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LCW
Compulsive Reader
Location: Southern California

Postby LCW » Sun September 7th, 2008, 12:23 am

"I need a Chadwick" Love that!! :D
Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them. --Arnold Lobel

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Margaret
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
Favorite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
Location: Catskill, New York, USA
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Postby Margaret » Sun September 7th, 2008, 12:27 am

I only made it about halfway through The Light Bearer. I wanted to like it, because there are so few novels set in Germany during any of the centuries before the 20th. But it's an incredibly long book, and I just didn't find the main character interesting enough to keep me going. Oddly enough, I enjoyed the sections set in Rome a lot more.
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nona
Bibliophile
Location: Oklahoma

Postby nona » Sun September 7th, 2008, 2:21 pm

the Light Bearer, I have that on on my amazon wish list but have not ordered it because it sounds like it might be dreary, if youknow what I mean.
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Misfit
Bibliomaniac
Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Sun September 7th, 2008, 2:33 pm

"Margaret" wrote:I only made it about halfway through The Light Bearer. I wanted to like it, because there are so few novels set in Germany during any of the centuries before the 20th. But it's an incredibly long book, and I just didn't find the main character interesting enough to keep me going. Oddly enough, I enjoyed the sections set in Rome a lot more.


I've had this on my wish list for eons as another amazon friend raved about it. I plan on getting it from the library when I'm ready to try it though. These days I'm making every effort to get the one time only reads from the lib and not spending $$ on them. Saves space too.

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xiaotien
Reader
Location: southern cali
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Postby xiaotien » Sun September 7th, 2008, 4:46 pm

lavinia by le guin
and sailing alone around the world
by slocum.
SILVER PHOENIX : Beyond the Kingdom of Xia
greenwillow / harpercollins summer '09

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SonjaMarie
Bibliomaniac
Location: Vashon, WA
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Postby SonjaMarie » Sun September 7th, 2008, 5:51 pm

Finished "The Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem" by Richard Kurin.

What a fascinating book! It was so easy to read and very enjoyable and interesting! The author works as a folklorist at the Smithsonian, where the diamond resides, and has done an incredible amount of research trying to find out the true life line of the diamond.

While it's not absolutely for sure this diamond may have been cut a bit down from the French Blue that belonged to French Crown Jewels and was stolen on Sept 11th, 1792 (of days).

I hugely enjoyed this book and highly recommend to anyone interested not just diamonds or the Hope Diamond but how the stone interacts with a variety of interesting people, like Tavnier (gave the original stone to Louis XIV), Louis XIV, the Duke of Brunswick, Caroline of Brunswick (wife of George IV), George IV, The Hope Family, Cartier, Evalyn Walsh Mclean, and Harry Winston, and a few others in between.

A big thumbs up!

SM
The Lady Jane Grey Internet Museum
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Tanzanite
Bibliophile
Location: Northern Virginia
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Postby Tanzanite » Sun September 7th, 2008, 6:44 pm

Going to start The Ivy Crown by Mary Luke (about Katherine Parr) later today.

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nona
Bibliophile
Location: Oklahoma

Postby nona » Mon September 8th, 2008, 2:48 am

I'm on page 90 something in Crown in Candlelight this is all new to me, I've never jumped into the French scene and bam! I'm there now, more then half of these names and places are all new, I'm getting somewhat confused but it's good so far...

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SonjaMarie
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Location: Vashon, WA
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Postby SonjaMarie » Mon September 8th, 2008, 2:52 am

There's a book on Lady Jane Grey called "Crown In Candlelight" as well. It's one of the few fiction books on her I've read.

SM
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nona
Bibliophile
Location: Oklahoma

Postby nona » Mon September 8th, 2008, 2:54 am

oh how neat do you know the author? I loved Weir's (least I think it was Alison Weir) book on Jane Grey I felt so sorry for her to be a pawn like that.


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