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January 2015 What are you reading?

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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Thu January 15th, 2015, 2:11 am

Started reading The Falcons of Montabard by Elizabeth Chadwick this afternoon.
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"
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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 January 15th, 2015, 5:46 pm

Just about to start Inceptio by Alison Morton
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Post by blueemerald » Fri January 16th, 2015, 1:10 am

[quote=""Misfit""]As the Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer. Begins 1918 or thereabouts and I believe goes on for 60 years. Big fat tiny fonted saga that I was so happy to find an ebook copy at the library.[/quote]

I'll be interested to hear how WW1 is represented in the novel? Amazon description seems to indicate activities during WW1 are significant. (Or perhaps I'm not getting the right impression.) Always looking for new WW1 historical fiction to read. Thanks.

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Post by Misfit » Fri January 16th, 2015, 1:57 am

[quote=""blueemerald""]I'll be interested to hear how WW1 is represented in the novel? Amazon description seems to indicate activities during WW1 are significant. (Or perhaps I'm not getting the right impression.) Always looking for new WW1 historical fiction to read. Thanks.[/quote]

It's very minimal as far as I've got. MC is already home early on after his stint. Have you read The Passing Bells?
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Post by fljustice » Fri January 16th, 2015, 9:18 pm

[quote=""LadyB""]I've also started Longbourn by Jo Baker. Just reading that first chapter (laundry day) made me feel exhausted![/quote]

It doesn't get any better! I wince every time Sarah talks about her poor hands.

Started A Day of Fire (which is touted as a multi-part novel, but really is an anthology set in a shared world)--enjoying it so far.
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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Fri January 16th, 2015, 11:27 pm

The Norman Conquest- The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England by Marc Morris
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"
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Post by Lisa » Sat January 17th, 2015, 12:14 am

[quote=""fljustice""]It doesn't get any better! I wince every time Sarah talks about her poor hands.[/quote]

Her hands do seem to be blistering and bleeding a lot :(

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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Sun January 18th, 2015, 11:55 am

I'm just about to start "The Lighthouse" by P D James, modern British crime.
Currently reading "The Pale Horse" by Agatha Christie & "The Corset" by Laura Purcell

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Post by Jen Black » Sun January 18th, 2015, 3:32 pm

[quote=""fljustice""]It doesn't get any better! I wince every time Sarah talks about her poor hands.

Started A Day of Fire (which is touted as a multi-part novel, but really is an anthology set in a shared world)--enjoying it so far.[/quote]

I enjoyed reading Longbourne and thought the concept was a good one. I tended to skip the Spanish bits with the soldiering and sometimes wished they had not been included.

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Poldark

Post by Jen Black » Sun January 18th, 2015, 3:38 pm

I wonder how many of you are reading and re-reading Ross Poldark in anticipation of the new tv series? I'm two thirds of the way through and the writing style doesn't seem dated at all. However, had it been written by a woman today, I feel sure there would have been more emphasis on Demelza and her relationship with Ross. Any views?

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