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October 2010: What Are You Reading?

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Post by Misfit » Sat October 9th, 2010, 12:04 pm

Savannah by Eugenia Price
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Post by TLee » Sat October 9th, 2010, 4:04 pm

Currently reading Rival to the Queen by Carolly Erickson - so far it is "meh" but a quick read

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat October 9th, 2010, 7:38 pm

I've finished "The Seduction of Water" by Carol Goodman (356pgs, 2003)*. While still a good book it's my least favourite of the 5 books I've read of hers so far. I figured out a lot of the mystery very early on

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat October 9th, 2010, 7:51 pm

Well fook, I just went to the website of an author of a series I like and found this message: "My publisher decided not to renew the Ghost Dusters series beyond three books. I’ve received many emails asking about the next book but, unfortunately, it’s not to be." - Wendy Roberts.

Bummer, I liked this series and it was set in and around Seattle, and there was a lot of loose threads. It's like a TV show that has ended on a cliffhanger and is not renewed so you never know what happens next, always annoys the hell out of me!

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Post by Madeleine » Sat October 9th, 2010, 8:37 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]I've finished "The Seduction of Water" by Carol Goodman (356pgs, 2003)*. While still a good book it's my least favourite of the 5 books I've read of hers so far. I figured out a lot of the mystery very early on
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I read this about 18 months ago and agree with you, it was fairly predictable, a bit like those TV movies that are shown on a weekday afternoon! Readable but nothing special. I have her others to read and have heard they are much better.
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Post by rockygirl » Sat October 9th, 2010, 10:30 pm

Still reading Into the Wild. It's a good read, but so long with so many characters I'm glad she put a guide to the characters in the front of the book.

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Post by Brenna » Sun October 10th, 2010, 1:55 am

[quote=""annis""]Brenna , if you're interested in Charles II, I recommend Antonia Fraser's biography, King Charles II: his Life and Times. It may be out of print now, but you might be able to get it through your library. The one I had was an illustrated one- like Alice in Wonderland I'm a great believer in illustrations :)

Have you come across the Royalty.nu website? They have useful lists of books (both fiction and non-fiction) about various members of royalty.
Here's the list for Charles II
http://www.royalty.nu/Europe/England/St ... lesII.html[/quote]

Thanks for the recommendation, I put a hold on it at my local library! I also hadn't heard of the link-I'm completely ignorant of England after the Tudors until the Windsors. It is sad to admit, but we don't learn much about Englad after the Tudors in American High Schools. Now I have a goal to read books starting with the days of Author through to the Windsors in order by years. Should be interesting, if not a little impossible.
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Post by Tish437 » Sun October 10th, 2010, 1:56 am

[quote=""Kasthu""]Rebecca' Johns's The Countess left me a little cold, so I decided to read Penmarric instead.[/quote]

I've read Penmarric 3 or 4 times over the years. Loved it. I still have a copy (hardback). How are you enjoying it?

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Post by Misfit » Sun October 10th, 2010, 2:22 am

[quote=""Brenna""]Thanks for the recommendation, I put a hold on it at my local library! I also hadn't heard of the link-I'm completely ignorant of England after the Tudors until the Windsors. It is sad to admit, but we don't learn much about Englad after the Tudors in American High Schools. Now I have a goal to read books starting with the days of Author through to the Windsors in order by years. Should be interesting, if not a little impossible.[/quote]

Lol, back in the days I don't recall they taught us much of anything in English history ;)

The English Civil Wars (17C) and restoration period is fascinating. There's a wealth of novels out there, although unfortunatley many of the good ones are OOP.
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Post by Margaret » Sun October 10th, 2010, 3:07 am

Now I have a goal to read books starting with the days of Arthur through to the Windsors in order by years. Should be interesting, if not a little impossible.
What a cool project! After you get past the Anglo-Saxon era, I would guess there must be at least one novel about every one of the kings or queens. There's lots about Arthur, of course, who may or may not have been a real guy (probably was) and may or may not have been a king of some variety (probably wasn't). King Alfred was a more popular subject for novelists 100 years or so ago, but he's an important character in Bernard Cornwell's Uhtred series. And of course, you'll have to read our own Carla Nayland's Paths of Exile, about one of the early Anglo-Saxon kings (in his early, perilous years before he got to be king).

I'm taking a short break from review books (having stacked up almost 2 weeks worth of blog posts) to read The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. It's a treat to read something I don't need to take notes on. (HNI has a review from Moseyer.)
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