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March 2015: What are you reading?

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red805
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Post by red805 » Tue March 3rd, 2015, 12:48 am

Just finished another Gabriel Allon book by Daniel Silva - The Rembrandt Affair, which I think is one of his better Allon books. Now starting A Dance with Dragons, book 5 of the Game of Thrones series. It already seems better than book 4. It also repeats the Jon Snow/Samuel Tarly events of book 4, which is odd.

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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.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue March 3rd, 2015, 3:33 am

Dissolution by Sansom

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: The Chalet by Catherine Cooper
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Tue March 3rd, 2015, 10:12 am

[quote=""red805""]Just finished another Gabriel Allon book by Daniel Silva - The Rembrandt Affair, which I think is one of his better Allon books. Now starting A Dance with Dragons, book 5 of the Game of Thrones series. It already seems better than book 4. It also repeats the Jon Snow/Samuel Tarly events of book 4, which is odd.[/quote]

I'm about 250 pages into this, and finding it a bit of a slog! Apparently the second half is better.
Currently reading: The Chalet by Catherine Cooper

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red805
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Post by red805 » Wed March 4th, 2015, 12:12 am

[quote=""Madeleine""]I'm about 250 pages into this, and finding it a bit of a slog! Apparently the second half is better.[/quote]

OK, then looking forward to that :)

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Nefret
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Favourite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
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Post by Nefret » Wed March 4th, 2015, 1:46 am

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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"
{Ensiferum}

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: The Chalet by Catherine Cooper
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Post by Madeleine » Wed March 4th, 2015, 9:25 am

[quote=""red805""]Just finished another Gabriel Allon book by Daniel Silva - The Rembrandt Affair, which I think is one of his better Allon books. Now starting A Dance with Dragons, book 5 of the Game of Thrones series. It already seems better than book 4. It also repeats the Jon Snow/Samuel Tarly events of book 4, which is odd.[/quote]

Seems to be picking up a bit now, Tyrion is still the best character by a mile.
Currently reading: The Chalet by Catherine Cooper

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Post by Berengaria » Thu March 5th, 2015, 2:27 am

[quote=""Divia""]In two days I'm gonna get myself a copy of Rebel Queen :) [/quote]
I got mine! A whole new historical time for me :)
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“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet.” ~Lady Montagu

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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Thu March 5th, 2015, 4:11 am

Oh, I'm waiting for Rebel Queen from the library.
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"
{Ensiferum}

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Post by princess garnet » Fri March 6th, 2015, 6:36 pm

Writing the Fiction Series by Karen Wiesner (NF)
Library copy

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Post by fljustice » Fri March 6th, 2015, 8:59 pm

Finished The Dream Lover about George Sand, which I found languid but interesting. Started Letters from Skye which I'm enjoying (because it's so short and for the layering). I do have a bone to pick with epistolary fiction. I grew up writing letters (my high school boyfriend lived in the next county and was a long distance call, so we couldn't endlessly talk on the phone). I also had oversees pen pals--Japanese in elementary, Australian in high school and college. I never wrote or received a short letter. Writing involved considerable effort and oversees was expensive, so I find it difficult to believe that people corresponding from the US and Scotland in the 1910's would write one or two paragraph letters. I also know that it would make for a horrible book to pad the letters with all the trivia most people shared back then. But knowing that and suspending disbelief are two different things. I wish I was better at it.
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