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What Are You Reading? February 2014

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red805
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Post by red805 » Thu February 27th, 2014, 10:08 pm

Starting Sarah Waters' The Night Watch, set in post WWII London. I had loved Fingersmith & Tipping the Velvet, but recently finished The Little Stranger, which didn't come together for me at the end. She usually has a great ending twist, so I'm hoping to like this one.

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Nefret
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Favourite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
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Post by Nefret » Fri February 28th, 2014, 7:37 am

Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell
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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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Hidden" by Linda Gillard
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Post by Madeleine » Fri February 28th, 2014, 9:29 am

[quote=""red805""]Starting Sarah Waters' The Night Watch, set in post WWII London. I had loved Fingersmith & Tipping the Velvet, but recently finished The Little Stranger, which didn't come together for me at the end. She usually has a great ending twist, so I'm hoping to like this one.[/quote]

I loved The Little Stranger but agree the ending was a bit flat. I must admit I wasn't that keen on The Night Watch though, but hope you like it.
Currently reading: "Hidden" by Linda Gillard

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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) » Fri February 28th, 2014, 9:46 pm

I started the Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Freemantle. So far, so good.

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Post by Misfit » Fri February 28th, 2014, 10:58 pm

Just finished City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn. Loved it.
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Post by Nefret » Fri February 28th, 2014, 11:00 pm

Which queen has a gambit?
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"
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Post by Berengaria » Sat March 1st, 2014, 12:16 am

I'm now reading The Forgotten Queen by Anna O'Brien, to get a different "take" on Catherine of Valois and her husbands.
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat March 1st, 2014, 12:58 am

[quote=""Nefret""]Which queen has a gambit?[/quote]
It's about Katherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII. The 'queen's gambit' is a chess game strategy.

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Post by Nefret » Sat March 1st, 2014, 4:35 am

[quote=""MLE (Emily Cotton)""]It's about Katherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII. The 'queen's gambit' is a chess game strategy.[/quote]

Oh. That makes sense then. I'm kinda on a Tudor hiatus.
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 SonjaMarie » Tue April 8th, 2014, 2:24 am

February 2014 17
"Becoming Josephine" by Heather Webb (308pgs, 2014) (2/4)
"The Woodvilles: The Wars of the Roses and England's Most Infamous Family" by Susan Higginbotham (251pgs, 2013) (2/6) (K L)
"Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby" by Sarah Churchwell (400pgs, 2013) (2/7) (K L)
"The Way I Was" by Marvin Hamlisch (320pgs, 1992orig, 2013ed) (2/8) (K L)
"Murder on the Bride's Side: Elizabeth Parker Mystery #2" by Tracy Kiely (291pgs, 2010) (2/8) (K L)
"A Spoonful of Sugar: A Nanny's Story" by Brenda Ashford (379pgs, 2013) (2/9) (K L)
"How to be a Victorian" by Ruth Goodman (444pgs, 2013) (2/9) (K)*
"Queen Defiant: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine" by Anne O'Brien (419pgs, 2011) (2/9)
"The Profligate Son: Or, A True Story of Family Conflict, Fashionable Vice, and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain" by Nicola Phillips (345pgs, 2013) (2/12) (K L)
"Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors" by Peter Ackroyd (471pgs, 2011) (2/15)*
"Treasures of Britain and Treasures of Ireland" by Automobile Association of Britain (671pgs, 1976) (2/16)*
"Murder Under Cover: A Brooklyn Wainwright/A Bibliophile Mystery #4" by Kate Carlisle (280pgs, 2011) (2/18) (K L)
"Jim Henson: The Biography" by Brian Jay Jones (644pgs, 2013) (2/20) (K L)
"Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief" by Bill Mason & Lee Gruenfeld (479pgs, 2005) (2/23) (K L)
"The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects" by Richard Kurin (790pgs, 2013) (2/27) (K L)
"The Ghost of the Mary Celeste" by Valerie Martin (341pgs, 2014) (2/27) (K L)
"The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England" by Dan Jones (580pgs, 2012) (2/28) (K L)
Pages: 7413 - 436pgs aver. (2 BF, 3 Own (1 K), 12 K L)

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