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September 2010: What Are You Reading?

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annis
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Postby annis » Mon September 20th, 2010, 5:51 pm

Posted by Telynor
Dragonsbane -- a terrific fantasy novel that gives a whole new twist on dragons and the hunting of them.


Is this Barbara Hambly? Dragonsbane is one of my favourite BH novels. She's been on my must-read list ever since I discovered her Darwath trilogy back in the '80s. I love the Ladies of Mandrigyn as well.

Her HF is not to be sneezed at either. Search the Seven Hills aka the Quirinal Affair is set in ancient Rome and is a story about early Christianity - excellent - and the Benjamin January mystery series set in 19th century New Orleans are also very good.

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Postby Tanzanite » Tue September 21st, 2010, 12:32 am

Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliott.

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JoshuaKaitlyn
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Postby JoshuaKaitlyn » Tue September 21st, 2010, 6:27 am

The Principessa by Christie Dickason....Because everyone should have a second chance!
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Ash
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Postby Ash » Tue September 21st, 2010, 1:28 pm

"annis" wrote:Posted by Telynor


Is this Barbara Hambly? Dragonsbane is one of my favourite BH novels. She's been on my must-read list ever since I discovered her Darwath trilogy back in the '80s. I love the Ladies of Mandrigyn as well.

Her HF is not to be sneezed at either. Search the Seven Hills aka the Quirinal Affair is set in ancient Rome and is a story about early Christianity - excellent - and the Benjamin January mystery series set in 19th century New Orleans are also very good.


I'm another big fan of hers, like you, first with her fantasy, and now, with her HF. Have you read The Emancipator's Wife, about Mary Todd Lincoln? Really quite excellent.

My sister took up my recommendation for Wolf Hall and loves it. So I decided to start a reread so we can discuss it together. This is my third read, and loving it all over again, as well as picking up bits I missed before. One thing my sis noticed (as she would being a retired college theatre director) is how much 'theatre' is in the book. There's the list of characters, the set pieces of each scene, but also the way its narrated brings it to the present much as a play does. Now finding some bits where Mantell mentions acts and tragedy and comedy in reference to theatre. Interesting.
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annis
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Postby annis » Tue September 21st, 2010, 7:26 pm

Have temporarily given up on Lyn Guest's Sword of Hachiman aka Children of Hachiman. It has a cast of thousands and they all seem to be named Yoshi or Yori-something! My poor brain can't cope! I'll leave it till I'm on holiday and not so tired. It is set in 12th century Japan, and is well regarded - it won the Georgette Heyer Prize for Historical Fiction .

Synopsis for those interested:
This is a novel about Yoshitsune and his rivalry with his brother, Yoritomo, and is set against the Genpei Wars. It is not only readable but well researched, colourful, evocative, even quite moving at the end. It creates quite a convincing picture of Yoshitsune, a gifted warrior but rash and impetuous as a youth, too concerned with glory in battle and being A Hero to be fully aware of the treachery around him, or to really comprehend it, even at the end.

Have moved instead to Terry Pratchett's latest Tiffany Aching novel, I Shall Wear Midnight. I think this YA series is amongst my favourite TPs. I swear that if anyone can make you believe there really is magic, Pratchett is the man :)
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Postby SonjaMarie » Tue September 21st, 2010, 7:41 pm

I've finished reading "Marie-Therese: The Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter" by Susan Nagel (407pgs, 2008). Interesting and well-written account of her life, though a little laggy at times.

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Postby cat » Tue September 21st, 2010, 8:44 pm

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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Kasthu
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Postby Kasthu » Tue September 21st, 2010, 10:28 pm

I'm reading City of Light, by Lauren Belfer.

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Postby cw gortner » Tue September 21st, 2010, 10:32 pm

The Astronomer by Lawrence Goldstone.
So far, it's brilliant; engrossing, well written, and quite unique in its focus on a conspiracy involving the reformation in France.
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Ariadne
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Postby Ariadne » Tue September 21st, 2010, 11:30 pm

Interesting report about Children of Hachiman, Annis! The "cast of thousands" makes it seem rather daunting :D

CW, I just picked up The Astronomer myself, so good to hear it's so engrossing...

I finished Maeve Haran's The Lady and the Poet two days ago, and am now reading Mary Novik's Conceit. The former is a leisurely romantic novel about John Donne and Ann More, and the latter covers the life of their daughter, Pegge.


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