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December 2010: What are you reading?

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Post by boswellbaxter » Thu December 9th, 2010, 12:14 am

[quote=""Telynor""]Which ones were the not so good ones? "Genealogical table with dialogue." That's good... You do come up with snazzy one liners.[/quote]


Christie Dickason's The King's Daughter was the whinefest--the heroine, Elizabeth of Bohemia, spends most of the first third of the novel complaining about how she's a political pawn, how she can't trust anyone at court, etc., etc. I made allowances for a while because the heroine's at a whiny age, but enough was enough--particularly when other narrators, who didn't have the excuse of youth, began to have their turn at whining as well.

The other book was Pamela Hill's Lady Kate, about Catherine Gordon, wife of Perkin Warbeck. This is a sample of the dialogue from the first few pages:
"He was a widower as you know, and needed a son. Queen Joan was long in having one after all the daughters, and James II was only six years old when he became king after his father's murder, when the queen fled with him to Edinburgh after avenging her husband's death. James II they called Fiery Face because of his great birthmark. The other prince--there were twins, when it happened to be boys at all--had died at once. No doubt Admiral Bothwell remembers that, also that his great-grandfather Hepburn of Hailes took Queen Joan prisoner at last in her own castle at Dunbar, and within a few days they carried out her coffin."
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Post by Michy » Thu December 9th, 2010, 1:41 am

[quote=""Telynor""]Get your hands on the Dorothy Dunnett companion books -- they untangle all of those quotes and people and really help to make it through that first book [/quote] Someone mentioned those over on the Dunnett thread..... I am foregoing them, at least for now, because having to read and refer to a companion book along with the novel sounds more like work than fun. :(

The other book was Pamela Hill's Lady Kate, about Catherine Gordon, wife of Perkin Warbeck. This is a sample of the dialogue from the first few pages:


That is really awful. Mind-numbing. Where was the editor?!

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Post by LoobyG » Thu December 9th, 2010, 8:00 am

About to begin a biography on 'Magda Goebbels' by Anja Klabunde.

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Post by chuck » Thu December 9th, 2010, 7:10 pm

One my favorites Bernard Cornwell's "Sharpe's Rifles"...

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Post by Elysium » Thu December 9th, 2010, 7:57 pm

A Pride of Kings by Juliet Dymoke

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Post by javagirl » Fri December 10th, 2010, 5:31 am

Finished my first James Lee Burke book "The Neon Rain". While I can see he's a great writer it just had too much dark & violent descriptions for me to really enjoy reading it. I know that stuff exists in the world, but just like I prefer to avoid it in real life, I prefer to avoid an excess of it in my "reading" life too. So, I'm not sure I'll be racing to finish more unless I read anywhere or hear from anyone who indicates that subsequent ones contain much less of that.

Anyhow, now on to "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt" since so many people here have raved about it. I'm enjoying it so far, though it sure reminds me a lot of the Secret Life of Bees.


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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat December 11th, 2010, 3:22 am

I've finished "The Servant Girl Murders - Austin, Texas 1885" by J.R. Galloway (320pgs, 2010). First off the title is a misnomer though it was what it was called back at the time. Not all the victims was Servant Girls and one victim was a man and another a little girl, and 2 were not servants.

The bulk of the book are articles about the various assaults and attacks on servant girls, mainly and the murders. The author tells you that he complied the articles from microfiche and that he didn't change the spelling mistakes and when he couldn't figure out what a word was he put a [blank], so a few articles have tons of blanks, which got a bit annoying at times.

Despite a few arrests, a few trials, there was no real resolution to the series of crimes. The last murders took place on Christmas Eve night in 1885, two women living with their husbands were found murdered. Both the husbands were eventually suspected, arrested and went to trial, but were eventually acquitted.

I found the book a somewhat interesting read, though the repetitiousness of the articles got on my nerves now and then.

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Post by cw gortner » Sat December 11th, 2010, 4:15 am

[quote=""javagirl""]Anyhow, now on to "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt" since so many people here have raved about it. I'm enjoying it so far, though it sure reminds me a lot of the Secret Life of Bees.


I think both books were acquired by the same editor, so not too surprising.

I finished Tom Bradby's The White Russian, which I really enjoyed. He writes a taut yet nuanced thriller, where not everything is wrapped up with a bow. And he evokes the aura of paranoia and impending doom in 1917 Russia very well. Though she appears only a few times in the novel, the Tsarina is haunting.

Just started Sherri Tepper's sci-fi novel The Companions. Ten pages in and hooked.
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Post by annis » Sat December 11th, 2010, 4:23 am

Audrey Niffenegger's slender graphic novel The Night Bookmobile, a wistful look at the place books hold in our memories.
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Post by Misfit » Sat December 11th, 2010, 1:24 pm

Finished Love and War by John Jakes. Bah! He must have thrown in everything including the kitchen sink and then wallowed in it. I'll not finish with book three but I am waiting for library copies to watch the mini again. Book two is very very different from what showed up on screen.

I think I'll give Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay another chance.
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