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What are you reading? May 2012

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu May 3rd, 2012, 2:39 pm

Just started the Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman.

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Post by Brenna » Thu May 3rd, 2012, 3:40 pm

Started Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall while I wait for my library books to arrive.
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Post by cw gortner » Thu May 3rd, 2012, 7:22 pm

Way too many Borgia books.

In between, Requiem by Robyn Young. I read the first one, Brethren, a few years ago and never got around to the last two, which I own. A recent trip had me throw Crusade into my suitcase (it was long paperback, which qualified as airplane read :) I ended up really enjoying it. So, I'm onto book 3.
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
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Post by Vanessa » Thu May 3rd, 2012, 9:18 pm

I'm just about to start Sacrifice by S J Bolton.
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Post by Grainne » Fri May 4th, 2012, 9:17 pm

I'm currently about half way through "Wolf Hall". Slow to start with, but I'm now enjoying it very much. I studied the Tudors at "A" Level, and never thought that Thomas Cromwell could be made so attractive.I will probably wait until "Bring up the bodies" (the sequel) comes out in paperback before I read it (it's due out in hardback 10th May.)

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Post by Brenna » Sat May 5th, 2012, 2:08 am

[quote=""Grainne""]I'm currently about half way through "Wolf Hall". Slow to start with, but I'm now enjoying it very much. I studied the Tudors at "A" Level, and never thought that Thomas Cromwell could be made so attractive.I will probably wait until "Bring up the bodies" (the sequel) comes out in paperback before I read it (it's due out in hardback 10th May.)

Grainne[/quote]

Me too on all counts. I'm still waiting for the story to pick up
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Post by Village » Sat May 5th, 2012, 6:00 am

Robyn Young's "Crusade", having finished Brethren a few weeks back. Unlike CW Gortner I am not really enjoying it. It's not a bad book but there is so much padding and waffle. My main bugbear though is the fact that the characters speak and act like 21st century people dressed in medieval costumes. I shall push on through to the end but no current plans to bother with Requiem which judging by the reviews on Amazon is the weakest of the 3 books.

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Post by annis » Sat May 5th, 2012, 8:03 am

@Village: I'm with you on Robyn Young's Templar trilogy- i never made it past the second one either. However I was pleasantly surprised last year when I read Insurrection, first in her Wars of Scottish Independence series. I felt her writing had taken a big jump forward in style and maturity.

Currently reading William V. Crockett's A Celt in Rome- sequel to Worlds Apart. I'm enjoying these - Crockett's engaging tale of two star-crossed lovers isn't at all sloppily romantic, but a vivid picture of life in the Roman Empire during the reign of Antoninus Pius. Therr are some great battle scenes, too.

Only quibble- copy-editing!! A common complaint of mine these days - far too many books are just being run through spell-check and not properly edited. Words which are valid but not correct in context keep appearing and making me want to reach for a red pen- "discrete" for "discreet", "course" for "coarse" and so on and so on-- sigh...

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Post by Misfit » Sat May 5th, 2012, 12:28 pm

I'm reading The Queen's Lover by Marie du Plessix Gray (sp? since I'm too lazy to go look it up). Came across the most unusual thing in a brand new ARC, someone has taken a dry-line whiteout marker over part of a sentence. Haven't been able to scrape it off and see what's underneath yet :confused:
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Post by Village » Sat May 5th, 2012, 1:01 pm

@ Annis

I might give Insurrection a chance then or otherwise the Lion Wakes by Robert Low. Has anyone read this? I feel I can probably only stomach one Scots being uppity saga so its probably either/or.

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