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What Are You Reading? November 2011

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scubachick420
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Post by scubachick420 » Mon November 21st, 2011, 12:17 pm

Finished "Between Two Queens" by Kate Emerson and "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter" by Tom Franklin - excellent, well written mystery about 2 friends - black/white in Mississippi.

Now reading : "Prince of Eden" by Marilyn Harris

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Post by EC2 » Mon November 21st, 2011, 5:44 pm

The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas - enjoying.
Les proz e les vassals
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.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon November 21st, 2011, 6:41 pm

I'm just starting Lady of the English; bogged down about half-way through Island of the Swans. I may yet be surprised, but it feels too darn predictable.

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Post by Leyland » Mon November 21st, 2011, 8:08 pm

Twenty or so pages into Mary Gentle's Ash and am very intrigued so far. Her descriptive writing style is very much to my liking.
We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams ~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Ode

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon November 21st, 2011, 8:22 pm

Just started Mémoires d'Hadrien by Marguerite Yourcenar

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Post by annis » Tue November 22nd, 2011, 7:17 am

Posted by Leyland
Twenty or so pages into Mary Gentle's Ash and am very intrigued so far. Her descriptive writing style is very much to my liking.
Goodness me, I haven't thought about Mary Gentle for ages. I was a fan way back in the day, and I still have a copy of her White Crow series somewhere on my overflowing bookshelves. Gentle is very hard to categorize- her novels are an eclectic mix of alternate history, fantasy and sci-fi, and she loves her strong, soldierly heroines, who are probably a reflection of the strong feminist feeling which was prevalent in the seventies when she started writing.

Authors like Liz Williams have picked up her mantle to a degree, though Williams doesn't use the alternate historical aspect so much.

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Post by SCW » Tue November 22nd, 2011, 10:23 am

Thanks for the recommendations about novels concerning the Gunpowder Plot and priests in Elizabethan England. I've just ordered Evelyn Waugh's biography of Edmund Campion to read.

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Post by TiciaRoma » Tue November 22nd, 2011, 1:04 pm

Just started The Stolen Crown.

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Post by Leyland » Tue November 22nd, 2011, 1:23 pm

[quote=""annis""]
Authors like Liz Williams have picked up her mantle to a degree, though Williams doesn't use the alternate historical aspect so much.[/quote]

I haven't read much alternate history to date and hardly read sci-fi as much as I do fantasy, but I'm enjoying Mary Gentle's version of medieval Europe so far. Oh, I feel like I'm there in a very rough place! I like strong female characters like Ash as long as they aren't created to go over the top on a feminist soap box. Gentle is definitely a new reading experience for me. And thanks for heads up on Williams.
We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams ~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Ode

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Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
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Post by Vanessa » Tue November 22nd, 2011, 9:56 pm

I'm just about to start The Redemption of Alexander Seaton by Shona MacLean, a thriller set in Scotland in 1620.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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