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What Are You Reading (Jan 2009 edition)?

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Post by wendallpauls » Fri January 2nd, 2009, 4:25 am

What I am engaged in reading is an astounding work called "The Life of Abraham Lincoln" by J.G. Holland. It has a copyright of 1866, so I knew I had to indulge. It has not been a disappointment.

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Post by Leo62 » Fri January 2nd, 2009, 11:12 am

[quote=""EC2""]This is one for my TBR this year.
I wonder how authentic the cursing actually is![/quote]

I'm not sure that it is at all, but going back to our discussion on the use of anachronistic language, I think that Cornwell has found a good balance. He uses modern English with lots of sinewy anglo-saxon words (and I don't just mean the swearing!). It gives a great sense of the milieu even if it's not strictly "right". Also, he uses lots of wonderful-sounding jargon to describe using the bow and arrow (also lots of fascinating stuff on how they're made). :D

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Post by Anita Davison » Fri January 2nd, 2009, 3:30 pm

The Last Queen by C W Gortner

I haven't actually opened it yet, but I will, I will, I promise.
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Post by Tanzanite » Fri January 2nd, 2009, 3:32 pm

Now that we are moved and mostly settled, I plan to start The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart this weekend. I had hoped to read it on the drive to Denver, but the moving truck was very bumpy which made it difficult to read. Plus, Tanzy thought she had to sit on my lap the whole time.

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Post by Ash » Fri January 2nd, 2009, 3:46 pm

Not HF, but A Thousand Bells at Noon: A roman reveals the secreats and pleasures of his native city. Enjoying it thus far.

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Post by Ludmilla » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 12:14 am

Been reading some Children's historicals. Spent yesterday with The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Hadn't read that since 6th grade. It is one of those that really holds up over time, I think.

Today, I just finished Karen Cushman's Cahterine, Called Birdy. This one is set in England during the reign of Edward Longshanks. Some might find Catherine a little too sassy and modern for the time period, and as implausible as keeping a diary may be for a country knight's daughter in 1290's England, it actually works fairly well as a window into the period and is quite humorous. It's a book I'd recommend to kids interested in the period.

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Post by diamondlil » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 12:16 am

I read The Witch at Blackbird Pond for the first time in 2008 and really enjoyed it. I think that I posted the review in the book review section.
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Post by Ash » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 12:17 am

Also reading Stealing Athena, a novel about the Elgin Marbles and the man who swiped it from Athens. Interesting so far.

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Post by Susan » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 12:41 am

[quote=""Ludmilla""]Been reading some Children's historicals. Spent yesterday with The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Hadn't read that since 6th grade. It is one of those that really holds up over time, I think.[/quote]

The novel is still used in the school district where I teach.
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Post by Susan » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 12:41 am

[quote=""Ash""]Also reading Stealing Athena, a novel about the Elgin Marbles and the man who swiped it from Athens. Interesting so far.[/quote]

Also on my TBR pile. Let me know what you think of it.
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