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October 2010: What Are You Reading?

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Post by Misfit » Mon October 11th, 2010, 4:33 pm

[quote=""Margaret""]Thanks for this bit of info, Misfit. I didn't know this, and had them listed independently at HistoricalNovels.info. I've put them together now and marked #2 as a sequel, so hopefully the information will be out there for more readers. Usually, it's pretty easy to tell from an online bookstore listing if something is a sequal - if the publisher's blurb doesn't mention it, a reviewer usually will. But I never came across it for this book.

Usually, it's not so hard to pick up a novel from the middle of a series, or one that is a sequel, and enjoy the story. I do that a lot, especially since I started reviewing, since I'm offered series novels as review books and don't generally have time to go back and read the previous novels in the series. It's not very nice to pick up a novel and not be able to figure out what's going on![/quote]

Oh I know, I wish they had made it clearer that it was a sequel. I didn't realize it until a friend at Goodreads mentioned it. It really is a disservice to the reader to throw a curve ball like that and not tell you :mad:
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Post by Freda » Mon October 11th, 2010, 4:34 pm

Hi, I've just started reading The Last Queen by C W Gortner on my Kindle. A new reading experience for me, but so far so good. I'll let you know how I get on with both the book and the device.
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Post by chuck » Mon October 11th, 2010, 5:07 pm

A Classic re read....Walter D. Edmond's 1939 "Drums Along the Mohawk"....Story of Mohawk Valley (Albany NY area)settlers during 1776....Well researched...interesting characters and really captures the era....

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Post by LoobyG » Mon October 11th, 2010, 10:36 pm

[quote=""Michy""]Just finished Ross Poldark by Winston Graham; really enjoyed it. Now on to The Light Heart (Williamsburg #4) by Elswyth Thane.[/quote]

Look forward to hearing how you get on with the 4th Williamsburg book Michy :)

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Post by Susan » Mon October 11th, 2010, 11:29 pm

[quote=""chuck""]A Classic re read....Walter D. Edmond's 1939 "Drums Along the Mohawk"....Story of Mohawk Valley (Albany NY area)settlers during 1776....Well researched...interesting characters and really captures the era....[/quote]

Although I'd probably like it now, this is a book we had to read in 7th grade and none of my classmates liked it! I guess they figured it made sense for 7th graders living in the state of New York and studying New York State history to read a novel whose setting was New York.
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Post by Ash » Mon October 11th, 2010, 11:39 pm

The new Terry Pratchett just arrived "I Shall Wear Midnight" and I started reading it today. It looks like he is back to his usual self; the last few of his weren't up to par, this one is. (non HF for those who don't know the name)

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Post by chuck » Tue October 12th, 2010, 1:46 am

[quote=""Susan""]Although I'd probably like it now, this is a book we had to read in 7th grade and none of my classmates liked it! I guess they figured it made sense for 7th graders living in the state of New York and studying New York State history to read a novel whose setting was New York.[/quote]

Yes....a pretty dreary and heavy read for seventh graders....I would have suggested Howard Fast's "April Morning"...excellent coming of age youth's experiences during the Battle at Lexington and Concord.....Hope you give Edmond's book another go.....

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue October 12th, 2010, 3:47 am

[quote=""Michy""]Just finished Ross Poldark by Winston Graham; really enjoyed it. Now on to The Light Heart (Williamsburg #4) by Elswyth Thane.[/quote]
The great thing about Poldark is that there are about twelve of them. I've read five and plan to get around to the rest some day.

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Post by Michy » Tue October 12th, 2010, 4:42 am

[quote=""MLE""]The great thing about Poldark is that there are about twelve of them. I've read five and plan to get around to the rest some day.[/quote]

A lot of the reviews I've read say that the first five are the best. There was about a 20-year span between the writing of two of the books -- it might have been the 5th and 6th, I'm not sure. Wonder if that has anything to do with the "quality?" Guess I'll find out when I get there.....

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Post by Madeleine » Tue October 12th, 2010, 10:34 am

Yes there are 12 Poldarks altogether, the last book only came out about 6 years ago. I didn't know there was such a big gap about halfway through, wonder why that was?

I read the first one earlier this year and loved it.
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