read it in a couple of days as I couldn't put it down. I hope that we will have one or two more Shardlake books.

numberplease Fri 14-Nov-14 16:27:07

Haven`t read it yet, but definitely will be doing, I love Shardlake and Barak.

Atqui Fri 14-Nov-14 17:26:46

Thanks Jings. I loved Winter in Madrid but haven't read any more of his

rosesarered Fri 14-Nov-14 20:56:42

Glad that some of you love Winter In Madrid, it's been one of my favourites for quite a while.However, dare I say this? I really don't like the Shardlake books at all.I do like historical fiction, but find the central character off putting and the stories give me a feeling of something like unease.I thought Revelation was pretty horrible [and I also guessed who it was too early in the story.]I am probably in the minority in this, though.He is certainly a marvellous writer.

Deedaa Fri 14-Nov-14 23:12:39

I've just finished Lamentation after spending two weeks reading it VERY slowly. If it's going to be another two years before the next one I wanted it to last as long as possible!
I really think this is the best Shardlake so far, very engrossing and satisfying to read and he's always so good on the historical detail.

Deedaa Sat 15-Nov-14 00:12:07

whitewave C.J.Sansom was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2012. It is incurable but treatable so hopefully he will still be writing for a while. Coincidentally I first found his books when I needed something to read while DH was in hospital having a stem cell transplant for his own Multiple Myeloma! Shardlake and Barak were a great antidote to worry!

GingerSilk Thu 05-Feb-15 09:54:41

I adore the Shardlake books and raced through Lamentations. Should have rationed myself like Deedaa, if it's going to be a long wait for the next one.

At the moment I'm reading a book in a similar vein, one of the John Shakespeare series. Recommended to me by a friend who knew I loved Shardlake. It's OK, but it's made me realise just how good CJ Sansome is. The dialogue doesn't sound as real, for one thing.

I have Winter in Madrid but haven't read it yet, maybe I'll read that next.

goose1964 Fri 20-Feb-15 09:31:13

It's on the sofa - waiting for me to finish Summertime - hubby says it was great

Greyduster Fri 20-Feb-15 11:39:06

I have read all the Shardlake books except Lamentation, and it never seems to be in our library so I will reserve it next time I'm in, but on my last visit to the library I picked up Dominion, which he wrote after Winter in Madrid. Haven't had a chance to get into it yet though.

Soutra Fri 20-Feb-15 11:57:07

Dominion is good and (scarily) plausible!

annodomini Fri 20-Feb-15 12:23:10

I've read them all in sequence and think I will have to re-read to get them fixed in my mind. This author really gives us the sense of Tudor London - the sights, sounds, even smells - and squalor.

sparkygran Fri 20-Feb-15 12:42:42

A fantastic read have loved them all find the characters and the historical detail enthralling

rosesarered Mon 30-Mar-15 19:23:31

I really liked Dominion, thought it would make a great film.
have now got Lamentation on my Kindle as it was a cheap buy, but the Shardlake series is not my favourite.

whitewave Mon 30-Mar-15 19:36:48

Just picked Lamentation up again - not bad but as yet hasn't grabbed me as much as the previous ones - about a quarter of the way through so will keep with it. Will have a look at Dominion.

eGJ Tue 31-Mar-15 21:59:08

Have you tried the similar series with John Shakespeare (Will's brother!) as the "private eye/detective" character? By Rory Clements and lighter reads. I enjoyed Lamentation and kept on going and was rewarded in the end! smile