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What Are You Reading (Jan 2009 edition)?

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Post by Kasthu » Fri January 16th, 2009, 4:08 pm

The Outlander series is sort of addictive, though I think, for me, it kind of fell off when they got to America. By the time I got to the middle of the third book, I got stuck a bit. Maybe I was a bit burned out from reading 2 1/2 Outlander books in a row, but I couldn't continue.

I decided to abandon Miracles of Prato; it just didn't grab me, and at one point I nearly fell asleep reading it! Currently I'm reading Needle in the Blood, by Sarah Bower, and I'm enjoying it immensely. Can't wait to talk about it next month...

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Post by emr » Fri January 16th, 2009, 8:09 pm

Thanks Diamondlil and Misfit. I hope I dont get tired of Outlander cause I bought the first 4 books :D

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat January 17th, 2009, 6:46 am

I've finished "The Lady Elizabeth" by Alison Weir. This was an excellent book! I high recommend it. A fictional look at the life of Elizabeth I from 2 1/2 to the day she becomes Queen at 25. Even though you know how her life ends up, Weir weaves a story that leaves you worried for Elizabeth and wondering how she was able to survive so many attempts to do away with her by those ruling.

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Post by Ludmilla » Sat January 17th, 2009, 5:15 pm

Just started Samuel Shellabarger's Prince of Foxes.

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Post by annis » Sat January 17th, 2009, 5:27 pm

I remember when I first discovered Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series. I charged through them, and each time a new one came out I grabbed it. After "Drums of Autumn" though I sort of hit an overkill patch and didn't read the following books for a long time. When I did, though, I was reminded of what a great storyteller, DG is and I'll certainly be looking for "Echo in the Bone", due out later this year - though DG has extracts on her website for those who really can't wait!

Currently reading Martha Rofheart's "Cry God for Harry" a novel about Henry V. I put down Bernard Cornwell's "Azincourt" about a third of the way through as it just wasn't engaging me- surprising, because I'm a great BC fan. I thought I'd get another perspective on Henry and Agincourt , and go back to it later.

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Post by EC2 » Sat January 17th, 2009, 5:37 pm

[quote=""annis""]I remember when I first discovered Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series. I charged through them, and each time a new one came out I grabbed it. After "Drums of Autumn" though I sort of hit an overkill patch and didn't read the following books for a long time. When I did, though, I was reminded of what a great storyteller, DG is and I'll certainly be looking for "Echo in the Bone", due out later this year - though DG has extracts on her website for those who really can't wait!

Currently reading Martha Rofheart's "Cry God for Harry" a novel about Henry V. I put down Bernard Cornwell's "Azincourt" about a third of the way through as it just wasn't engaging me- surprising, because I'm a great BC fan. I thought I'd get another perspective on Henry and Agincourt , and go back to it later.[/quote]

Annis, that was my response to Gabaldon too, although you'r further along than I am. I am yet to pick up again after Drums of Autumn, but I have the books waiting their moment on my TBR. I think you are spot on re overkill. In between I've read and loved the first Lord John novel. I read and loved the Rofheart novel many long years ago. I may even had a mini review somewhere in an old reading diary!
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Long live Shellabarger.....

Post by chuck » Sat January 17th, 2009, 6:44 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]Just started Samuel Shellabarger Prince of Foxes.[/quote]

Absolutely love S.S.....read most of his works.....He and Sabatini along with Classic Comic books got me into HF......"Prince of Foxes was put to film in the early 50's...Starring Tyrone Power, as Orsini..... Orson Welles, as Caesar Borgia and Wanda Hendrix......Everett Sloan, great character actor steals the show.....
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Post by diamondlil » Sun January 18th, 2009, 8:12 pm

I was a bit undecided about what to read next last night. I ended up going with The Last Queen by CW Gortner.
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Post by nona » Sun January 18th, 2009, 8:42 pm

I had to put The House at Old Vine down not saying that it wasn't good but I have a hard time with long periods of time passing by in five pages, it skipped two whole generations. I'll finish it, just not in the near future.

I stopped at B&N on my way home and bought Georgette Heyers Charity Girl, I found that I love her style, and My Lay of Cleves by Margaret Barners, so little is written on Anne of Cleves and the first 5-10 pages grabbed my attention.

I'm reading Charity Girl now though, I need a light care free read.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Mon January 19th, 2009, 6:07 am

I've finished "America's Dumbest Criminals" by Daniel Butler, Alan Ray, and Leland Gregory. This is a very quick read, mildly humourous but mostly head shaking worth.

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