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It's May, what are you reading?

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Misfit
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It's May, what are you reading?

Post by Misfit » Thu May 1st, 2014, 11:58 am

A Woman of Chicago by Kit Prate.
At home with a good book and the cat...
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Lisa
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Post by Lisa » Thu May 1st, 2014, 1:43 pm

Not HF, but I just started The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.

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Post by Alisha Marie Klapheke » Thu May 1st, 2014, 6:06 pm

LadyB, I enjoyed that book. I haven't read A Woman of Chicago, Misfit. I'll have to check that one out. I'm reading Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick. It's a historical fantasy.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu May 1st, 2014, 8:02 pm

I'm reading the third in Louisa Locke's Victorian San Francisco mystery series, Bloody Lessons.

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Post by princess garnet » Thu May 1st, 2014, 9:07 pm

A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway (Baskerville Affair #1)
Evelina Cooper, Sherlock Holmes's niece, is the lead in this trilogy set in alternate Victorian Britain.

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Post by Brenna » Fri May 2nd, 2014, 5:09 pm

I'm reading The Ghost of Mary Celeste on Kindle Library. Interesting so far...
Brenna

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Post by Susan » Sat May 3rd, 2014, 3:30 pm

I Am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith, going from dystopian Chicago to the Roman empire
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Post by Misfit » Sat May 3rd, 2014, 11:29 pm

Bailed on an older gothic that wasn't interesting me. Starting White Rani by Caroline Gray. Not sure of the year yet (I think before WWI), Malaysia.

OMG. I just looked up the author's profile on Goodreads. Caroline Gray is another pseudonym for the somewhat notorious (to us) Alan Savage.
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Post by DianeL » Sun May 4th, 2014, 8:13 pm

I picked up "The Witching Hour", Anne Rice's first novel in the Mayfair Witches series, after winding up "Lord of Sunset" recently. I'm actually a bit blown away at how GOOD a writer Rice really can (could once?) be - it's been such a long time, and I have to admit she'd sort of slipped into a caricature in my mind for years now. It's a LOT of book - nearly 800 pages - but I'm sort of looking forward to taking it languidly, getting back into the story again.

I can recall being incredibly frustrated by this series - it was, as many of her works tended to be, very hit-and-miss - one novel feeling like nothing but a placeholder until she could get back to quality again. I used to feel like that with her a lot. So it's a real pleasure to find that I'm enjoying this "rerun" as much as I am so far.
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Post by Nefret » Mon May 5th, 2014, 5:37 am

Just wait until you get to the Taltos storyline. Those books are weird, but in a good way.
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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