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Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse10 Jan 2018 6:28 a.m. PST

Recent poll on Bernard Cornwell books was an eye opener – didn't realise there were quite so many Sharpe novels. Anyone read 'em all? Audio books count (if not abridged).

1. I've read a few
2. I've read about half.
3. I've read most of 'em.
4. I've read all of 'em and am waiting for next one.
5. I haven't read any.
6. Who is Sharpe?
7. Not a wargamer.
8. I can't read.

Choctaw10 Jan 2018 6:45 a.m. PST

4. I don't care if they are historically correct or not. I have found them to be a fun read.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 6:48 a.m. PST

Read them all, but did not enjoy the last few and am not particularly looking forward to the next one.

Personal logo Private Matter Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 6:51 a.m. PST

I have read all the books in the Sharpe series, as well as all his other historical fiction novels. They are soap opera for men and should not be taken seriously but rather as good fun.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse10 Jan 2018 6:58 a.m. PST

We need a 9 !

9. Read them all, but did not enjoy the last few and am not particularly looking forward to the next one.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse10 Jan 2018 6:58 a.m. PST

I'm a 1 by the way.

Many people say that : "20thmaine", they say, "you are a one."

redbanner414510 Jan 2018 7:04 a.m. PST

2 After a while they seem all the same. I like the Saxon and HYW series better.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 7:05 a.m. PST

1 for me too

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 7:08 a.m. PST

4 enjoyed them for the most part.

Winston Smith10 Jan 2018 7:09 a.m. PST

3. And I don't care that they all have basically the same plot.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 7:11 a.m. PST

10. Watched the TV movies instead of reading books.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 7:23 a.m. PST


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 7:28 a.m. PST

I read some, but I quit a long time before Cornwall did.

Winston Smith10 Jan 2018 7:28 a.m. PST

Will there be a next one? I thought Cornwell had used up History.

Legion 410 Jan 2018 7:36 a.m. PST

I've seen some of the TV movies … I liked them …

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 7:36 a.m. PST

I'm a 4. Is there word there maybe more coming out in the future?

mad monkey 110 Jan 2018 7:44 a.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 7:45 a.m. PST

9, and I am not really looking forward to the next anything in any series. But I will probably buy a new Sharpe book if there is one.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 8:05 a.m. PST

But hardly his Normandy retirement will bring captivating adventures.
Meet Hervey in Turkey?

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 8:26 a.m. PST

3. I read most of them but with increasing dissatisfaction. The stories became formulaic, predictable and uninteresting. I tried the first novels of a couple other Cornwell series and found them to be cookie cutters of the Sharpe series.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 8:51 a.m. PST

read 'em all. Agree with Ragbones. Now Hornblower…….and Aubrey……

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 9:08 a.m. PST

I have read one. Not really for me, like all historical based stories the slightest flaw irritates and spoils my enjoyment (a flaw in me not the books).


foxweasel10 Jan 2018 9:09 a.m. PST


FearAndLoathing10 Jan 2018 9:18 a.m. PST

8 I thought. Figured their weren't going to be any "new" ones. The last few weren't quite as good, though I thought the early years stuff set in India worked pretty well.

FearAndLoathing10 Jan 2018 9:19 a.m. PST

Oops I mean 4. I can read. I just can't write.

Stryderg10 Jan 2018 9:19 a.m. PST

10. And enjoyed them to boot! The books have too many words.

22ndFoot10 Jan 2018 9:33 a.m. PST

Read quite a few Sharpe stories but, as others have said, they got rather formulaic and I gave up. I have read one or two volumes in other series Cornwell has written but found several to be deeply unpleasant in dwelling rather too long and closely on certain sorts of violence and/or rather silly.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 9:41 a.m. PST

Nobody has said "flensed" yet.

Dagwood10 Jan 2018 9:42 a.m. PST

3. I also prefer the Saxon series, also "Wildtrack" an early mainstream adventure novel, I think written before the Sharpe series.

PS I also prefer the Flashman series ! More history !

KSmyth10 Jan 2018 10:00 a.m. PST

3. I mostly enjoyed them, despite being pretty formulaic. I thought the India stories were the best ones.

My favorite Cornwell books were The Archers Tale (though I didn't care for the other two books in the series) and The Fort, which I thought was great.

Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 10:10 a.m. PST

Read them all. They were fun.

wrgmr110 Jan 2018 10:16 a.m. PST


eddy195710 Jan 2018 10:21 a.m. PST

Read them all

jdpintex10 Jan 2018 10:22 a.m. PST

Yep. All of them. And most, if not all, of his other books also.

attilathepun4710 Jan 2018 10:53 a.m. PST


I will buy more, when and if I find used copies. They may not be profound literature, but make good light reading with vivid villains you love to hate. By the way, I think Cornwell moved on from Sharpe many years ago, and I do not expect there will be any new titles in the series.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 11:30 a.m. PST

I read the "Sharpe's Rifles" series (eleven books? Ends with Waterloo). I enjoyed them quite a bit, but didn't fell particularly compelled to go back for seconds. It was a prime high-note stopping point.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 11:49 a.m. PST


panzerCDR10 Jan 2018 1:09 p.m. PST


Raynman Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 1:23 p.m. PST

I have read them all, twice! I will read them all again.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 1:48 p.m. PST


Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 2:10 p.m. PST


14Bore10 Jan 2018 2:19 p.m. PST

Only 1 but saw all the tv series, its a fall back but slowly working on the Aubrey/Maturin series. Of these 2 certainly I am more geared to Napoleonic land warfare

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 2:30 p.m. PST

10. Love Sean Bean as Sharpe. Will miss the ever-so-tender-hearted, Sergeant Hakeswill… "Oh, Mother…" Talking into his hat. RIP, Pete Postlethwaite. Cheers!

Old Peculiar10 Jan 2018 2:37 p.m. PST


Winston Smith10 Jan 2018 3:25 p.m. PST

My first was Sharpe's Eagle.
I was intrigued by the cover art.
Sharpe has the wrong color facings, red.
Some weird flag was flying.
Cuirassiers (or Dragoons) in Odd uniforms were charging.
The girl clasped to his manly bosom had approved flared nostrils.
I almost passed it up as a Harlequin Romance but bought it anyway.

In a sense, they are Harlequin Romances, but for dudes. My money was not wasted. I paid a reasonable amount of money, and got the results I expected.

forrester10 Jan 2018 3:46 p.m. PST

A 9 for me.

While not a Sharpe novel I was impressed by The Fort, which allowed a very balanced approach to the people on both sides.
The Sharpe series I initially liked-you could tell he'd read the right memoirs- but later far too much lazy use of cut and paste easy target baddies [lawyers, priests, posh chaps].

Big fan of Allan Mallinson's Hervey series..I don't know one end of a horse from the other but this felt more authentic.

khanscom10 Jan 2018 5:34 p.m. PST

5, but I'll give another thumbs up for The Fort.

Bandolier Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 7:04 p.m. PST

3. They were good fun at the time.

Dynaman878910 Jan 2018 9:18 p.m. PST

4 formulaic but fun reading

basileus6610 Jan 2018 9:57 p.m. PST

A few. After a while it becomes repetitive.

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