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What Are You Reading (Jan 2009 edition)?

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Post by Kasthu » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 1:17 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.

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.[/quote]

All of these you've mentioned are fantastic! Catherine Called Birdy is an all-time favorite. The humor is priceless.

Speaking of the medieval period, I'm now reading The Scarlet Lion, by Elizabeth Chadwick.

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Post by ejays17 » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 6:44 am

Currently (re)reading "The Eight" by Katherine Neville for about the 5th time. I bought the sequel "The Fire" in the post-Christmas sales & thought I should re-familiarise myself with the characters/situations before tackling it.

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Post by Ash » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 2:37 pm

Will do. Has anyone read her Leonardo's Swans?

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Post by Vanessa » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 7:54 pm

I've read Karen Essex's Leonardo's Swans? Do you mean that one? I enjoyed it, although it's a while since I read it. It seems to have mixed reviews.
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Post by Leyland » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 11:36 pm

The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Not terribly impressed 67 pages in so far. Hope it gets better - I'm starting to skim a whole lot!
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Post by Leyland » Sat January 3rd, 2009, 11:41 pm

[quote=""Ash""]Will do. Has anyone read her Leonardo's Swans?[/quote]
I started it last year, but got distracted and didn't get back into it. I intend to start it over again and finish sometime this year. It didn't light me on fire, but I didn't want to wallbang it either.

I realized I had a different idea of what the Este sisters were like from other sources and had a hard time adjusting to their characterization in Essex's novel.
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Post by Misfit » Sun January 4th, 2009, 12:14 am

Sing Witch, Sing Death by Roberta Gellis. An early one, written in 1975 and set in 1816 Cornwall.

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Post by cw gortner » Sun January 4th, 2009, 4:28 am

[quote=""Anita Davison""]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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I'll try not to breathe so hard . . . :)

Hope you enjoy it!!

I'm currently reading "The Miracles of Prato" about the Italian Renaissance painter Fra Filippo and his forbidden love for his muse, a novatiate. So far, it's well written and interesting. It's an ARC for the Amazon Vine program.
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Post by cw gortner » Sun January 4th, 2009, 4:30 am

[quote=""Vanessa""]I've read Karen Essex's Leonardo's Swans? Do you mean that one? I enjoyed it, although it's a while since I read it. It seems to have mixed reviews.[/quote]

I loved it. One of my favorite reads.
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Post by michellemoran » Sun January 4th, 2009, 5:07 am

Just finished Company of Liars. It's one of those books that made me pea-green with envy and I came away from it thinking, "I really wish I had written that!" Although there are some strange supernatural elements to the plot, it's a very realistic look at the fourteenth century and the devastating plague years.
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