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December 2009: What are you reading?

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Post by Leo62 » Wed December 2nd, 2009, 7:40 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]

I discovered Phil Rickman last year and have all the Merrily Watkins books and a couple of his stand-alone books, haven't got Candlenight though. I have read The Fabric of Sin and loved the mix of crime, history and the supernatural, and Merrily is a great character (a bit like the Vicar of Dibley but not so scatty :) ).[/quote]

I'm really enjoying his Merrily books too - they go from strength to strength. He's very good at the supernatural/crime mix, and I like the way he often works in literary/historical figures from the past like Conan Doyle, John Cowper Powys, Dion Fortune, even Edward Elgar!

Apparently he's working on a "straight" historical at the moment, about John Dee called The Bones of Avalon. It's due out next spring. :D
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Post by TLee » Wed December 2nd, 2009, 9:24 pm

Just started Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen - seems like it will be a fun romp.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Wed December 2nd, 2009, 9:51 pm

[quote=""Chatterbox""]BB, how is Her Mother's Daughter? I've been eyeing that; a bit unsure.

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I've enjoyed it so far, though a lot of crucial events take place offstage. Lee takes an interesting approach to telling Mary's story, not only through Mary herself, but through people in her circle and through commoners who never meet her but who are caught up in the religious turmoil of the era.
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Post by Ariadne » Wed December 2nd, 2009, 10:20 pm

I'm reading Elisabeth McNeill's The Heartbreaker, about Bonnie Prince Charlie, Flora MacDonald, and their separate lives after Culloden.

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Post by diamondlil » Wed December 2nd, 2009, 10:33 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I'm reading Kept, A Victorian Mystery by D J Taylor. It seems to have quite a few asterisks and notes, plus Appendices! I'm not too sure what's going on at the moment but hoping I will find out soon.[/quote]

I have looked at this one so many times! One day I might actually bite the bullet and buy it.
I'm reading Elisabeth McNeill's The Heartbreaker, about Bonnie Prince Charlie, Flora MacDonald, and their separate lives after Culloden.
I want to read this one!

Currently I am reading Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris, then I expect I will get around to reading some more HF. It feels like a while since I read any although I don't think it is any longer than a week or so.
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Post by 4ever Queen » Wed December 2nd, 2009, 11:21 pm

currently reading The Last Queen and i am loving it! :D :D
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Post by Tanzanite » Thu December 3rd, 2009, 12:23 am

Desire the Kingdom by Paula Zabka (about Richard III)

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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu December 3rd, 2009, 12:26 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Desire the Kingdom by Paula Zabka (about Richard III)[/quote]

Oh I'm interested in what you think of this one, I have it on my BF Queue. Boswell: glad you're liking "Her Mother's Daughter" that's on my queue as well.

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Post by Amanda » Thu December 3rd, 2009, 3:12 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Desire the Kingdom by Paula Zabka (about Richard III)[/quote]

I have this one somewhere wallowing in Mt TBR!

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Post by boswellbaxter » Thu December 3rd, 2009, 3:39 am

Finished Her Mother's Daughter and enjoyed it--not, of course, an uplifting ending.

I've read Desire the Kingdom and didn't think much of it, I'm afraid. The characterizations, especially that of Margaret of Anjou, seemed way over the top.
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