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Speaking of signing books... as I was in the post below...

For all of you who are enjoying OUTLANDER, the marvelous adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's time travel novels that just finished its first season on STARZ... well, the show is terrific, but the books are even better (as is so often the case), and we have AUTOGRAPHED COPIES of the whole Outlander series and the 'Lord John' spinoff books as well available via mail order from the Jean Cocteau Bookshop

If you haven't been watching OUTLANDER, you're missing a terrific TV series. Gorgeous to look at, and the performances by the three leads are terrific. Tobias Menzies, who played Brutus on HBO's ROME and Edmure Tully on GAME OF THRONES, is especially noteworthy in a double role. (I just hope we'll be able to get him back, if and when D&D decide to return to the riverlands).

(OUTLANDER 'feels' like a cross of historical fiction and romantic adventure, but the time travel element definitely qualifies it as SF, or at least fantasy, so it's a show worth remembering next year when Hugo nomination time comes round again).

OUTLANDER films in Scotland, GAME OF THRONES primarily in Northern Ireland. Between the two shows, I doubt there's a single major actor in the British Isles we haven't used yet. Great casts. Diana got sixteen episodes for one novel, two eight-episode half-seasons, which had me gnashing my teeth in envy... until I remembered that OUTLANDER has no dragons, direwolves, or ice zombies, and so far no major battles either. Though, if I recall my history, that will be coming... the battles, that is, not the dragons.

I might also mention WOLF HALL, another excellent TV series from the UK based on novels, in this case on Hilary Mantel's novel of the same name and its sequel. Makes an interesting contrast with THE TUDORS series that Showtime ran a couple of years ago. We do not, alas, have signed copies of WOLF HALL available, since Hilary Mantel has never visited Santa Fe...

... but we do have the OUTLANDER books. While they last. And lots more besides.



Jun. 7th, 2015 11:10 pm (UTC)
I hope to see Tobias back as well, because the siege of Riverrun was one of my favorite chapters in Feast for Crows. Or maybe because I'd love to see Genna Lannister on screen.
Jun. 7th, 2015 11:18 pm (UTC)
Outlander/Wolf Hall
Excellent. I'll definitely check out the Outlander books and show. I do love historical fiction. I did see Wolf Hall on our local PBS station. It was superb. I just got the book to add to my reading pile. I enjoyed Wolf Hall's take on Cromwell, the character, and the events of that time. He isn't shown as the usual unpopular or villainous figure of history and has depth with intriguing motivations. Thanks for the recommends.
Jun. 7th, 2015 11:33 pm (UTC)
Sam Heughan, playing Jamie Frasier, did such an *OUTSTANDING* job, especially in the second half of the first season. For the fact that Caitriona Balfe, portraying Claire, was not nominated (by the various award groups) for some of her work, especially during the episode of "The Garrison Comander" was a sheer crime. She was so brilliant.

But if they don't nominate Sam Heughan for his work in "The Devil's Mark" - you just see his heart break with only his eyes in that episode, and especially in the season finale "To Ransom a Man's Soul," (he had the look of a broken man with hollow eyes in that opening scene) would just show that these people who nominate for Best Actor don't know what the hell they are doing and are clueless.

And Tobias Menzies, as Black Jack Randall, is no slouch. He plays quite the loathsome villain. And with relish. His performance in this season alone should put him into the lists for Top Ten Best Villains Ever. My word, what a soulless twisted monster he plays with aplomb. Cold and malicious, it's chilling.
Bob Jenson
Jun. 7th, 2015 11:58 pm (UTC)
I have not heard of Wolf Hall, sad to say. But I'll look into it. I am hopeful for "The Last Kingdom" on BBC America coming...soon. It's got to be better than the "Vikings" series on the History channel. From the promo, it looks like they at least establish an actual shield wall. If it can capture half the magic of Cornwell's superb action, I will be happy.
Jun. 8th, 2015 06:17 am (UTC)
If I remember correctly, the Outlander books do feature a certain occupant of Loch Ness. Not exactly a dragon, but....
Rebecca Dornsife
Jun. 8th, 2015 01:29 pm (UTC)
Loch Ness
But sadly they had to leave that out of the show :(
Jun. 9th, 2015 09:39 am (UTC)
Yes, I was looking forward to seeing a relative of Nessie. It could have been magical, and also tie in the idea of time travel as an explanation for faeries.
Jun. 9th, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Nessie!
Nessie would have gone too far off course of the story-line that was happening at the time and caused too much confusion for the other character to learn to trust Claire. They would definitely thought her a witch, like they did in the book, and it would have just been one more thing for her to overcome.

She did give a cool explanation of why only a couple people have ever seen Nessie over 100's of years. (Gotta read the book to find out)
Martin Seeger
Jun. 8th, 2015 07:52 am (UTC)
Getting books signed from you
I would like to get my "A Dance with Dragons" signed. Do you sign books on your event on the 21st of June in Hamburg?
Jun. 8th, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Getting books signed from you
Not sure what the plans are for Hamburg.
Martin Seeger
Jun. 8th, 2015 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Getting books signed from you
OK, I will bring my book in case it can be signed. Please let me know if you need any hints on Hamburg ;-).
Jun. 8th, 2015 10:43 am (UTC)
The Wolf Hall series was deeply engrossing and brilliantly acted. But anyone wanting action scenes and violent battles will be frustrated. This is cerebral film-making at its finest. I loved it.
Jun. 8th, 2015 11:34 am (UTC)
Another gem
Totally agree re WOLF HALL - superb production.

This quote from IMDB made me smile: "Mark Rylance has stated that the codpieces on the otherwise historically accurate costumes were made smaller at the request of PBS who felt that American audiences might be offended."

