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What Are You Reading? February 2011

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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Thu February 24th, 2011, 5:54 am

The Birth of Time- How Astronomers Measured the Age of the Universe by John Gribbin
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}

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LoobyG
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Post by LoobyG » Thu February 24th, 2011, 3:11 pm

'Mistress of Rome' by Kate Quinn.

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Post by Tanzanite » Thu February 24th, 2011, 7:12 pm

Sins of the House of Borgia by Sarah Bower.

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Kveto from Prague
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Post by Kveto from Prague » Thu February 24th, 2011, 8:31 pm

[quote=""kauldron26""]Still reading The Covenant by James Michener. God this novel is heartbreaking. Michener really was a citizen of the world. I swear as a black man who loves historical fiction, I always avoid reading about my own history (for obvious reasons) but damn I love Michener and this novel is full of truth. Sad. But truth still. Everytime I watch the news i'm always flabbergasted by people that say "the good old days" wtf good old days are they talking about??? when sexism and racism were common place and acceptable? seriously? thats the good old days??

I stumble on this board once in a while and I implore all of you to read Michener's Hawaii, The Source and The Covenant. Some authors transcend genre and entertainment and simply settle in the profound.[/quote]

We've got a Michener thread in the author section. I'm with you, the themes are epic. Just replace Hawaii with Poland for me and the Source and covenant were my favourites by him as well. I really enjoyed the Shaka Zulu portion of the covenant.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu February 24th, 2011, 9:11 pm

I've finished "The Making of Victorian Values: Decency and Dissent in Britain, 1789-1837 (404pgs, 2007)*. A fairly interesting book, though a tad boring at times, unless you're really interested in this subject I wouldn't recommend it, not exactly a light or easy read.

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Post by annis » Thu February 24th, 2011, 10:16 pm

Have just started Jules Watson's Raven Queen, a novel about the legendary Irish queen, Maeve of Connacht (just arrived yesterday). There's much closer connection than I realised with Swan Maiden, Jules' earlier book about Deirdre of the Sorrows. It's not a sequel, but the two stories are entwined. In some parts of Raven Queen Deirdre's story is running contemporaneously with Maeve's.

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Post by Brenna » Fri February 25th, 2011, 2:51 pm

Jack Whyte's Metamorphosis: The Scorcerer. I will finish this series eventually!
Brenna

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Post by Nefret » Fri February 25th, 2011, 4:44 pm

The Barbarians Speak- How The Conquered Peoples Shaped Roman Europe by Peter S. Wells
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}

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Post by Elysium » Fri February 25th, 2011, 7:39 pm

Veronika Decides To Die by Paulo Coelho

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat February 26th, 2011, 3:08 am

I've finished "Seven Ages of Paris" by Alistair Horne (455pgs, 2004)*. An interesting book, though if you don't know French or have access to a translator then this book might not be for you, cause the author throws in a lot of French phrases that make it more interesting if you know what's being said. I was very happy to have my Ipod Touch while I was reading, though if I hadn't been having to stop my reading timer to translate things I probably would've finished the book quicker.

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