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What Are You Reading? February 2014

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun February 9th, 2014, 1:29 am

[quote=""LCW""]After finishing A King's Ransom I started on The Historian. I've had the book for years but haven't gotten around to it. I'm about 40 pages in and if it doesn't get better in 20 or so pages I'm giving up. A story about people researching a fascinating topic isn't doing it for me as much as a story about the interesting topic itself would.[/quote]
I had the same thought LCW, and unfortunately, I can't say that I persevered. might have gone further if it had been on the kindle-- the Historian is a doorstopper of a book, it must weight 2 lbs.

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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Sun February 9th, 2014, 3:07 am

When can the rest of us get A King's Ransom? I have a spot for it on my bookshelf.
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!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}

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Misfit
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Post by Misfit » Sun February 9th, 2014, 4:26 am

[quote=""Nefret""]When can the rest of us get A King's Ransom? I have a spot for it on my bookshelf.[/quote]

EArly March according to Amazon. For those dithering between dead tree or digital, I recommend digital. It's huge and heavy. My dodgy elbow acted up trying to hold it, and the cat hated it. There wasn't room enough in the lap for both of them.
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Post by LCW » Sun February 9th, 2014, 7:28 am

[quote=""MLE (Emily Cotton)""]I had the same thought LCW, and unfortunately, I can't say that I persevered. might have gone further if it had been on the kindle-- the Historian is a doorstopper of a book, it must weight 2 lbs.[/quote] It's size is the reason I picked it. I was tired of seeing this behemoth on my book shelf. I gave up on it! I gave it 80 pages. I used to force myself to finish a book but I just can't anymore.

I spent tonight watching a few Season 5 episodes of True Blood and tomorrow I'm going to try my first ever zombie novel, Zombie Fallout, in honor of Walking Dead coming back. My sister loves horror and mystery novels like the Flowers in the Attic and anything Steven King. I could never get into them but I might surprise myself with this one.

[quote=""Misfit""]EArly March according to Amazon. For those dithering between dead tree or digital, I recommend digital. It's huge and heavy. My dodgy elbow acted up trying to hold it, and the cat hated it. There wasn't room enough in the lap for both of them.[/quote] I spent most of my reading time with it propped up on a pillows in my lap. My arms got tired!
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Post by Misfit » Sun February 9th, 2014, 3:30 pm

[quote=""LCW""]It's size is the reason I picked it. I was tired of seeing this behemoth on my book shelf. I gave up on it! I gave it 80 pages. I used to force myself to finish a book but I just can't anymore.

I spent tonight watching a few Season 5 episodes of True Blood and tomorrow I'm going to try my first ever zombie novel, Zombie Fallout, in honor of Walking Dead coming back. My sister loves horror and mystery novels like the Flowers in the Attic and anything Steven King. I could never get into them but I might surprise myself with this one.

I spent most of my reading time with it propped up on a pillows in my lap. My arms got tired![/quote]

I always prop my books on the pillow no matter what the size, and then kitty shares it (the pillow) with them. With Ransom, it was too big for both of them, and she either lost her pillow/lap time or I ended up holding onto it with my left hand, thus straining my dodgy elbow.

FYI, I can't recall if I mentioned it previously - but if you're tossed between a hard copy and the ebook, this is a door stopper. I'd go digital.
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Berengaria
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Post by Berengaria » Sun February 9th, 2014, 8:18 pm

I have just finished reading [/I]All That I Am[/I], by Anna Funder. Funder chose a novel form to write about her friend Ruth Wesemann, who was a German Socialist in the interwar years. It features Ernst Toller, the playwright. Words cannot describe how moved I am by this tome. It will be one that I will definitely re-read. Highly recommended! :)
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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Sun February 9th, 2014, 8:26 pm

I thought Ransom was shorter than Devil's Brood. (And Sunne, and the first book in the series.)
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!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}

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Post by Misfit » Sun February 9th, 2014, 8:33 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]I thought Ransom was shorter than Devil's Brood. (And Sunne, and the first book in the series.)[/quote]

Yep, but it was still a doorstopper. My ARC was a large trade paperback. About 700 pages.
At home with a good book and the cat...
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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Sun February 9th, 2014, 8:58 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Yep, but it was still a doorstopper. My ARC was a large trade paperback. About 700 pages.[/quote]

I may need to take measurements for my bookshelf. Is it the last in that series? And also... where does it end? (Use spoilers tags if you want).
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!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}

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Post by Misfit » Sun February 9th, 2014, 9:12 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]I may need to take measurements for my bookshelf. Is it the last in that series? And also... where does it end? (Use spoilers tags if you want).[/quote]

I think I read somewhere that her next book will be on Henri of Champagne. I wish she'd continue on a bit further with
. Book ends shortly after
. I did love what Sharon did with John, he was a delight when he trolled the rooms at the Christmas festivities looking for gossip and mischief.

BTW, Sharon's tour next month takes her to the Northwest (Margaret, that includes Portland). I plan on going.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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