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July 2014. What are you reading?

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Post by Misfit » Thu July 3rd, 2014, 5:19 pm

Finished the Gabaldon book, my thoughts still the same, Roger and Bree really took off in this one, but very tired of Jamie and Claire's parts. Interesting ending. not a cliffhanger, but does leave you wondering what happened before that ending.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu July 3rd, 2014, 6:16 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Finished the Gabaldon book, ...very tired of Jamie and Claire's parts. [/quote]
The first time, it's plot. And maybe now and then afterwards, in situations when copulating is relevant to the plot or character development. When it doesn't make a difference in either of those, it's about as interesting as hearing your neighbors' amorous activities (yet again) through a thin apartment wall.
I read fiction to be entertained. Which means it's all about character and plot. Repetition is a bore.

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Post by Susan » Thu July 3rd, 2014, 6:52 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Finished the Gabaldon book, my thoughts still the same, Roger and Bree really took off in this one, but very tired of Jamie and Claire's parts. Interesting ending. not a cliffhanger, but does leave you wondering what happened before that ending.[/quote]

I'm about 75% done, but I agree. The parts I enjoyed the most in the time period where Jamie and Claire are involved other characters. There is too much about the Battle of Monmouth (which is what the battle is called), although since I live near the battlefield and know the places mentioned I could relate to it. I haven't actually been to the battlefield since the 200th anniversary recreation (my major memory is a horrible case of poison ivy), but I am planning a trip to the battlefield soon. It's now a NJ state park: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandfore ... onbat.html

Also I want to go to the place where Claire got the plants and herbs in Philadelphia, Bartram's Garden: http://www.bartramsgarden.org/

Also I attended a Quaker wedding this past weekend and the next day I was reading the part about the Quaker wedding!
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Post by Misfit » Thu July 3rd, 2014, 7:16 pm

[quote=""Susan""]I'm about 75% done, but I agree. The parts I enjoyed the most in the time period where Jamie and Claire are involved other characters. There is too much about the Battle of Monmouth (which is what the battle is called), although since I live near the battlefield and know the places mentioned I could relate to it. I haven't actually been to the battlefield since the 200th anniversary recreation (my major memory is a horrible case of poison ivy), but I am planning a trip to the battlefield soon. It's now a NJ state park: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandfore ... onbat.html

Also I want to go to the place where Claire got the plants and herbs in Philadelphia, Bartram's Garden: http://www.bartramsgarden.org/

Also I attended a Quaker wedding this past weekend and the next day I was reading the part about the Quaker wedding![/quote]

The battles, and the preparations for the battles just went on and on and on and then
As interesting as the details of Claire's doctoring have been in the past books, there was just TMI in at least two cases
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@MLE, couldn't agree more. If I want a sexy romance book, I'll search one out. I expect better from Gabaldon than
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Post by Divia » Mon July 7th, 2014, 2:05 am

The secret History by Stephanie Thorton

I enjoyed it. Some places dragged like when she was Empress. Overall, good.
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Post by Nefret » Mon July 7th, 2014, 2:34 am

An Appetite For Wonder- The Makings of a Scientist by Richard Dawkins
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!
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Post by fljustice » Mon July 7th, 2014, 2:06 pm

Started an interesting research book Invisible Romans about everyday people (non-elite male and females, slaves, entertainers, gladiators, etc.), their lives, and thinking. Not casual reading--loaded with footnotes and quotations, as you'd expect.
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Post by Leyland » Mon July 7th, 2014, 3:21 pm

Just started reading Alinor - Roselynde Chronicles #2 on Kindle. Finished the first book last week. This is my first time through the series. Why did I wait sooooo long?! Very impressed with both all around! Every good thing I've heard from other HFO'ers about the Roselynde Chronicles is absolutely true.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon July 7th, 2014, 6:21 pm

Augustus by John Williams, a 1970s novel. Reading for my book group. Excellent so far.

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Post by Misfit » Mon July 7th, 2014, 6:31 pm

[quote=""Leyland""]Just started reading Alinor - Roselynde Chronicles #2 on Kindle. Finished the first book last week. This is my first time through the series. Why did I wait sooooo long?! Very impressed with both all around! Every good thing I've heard from other HFO'ers about the Roselynde Chronicles is absolutely true.[/quote]

Hi stranger, long time no see :)

I just started Imperial Scandal by Teresa Grant, Napoleonic era. I also downloaded Empire by Gore Vidal.
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