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by annis
Thu June 26th, 2014, 4:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It's June, what are you reading this month?
Replies: 65
Views: 3233

Ended up persevering with Harry Sidebottom's Iron & Rust and things did improve a tad as the pace picked up a bit. I still think it's more exposition than fiction in style, and the constant swapping between multiple perspectives hinders the ability to get fully into the novel until you've finally wo...
by annis
Tue June 24th, 2014, 3:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It's June, what are you reading this month?
Replies: 65
Views: 3233

Loved Harry Sidebottom's Ballista series, but am finding his latest a real slog, which might yet end up on the DNF pile. Ballista is historical adventure, but the first in his new Iron & Rust series is more political thriller, with events surrounding the elevation to the purple of soldier-emperor Ma...
by annis
Fri June 13th, 2014, 8:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It's June, what are you reading this month?
Replies: 65
Views: 3233

Just finished Kate Forsyth's Wild Girl , a dark, evocative tale set around the the Grimm Brothers collection of fairytales and folklore. The time frame moves from 1805 to 1824, a period of war, chaos, famine and bloody violence as the armies of Napoleon, the states of the disintegrating Holy Roman E...
by annis
Wed June 4th, 2014, 2:17 am
Forum: Movies, Television, Radio, and Music
Topic: Parade's End - BBC/HBO TV series
Replies: 1
Views: 411

Parade's End - BBC/HBO TV series

Has anyone else watched Parade's End ? An intense, brilliant evocation of late Edwardian English society and the effects of World War One, based on the quartet written by Ford Maddox Ford.The characterisation is excellent, with Benedict Cumberbatch spot on as the tormented hero Christopher Tietjens....
by annis
Sat May 31st, 2014, 7:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It's May, what are you reading?
Replies: 70
Views: 4220

Posted by Misfit I think Irwin's written other books around this period and there might be a series in there. There is a loose trilogy set around Rupert, Montrose and Louise. Stranger Prince is about Rupert, The Proud Servant the story of Montrose. The Bride is about Louise and Montrose, but, as was...
by annis
Sat May 31st, 2014, 1:34 am
Forum: By Author's Last Name R-Z
Topic: Blood and Sand by Rosemary Sutcliff
Replies: 2
Views: 788

As you know, I'm a long-time fan of Sutcliff and hate to review any of her work in a less than positive way. It's possible that she did this adaptation as a favour for a friend. Starforth was apparently bitterly disappointed that he couldn't find a publisher for his novel and perhaps having a versio...
by annis
Tue May 27th, 2014, 9:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Historical Fiction has a Future
Replies: 2
Views: 393

Historical Fiction has a Future

Interesting article by Aussie author Kate Forsyth at the Conversation website, written in conjunction with Kate's appearances at the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts next month. Historical Fiction has a Future and at Present it's Looking Good . http://theconversation.com/histori...
by annis
Tue May 27th, 2014, 9:16 pm
Forum: Ask Your Fellow Readers
Topic: Books on Joan of Kent
Replies: 7
Views: 2486

I see you've mentioned this one, but here's a bit more info about it. Emma Campion has written a novel about Joan of Kent which is due for release July/August this year. It's called The Triple Knot.
by annis
Tue May 27th, 2014, 4:15 am
Forum: Philippa Gregory
Topic: The King's Curse
Replies: 10
Views: 1553

Not one of Henry's finest hours - the horribly botched and (you would have thought) unnecessary execution of Margaret de la Pole seems to have been a purely vindictive act, largely fuelled by frustration that Henry's agents failed to assassinate her son, Reginald de la Pole, while he was exiled in I...
by annis
Fri May 23rd, 2014, 7:11 am
Forum: Chat
Topic: Mary Stewart dies
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Mary Stewart dies

Others may have already mentioned this, but I can't believe I missed it. Very sad to hear that Mary Stewart died the other day, at the good old age of 97. Loved her Arthurian Trilogy back in the day and still remember watching Moonspinners when it came out as a movie! Guardian obituary http://www.th...

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