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ellenjane
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Postby ellenjane » Mon September 15th, 2008, 4:36 pm

Well, I finished up Sepulchre last night. My opinion of the book dropped quite a bit after the end. It felt rushed and weird, and the modern-day heroine communicated her huge, pivotal find to the hero by text message. It was just her telling him what had happened, but I rolled my eyes pretty hard.

I've now started a re-read of While Christ and His Saints Slept, in preparation for Devil's Brood. I think I'd probably get caught up just fine without the re-reads, but it's fun for me, and a good excuse to read some Penman. It's been a long time.

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Mon September 15th, 2008, 5:12 pm

"ellenjane" wrote:Well, I finished up Sepulchre last night. My opinion of the book dropped quite a bit after the end. It felt rushed and weird, and the modern-day heroine communicated her huge, pivotal find to the hero by text message. It was just her telling him what had happened, but I rolled my eyes pretty hard.


It's interesting looking at the reader reviews of Moss's books at Amazon UK, where you'd expect the "local" author to be more widely appreciated. Rarely do I see a book with one and two star scathing reviews as the Spotlighted ones.

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ellenjane
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Postby ellenjane » Mon September 15th, 2008, 5:27 pm

I don't think I'll be going for the next one, that's for sure.

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Mon September 15th, 2008, 5:34 pm

"ellenjane" wrote:I don't think I'll be going for the next one, that's for sure.


Labrynthe was enough for me :)

chuck
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Location: Ciinaminson NJ

Postby chuck » Tue September 16th, 2008, 4:31 am

Byzantium by Michael Ennis

annis
Bibliomaniac

Postby annis » Tue September 16th, 2008, 7:59 am

What do you think of "Byzantium", Chuck? It's a histrorical epic along the old grand high adventure lines.

Currently reading: Barbara Erskine's "The Warrior's Princess", a heavy-duty melodrama featuring the daughter of British chieftain Caratacus, taken to Rome with his family as a prisoner after his defeat by Roman forces. He made an impressive speech which convinced the Senate to grant him honored guest status rather than a moment of limelight in the arena.

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Tue September 16th, 2008, 8:39 am

Have you read Daughters of Fire by Barbara Erskine, Annis? The Warror's Princess is it's sequel, I believe.
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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lindymc
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Postby lindymc » Tue September 16th, 2008, 4:34 pm

Finished The Guernsey Literary....Society. Thought it was wonderful!

Now I've started Dark Angels by Karleen Koen, to get the background on "Grandmama" of Through a Glass Darkly and Now Face to Face.

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Tue September 16th, 2008, 4:41 pm

"lindymc" wrote:Now I've started Dark Angels by Karleen Koen, to get the background on "Grandmama" of Through a Glass Darkly and Now Face to Face.


I do have to go back and reread that one. I read that first and had no idea about grandmama at the time. I do hope she'll write another book sometime soon filling the gap between DA and TAGD.

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JaneConsumer
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Location: U.S.
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Postby JaneConsumer » Tue September 16th, 2008, 4:56 pm

The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal. It's one of his early books, originally published in 1948. It's not technically historical fiction, although folks reading it today can gleam quite a bit about the post-depression era and contemporary attitudes toward gays. I think it was a turning point in Vidal's career as a writer.


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