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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri February 13th, 2009, 7:40 pm

Nona: think of it this way, buying books helps the econmy get better! :D

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Post by nona » Fri February 13th, 2009, 8:27 pm

yes it does help the economy but my husband cannot work overtime anymore and I recently changed shifts at work and when I did I lost my monthly bonus and took a pay cut as well so I don't have the extra money to just up and buy something anymore, we've downsized our cable, phone and internet to help but I still worry.

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Post by Madeleine » Fri February 13th, 2009, 8:33 pm

"SonjaMarie" wrote:Nona: think of it this way, buying books helps the econmy get better! :D

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Exactly! Unfortunately my local bookshops didn't have the stuff I wanted, so I've ordered 2 books from Amazon:

The Warrior's Princess by Barbara Erskine
Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier

and from play.com:

Sacrifice by S J Bolton.

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Post by Libby » Sat February 14th, 2009, 8:29 pm

I bought Castles by Marc Morris a book that accompanied a television series.

I get it in a second hand bookshop but it seems brand new.

What has really upset me though was finding the small independent bookshop across the road had closed down. (Kaydee Book shop in Clitheroe for those who know the area.)

It has been there for 65 years but has fallen victim to the 'credit crunch', supermaket and online sales and 3 for 2 offers at bigger bookstores. I feel very sad.
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Post by Susan » Sat February 14th, 2009, 9:19 pm

While shopping in Costco this morning, I picked up Ariana Franklin's book The Serpent's Tale.
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Post by EC2 » Sat February 14th, 2009, 11:21 pm

Fiction:

The Road to Jerusalem by Jan Guillou - recommended fiction by Sharon Kay Penman.

Non Fiction:

The Geographical Lore of the Time of the Crusades: A study in the history of medieval science and tradition in Western Europe by John Kirtland Wright

The Beaumont Twins: The Roots and Branches of Power in the Twelfth Century by David Crouch

The Artifice of Beauty: A History and Practical Guide to Perfumes and Cosmetics by Sally Pointer.
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Post by Nefret » Sun February 15th, 2009, 5:13 am

"Susan" wrote:While shopping in Costco this morning, I picked up Ariana Franklin's book The Serpent's Tale.


Let me know how that is. I've only read the first book.

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Post by Susan » Sun February 15th, 2009, 12:45 pm

"Nefret" wrote:Let me know how that is. I've only read the first book.


I'm currently reading the first book, so I don't think I will read the second book for a while. At the price I paid at Costco, it was worth buying.
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Post by EC2 » Sun February 15th, 2009, 1:06 pm

"Susan" wrote:I'm currently reading the first book, so I don't think I will read the second book for a while. At the price I paid at Costco, it was worth buying.


I read the first book and thought it was entertaining and a page turner - somewhat inaccurate, but a fun read. I read the second and I am still stunned. Eleanor and Henry were both in France in the winter of 1172 and Rosamund Clifford didn't die until 1176, so I guess one has to read this book as not only a mystery, but as sheer fantasy. Certainly other elements beyond the timescale are of a fantasy nature - and astonishing and dark fantasy at that. There are two scenes in Rosamund's tower involving a corpse that even now I cannot get out of my head. I don't know what the ghosts of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Rosamnud Clifford and Henry II would think about the way their lives are treated in this novel.
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Post by Susan » Sun February 15th, 2009, 1:11 pm

"EC2" wrote:I read the first book and thought it was entertaining and a page turner - somewhat inaccurate, but a fun read. I read the second and I am still stunned. Eleanor and Henry were both in France in the winter of 1172 and Rosamund Clifford didn't die until 1176, so I guess one has to read this book as not only a mystery, but as sheer fantasy. Certainly other elements beyond the timescale are of a fantasy nature - and astonishing and dark fantasy at that. There are two scenes in Rosamund's tower involving a corpse that even now I cannot get out of my head. I don't know what the ghosts of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Rosamnud Clifford and Henry II would think about the way their lives are treated in this novel.


I knew about the controversy with the second book, but I bought it anyway because I like the main character and the price was right. I'll probably save it for a summer read, ignore the inaccuracies, and read it as a mystery and fantasy as you suggest.
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