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September 2009: What are you reading?

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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu September 10th, 2009, 1:39 am

I vote "The Fires of Vesuvius", it's a great book!

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[quote=""Telynor""]Still working through my various books on cruises and making copious notes. I did get The Medieval Cook finished, and the review is up at Epinions. Now trying to making up my mind between The Fires of Vesuvius by Mary Beard (NF) and South of Broad by Pat Conroy (F). But then Drood by Dan Simmons showed up, and I'm trying hard to avoid it until after my trip! O, such decisions! :) [/quote]
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Post by Veronica » Thu September 10th, 2009, 2:14 am

[quote=""Nefret""]Mary, Queen of France by Jean Plaidy
The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman
The Concubine by Norah Lofts

(I keep switching around. :o )[/quote]

wow how do you do it? :) I haven't done that it so many years that I probably forgot how to keep track!
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Post by Nefret » Thu September 10th, 2009, 2:44 am

[quote=""Veronica""]wow how do you do it? :) I haven't done that it so many years that I probably forgot how to keep track![/quote]

I don't know, I just do. That is actually very few books for me. Normally I read more at once.

Finished Mary, Queen of France this morning. Now I am on to The Thistle and the Rose by Jean Plaidy. (Henry VIII's elder sister.)

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Post by Veronica » Thu September 10th, 2009, 3:39 am

I am mighty impressed Nefret!
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu September 10th, 2009, 3:57 am

I am grinding through I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles, to review it for the guild website. Quite frankly, I am Tudor'd out. It seems accurate so far, but everything is overdone and exaggerated. I much preferred Legacy.

Took a break from that to read the Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliffe. I love her spare prose that gets so much said with a few scenes. A little like Mary Stewart, but fewer words.

Also reading a fascinating NF book on human behavior, Predictably Irrational.

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Post by Veronica » Thu September 10th, 2009, 4:07 am

[quote=""MLE""]I am grinding through I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles, to review it for the guild website. Quite frankly, I am Tudor'd out. It seems accurate so far, but everything is overdone and exaggerated. I much preferred Legacy.[/I][/quote]

That's interesting, I really liked this book. :) Legacy by Susan key?
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu September 10th, 2009, 4:44 am

Yes, that's the one. Not to say that I, Elizabeth is a bad book, but since I took on the task of guild librarian I have just read/watched too much Tudor. It doesn't help that I always preferred the renaissance outside of England.

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Post by Margaret » Thu September 10th, 2009, 5:01 am

Took a break from that to read the Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliffe. I love her spare prose that gets so much said with a few scenes. A little like Mary Stewart, but fewer words.
I've always loved the writing of both Rosemary Sutcliff and Mary Renault, and think they are very similar writers. Mary Stewart is also a favorite of mine. I love her Arthurian novels, especially The Wicked Day.

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Post by 4ever Queen » Thu September 10th, 2009, 5:22 am

[quote=""Nefret""]I don't know, I just do. That is actually very few books for me. Normally I read more at once. Finished Mary, Queen of France this morning. Now I am on to The Thistle and the Rose by Jean Plaidy. (Henry VIII's elder sister.)[/quote]
i love JP books! thanks to her i got hooked on HF forever, it's my passion!!

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Post by 4ever Queen » Thu September 10th, 2009, 5:32 am

Finishing up Falls The Shadow by SKP. Got started also on Hugh & Bess by SH, a great beginning of the story, im already loving!

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