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cw gortner
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Postby cw gortner » Tue November 25th, 2008, 5:39 am

Isn't Rose of York by Sandra Worth?
THE QUEEN'S VOW available on June 12, 2012!
THE TUDOR SECRET, Book I in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles
[B]THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
THE LAST QUEEN
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Postby cw gortner » Tue November 25th, 2008, 5:43 am

"Margaret" wrote:Just started reading our own C.W. Gortner's The Last Queen, and am enjoying it. I'm intrigued by how Chris brings his characters to life for me, having just read a novel with an equal amount of physical description of the characters, but in which I never really "saw" them in my mind's eye. I think it may be that the people in The Last Queen are viewed in motion more than they were in the other novel, where the descriptions tended to be more static.


Oh, cool! Hope you like it! I'm looking forward to hearing your impressions. I've recently been corresponding on an online fiction forum for Spanish hf readers (most of them in Spain) and a few have started reading the Spanish edition, which came out on November 16. It's strange to hear their impressions on the language and characters, because of course it's translated, but so far I'm breathing a huge sigh of relief that they seem to agree with my interpretation of her and the history. :p
THE QUEEN'S VOW available on June 12, 2012!

THE TUDOR SECRET, Book I in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles
[B]THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
THE LAST QUEEN
[/B]



www.cwgortner.com

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Postby cw gortner » Tue November 25th, 2008, 5:48 am

I'm reading an ARC of Elle Newmark's Book of Unholy Mischief, set in 15th century Venice. This book was self published and went on to sell at auction for seven-figures, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Sometimes the books that come out of these huge auctions don't live up to the hype, but I'm really enjoying it so far.
THE QUEEN'S VOW available on June 12, 2012!

THE TUDOR SECRET, Book I in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles
[B]THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
THE LAST QUEEN
[/B]



www.cwgortner.com

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JMJacobsen
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Postby JMJacobsen » Tue November 25th, 2008, 6:34 am

Just finished Sherry Jones' The Jewel of Medina and am diving into The Magician's Book, by Laura Miller.

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Postby michellemoran » Tue November 25th, 2008, 4:31 pm

Time and Chance by SKP for the second time!!
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sweetpotatoboy
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Postby sweetpotatoboy » Tue November 25th, 2008, 5:13 pm

Have started a re-read of "The Last English King" by Julian Rathbone for our next book group meeting. I first read it about 8 or 9 years ago.

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Postby EC2 » Tue November 25th, 2008, 5:22 pm

"sweetpotatoboy" wrote:Have started a re-read of "The Last English King" by Julian Rathbone for our next book group meeting. I first read it about 8 or 9 years ago.

I quite liked the opening lines about the glittering shingle - as I recall. I was put off big-time by his author's note where he says that mistakes in the novel are fair game for 'swots, anoraks and letter-writers.' I have an Anglo Saxonist friend who wall-banged the novel for that author's note because it was disrespectful to the readers. He spoke at the HNS Conference in London a few years ago where he said that when he wrote TLEK he was pushed for time re deadline. What he really wanted to write was a novel set in the 18thC but knew he wouldn't have time to do all the research reading required. With TLEK there were apparently only five books he needed to read to get the job done so that was what he plumped for. Yeah, right. And it showed. :mad:
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Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

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Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Postby annis » Tue November 25th, 2008, 6:10 pm

Posted by CW Gortner
I'm reading an ARC of Elle Newmark's Book of Unholy Mischief, set in 15th century Venice.


This sounded interesting , so I thought I'd check out the first book in the series, "Bones of the Dead", but yikes! the prices for it are astronomical.
Must have put out originally as a limited edition, I guess.

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Helen_Davis
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Postby Helen_Davis » Tue November 25th, 2008, 6:25 pm

"Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dumphrey" by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Postby michellemoran » Tue November 25th, 2008, 7:23 pm

Annis, Elle originally self-published, which is why the price is so high. When she sold the book, they retitlted it, and it will be on sale Dec 30, I believe, for a regular hardcover price.
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