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

Posted: Mon November 21st, 2011, 5:44 pm
by EC2
The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas - enjoying.

Posted: Mon November 21st, 2011, 6:41 pm
by MLE (Emily Cotton)
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.

Posted: Mon November 21st, 2011, 8:08 pm
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.

Posted: Mon November 21st, 2011, 8:22 pm
by sweetpotatoboy
Just started Mémoires d'Hadrien by Marguerite Yourcenar

Posted: Tue November 22nd, 2011, 7:17 am
by annis
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.

Posted: Tue November 22nd, 2011, 10:23 am
by SCW
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.

Posted: Tue November 22nd, 2011, 1:04 pm
by TiciaRoma
Just started The Stolen Crown.

Posted: Tue November 22nd, 2011, 1:23 pm
by Leyland
[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.

Posted: Tue November 22nd, 2011, 9:56 pm
by Vanessa
I'm just about to start The Redemption of Alexander Seaton by Shona MacLean, a thriller set in Scotland in 1620.