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What are you reading? April 2011

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
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Post by Vanessa » Thu April 7th, 2011, 8:44 am

[quote=""cw gortner""]I'll be taking Margaret George's Elizabeth I with me when I go out of town; it'll be my travel book, so I set it aside till then. I like to bring a tome with me when I go on a plane, as it precludes packing 17 other books I'll never get to but feel I must take anyway. So far what I have read of Margaret's new book is marvelous. We're meeting here in SF soon for dinner while she's on tour, so I'm getting every first edition I have of hers signed!

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I really fancy this one. Please let me know how you get on with it, CW. It's told in story format rather than as a biography, isn't it? I loved Margaret George's Autobiography of Henry VIII which actually didn't make him seem so horrid!
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Post by LoobyG » Thu April 7th, 2011, 3:15 pm

[quote=""cw gortner""] I'm currently reading, and thoroughly enjoying, Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn. [/quote]

Ordered this one off Ammie yesterday and really looking forward to it, I loved Mistress of Rome. Have given up on Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier for now, I read roughly about 80 pages and just don't feel in the mood for it at the moment - can't quite put my finger on why, I don't think it's her writing. Reading The Running Vixen by Elizabeth Chadwick now :)

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Post by Elysium » Thu April 7th, 2011, 6:37 pm

I'm reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I've really liked it so far.

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Post by BrianPK » Thu April 7th, 2011, 10:07 pm

I finished Nigel Tranters Unicorn Rampant, last night, which (like all his books to greater or lesser extent) I very much enjoyed.This was the 6th Tranter book,I've read, dealing with characters surrounding James VI of Scotland and I of England. His portrait of this "Wisest Fool" is remarkable.
I've just stared The Sunne in Splendour and am looking forward to it.
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Post by fljustice » Fri April 8th, 2011, 3:03 pm

Finished Steven Saylor's The Triumph of Caesar last night and found it only "meh." I very much enjoyed his Roma and looked forward to this one, but his aging Gordianus the Finder was not compelling. Starting Isabel Allende's Island Beneath the Sea next.
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Post by annis » Fri April 8th, 2011, 6:49 pm

Karen Maitland's Gallows Curse (fiction) set in 13th century England, and Alistair Urquhart's Forgotten Highlander (non-fiction), a remarkable WWII memoir.

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Fri April 8th, 2011, 8:58 pm

I'm just about to start Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo by Julia Stuart, a contemporary novel.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat April 9th, 2011, 2:27 am

I've finished "Murder on the Marmora: A George Porter Dillman & Genevieve Masefield Mystery #5" by Conrad Allen (295pgs 2004)*. Another good book in the series.

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Post by Queen Mab » Sat April 9th, 2011, 3:19 am

I just started "Mayflower: A a Story of Courage, Community, and War" by Nathaniel Philbrick. Nonfiction, but very interesting so far.

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Post by Telynor » Sat April 9th, 2011, 7:49 am

Yesterday finished Wicked Company by Ciji Ware -- review up at Epinions, of course. Damn fine book, and lots of fun, despite some early 90's cliches.

Finished reading Brother One Cell by Cullen Thomas, a NF set in modern day South Korea, about a ESL teacher who does an incredibly stupid mistake and ends up in prison. Very insightful into the way that Western/Asian minds think.

Now moving onto The Hostage Queen by Freda Lightfoot.

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