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What are you reading October 2011?

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Chiliarch
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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Postby Chiliarch » Wed October 26th, 2011, 10:14 am

I'm halfway through Gertrude Atherton's "The Jealous Gods - a processional novel of the fifth century, B.C. (concerning one Alcibiades)" and enjoying it.

After that I'm on to Victor Davis Hansen's new, first novel "The End of Sparta". I like his non-fiction works on ancient Greek warfare, especially the Peloponnesian War, and am really curious to see what he's like as a novelist.

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Postby fljustice » Wed October 26th, 2011, 2:47 pm

"parthianbow" wrote:Blood Games by the oddly named Yarbro Chelsea Quinn. As a vampire book, this is so not my type of novel, but it's set at the time of Nero, and it came highly recommended by someone whose opinion I value. About 1/3 of the way in, and enjoying it.


Read several of her books a few decades ago when I went through my vampire phase. I liked the first ones, but, like a lot of series, each one lost some gloss until it was the same book over and over set in different times.
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princess garnet
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Location: Maryland

Postby princess garnet » Thu October 27th, 2011, 2:00 am

Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander (paperback ed)
5th installment in the Lady Emily series. I've been to Giverny so it was wonderful to get a glimpse of it.

Still "journeying" with Black Lamb & Grey Falcon. I returned the rebound library copy I checked out and aside it for 3 other novels. Now I'm close to finishing the Bosnia section--Serbia is up next.

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Postby annis » Thu October 27th, 2011, 3:51 am

I'm rather over the current obsession with vampires, but I am enjoying Giles Brandeth's Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders. This is the latest in an entertaining mystery series set during the Edwardian period, featuring Wilde and various of his acquaintances including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with the odd cameo appearance from Edward VII himself.
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Ariadne
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Postby Ariadne » Thu October 27th, 2011, 4:10 am

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's books (her name goes in that order :) ) are vampire novels for people who think they dislike vampire novels. Like, um, me. I read her most recent book, An Embarrassment of Riches, purely because of the unusual setting - 13th-c Bohemia - and really enjoyed it.

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell & And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott (Pigeonhole)
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Postby Vanessa » Thu October 27th, 2011, 10:27 am

"Ludmilla" wrote:I read this when it first came out (also because it was October at the time and I was looking for a ghostly book). I'll be interested in what you think of the ghost by the end of the book.



I didn't find the ghostly side of the book scary by the end of the book. I thought it was quite a sad tale. I suppose you could say the ghost was selfish. I think it's a book where you have to suspend disbelief otherwise you wouldn't enjoy it. I really enjoyed it, though, although not as much as The Time Traveller's Wife which remains one of my favourite all-time books.

I found the 'tour' round Highgate Cemetery interesting - morbidly, it made me want to visit it, it sounds fascinating! :eek:

A complete change now - I've just started Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie.
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Postby Misfit » Thu October 27th, 2011, 11:47 am

Finished This Other Eden by Marilyn Harris last night. Very much on the dark side and lots of surprises along the way. I'll be continuing in the series and hunting down others by this author. I've got a couple of ILL's out from the library, both NF about Napoleon's exile on St. Helena. One was written by Betsy Balcombe who was 13 when N first came to the island and they became great friends and the second by a descendant of the Balcombe family who wrote about this in the 1970's. Lots of interesting drawings and other images.
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Madeleine
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Currently reading: A Trail through Time by Jodi Taylor & Angel by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Thu October 27th, 2011, 1:18 pm

You can do tours of Highgate Cemetery, Vanessa (perhaps an idea for a futre bookgroup meet???!!) they're quite popular so you're not that morbid! I'd love to go there too; my walking group did a tour there last year but I didn't go, wish I had now. And one of my friends has a cousin there, apparently quite near Karl Marx! Lizzie Siddal also rests there, so I should imagine she has plenty of visitors.
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Postby SonjaMarie » Thu October 27th, 2011, 5:40 pm

"Madeleine" wrote: Lizzie Siddal also rests there, so I should imagine she has plenty of visitors.


And hopefully none of them are breaking into her grave to steal poetry!

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell & And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott (Pigeonhole)
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Thu October 27th, 2011, 6:11 pm

"Madeleine" wrote:You can do tours of Highgate Cemetery, Vanessa (perhaps an idea for a futre bookgroup meet???!!) they're quite popular so you're not that morbid! I'd love to go there too; my walking group did a tour there last year but I didn't go, wish I had now. And one of my friends has a cousin there, apparently quite near Karl Marx! Lizzie Siddal also rests there, so I should imagine she has plenty of visitors.


Yes, the book mentions quite a few famous people. And the fact that the Victorians used to put bells in the graves just in case someone had been accidentally buried alive!! :eek: Apparently they couldn't always tell if someone was dead or not. A little bit worrying!
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