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What Are You Reading? February 2012

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princess garnet
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Post by princess garnet » Wed February 22nd, 2012, 12:49 am

Queen Hereafter by Susan F. King

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Dark is Rising" by Susan Cooper & "The Christmas Egg" by Mary Kelly
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Post by Madeleine » Wed February 22nd, 2012, 9:36 am

I've just started the first of Charlaine Harris's Lily Bard books, "Shakespeare's Landlord".
Currently reading "The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper & "The Christmas Egg" by Mary Kelly

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Post by EC2 » Wed February 22nd, 2012, 11:12 am

[quote=""Madeleine""]I've just started the first of Charlaine Harris's Lily Bard books, "Shakespeare's Landlord".[/quote]

Let me know if it's any good. I started the other series with 'Grave' in the titles but wasn't as sold as I was on the Stackhouse novels.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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Post by Madeleine » Wed February 22nd, 2012, 11:43 am

Yes I've heard the "Grave" books aren't as good as the Sookie series. I read another Lily Bard over Christmas and quite enjoyed it - they're straightforward crime novels, and quite short; my current one is only 218 pages long, so they make for nice quick reads. They're a bit more dark-toned than the Sookies, as Lily is recovering from a horrible attack on her, not a spoiler as it's mentioned in the blurb and on the first pages of the book.
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Post by LoobyG » Wed February 22nd, 2012, 1:24 pm

I've read the first book in the Grave series, 'Grave Sight' but I didn't enjoy it anywhere near as much as the Sookie series - I found it darker, and something was lost for me :) I've also tried the Aurora Teagarden series which I thought I'd love as Aurora is a librarian, but it was a DNF.

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Post by Leyland » Wed February 22nd, 2012, 1:45 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]We took an extended weekend with the kids and went skiing in NC (well, hubby and kids did -- I watched). Driving through that area reminded me that Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier has been languishing on my shelf. I'm about 75% through and really like it so far. The story is a bit rambly (but not without a purpose and very much in the storytelling tradition) and the history is very interesting. A real slice of pre-Civil War, frontier life and I'm - as usual - in awe of Frazier's prose.[/quote] I'm with you on Thirteen Moons taking a while to complete. I had a borrowed copy and returned it before finishing, but intend to start over and finish it one day.

I'm a third through Camp Follower and am seriously enjoying this novel! The characters remind me of Lucia St Clair Robson's in Mary's Land. Descriptive prose filled with realisitic and gritty battle/skirmish violence and travel danger in 1780 Carolina colony. A brief travel part of the novel set in George Town, SC, really interested me since I lived there through my school years and have seen the same buildings used in the novel, still in existence .
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Post by Madeleine » Wed February 22nd, 2012, 2:10 pm

[quote=""LoobyG""]I've read the first book in the Grave series, 'Grave Sight' but I didn't enjoy it anywhere near as much as the Sookie series - I found it darker, and something was lost for me :) I've also tried the Aurora Teagarden series which I thought I'd love as Aurora is a librarian, but it was a DNF.[/quote]

The Aurora books are being issued in the UK soon, I've pre-ordered one and might give another one a try too.
Currently reading "The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper & "The Christmas Egg" by Mary Kelly

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Post by Vanessa » Wed February 22nd, 2012, 4:52 pm

I shall be starting Girl Reading by Katie Ward tonight.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed February 22nd, 2012, 5:01 pm

rereading 'Zorro because i was on m siser's nighsand and he novel I brough stinks

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Post by Brenna » Thu February 23rd, 2012, 12:15 am

I finished Kate Quinn's Daughters of Rome. It was an easy read, although not light in any way. Nicely done though. Back to rereading Brian Wainwright's Within the Fetterlock.
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