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September 2010: What Are You Reading?

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Susan
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Post by Susan » Mon September 6th, 2010, 3:10 pm

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]Becoming Queen Victoria (NF) by Kate Williams. It's about the life and early death of Princess Charlotte and the young Queen Victoria.[/quote]

Please let me know what you think. This book is right up my alley. I wonder how it compares to Charlotte and Leopold by James Chambers which I think you read.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon September 6th, 2010, 3:51 pm

[quote=""Ash""]In the discussion here, some people mentioned it was a way to bring Cromwell to the immediate present. But then it could have been just to confuse the hell out of some readers :) You might be interested in the discussion but there are spoilers.

http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/ ... php?t=2564[/quote]

I actually found the continual use of 'he' without specifying who more confusing than the present tense (once you get used to it). And I must say I found the first 20 pages among the most riveting.

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Post by Madeleine » Mon September 6th, 2010, 4:26 pm

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]I actually found the continual use of 'he' without specifying who more confusing than the present tense (once you get used to it). And I must say I found the first 20 pages among the most riveting.[/quote]

Everyone I know who's read this, and nearly all the reviews I've seen, say they found this the most difficult/confusing aspect of the book, until, as you say, they got used to it. I have it on mount tbr, and I'm glad I've been forewarned so I'll know what to expect!
Currently reading "In the Woods" by Tana French & "The Winter Crown" by Elizabeth Chadwick

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Post by TLee » Mon September 6th, 2010, 10:10 pm

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Finishing up In the Shadow of Lady Jane and am then moving on to Eric Ives recent non-fiction book on her.[/quote]

What did you think? Is is worth a read?

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Post by Tanzanite » Tue September 7th, 2010, 12:52 am

In the Shadow of Lady Jane is a little different since it is told from the POV of a young man (about 16) who becomes employed by the Grey family and befriends in different ways the three daughters. It was a little hard to get into and it's told in first person which does sometime necessitate him being in the right place at the right time. He's a rather gallant young man and a little too perfect, but since he is telling the story he has some interesting commentary on the events that are happening around him and relates the perspective of the common people. From that standpoint it is interesting and while I don't feel like my time was wasted, it definately won't make my top 10 of the year. I'll probably end up giving it 3 stars.

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Post by Nefret » Tue September 7th, 2010, 1:24 am

Left my current book on the plane. :eek: Still haven't picked the new one.
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!
- "Into Battle"
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Post by Misfit » Tue September 7th, 2010, 1:25 am

[quote=""Nefret""]Left my current book on the plane. :eek: Still haven't picked the new one.[/quote]

Freudian slip perhaps? :)

I just started Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay.
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Post by Nefret » Tue September 7th, 2010, 2:09 am

[quote=""Misfit""]Freudian slip perhaps? :)

I just started Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay.[/quote]

I didn't even notice until I got home. :rolleyes:

It's between either The Devil's Queen or Watership Down.
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!
- "Into Battle"
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Iceland Mystery

Post by chuck » Tue September 7th, 2010, 4:22 am

[quote=""annis""]How could I resist a mystery which features an Icelandic Viking warrior, a ring of power (where have I come across that before? :) ) and JRR Tolkien.

Michael Ridpath, Where the Shadows Lie[/quote]

Mysteries/Archaeology/Supernatural.....My favorite type of HF Mystery subjects....another TBR......BTW I'm enjoying watching A&E's "Shackleton" Branagh and rest of the cast are Brilliant!...Brilliant! .....I heard they are trying to replicate Shackleton's Frozen Scotch....I would love to have a bottle even if was a replica recipe......

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Post by annis » Tue September 7th, 2010, 4:55 am

I've just been watching Branagh as Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander- really well done. Love those angst-y Scandinavian mysteries, and Mankell is one of the best.

I still have hopes that Branagh might take the part of Matthew Shardlake in CJ Sansom's dark Tudor historical mystery series as originally planned - he's an actor who could definitely do Shardlake justice.
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