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What are you reading October 2011?

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What are you reading October 2011?

Post by Misfit » Sat October 1st, 2011, 12:20 pm

I am reading The Millionaire's Daughter by Dorothy Eden.
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Post by Susan » Sat October 1st, 2011, 12:47 pm

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson...more than halfway done.

I was going to go back to the Game of Thrones (book 2) when I was done, but my husband says TGWPWF ends in a cliffhanger and I may want to read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest right away.
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Post by annis » Sun October 2nd, 2011, 6:02 am

After reading Madeline Miller's romantic take on the story of Achilles and Patroclus from Homer's Iliad, I thought I'd go back and re-read Mary Renault's Fire From Heaven, some 30 years on. It seemed a natural follow-on, being the story of the childhood and youth of Alexander the Great. Alexander was profoundly influenced by the Iliad and saw in the story of Achilles and his lover/companuion Patroclus a parallel to his own relationship with his intimate friend Hephaistion. I loved this book when I first read it, but was a little disappointed to find it quite romanticized and coy, and perhaps not as good as I remembered. (I'm getting this a lot lately, and think I must learn to leave old favourites back in the warm, fuzzy past :( ). I guess it reflects the style of the times - our tastes have changed a bit over the years. The sense of time and place, and attention to atmosphere and historical detail are wonderful, but I think some of MR's later novels probably show more maturity in character development. The battle scenes are still terrific, though - the Battle of Chaeronea in particular is absolutely compelling.
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Post by Misfit » Sun October 2nd, 2011, 1:22 pm

Getting ready to start The Summer Day is Done by R.T. Stevens. Last days of Tsarist Russia.
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Post by Ash » Sun October 2nd, 2011, 3:18 pm

Lionheart!!!

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Post by Nefret » Sun October 2nd, 2011, 6:05 pm

[quote=""Ash""]Lionheart!!![/quote]

Is it out now?
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!
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Post by Susan » Sun October 2nd, 2011, 6:37 pm

[quote=""Susan""]The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson...more than halfway done.

I was going to go back to the Game of Thrones (book 2) when I was done, but my husband says TGWPWF ends in a cliffhanger and I may want to read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest right away.[/quote]

Yes, I will now be reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest as my husband was correct.
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Post by lauragill » Sun October 2nd, 2011, 8:22 pm

The Twice Born by Pauline Gedge.

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Post by Kasthu » Sun October 2nd, 2011, 10:12 pm

Still reading Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth... not fiction but definitely historical.... excellent...

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Post by Ash » Sun October 2nd, 2011, 11:12 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]Is it out now?[/quote]

Actually, not yet. A friend had an ARC that she lent to me. Im still buying my own copy, however! (it technically comes out the 4th)

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