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December 2009: What are you reading?

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Post by 4ever Queen » Thu December 10th, 2009, 1:04 am

I finished The Last Queen and found the story very beautiful, although a very sad one. Something magical to me was how Mr. Gortner did a wonderful job detailing Spain's and Flander's landscaping. I also very much loved his endearing language which portraits well a Spanish Family--words such as "Mi Madrecita", "Mi Hija", "Pequeñita", etc. The unexpected twist towards the end of the story was making me choke in anger and feeling betrayed...I would not have imagined it in a thousand lives (being that I did not know much of Juana la Loca before this novel, neither of the King of Aragon) so it did took me by surprise. I also liked the Popular saying that he included: Del Arbol caido, todos hacen leña (from the fallen tree, all make wood)--Never has a saying fit so perfectly :( ;)

I'm now back to When Christ and his Saints Slept by SKP and In the Company of a Courtesan. :D
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Post by EC2 » Thu December 10th, 2009, 1:19 am

[quote=""Kasthu""]This morning I started Tulip Fever, by Deborah Moggach.[/quote]

Oh I laughed aloud at the denouement of that one. A nice little gem of a novel!
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
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Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by aarti » Thu December 10th, 2009, 4:07 am

I am now reading Escapade by Walter Satterthwait. It's a mystery set in an English country home around 1920 and features Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini! It seems really fun so far, so I'm a bit surprised the book hasn't been reviewed much online that I can tell.

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Post by Nefret » Thu December 10th, 2009, 4:22 am

The Sixth Wife by Suzannah Dunn
The Sixth Wife by Jean Plaidy
The Last Wife of Henry VIII by Carolly Erickson

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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu December 10th, 2009, 4:22 am

[quote=""Nefret""]The Sixth Wife by Suzannah Dunn
The Sixth Wife by Jean Plaidy
The Last Wife of Henry VIII by Carolly Erickson[/quote]

Wow, all books on Parr, isn't that a bit confusing?

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Post by Nefret » Thu December 10th, 2009, 4:35 am

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]Wow, all books on Parr, isn't that a bit confusing?

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Not really. And that isn't even all I am reading either. :o

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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu December 10th, 2009, 4:37 am

I try to avoid reading about the same period or people when I'm reading 4 to 6 books (or more).

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Post by Nefret » Thu December 10th, 2009, 4:41 am

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]I try to avoid reading about the same period or people when I'm reading 4 to 6 books (or more).

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That might be a good idea. Last month I had 6 books going all set during the reign of Henry VIII. :o

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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu December 10th, 2009, 4:45 am

I made the mistake once of reading "The Princes In the Tower" and "Queen Isabella" (both by Alison Weir) at the same time, and there were people with the same titles and names but they were not the same people, but it got confusing at times.

Edit: It wasn't "Prince" but her "The Wars of the Roses", but everything else still applies.

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Post by Nefret » Thu December 10th, 2009, 4:53 am

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]I made the mistake once of reading "The Princes In the Tower" and "Queen Isabella" (both by Alison Weir) at the same time, and there were people with the same titles and names but they were not the same people, but it got confusing at times.

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Ah. See how that could be confusing.

After the I finish the Parr novels, I will go back to some non-fiction. I have one on the Spanish Armada that's calling to me.

(Then there's also my advanced copies.)

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