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July 2014. What are you reading?

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Post by Misfit » Fri July 18th, 2014, 8:55 pm

[quote=""Susan""]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. :( [/quote]

It is very sad :(

I had forgot that book was coming out, and I just happened to be checking the latest additions to my library's Overdrive catalog and spotted it there with no holds ahead of me.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat July 19th, 2014, 7:50 am

I have just about HAD it with Colin Falconer's Harem. The storytelling isn't too bad, but it would have to be very good to override one constant mistake. Suleiman is conquering Hungary, and his antagonist is constantly referred to as the Hapsburg Frederick. Except there wasn't any Frederick, it was Ferdinand, later to become Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II (after his brother Charles V abdicated and split his dominions between his brother and his son Philip II of Spain). How could any writer of HF make such a glaring huge mistake as to call a major Renaissance ruler by the wrong name? That would be like calling Henry VIII, Harold VIII. After all, they both start with an 'H'!
Okay, rant over.

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Post by Susan » Sat July 19th, 2014, 11:38 am

[quote=""MLE (Emily Cotton)""]I have just about HAD it with Colin Falconer's Harem. The storytelling isn't too bad, but it would have to be very good to override one constant mistake. Suleiman is conquering Hungary, and his antagonist is constantly referred to as the Hapsburg Frederick. Except there wasn't any Frederick, it was Ferdinand, later to become Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II (after his brother Charles V abdicated and split his dominions between his brother and his son Philip II of Spain). How could any writer of HF make such a glaring huge mistake as to call a major Renaissance ruler by the wrong name? That would be like calling Henry VIII, Harold VIII. After all, they both start with an 'H'!
Okay, rant over.[/quote]

Just a minor correction, it was Ferdinand I who was brother of Charles V, but I agree with you wholeheartedly. Those kind of errors are inexcusable! Do editors do any fact checking?
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat July 19th, 2014, 2:03 pm

Oops--I knew that! (He's a character in one of my novels, but at a child. Fun little kidnap attempt on Infante Fernando by both groups of nobles jockeying over King Ferdinand of Aragon's deathbed. Stumbled across it during research and couldn't resist.)

Now I have egg on my face--but that's why, before any novel I write goes to public dissemination, all the bits will be checked, checked, and triple checked.

had the same problem with The Queen's Fool, where Philippa Gregory continually referred to her protagonist's birthplace as the town :eek: of Aragon. Drove me nuts. Aragon is a country.

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Post by Misfit » Sat July 19th, 2014, 4:13 pm

[quote=""MLE (Emily Cotton)""]Oops--I knew that! (He's a character in one of my novels, but at a child. Fun little kidnap attempt on Infante Fernando by both groups of nobles jockeying over King Ferdinand of Aragon's deathbed. Stumbled across it during research and couldn't resist.)

Now I have egg on my face--but that's why, before any novel I write goes to public dissemination, all the bits will be checked, checked, and triple checked.

had the same problem with The Queen's Fool, where Philippa Gregory continually referred to her protagonist's birthplace as the town :eek: of Aragon. Drove me nuts. Aragon is a country.[/quote]

PG drives me nuts in general :p

Did I ever tell you ladies about the book I read set in Victorian era (1860s I think) and had the H and h in a room full of artifacts and they found a box labeled Csar Nicholas II? Scariest part is all those gushy reviewers before me who didn't pick up on it.
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Post by Nefret » Sat July 19th, 2014, 11:25 pm

I keep adding an extra 'r' to Aragon, so it's Aragorn instead. Too much Tolkien, maybe?
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat July 19th, 2014, 11:31 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]I keep adding an extra 'r' to Aragon, so it's Aragorn instead. Too much Tolkien, maybe?[/quote]
Haha Nefret, I had the opposite problem--I knew Spanish history long before I read Lord of the Rings, and found myself mentally calling the character 'Aragon, son of Arathon.'

And then there's the Harry Potter Spider, 'Aragorg'... :D

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Post by Nefret » Sun July 20th, 2014, 12:10 am

[quote=""MLE (Emily Cotton)""]Haha Nefret, I had the opposite problem--I knew Spanish history long before I read Lord of the Rings, and found myself mentally calling the character 'Aragon, son of Arathon.'

And then there's the Harry Potter Spider, 'Aragorg'... :D [/quote]

Hehe. How is Aragon a town??
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Post by Berengaria » Sun July 20th, 2014, 7:45 pm

I am beginning The Scandalous Duchess by Anne O'Brien. I've read Anya Seton's Katherine so many times, that I'm used to thinking of Hugh Swynford as a nasty guy. I will lay aside my bias, though, and read on! :D
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Post by Misfit » Sun July 20th, 2014, 11:27 pm

Almost finished with The Boleyn Reckoning. Oh my, some unusual twists. I should be finished, but I got side-tracked watching The Far Pavilions on Youtube. Some friends at GR are reading the book together, and I kind of joined in the spirit.
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