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princess garnet
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Post by princess garnet » Sat May 24th, 2014, 3:41 pm

A Study in Ashes by Emma Jane Holloway
Final installment in her Baskerville Affair trilogy

I like to think of Evelina's Uncle Sherlock speaking with Jeremy Brett's voice in the story!

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Post by Susan » Sun May 25th, 2014, 12:07 pm

The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance that Changed the World by Greg King and Sue Woolmans (NF)

The 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife is on June 28, 2014.
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Post by Divia » Sun May 25th, 2014, 4:55 pm

I just finished Cy in Chains a YA book. It was AMAZING. I know YA isn't everyone's bag but it was well done.
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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.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun May 25th, 2014, 8:23 pm

Not HF. I gave 5 undeserved hours to the Husband's Secret. It was a book group read. And then I bailed.
I rarely DNF bookgroup reads, no matter how awful they are, but this one deserved every one-star review it was given. Who can have given it all those four and five stars?

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Preferred HF: Lately World Two or the time immediately before and after this period
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Post by SCW » Mon May 26th, 2014, 3:34 am

Cold weather (well its getting cold in Australia) means one thing. Time to read gothic novels.
In this case I have just finished Dragonwyck by Anya Seton. I first read this when I was 16 and loved it.
Some years later, I bought it off Amazon and re-read the story.
The most vivid part is the characterisation of the lead male character Nicholas Van Ryn who overshadows all other figures.
I forgot how much I loved reading Anya Seton.
She and Jean Plaidy were my favourite historical authors when I was a teenager.
Although now I have to say that in my opinion, Seton is a much better writer. She is able to convincingly illustrate the mid 14th century (Katherine), early colonial America (The Winthrop Woman) and Tudor England (Green Darkness) in ways that Plaidy never did.
The only quibble I had with Dragonwyck was the afterword written by PG.
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Post by Misfit » Mon May 26th, 2014, 2:40 pm

[quote=""SCW""]Cold weather (well its getting cold in Australia) means one thing. Time to read gothic novels.
In this case I have just finished Dragonwyck by Anya Seton. I first read this when I was 16 and loved it.
Some years later, I bought it off Amazon and re-read the story.
The most vivid part is the characterisation of the lead male character Nicholas Van Ryn who overshadows all other figures.
I forgot how much I loved reading Anya Seton.
She and Jean Plaidy were my favourite historical authors when I was a teenager.
Although now I have to say that in my opinion, Seton is a much better writer. She is able to convincingly illustrate the mid 14th century (Katherine), early colonial America (The Winthrop Woman) and Tudor England (Green Darkness) in ways that Plaidy never did.
The only quibble I had with Dragonwyck was the afterword written by PG.[/quote]

I hate those afterwards,forewards that PG wrote.

Have you read The Shivering Sands by Plaidy/Holt? Very creepy.
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Post by fljustice » Mon May 26th, 2014, 3:14 pm

Finished Nero: The End of a Dynasty by Miriam Griffin--a good research book, not a popular biography (I had to pay "text book" rates for it). Starting on an early reader: The Normans: From Raiders to Kings and another research book, but don't know which one. You can always tell I'm in fiction writing mode when my reading is heavily non-fiction. When I'm writing non-fiction it goes the other way. :)
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Post by Ash » Mon May 26th, 2014, 3:29 pm

The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance that Changed the World by Greg King and Sue Woolmans
My book group was discussing books about WWI and this came up several times. Must read it. Right now, I am reading another book that was discussed called The Englishman's Daughter, about four English soldiers who were trapped behind enemy lines at the start of WWI (its NF, but reads like a novel). Interesting, tho I think the author is padding the book by repetition

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Post by leehow » Mon May 26th, 2014, 4:45 pm

the forgotten legion by Ben Kane,enjoying it so far

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Post by Berengaria » Mon May 26th, 2014, 4:58 pm

I am busily reading through the Elly Griffith Ruth Galloway series. I had bought the first book in the series, but it didn't grab me at the time. Now I am gobbling up these books! :)
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