Review of The Sunbird (minor Spoilers)

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How do you rate this book?

10 - Excellent
20
50%
9
6
15%
8
5
13%
7
7
18%
6
1
3%
5
0
No votes
4
1
3%
3
0
No votes
2
0
No votes
1 - Very poor
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 40

Postby John R » Sat Oct 07, 2006 3:29 am

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Postby Son of the Silver Fox » Mon Nov 06, 2006 6:37 pm

I've read this stand alone twice, it is a very enjoyable read. This book is very similar to the 7th scroll in that modern people discover and experience the story of an ancient lost civilization. Both stories have a man with physical limitations (a hunchback and a eunic) who become inseperable companions to a young prince, and with sheer will power and intellect overcome those characteristics to become powerful and respected. Written in the 70's some items are dated but if you can enjoy these quirks as part of the fun you will enjoy this story as much as I have.
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Postby Penitent » Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:24 pm

A 7 for me.

The first part is similar to "The Seventh Scroll". the second to "River God" and "Warlock". Nevertheless, an interesting combination.
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Postby John R » Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:10 am

But Smith wrote the Sunbird before the Egyptians therefore they are similar to the Sunbird. Therefore The Sunbird is more original i think
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Postby Penitent » Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:33 am

Good point!
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Postby delby » Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:29 pm

Only a four from me Im afraid i loved the first part of the book but soon got bored of the rest I cant even remember if I finished it or not.
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Postby Monsoon » Sat Mar 17, 2007 6:38 am

delby wrote:Only a four from me Im afraid i loved the first part of the book but soon got bored of the rest I cant even remember if I finished it or not.


Thats neat, it's good to see someone giving a book a lower score because of the way they feel rather than giving a polite 7 or 8. It makes the poll look more interesting and varied.
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Postby nebogatoff » Wed May 23, 2007 12:23 am

It's been over 20 years since I read this, but it was a book that stands out. Think I'll read it again soon.
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Postby nephthys » Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:53 am

I read this book a few years ago and loved it. Yes, it's similar to the Seventh Scroll, but it's so enthralling you hate to put it down. I gave it a nine!
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Postby Leighton » Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:20 pm

I also read the book when it first came out so its time for me to read it again . Reading W.S. books a second or even a third time is just as enjoyable as reading them for the very first time especially when there is around 10-20 years between readings , you know that you have read it but you can't remember exactly what happens. As yet I have never been disappointed by any book I have ever read by Wilbur Smith.
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Re: Review of The Sunbird (minor Spoilers)

Postby johnrogers » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:05 pm

I would like to comment on this standalone The Sunbird by Wilbur Smith.Man oh man I loved this book I thought it was fantastic.What I did find odd was the first part of the book when I read it it really did not feel like Wilbur Smiths writing and my best guess is that Wilbur had an understudy or ghost writer help write the first part thats ok I don't mind.The book really transposed into a Wilbur masterpiece in the second part of the story.An Indiana Jones type of adventure - ancient civilization - lost cites - secret caves - hidden passages - lost treasure - all to good to be true.The Sunbird to me was perhaps my favourit standalone book - THE SUNBIRD :D 8) [b6]
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Re: Review of The Sunbird (minor Spoilers)

Postby vincent » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:37 am

Without a doubt, his best standalone.
I have read it many times.
I gave it a 10 and that was 30 years ago!
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Re: Review of The Sunbird (minor Spoilers)

Postby johnrogers » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:50 am

vincent wrote:Without a doubt, his best standalone.
I have read it many times.
I gave it a 10 and that was 30 years ago!



Hi Vincent I am with you 100% the Sunbird was something else - did you find the first part of the novel read like it was someelse who wrote it ?I strongly feel that there was an assistant who helped compose the first part ( part one ).Does not matter I loved reading the Sunbird

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Postby mahound » Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:28 am

WSI wrote:nice review, John. I agree with u in all points, the 2nd part is the best Wilbur ever wrote. For me 10 out of 10.
the 1st part was also excellent
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