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What are you reading? April 2014

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What are you reading? April 2014

Post by fljustice » Fri April 4th, 2014, 9:42 pm

Since no one else posted this (afraid of April Fools Day?), I thought I'd get it started. I finished Malachy McCourt's History of Ireland yesterday and enjoyed it. He was better with modern history (last 200 years) than earlier, but still good. Finished People of the River today and had mixed reactions: liked the characters, setting, and historical detail; but the over abundance (IMO) of religious/shamanistic fantasy spoiled the story for me. "The gods willed it" or "It was fate" limits individual action and character growth. I'm sure we could get up a lively discussion on free will (on the rant thread), but my complaint is not that it exists or not, but that (in this particular book) it's absence is a major story element and led to a sense of inevitability rather than suspense.
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Post by emr » Sat April 5th, 2014, 6:54 am

We like to live in the past :D
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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat April 5th, 2014, 10:19 am

I still have to post what I read in Feb & Mar!

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Post by princess garnet » Sat April 5th, 2014, 7:12 pm

Finished: The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini
A Civil War novel set in Richmond, VA

A History of Fort Sumter by Pat Hendrix (NF)
Local history book about the famous fort

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Post by Susan » Sat April 5th, 2014, 9:46 pm

Making progress with Sharon Penman's A King's Ransom.
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Post by Lisa » Sun April 6th, 2014, 10:31 am

The Mistletoe Bride and other Haunting Tales by Kate Mosse.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun April 6th, 2014, 2:42 pm

NF for bookgroup: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.
But I have The Iron King by Maurice Druon sitting on my kindle, calling me. It says this is the first time it's been translated from the French, but the description sounds very much like a novel on Philip the Fair and the Templars I read so long ago I can't remember the title. A big, chunky book.

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Post by lauragill » Sun April 6th, 2014, 4:54 pm

DNF and left a one-star review for Shiri. Immediately the author's minions/sockpuppets swarmed out of the woodwork to counter my review with scores of glowing ones, and a few days ago the author himself retaliated with a one-star review for Helen's Daughter. I actually read his book. He did not read mine.
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Post by princess garnet » Sun April 6th, 2014, 5:07 pm

[quote=""MLE (Emily Cotton)""]
But I have The Iron King by Maurice Druon sitting on my kindle, calling me. It says this is the first time it's been translated from the French, but the description sounds very much like a novel on Philip the Fair and the Templars I read so long ago I can't remember the title. A big, chunky book.[/quote]

I bought Iron King when it was reissued last year. The series was available in English before but had gone out of print. With the series being reissued, perhaps someone will translate the 7th and final novel into English!

Here in the US, the 3rd novel in the series, The Poisoned Crown, was released this past week. The 4th one, The Royal Succession, will be out later this year.
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Post by annis » Sun April 6th, 2014, 11:50 pm

Yep, Iron King was first released in English translation lin 1956. I don't remember it as being a particuarly chunky book, though? I do vividly recall the account of the death of the Templar Grand Master, though!
Edited to say I tracked down my old copy of IK and it is a relatively slim p/b. It's a 1968 ed of the original 1956 release. George R.R. Martin describes it as "the original Game of Thrones"!
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