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Back From LA

Just back from a week in LA.

I did Conan (the O'Brien, not the Cimmerian) and the Today Show, and taped a segment for a BBC special about Machiavelli... along with the usual dozen or so meeetings.

Also, while in town, swung by the Bookstar in Studio City and signed all their stock of my books, which was considerable. So if you're an Angeleno or just visiting LA, and want to snag an autographed copy of one of my novels, get yourself to Studio City while the supply lasts.

And now I'm back in the land of wolves and savage dust storms, digging out from under.


Jun. 18th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Re: The White Queen
I had not heard of this. Thanks for the heads up. The title suggests it may be based on the Philippa Gregory novel THE WHITE QUEEN. (She also wrote a companion novel, THE RED QUEEN). The BBC usually does this sort of thing very well, so I'll be looking forward to this one.

That being said, I wonder what you find ludicrous about nudity. Maybe I am too much a child of the sixties... but I have never found anything offensive about nudity. Hey, all through history, in every age, men and women alike have been completely naked underneath their clothes.

Grievous historical errors bother me much more than a glimpse of a naked body.
Jun. 18th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
War of the Roses
Also George, not sure if you heard, but Conn Iggulden is doing a trilogy on War of the Roses, with the first book, Stormbird, due out this fall. And quickly again on books, once the 7th and final Accursed Kings book is out, I'll sure to download those (I say download because I'm getting them for my Kobo as ebooks)
James Rutledge Roesch
Jun. 18th, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: The White Queen
Not nudity in itself, but gratuitous nudity which is forced into a movie or episode at the expense of the story. Nudity is not good or bad; it all depends on how it is used. Sometimes it can be entertaining or even essential, but sometimes it can be a cheap distraction.

Edited at 2013-06-18 12:56 pm (UTC)
Ciarn Dowd
Jun. 19th, 2013 11:16 am (UTC)
Re: The White Queen
Yes George, it's based on that Philippa Gregory novel (I think perhaps on that whole 'The Cousins' War' series, which continues after THE RED QUEEN with three or four further novels).

I watched the first episode the other night – it was very good, particularly the performace of the lead, Rebecca Ferguson. There was an element of magic that I could have done without, but according to wikipedia the mother of Elizabeth Woodville was later accused of witchcraft so it's not out of place.

My main problem with it is the same as my problem with any historical drama – I immediately want to know a bit more about the characters and events depicted but when I look them up in wikipedia I'm confronted with a minefield of spoilers, so I try (but sometimes fail) to wait until the end before I read any further.
Jun. 21st, 2013 08:46 am (UTC)
Re: The White Queen
See recent BBC2"Henry VII Winter King"; sandwiched between nephew-throttler Richard III & Joffrey-esque sociopath, Henry VIII - makes Varys seem a kindergarten teacher; & Channel 4"Richard III - The King in the Carpark"(nod to 'The King In The North')? Both crammed with little-known, terrifying nuggets of info. Unmissable to any 'War of Roses' connoisseur.
Jun. 21st, 2013 08:21 am (UTC)
Re: The White Queen
It's airing in the USA on Starz on 10 August:

Jun. 26th, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: The White Queen
Haven't read the books but having watched 1st & 2nd episodes had me reaching for ye olde history books as this family's history of feuding & skullduggery is even more complicated than Danny's! Hour long episodes (no advert breaks) over 10 weeks has come as a real godsend to get me thro' the cold turkey loss of GOT Series 3: costumes, castles, sets, props, actors all impeccably accurate; even a double beheading in last episode. Battle scenes only (understandable) weak areas. I'm hooked!


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