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What Are You Reading? February 2011

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Post by Misfit » Fri February 18th, 2011, 12:49 pm

[quote=""annis""]Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, a YA novel split between the present and the French Revolutionary period. Great stuff- recommended.[/quote]

Clearly I am the only one who was not bowled over by that book :confused:
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Post by EC2 » Fri February 18th, 2011, 3:08 pm

Just finished Eagle by Jack Hight, about the youth of Saladin. One for the boys and requiring suspension of disbelief if you know anything about the Middle East in the 12thC, (people riding round in plate armour with vizors?) but if you want adventure it might do the biz.

Now reading a contemporary thriller by agency stablemate Peter James - Dead Like You.
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Post by LoobyG » Fri February 18th, 2011, 4:45 pm

[quote=""Telynor""]So far it's not bad. Quite a bit of information on three Grand Duchesses who have had not that much written about them -- Marie Alexandrovna, Marie Pavlovna the Elder and Olga Constantinovna. There's a fourth, Empress Marie Feodorovna, but most of that is a rehash of what's already been written. I'm just about halfway through it, and enjoying it much more than Gelardi's last book.

Imagine getting married and pregnant at sixteen, not to mention becoming Queen of Greece on your wedding day. Oy![/quote]

Thanks for your comments Telynor, definitely one I'll be picking up! :)

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri February 18th, 2011, 7:48 pm

I've finished "The Queen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of Anjou" by Susan Higginbotham (336pgs, 2011). A very well written, engaging and fast paced book, albeit depressing at times.

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Post by annis » Fri February 18th, 2011, 8:19 pm

Posted by EC
Just finished Eagle by Jack Hight, about the youth of Saladin.
I read his novel Siege a while back- it's set around the Fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453. There aren't many novels around on the subject- surprising given that it was such a dramatic and significant event- so I was looking forward to Hight's book. Somehow, though, it just didn't do it for me, though it's an entertaining enough adventure which perhaps owes something to Mika Waltari's Dark Angel. I kept feeling it could have been so much better.

I'm keen to see what CC Humphreys does with his forthcoming novel about the Fall of Constantinople. Maybe he'll be able to put a bit more fire in the blood.

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Post by Berengaria » Fri February 18th, 2011, 8:52 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]I've finished "The Queen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of Anjou" by Susan Higginbotham (336pgs, 2011). A very well written, engaging and fast paced book, albeit depressing at times.

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Me, too! I have always felt sympathetic towards Margaret of Anjou, and am glad such a talented writer has brought her story forward. Congrats, Boswell!
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Post by boswellbaxter » Fri February 18th, 2011, 9:28 pm

[quote=""Berengaria""]Me, too! I have always felt sympathetic towards Margaret of Anjou, and am glad such a talented writer has brought her story forward. Congrats, Boswell![/quote]

Thanks, SonjaMarie and Berengaria!
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Post by javagirl » Sat February 19th, 2011, 2:18 pm

Finished Lynn Austin's Candle in the Darkness and was sorry to reach the end. It was excellent. It's a christian historical fiction taking place in Richmond Virginia during the civil war, and I thought it was very well done. Didn't feel "sappy' or "trite" to me as a fair amount of christian novels seem.

On to Anne of Green Gables for the first time.

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Post by princess garnet » Sat February 19th, 2011, 3:27 pm

[quote=""javagirl""]On to Anne of Green Gables for the first time.[/quote]
One of my favorite series!

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Post by Kasthu » Sat February 19th, 2011, 4:44 pm

Currently reading some Daphne Du Maurier--The Du Mauriers, her biography of her family.

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