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What Are You Reading? October 2012

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What Are You Reading? October 2012

Post by boswellbaxter » Mon October 1st, 2012, 12:19 pm

Just finished Carrolly Erickson's The Unfaithful Queen. It wasn't as wildly improbable as her other "historical entertainments," but it didn't do much for me.
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Post by lauragill » Mon October 1st, 2012, 12:30 pm

Just started Ken Follett's Fall of Giants.

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Post by Vanessa » Mon October 1st, 2012, 1:50 pm

I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
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Post by fljustice » Mon October 1st, 2012, 1:59 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg[/quote]

Fannie Flagg's books are nostalgic reads for me. Grew up in rural climes and recognize a lot of her characters.

Currently reading Twelve Rooms of the Nile (bed book), Constantine the Emperor (research) and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Beastiary by David Sedaris (commuting book.)
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon October 1st, 2012, 2:30 pm

A re-read of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos for a book group.

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Post by Brenna » Mon October 1st, 2012, 3:25 pm

Still trying to get through Davis' Rebels and Traitors while thoroughly enjoying Barbara Erskine's River of Destiny.
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Post by Nefret » Mon October 1st, 2012, 6:06 pm

The Hole in the Universe: How Scientists Peered over the Edge of Emptiness and Found Everything by K.C. Cole
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
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Post by annis » Mon October 1st, 2012, 7:16 pm

I'm reading River of Destiny, too, Brenna :) The time-slip is a formula that Erskine has made her own, and she does it really well. An interesting shift is the inclusion of three parallel historical periods rather than the usual two. Very enjoyable as long as you leave a large gap btween each BE book, or the sameyness (is that even a word? It is now!) becomes apparent.

I am finding the modern storyline in River of Destiny more compelling than I usually do in BE's stories - sometimes I wish she'd just cut out the present day connection and write straight historicals, because the storyline focusing on the past is often more interesting.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon October 1st, 2012, 11:31 pm

The King's Cavalier, by Shellabarger. I first read this several decades past. It's interesting to re-read it now, when I know so many more of the historical details. As usual, Shellabarger's research still holds up.

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Post by Madeleine » Tue October 2nd, 2012, 8:50 am

[quote=""annis""]I'm reading River of Destiny, too, Brenna :) The time-slip is a formula that Erskine has made her own, and she does it really well. An interesting shift is the inclusion of three parallel historical periods rather than the usual two. Very enjoyable as long as you leave a large gap btween each BE book, or the sameyness (is that even a word? It is now!) becomes apparent.

I am finding the modern storyline in River of Destiny more compelling than I usually do in BE's stories - sometimes I wish she'd just cut out the present day connection and write straight historicals, because the storyline focusing on the past is often more interesting.[/quote]

I usually prefer the historical bits too, her modern heroines can sometimes be a bit irritating! Mind you I thought that about "Labyrinth" too, the historical parts were much more interesting.
Currently reading "The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper & "The Christmas Egg" by Mary Kelly

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