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September 2010: What Are You Reading?

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Post by SonjaMarie » Tue September 14th, 2010, 12:52 am

Misfit, Amanda, C.W: Well I decided that after 35pgs it wasn't for me, but I don't know about the two of you who haven't read it yet. CW: to each their own :)

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Post by Tanzanite » Tue September 14th, 2010, 2:33 am

"SonjaMarie" wrote:DNF: "The Secret Eleanor" by Cecellia Holland. Just in the first 35pgs, ugh!

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I thought it got better after about then (or whenever it is Eleanor and Henry have sex for the first time). I really liked the focus on Petra and if Eleanor was my sister, I would have wanted to scratch her eyes out at time.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Tue September 14th, 2010, 5:45 am

I've finished "The English Marriage: Tales of Love, Money and Adultery" by Maureen Waller (387pgs, 2009)*. A very interesting and at times distressing look at marriage in the UK from 1465 to 1969.

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Post by annis » Tue September 14th, 2010, 5:50 am

I've just been reading M D Lachlan's Wolfsangel, fantasy set in a frozen world based on the Norse Hel, an eternally frozen realm. Inspired by Viking culture and Nordic mythology, it's original, eerie and violent. Wolfsangel's werewolf is a fearsome creature, not the semi-cuddly Twilight variety!
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Post by LoobyG » Tue September 14th, 2010, 2:37 pm

"Vanessa" wrote: :) Funnily enough, I watched Dragonwyck on the TV this afternoon whilst I was doing my ironing! I love those old black and white films. It had Vincent Price in it who has such a distinctive voice. Quite creepy really.


I never realised there was a film adaptation too Vanessa, I've just looked it up on Wiki! I bet it's quite atmospheric, more so as a black and white film, I'll keep my eyes peeled for it on the telly box :)

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Post by Nefret » Tue September 14th, 2010, 3:42 pm

Just started Ivanhoe.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
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Post by Miss Moppet » Tue September 14th, 2010, 3:43 pm

"SonjaMarie" wrote:DNF: "The Secret Eleanor" by Cecellia Holland. Just in the first 35pgs, ugh!

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Haven't read this one but this was exactly my reaction to Captive Queen. Eleanor books are certainly touching nerves this year!

ETA: I am in the middle of The Valley of Decision by Marcia Davenport, an 1870s-1940s family saga set in Pittsburgh. Background of the steel industry, foreground of family ups and downs. For those of you who like family sagas, I highly recommend it.

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Post by cw gortner » Tue September 14th, 2010, 4:53 pm

"Tanzanite" wrote:I thought it got better after about then (or whenever it is Eleanor and Henry have sex for the first time). I really liked the focus on Petra and if Eleanor was my sister, I would have wanted to scratch her eyes out at time.


I agree. It improved as it went. At first, I had a horrible moment when I thought it was going to be another lust-in-Poitiers rendition of Eleanor, but it took a turn for the better. She's not quite so admirable in this book, which I liked; but as SonjaMarie says, we each have our own take on these things :) Eleanor is a tough character to do well, I'm beginning to think; most writers just tend to go over the top with the whole I'm-too-sexy-for-Louis bits.
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Post by fljustice » Tue September 14th, 2010, 5:33 pm

"Nefret" wrote:Just started Ivanhoe.


I reread that last year. Lots of fun from a stylistic point of view.
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Post by Madeleine » Tue September 14th, 2010, 6:37 pm

"LoobyG" wrote:I never realised there was a film adaptation too Vanessa, I've just looked it up on Wiki! I bet it's quite atmospheric, more so as a black and white film, I'll keep my eyes peeled for it on the telly box :)


I think it was shown on TV quite recently, can't remember which channel, I forgot to record it :rolleyes: :o
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