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Kasthu
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Postby Kasthu » Sun May 20th, 2012, 12:30 am

I'm reading a bit of nonfiction--I'm in Victorian England with Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace, an ARC of a book by Kate Summerscale, author of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. This time, she chronicles an infamous 1850 divorce case based on the imaginative diaries of a housewife.

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Sun May 20th, 2012, 12:39 am

"Kasthu" wrote:I'm reading a bit of nonfiction--I'm in Victorian England with Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace, an ARC of a book by Kate Summerscale, author of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. This time, she chronicles an infamous 1850 divorce case based on the imaginative diaries of a housewife.


Hi Kasthu, nice to see you around again.

I'm at the theatre with the Prince of Wales and Maria Fitzherbert.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Susan
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Location: New Jersey, USA

Postby Susan » Sun May 20th, 2012, 1:44 am

I'm in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace with Archduchess Maria Antonia who is supposed to be paying attention to her French lesson, but rather chase butterflies.
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Rhunt
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Location: Wisconsin, USA

Postby Rhunt » Sat May 26th, 2012, 7:35 pm

In Victorian London with Sherlock Holmes, in a non-Doyle incarnation, surprised at how well the author captured the period -- with the exception of cigarettes being everywhere. It's a bit jarring --I know they had them, but at that time, I would have thought that a pipe would be more likely for carriage driver, a boatman, or a farm laborer. :confused:

It's not my period of greatest knowledge, though, so I may err. Anyway, I'm on the bank of the Thames looking at a mangled corpse in the company of Holmes and Watson...
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emr
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Postby emr » Sat May 26th, 2012, 9:38 pm

"Rhunt" wrote:In Victorian London with Sherlock Holmes, in a non-Doyle incarnation, surprised at how well the author captured the period -- with the exception of cigarettes being everywhere. It's a bit jarring --I know they had them, but at that time, I would have thought that a pipe would be more likely for carriage driver, a boatman, or a farm laborer. :confused:

It's not my period of greatest knowledge, though, so I may err. Anyway, I'm on the bank of the Thames looking at a mangled corpse in the company of Holmes and Watson...


I remember reading about that not long ago but no idea where so I googled it a little:

• 1852: Matches are introduced, making smoking more convenient.
• 1853-1856: EUROPE: CRIMEAN WAR British soldiers learn how cheap and convenient the cigarettes ("Papirossi") used by their Turkish allies are, and bring the practise back to England.
• 1854: ENGLAND: BUSINESS: London tobacconist Philip Morris begins making his own cigarettes.

The History of Tobacco
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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Sat May 26th, 2012, 10:40 pm

Aspinwall, Panama 1857. Preparing to board the SS Central America - a bit of maritime history I'd never heard of before.
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Postby annis » Sun May 27th, 2012, 1:42 am

Posted by Misfit
Preparing to board the SS Central America - a bit of maritime history I'd never heard of before.


If you have time, I highly recommend reading Gary Kinder's Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, for the remarkable story of a true treasure hunt.
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Madeleine
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Currently reading: A Suitable Vengeance by Elizabeth George & The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Sun May 27th, 2012, 10:44 am

Covent Garden.
Currently reading "A Suitable Vengeance" by Elizabeth George and "The Dark Angel" by Elly Griffiths

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola & Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager(Pigeonhole)
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Sun May 27th, 2012, 2:44 pm

I'm in 18thC Bristol and I've just acquired a couple of elephants to look after.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Sun May 27th, 2012, 2:56 pm

"annis" wrote:Posted by Misfit


If you have time, I highly recommend reading Gary Kinder's Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, for the remarkable story of a true treasure hunt.


Thanks Annis.
At home with a good book and the cat...

...is the only place I want to be


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