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What are you reading? May 2011

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annis
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Post by annis » Wed June 1st, 2011, 8:57 pm

Posted by emr
She means enlight the rest of the msg with the mouse.
Ooo, the things you can do - I didn't know about that one!

Seem to be having a siege novel phase at the moment and have just finished David Benioff's City of Thieves, set during the 1941 siege of Leningrad by the Germans. Absolutely loved this book. Doesn't skimp on the horrors of siege conditions in a city where even the library books are being stripped for their glue, which is edible (if you're starving), but is both poignant and well laced with mordant Russian humour.

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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Wed June 1st, 2011, 10:30 pm

[quote=""cw gortner""]I liked Exit The Actress, too. Hope you enjoy Mme de Medici![/quote]

I loved your Catherine de Medici book! Very well done! Do we know what happened to Claude's children? Why couldn't they inherit the throne? Oh the questions I could ask!!
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Post by Misfit » Wed June 1st, 2011, 11:19 pm

Ooo, the things you can do - I didn't know about that one!
That is pretty handy and it forces someone to drag the mouse to see the comment. I prefer the spoiler tags at Goodreads, but we can't have everything. Just highlight your comment and choose white for a color.

Halfway through The American Duchess by Daisy Goodwin. Easy read and bits about the filthy rich are fun, but it's not a perfect book.
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Post by noodles » Sun June 5th, 2011, 3:26 pm

In May I read Dark Angels by Karleen Koen which I enjoyed very much. Koen also wrote Through a Glass Darkly which I also liked. She's really good at developing her characters, and I like how there are not just merely "good" or "evil" characters, but most are fairly complex and flawed, although they might be innately "good." Her books really draw me in and make me feel like I'm there, which is what really makes me enjoy a book.

I also read Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn, which was just okay. Admittedly I couldn't put it down after I got about half way, but it started out way too fluffy and the writing was average. It was endorsed by Diana Gabaldon, so that's why my mom bought it for me. Ms. Gabaldon must have been paid heavily or else Kate Quinn is a buddy!

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun June 5th, 2011, 8:31 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]Do we know what happened to Claude's children? Why couldn't they inherit the throne? Oh the questions I could ask!![/quote]

Claude's daughters weren't in line for the French throne because French inheritance followed Salic Law, under which succession to the throne could not be passed through the female line. So when the male line died out, the french had to go back to whatever the last male-to-male succession passed--sometimes many generations back, in the case of the Bourbon claim of Henry IV.

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Post by Brenna » Sun June 5th, 2011, 9:05 pm

[quote=""MLE""]Claude's daughters weren't in line for the French throne because French inheritance followed Salic Law, under which succession to the throne could not be passed through the female line. So when the male line died out, the french had to go back to whatever the last male-to-male succession passed--sometimes many generations back, in the case of the Bourbon claim of Henry IV.[/quote]

I guess Claude's son Charles didn't make it then?
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon June 6th, 2011, 12:09 am

[quote=""Brenna""]I guess Claude's son Charles didn't make it then?[/quote] He died in 1545, 2 years before King Francis.

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