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July 2014. What are you reading?

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
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Post by Vanessa » Thu July 17th, 2014, 3:10 pm

I have!!! :D
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

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Post by Susan » Thu July 17th, 2014, 4:46 pm

Originally Posted by Susan
Last book in the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, The Book of Life

Originally Posted by Brenna
I want!!!!!
I had pre-ordered it, so it "magically" appeared on my Kindle July 15 which was the publication date. I have to say I would have appreciated a character listing as I had forgotten some characters "related" to Matthew.
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Post by Leyland » Thu July 17th, 2014, 4:53 pm

I'm 18% into The Book of Life and needed to look up characters, as well. Susan, this one has helped a good bit: http://allsoulstrilogy.wikia.com/wiki/Characters
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Post by Brenna » Thu July 17th, 2014, 6:20 pm

I "suggested" my library purchase a Kindle copy and then put it on my "hold" list which usually means I will get it within 24-36 hours. Hoping my luck stays with me!
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Post by Susan » Thu July 17th, 2014, 7:34 pm

[quote=""Leyland""]I'm 18% into The Book of Life and needed to look up characters, as well. Susan, this one has helped a good bit: http://allsoulstrilogy.wikia.com/wiki/Characters[/quote]

Leyland, thanks! That will be very helpful! I made a Word document of the information and sent it to my Kindle for reference while I am reading.
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Post by EC2 » Thu July 17th, 2014, 10:39 pm

Reading The Darkest Hour by Barbara Erskine and loving it!
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by annis » Thu July 17th, 2014, 10:54 pm

Posted by Gordonopolis
I don't think I've read a book that has pushed me from pillar to post quite as much as this one. Anyone else read it (Stewart Binns' Conquest?)
As I said in the review I posted on Amazon, this is what the Brits call a Marmite book- you either love it or hate it, and suffice to say, I detest Marmite! (Though I do like Vegemite - go figure). So, I'm at one end of the scale and definitely won't be chasing up any more of Stewart Binns' series. This novel brought out my inner Grumpy Old Woman big time, and is the only one for which I can ever remember giving a single star review. My comments:

"I always try to be fair when reviewing a book, but honestly can't find anything good to say about this dire novel, which appears to have been inspired by the worst sort of sententious Victorian quasi-medieval heroic stodge. With its cardboard cut-out characters, turgid prose and utter lack of period sensibility, "Conquest" has become my default measure for historical fiction/historical fantasy awfulness (as in, "how bad is this book on the 'Conquest' scale?"). I really struggled to finish it."
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Post by fljustice » Fri July 18th, 2014, 6:38 pm

Finished my collection of literary short stories on the commute today and started Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom. Caught me from page one--such a good writer!
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Post by Misfit » Fri July 18th, 2014, 7:08 pm

Still on The Boleyn Reckoning (got sidetracked watching CNN last night :( so sad), plus I just downloaded The Paris Affair and Paris Plot by Teresa Grant from the library. That was the quickest turn around time ever for a digital request. Whoot.
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Post by Susan » Fri July 18th, 2014, 7:13 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Still on The Boleyn Reckoning (got sidetracked watching CNN last night :( so sad), plus I just downloaded The Paris Affair and Paris Plot by Teresa Grant from the library. That was the quickest turn around time ever for a digital request. Whoot.[/quote]

I had forgotten another book in that series was being published, so thanks for posting this. I too have been sidetracked watching CNN today...so tragic. :(
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