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What are you reading October 2011?

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rebecca
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Post by rebecca » Mon October 3rd, 2011, 2:19 am

I've been sick over the weekend :( (but feel better now :) )but I could not finish Lady of the Rivers. It is without doubt PG's worst book with no redeeming features. I finished 'The Red Queen' because the entry of Thomas Stanley saved the book. Not in this case though, there was no saving it. It is just dull and repetitive and OTT.

Jacquetta deserved better and hopefully oneday some one will write her story.

I am now reading 'The Distant Hours' by Kate Morton..so far so good.

Bec :)

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javagirl
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Post by javagirl » Mon October 3rd, 2011, 3:25 am

I read Louise Penny's Still Life a week or so ago. Took me a while to get into but then it was good.

Today I just finished Susanna Kearsley's The Winter Sea. I enjoyed it a great deal and would rate it "very good".

Now on to another contemporary: James Grippando's Money to Burn. My first by this author.

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emr
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Post by emr » Mon October 3rd, 2011, 8:09 am

My Love My Enemy by Jan Cox Speas, a Sourcebooks reprint with an imo unfortunate cover: Image I'm sure those pecs can sell by the thousands but I dont think this novel is a bodice ripper. So far it reminds me of A Catch of Consequence by Diana Norman and very well written.
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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Wild Fire" by Ann Cleeves
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Post by Madeleine » Mon October 3rd, 2011, 9:06 am

[quote=""emr""]My Love My Enemy by Jan Cox Speas, a Sourcebooks reprint with an imo unfortunate cover: Image I'm sure those pecs can sell by the thousands but I dont think this novel is a bodice ripper. So far it reminds me of A Catch of Consequence by Diana Norman and very well written.[/quote]

That must be a contender for the cheesy covers caption comp! ;)
Currently reading "Wild Fire" by Ann Cleeves

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Ludmilla
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Post by Ludmilla » Mon October 3rd, 2011, 3:14 pm

I really enjoyed My Love, My Enemy. You'll notice that the Kindle has a different cover (I think Speas' daughter did not like the Sourcebooks print cover and was responsible for a family authorized Kindle releasefor the book -- you'll notice the different cover in the link).

Much more befitting for the book.

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Post by emr » Mon October 3rd, 2011, 6:47 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]I really enjoyed My Love, My Enemy. You'll notice that the Kindle has a different cover (I think Speas' daughter did not like the Sourcebooks print cover and was responsible for a family authorized Kindle releasefor the book -- you'll notice the different cover in the link).

Much more befitting for the book.[/quote]

I guess that explains why Sourcebooks haven't released the reprint of Bride of the MacHugh :/
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Post by Misfit » Mon October 3rd, 2011, 7:15 pm

[quote=""emr""]I guess that explains why Sourcebooks haven't released the reprint of Bride of the MacHugh :/[/quote]

From the comments I saw at Goodreads and blog reviews some eyebrows were raised over this cover since it really didn't represent what was inside.
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Post by annis » Mon October 3rd, 2011, 7:30 pm

Happily re-captivated by Mary Renault and now moving through Persian Boy, the second in her Alexander trilogy. I was initially taken aback when I started Fire From Heaven by how uncritically my romantically-minded younger self had accepted Renault’s portrayal of Alexander, which I now see clearly reflects a serious case of hero-worship. If FFH had been non-fiction, it would definitely have qualified as a hagiography.

Also intriguing on re-reading Fire From Heaven to realise just how much it has been taken up by other historical novelists as the pattern for Alexander’s life and character. As Renault points out herself, there’s virtually nothing recorded about Alexander’s early life from contemporary sources. It seems that her imaginative work has become regarded as the received version. It’s certainly a pity that Oliver Stone was inspired by it to produce his awful movie about Alexander, though!

Now I'm even keener to read Christian Cameron's forthcoming novel about Alexander- from what I've seen in his Tyrant series, he's much more prepared to see Alexander as monster as well as hero.
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Post by Nefret » Mon October 3rd, 2011, 9:46 pm

Read Becoming Marie Antionette by Juliet Grey on the plane home.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}

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Vanessa
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Post by Vanessa » Mon October 3rd, 2011, 9:46 pm

I will be starting The Editor's Wife by Clare Chamber shortly..... well, at least a few pages before I go to sleep!
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