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    Pillars of the Earth, Starz miniseries based on the novel

    I know there are a lot of fans of historical dramas here. Starz has the first two episodes up available for viewing on their site.

    http://www.starz.com/originals/thepi...de-101-anarchy

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    I'm still in withdrawal from The Tudors. I'm not sure I'm ready to invest in a new historical drama. What do you (or others who have seen Pillars) think of it so far?

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    I've only seen the first episode and while confusing, I'll hold off judgment until I've seen more episodes. I thought Spartacus was lame at first but got better and better as the series went on. The cast is great too (Donald Sutherland, Rufus Swell, Ian McShane).

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    The book was amazing. After I read the book I sent Ken Follet and email gushing about how much I enjoyed it. He actually wrote me back and thanked me for reading it in the first place. As a result it has a special place in the literary portion of my heart; hopefully they will not screw it up.

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    DH just finished reading this book, and we have both seen the first two episodes on Netflix streaming. I'm enjoying it, but I generally like the whole medieval/Tudors English historical drama genre.

    The miniseries does not always follow the book (as DH has pointed out while we were watching), but where it varies it mostly does not affect the overall plot, you just lose some of the more intricate details and storytelling in the book. According to DH, the miniseries moves very quickly through the book's story. It's been helpful having him explain the relationships between the characters and their past histories because of this. Otherwise, I think I might be .

    Can't wait for the next episodes!

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    Listened to the unabridged audio version of the book (41 hours!) years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. So far I've seen the first two episodes via Netflix streaming. Actually watched Episode 1 twice to get all the relationships straight.
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    By the way, the war between Stephen and Maud (Mattilda) is one of the reasons why Henry was so obsessed with having a male heir. He wasn't certain that the nobles would be loyal to a female queen.

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    I thought about reading the series but changed my mind. My friend is a big fan so I'll be recording this from Starz for her. Looks rather violent.
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    I've only seen the preview, but I think it looks fantastic-great lineup of stars! I just love Netflix streaming!



    Quote Originally Posted by Yehudi View Post
    I've only seen the first episode and while confusing, I'll hold off judgment until I've seen more episodes. I thought Spartacus was lame at first but got better and better as the series went on. The cast is great too (Donald Sutherland, Rufus Swell, Ian McShane).
    I got my husband into Spartacus because we loved HBO's Rome and Spartacus w/ Kirk Douglas is probably one of his all time favorite's, but I lost interest after the second episode as it seemed to be all sex and violence. He said the plot picked up as the weeks progressed. I guess they have to reel you in somehow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhenya271 View Post
    I've only seen the preview, but I think it looks fantastic-great lineup of stars! I just love Netflix streaming!





    I got my husband into Spartacus because we loved HBO's Rome and Spartacus w/ Kirk Douglas is probably one of his all time favorite's, but I lost interest after the second episode as it seemed to be all sex and violence. He said the plot picked up as the weeks progressed. I guess they have to reel you in somehow.
    The later episodes are still violent and there's still plenty of sex, but it really did get much better and the finale (which was very violent) was probably the best season finale I've seen in a long time. If the series ended with just that first season, it would have been a fitting end but it leaves just enough things open in case they renewed it.

    Plus, John Hannah and Lucy Lawless were delicious as the scheming, social climbing owner of the ludus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StonewshMullet View Post
    The book was amazing.
    How nice for you that you thought so; my mileage certainly varied. I stopped halfway through when I reached another gratuitous scene of rape and torture that added nothing to the development of the villain. I found the whole thing to be level in tone and one-note, no highs and lows. You could not pay me enough to read the other half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yehudi View Post
    The later episodes are still violent and there's still plenty of sex, but it really did get much better and the finale (which was very violent) was probably the best season finale I've seen in a long time. If the series ended with just that first season, it would have been a fitting end but it leaves just enough things open in case they renewed it.

    Plus, John Hannah and Lucy Lawless were delicious as the scheming, social climbing owner of the ludus.
    I heard that the main guy has just gotten his clean bill of health after his cancer treatment, so looks like the second season might be a go again.

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    I just started watching it yesterday...and watched 5 episodes the last 2 days. I absolutely love it...but then Empress Matlida's son started the whole Plantagenet reign so of course I would be into it.

    Quite interesting to watch the show, and having done a touch of research on the White Ship disaster, it does leave open the question on what truly happened to Matilda's brother William.
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    I haven't watched the last episode. I started really liking the series and loving the actors to finding it repetitive. I mean, how many times can they show an attack on Knightsbrigde (or however it's called)? But I'll finish it.

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    I thought they rushed the series too much. They could have spread it out over at least 2 more episodes, but the series was still so good.

    Makes me look forward to the Borgia's so much more now...
    ~I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.~ (Charles R. Swindoll)

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    I'm a cablepeasant so didn't get a chance to see the series on TV, but it should be out on DVD in a couple of months. They've announced Nov. 22 for the UK release, so I'm assuming it will be something similar on this side of the pond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis@BC View Post
    I'm a cablepeasant so didn't get a chance to see the series on TV, but it should be out on DVD in a couple of months. They've announced Nov. 22 for the UK release, so I'm assuming it will be something similar on this side of the pond.
    Netflix has it already here in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emason View Post
    Netflix has it already here in the US.
    Listed, yes, but not actually available. Likewise Amazon. It hasn't been released yet.

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    emason means that it is on Netflix instant watch - you can watch the episodes on your computer or via a device such as a video game console, iphone, roku box, netflix-ready dvd player or TV, etc.

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    I read the book years ago & loved it. The TV mini-series I enjoyed very much.

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