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What Are You Reading (Jan 2009 edition)?

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
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Post by Vanessa » Sun January 11th, 2009, 11:47 am

[quote=""Telynor""]I am a huge fan of DD! There are currently two reading lists out there for the works of Dorothy Dunnett -- Marzipan for the Lymond books, and Cleas for the Niccolo series. I'm looking forward to what you think of them. If you get stuck on the various foreign language bits, there are two compendiums that translate all of that for the adventuresome reader.

The Wild Hunt by Elizabeth Chadwick and The Vorkosigan Companion by LMcMB and Lillian Stewart Carl.[/quote]

I'm enjoying it so far. I think I may invest in the companions, I think I will find them useful. Thanks! :)
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Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sun January 11th, 2009, 8:55 pm

I've finished "Vive La Revolution: A Stand-Up History of the French Revolution" by Mark Steel. A history of the French revolution written by a British stand up comedian. It was definitely a different take on the history, though not as laugh out loud funny as the title might suggest, it did have it's moments, esp. where he quotes a British butcher who uses the F-ing word 16 times! That's a lot of uh never mind....

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Post by Ash » Sun January 11th, 2009, 9:09 pm

Now reading Mrs Lincoln, a new bio of Mary Todd Lincoln. Not as fun as reading the HF Emancipator's Wife (which my book group reads next month), but still interesting.

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Post by EC2 » Sun January 11th, 2009, 9:10 pm

The Silver Mirror by Roberta Gellis
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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Maggie
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Post by Maggie » Mon January 12th, 2009, 7:57 am

Contact - Carl Sagan.

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Post by Leo62 » Mon January 12th, 2009, 3:07 pm

Nearly finished Azincourt. After a lively start, it sagged rather badly in the middle but now the battle's started the pace has picked up again.

Read the first coupla pages of Needle in the Blood. Too soon to tell if I'm going to like it.

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Post by Misfit » Mon January 12th, 2009, 4:59 pm

California Gold by John Jakes

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Post by lindymc » Mon January 12th, 2009, 7:13 pm

Girl With a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier
She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain. (1873) -- Louisa May Alcott

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Post by Amanda » Mon January 12th, 2009, 9:29 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]California Gold by John Jakes[/quote]

I read that and The Kent Chronicles way back when I was a teenager! I remember loving The Kent Chronicles as it was my first reading of historical fiction where real historical figures take part in a fictious characters story. I think that was the first big family saga I read.

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Post by Misfit » Mon January 12th, 2009, 10:24 pm

[quote=""Amanda""]I read that and The Kent Chronicles way back when I was a teenager! I remember loving The Kent Chronicles as it was my first reading of historical fiction where real historical figures take part in a fictious characters story. I think that was the first big family saga I read.[/quote]

If I've read Jakes before in my youth I do not remember it. I'm enjoying it quite a lot but I don't think it will top The Proud Breed for my favorite big fat saga set in California. Although within 100 pages I've already met Muir, Hearst, Leland Stanford just to name three.

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