Do look out for the TV adaptation of Susanna Clarke's JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL which I believe gets its US debut on June 13th. The production quality and the casting choices are top class. A challenging storyline executed with aplomb.
Jun. 8th, 2015 12:27 pm (UTC)
I watched Outlander because it filled the Saturday night hole left when Black Sails ended for the season (best pirate show ever!). I've not read the books.

I love the opening music - the Skye Boat Song. Jamie, the main dude is gorgeous, but I feel he verges on unbelievable perfection in his compassion, tenderness and 21st-century PC relationship with Clair. Clair I feel is a bit overly sanctimonious considering her predicament.

If you compare the series to something like GoT the story line feels terribly linear. If you like mush though, the romance is top notch.

The relationship between Jamie and Black Jack is what grabbed me and kept pulling back in. <--Intense!

I would have liked to see more of the charmer, Dougal Mckenzie, and his Jacobite movement. Perhaps that is yet to come....
Jun. 9th, 2015 11:19 am (UTC)
I love the opening music - the Skye Boat Song.

Written by Harold Boulton in late 19 or 20C, to a loose adaptation of the melody line of A cuachag nan craobh. An example of long-after-the-event cod-Jacobite sentimentality.
Jun. 9th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
Dougal isn't the charmer you think he is. Yes, he's a fine looking Scot and can wear true Highland outfits like nobody else, except Jamie when he was decked out in full regalia for his wedding.

Dougal is a Jacobite traitor and does some pretty despicable things involving Claire. And Jamie was a virgin and has no idea how to treat a woman except for the way he's seen his uncle's and fathers treat their wives. (and that's not tender) He's trying to find a balance, because he's still so young,only 22. Claire is used to being in charge because of her nursing training in field hospitals in WWII.And she's 28 and she's been married.
You really need to read the books to get the entire picture of the storyline. And remember that the show is only an adaptation of the books. A really good one and follows them very closely, but things are changed and left out or added. The ending 10min on TV was different than the book, but it was still great!
Stacey Thompson Cawthon
Jun. 9th, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC)
future story
Yes the following books get very political. Next season is all about the plotting and rebellion of the Jacobites. The rest of the series, well it is historical. Think of all the events that happen in the next 30 years and you can guess where it's heading.
Jun. 8th, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC)
"Between the two shows, I doubt there's a single major actor in the British Isles we haven't used ."
Who is getting Alan Rickman next season then? Admittedly, would love him as Euron Greyjoy ...
Jun. 9th, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
Re: So.....
Well, okay, that was hyperbole.

Still lots of great British actors we haven't used. Rickman for sure. I'd also love to cast some of my favorites from I, CLAUDIUS, like Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, and Sian Phillips. That guy who played Cromwell in WOLF HALL was amazing as well.
Jun. 9th, 2015 11:25 am (UTC)
Re: So.....
I Claudius...

I remember being blown away as a teenager in the early nineties on one of its reruns. Great stuff. It was THE show that made me realize how great some of the old TV was.

At the risk of turning this into a GoT casting post, how about recruiting Sian Philips as the Night's Queen, and have her channel some Livia? That is assuming that such a character exists..
Jun. 9th, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
Re: So.....
The language of the internet doesn't have a word for hyperbole!
Jun. 9th, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
Re: So.....
Mark Rylance was really amazing as Cromwell. Magnetic.
Jun. 10th, 2015 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: So.....
Since GoT started airing I've been dreaming of Brian Blessed as Wyman Manderley giving the speech to Davos.
Jun. 8th, 2015 09:52 pm (UTC)
Love book recommends. Agree on Outlander
Outlander novels on audio by Davina Porter are also great. (audible.com is where I got them)
I only have about 300 want-to-reads so these entries will be welcome
Jun. 9th, 2015 07:27 pm (UTC)
The show is good but the books are great...not at all what I expected when I got a copy of Outlander....years ago.....in fact it sat around for awhile for fear it was just another "bodice ripper"....well was I surprise ....well written...great character development and well researched.....
Jun. 9th, 2015 10:22 pm (UTC)
Re: agree
Jamie is the ideal man lol in other words this woman's idea of it & it's hot enough! The show finale was as porny & sadistic as one might expect. Pretty faithful to the book. Girls you'll have to "settle" in real life - which keeps writers working.
Suwaida Jalal Siddiqi
Jun. 10th, 2015 01:00 pm (UTC)
Outlander and Wolf Hall
I've never read Outlander but I really like how they've made the show. They give time for the characters and setting to breathe even though sometimes it slows down the pace of the plot. But I can honestly say that it never gets boring. Everything seems to be in context despite the improbability of so much happening to one woman all the time. Plus, it's beautifully filmed with brilliant acting all around. Particularly Tobias Menzies. Wow.

I haven't watched the Wolf Hall adaptation yet because I'm still reading Bring Up the Bodies. I have to say though that despite knowing most of the story and how it ends, it never ever gets boring. Wolf Hall in particular is spectacular. The Tudors show was glamorous but rather disappointing most of the time. If it hadn't been for Sam Neill (who is now the voice of Wolsey in my head) or Maria Doyle Kennedy or Jeremy Northam,they were the saving grace for serious viewers. But a decent effort nonetheless.

As for the Riverlands plot on the show, there doesn't seem to be any indication of that happening at all. One can still hope.

Lots of luck with your work and life.
Duyen Huynh
Jun. 11th, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
No International Shipping
Hello George,

I'm just wondering do you know if jeancocteaubooks will ever do international shipping? Currently it is listed as 'unavailable' and I have been looking to purchase a signed copy of your 'A Game of Thrones' for ages!!

If I can't get a copy online, please come to Melbourne next time you're Down Under for an event! I will be waiting with a copy of your book and a red Sharpie! :D

-Duyen Huynh


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