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August 2010, what are you reading

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Post by Nefret » Sun August 29th, 2010, 5:05 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]I am almost done (Thank God) with The Passionate Brood by MC Barnes. So far the only good thing I can say is there have been no Melusine sightings. Not sure what I'll pick up next.[/quote]

I wanted that one. Should I not get it now?
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Post by EC2 » Sun August 29th, 2010, 5:24 pm

[quote=""Kasthu""]Now reading Henry of the High Rock, by Juliet Dymoke.[/quote]

I read that years ago and loved it - and rather quite fell for Henry. However, having studied him in more detail of late, I think the novel is probably a tad romanticised. A great king, but not someone I'd want to spend time with unless I was the interviewer on a politics programme.
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Post by Miss Moppet » Sun August 29th, 2010, 5:26 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]Black Adder is great isn't it? My favourites is the Elizabethan and Regency themed ones.


Mine too, I rewatched them all last year.

Nefret, Misfit's Passionate Brood review is up on her blog, and I have to say, it convinced me not to bother with it.

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Post by chuck » Sun August 29th, 2010, 5:40 pm

Currently reading the late Michael Crichton's "Pirate Latitudes"....a 1650's Caribbean Pirate swashbuckler....like the era...should be fun quick read....

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sun August 29th, 2010, 5:41 pm

[quote=""Miss Moppet""]Mine too, I rewatched them all last year.

Hugh Laurie as the Prince Regent, ROTFLMAO! It was very hard to equate him with the same guy who plays House. Hugh wasn't that hot in my opinion until he "became" House, with the stubble, and then YUM!

Ok sorry to go off topic LOL!

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Post by SGM » Sun August 29th, 2010, 5:52 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]Hugh Laurie as the Prince Regent, ROTFLMAO! It was very hard to equate him with the same guy who plays House. Hugh wasn't that hot in my opinion until he "became" House, with the stubble, and then YUM!


Staying off topic with you here -- I have wondered for quite a while how Hugh Laurie's accent in House sounds to the American ear? As I am British, I can't tell.

Alone of my family, I can't get into Blackadder I but loved Blackadder 2 (Elizabethan). However, although the subject matter of Blackadder Goes Forth has subterranean depth and is the series is not so hilarious, I really believe this was one of the best BBC productions for many years before or since.

The best line ever was Captain Darling's diary entry in the (I think) last the episode -- "Bugger".

Unfortunately, I try not to watch them any more because once I have started I have to go through the whole lot again and I have lost many hours of my life and along with the all my family I know them so well that my lips move with the words.
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Post by Misfit » Sun August 29th, 2010, 6:57 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]I wanted that one. Should I not get it now?[/quote]

Library only, it was very disappointing and her timelines as so far off base it really throws you out of the story. Best to wait (IM)patiently for Sharon's Lionheart. :)

We had an interesting chat about it over at Goodreads on Nona's All Things Medieval group.
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Post by LoobyG » Sun August 29th, 2010, 7:41 pm

I had 'The Passionate Brood' on my wants list too, and after your review Misfit, I don't think I'll go out of my way. The time lines being so skewed would throw me off and spoil my enjoyment. I read 'Mary of Carisbrooke' by MC Barnes and loved it recently, but I'm not sure whether I loved it because I don't know a great deal about King Charles's imprisonment on the Isle of Wight, or because it was accurate :rolleyes:

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Post by Leo62 » Sun August 29th, 2010, 7:47 pm

The best line ever was Captain Darling's diary entry in the (I think) last the episode -- "Bugger".

My favourite Blackadder moment ever was Baldrick's war poetry. Cracks me up every time. :D

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Post by Lucy Pick » Sun August 29th, 2010, 8:01 pm

I just finished Far to Go by my very own cousin, Alison Pick. It's about a Jewish family in Czechoslovakia in 1938 and 1939, and the way their descendants try to figure out what happened to them. Loved it! And I'm so proud...
It will be out in the States in a few months.


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