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What Are You Reading? February 2011

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Post by Divia » Sun February 20th, 2011, 9:20 pm

The Raven's Bride. I'm enjoying it so far. I'm 80 pages into it.
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Post by Misfit » Sun February 20th, 2011, 9:42 pm

India Black by Carol Carr
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Post by SonjaMarie » Mon February 21st, 2011, 4:31 am

Another example of a good writer making a big mistake in their history:
"Within a year of this inquiry, Henry VI was dead, murdered in the Tower of London, and his son Edward IV, the pleasure loving 'sun in splendour', took the throne."

First off, the year referred to is 1460, and it means he died in 1461, Henry didn't get murdered until 1471, and Edward IV was NOT his son.

This is from "City of Sin: London and It's Vice" by Catharine Arnold. I'm rather disppointed in her shoddy history there.

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Post by Tanzanite » Mon February 21st, 2011, 4:39 am

The Raven Queen by Jules Watson

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Post by Vanessa » Mon February 21st, 2011, 9:03 am

[quote=""Ariadne""]I finished Discovery of Witches yesterday. I loved it - both erudite (the researcher in me loved spending all that time at the Bodleian) and lots of fun to read. The author writes with a gently wry humor that doesn't cross the line into sarcasm, and I picked up a lot of historical tidbits without feeling overwhelmed. Let us know what you think when you're done!

Now I'm onto Dori Jones Yang's Daughter of Xanadu, a YA set in 13th-c China.[/quote]



That's encouraging! I'm enjoying it so far. I will let you know what I think when I've read it.
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Post by annis » Mon February 21st, 2011, 9:48 am

Another Aussie author- Grant Hyde, Lords of the Pacific, first in a series of adventures set around the collision of Pacific Island and European cultures in the 18th century. Well done and with a different twist of "local" interest for me.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Mon February 21st, 2011, 2:04 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]Another example of a good writer making a big mistake in their history:
"Within a year of this inquiry, Henry VI was dead, murdered in the Tower of London, and his son Edward IV, the pleasure loving 'sun in splendour', took the throne."

First off, the year referred to is 1460, and it means he died in 1461, Henry didn't get murdered until 1471, and Edward IV was NOT his son.

This is from "City of Sin: London and It's Vice" by Catharine Arnold. I'm rather disppointed in her shoddy history there.

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Ugh! Sounds like a good one to avoid.
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Post by Ash » Mon February 21st, 2011, 2:59 pm

Just started The Hare with Amber Eyes: a family's century of art and loss, a history about one family's collection of Nutsake figures and their journey from 1900 to the present day. One of those books you think won't be interesting, but the author makes it so. Someone was asking about a history book looking at the 'gilded age'. At least in the first few chapters, this would be a good reference.

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Post by Susan » Mon February 21st, 2011, 3:28 pm

[quote=""Divia""]The Raven's Bride. I'm enjoying it so far. I'm 80 pages into it.[/quote]

I'm interested in this book, but the story of Poe and his wife is so depressing. What's the tone of the book?
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon February 21st, 2011, 3:39 pm

[quote=""Ash""]Just started The Hare with Amber Eyes: a family's century of art and loss[/quote]

Loads of good press about this book here. I've been planning to read it.

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