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December 2009: What are you reading?

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G. Alvin Simons
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Post by G. Alvin Simons » Sun December 13th, 2009, 12:26 am

The Day Christ Died by Jim Bishop. His interpretation of the Gospels that reads like a novel.

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Vanessa
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Post by Vanessa » Sun December 13th, 2009, 3:56 pm

I'm reading The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Sun December 13th, 2009, 6:34 pm

I've finished "Walking Haunted London: 25 Original Walks Exploring London's Ghostly Past" by Richard Jones. Even though the directions would be of no help to me because it's unlikely I'll be able to visit London again any time soon, reading about the various haunted locations was interesting. Also I couldn't take any of the walks cause after a little while I'd be in pain, and some of the walks are long and take a few hours :P

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Post by EC2 » Sun December 13th, 2009, 6:56 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]I've finished "Walking Haunted London: 25 Original Walks Exploring London's Ghost Past" by Richard Jones. Even though the directions would be of no help to me because it's unlikely I'll be able to visit London again any time soon, reading about the various haunted locations was interesting. Also I couldn't take any of the walks cause after a little while I'd be in pain, and some of the walks are long and take a few hours :P

SM[/quote]

I was at the HNS conference at the New Cavendish Club in London a few years ago. A prominent UK member of the HNS told me that he'd seen the ghost of a woman several times on the stairs throughout the conference. (I'd walked by her without seeing or feeling anything!) He sees ghosts as a matter of course, but doesn't often say so.
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Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by Misfit » Mon December 14th, 2009, 12:16 am

I will be starting The Stolen Crown by our own Susan Higginbotham later this evening after I finish up the current read. And it will be a joy after I finish up the corrent read, let me tell you :)
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Post by 4ever Queen » Mon December 14th, 2009, 12:59 am

Enjoying In the Company of the Courtersan by SD :)
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Post by cw gortner » Mon December 14th, 2009, 1:36 am

[quote=""4ever Queen""]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 [/quote]

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Post by Divia » Mon December 14th, 2009, 1:45 am

I'm going to start The Widow's War. I got it from paperback swap.
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Post by Misfit » Mon December 14th, 2009, 2:30 am

[quote=""Divia""]I'm going to start The Widow's War. I got it from paperback swap.[/quote]

Check in when you're done, I'd like to see your thoughts on that one.
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Post by Nefret » Mon December 14th, 2009, 5:21 am

[quote=""Divia""]I'm going to start The Widow's War. I got it from paperback swap.[/quote]

Let me know how you like it. That one is one my library list.

Currently reading...


The book of air and shadows by Michael Gruber


(And just requested a copy of The Last Queen from the library. So, that next.)
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