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What Are You Reading (Jan 2009 edition)?

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Carine
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Post by Carine » Tue January 27th, 2009, 6:46 am

[quote=""Michelle""]I loved the first book but I wasn't too fond of this one, how do you like it so far?[/quote]

Hi Michelle, in the mean time I'm about 200 pages away from the end (it's 1234 pages).
First of all I have to say that I did like Pillars of the Earth. Ok, there were a few things about it that were not so good but overall I enjoyed it.

This World Without End, to me, is even a lot better !! My partner read it in 4 days.
I have difficulties to put it down too ! :D
I'm not an expert on history so there might be inaccuracies in it which are not obvious to me. But the story is absolutely great from beginning to end !!

Just wondering : what did you not like about it ?

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Post by Swampy » Tue January 27th, 2009, 8:56 am

[quote=""EC2""]Would that be Robyn Young, Swampy?
I got a couple of hundred pages into Bretheren but had to put it down - usual stuff about historical errors of detail and mindset dragging me out of the story.[/quote]

Yep! It should be Robyn Young - realised my mistake when I picked up the book later on that evening. Finding it a bit slow going at the moment. Interesting that the story starts with a muslim defeat of the mongols in 1260. It follows on from the Conn Iggulden books on Ghengis Khan.

I haven't got far enough into the book yet to determine how historically accurate or otherwise the story is, but generally I'm never under the illusion that any book is completely accurate. I always like to read up on "the truth" later. As long as its a good read then I'm fairly happy, but too early to tell yet and in any case I will check out my history as I go along.

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Post by Swampy » Tue January 27th, 2009, 8:59 am

[QUOTE=annis;18756]Posted by Swampy
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Maybe you're mixing up Robyn Young and Jack Whyte, swampy. JW has also written a series featuring the Templars, which isn't half bad. The first two are out already: "The Knights of the Black and White" and "Standard of Honor". The third volume in the trilogy is due for publication later this year- "Order in Chaos".

Definately got my authors mixed up. I actually wasn't sure whether to read Robyn Young or Jack Whyte first, but was swayed by the book store at the airport only having "Bretheren" and not "The Knights of the Black and White".

Jack Whyte is on my "to buy list" but for now I'll see how this goes!

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Post by Ellie » Tue January 27th, 2009, 10:35 am

I've finally got my hands on The Time of Singing by Elizabeth Chadwick so am about to sink my teeth into that. I also have The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason going too.

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Post by Kasthu » Tue January 27th, 2009, 1:59 pm

Not historical fiction (gasp!) but Darling Jim, by Christian Moerk (ARC). Opens with an awful triple murder, in Ireland in the present day...

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Post by diamondlil » Tue January 27th, 2009, 10:11 pm

I started Signora da Vinci by Robin Maxwell last night.
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Post by Telynor » Wed January 28th, 2009, 5:42 pm

Finished up Beverley Nichols' Laughter on the Stairs, very funny and very British. Now onto Lois McMaster Bujold's new Sharing Knife novel.

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Post by Helen_Davis » Wed January 28th, 2009, 6:14 pm

Gone with the Wind

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Post by Amanda » Wed January 28th, 2009, 8:47 pm

I started Company of Liars by Karen Maitland last night.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed January 28th, 2009, 9:40 pm

I've finished "The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine & Lady Jane Grey" by Leanda de Lisle.

I've written a review which can be found here:
http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/ ... #post19026

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