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CW1Reader2011's Reading List

Keep track of your reading for 2011 here! One thread per member, please.
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CW1Reader2011's Reading List

Post by CW1Reader2011 » Mon February 14th, 2011, 5:24 pm

Here's what I've been reading, so far, in 2011.
Jan 2011

"The Source" by James A. Michener. :) :)
"Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" By Susanna Clarke :)

Feb 2011
"Niccolo Rising" by D. Dunnett ( still reading ). :) :)

To be continued!!

I finished "Niccolo Rising", then went on to "The Game of Kings" ( The Lymond Chronicles ).
They were both terrific and I will be getting the next 2 books in the "Niccolo" series, tomorrow from the O.C. Library.

Went to the local Foodtown, where they have a "book swap", and picked up "The Forest" by Rutherfurd and "When Christ & His Saints Slept" by S. K. Penman. Then we went to our local Borders Store ( which is closing, soon). and bought "Time & Chance" and E. Pargeter's "Brothers of Gwynedd". I'm a "BOOK-Freak". I wont finish all I have on my TBR pile until 3000 A.D.

(Just like the rest of u, I take it.)
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Post by EC2 » Mon February 14th, 2011, 5:51 pm

Ye Gods CW, are you on a chunkster challenge?!! :eek: :D

In the long ago I read and finished the Michener and the Dunnett. Gave up on Strange and Norrel.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal


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Post by CW1Reader2011 » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 4:21 am

[quote=""EC2""]Ye Gods CW, are you on a chunkster challenge?!! :eek: :D

In the long ago I read and finished the Michener and the Dunnett. Gave up on Strange and Norrel.[/quote]

I also have "Devil's Brood", which I read a year or so ago, I now have the complete set and will re-read them in order. It was that book that led me to your powerful book "The Greatest Knight". :o :o You have a way with making those people of the 12th Century alive in our minds. Eleanor, Henry II, Henry (the young king ), Richard , John and William Marshall literally leap off the pages.

Thanks for keeping the 12th century, alive !!

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Post by CW1Reader2011 » Mon February 28th, 2011, 3:19 am

It's Sunday night, Feb 27th. I'm 2/3 of the way through the 2nd Niccolo book.
It will be finished tomorrow. I guarantee it!!

Then, it will be "The Race of Scorpions" (book 3), to start March 2011.

When Ms Dunnett wrote her mystery books did she write under a pseudonym?
I can't find anything under D. Dunnett in mysteries. Are they published in the U.S.??
thx for ur help, in advance.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon February 28th, 2011, 3:36 am

This from Wikipedia:
This series of mystery novels was written over a long period, starting when she was writing the Lymond Chronicles, with the final book published prior to the first House of Niccolò book. In the Johnson Johnson series, the date of publication is not the same as the order in the series. Each book is set in the time it is written, and some series plotlines were not resolved. Dunnett left a very brief outline sketch of an 8th Johnson novel with her papers.
The Dolly of the titles refers to Johnson Johnson's yacht.
  1. Dolly & the Bird of Paradise (later retitled Tropical Issue) (1983)
  2. Dolly & the Singing Bird (later retitled Rum Affair) (aka The Photogenic Soprano) (1968)
  3. Dolly & the Cookie Bird (later retitled Ibiza Surprise) (aka Murder in the Round) (1970)
  4. Dolly & the Doctor Bird (later retitled Operation Nassau) (aka Match for a Murderer) (1971)
  5. Dolly & the Starry Bird (later retitled Roman Nights) (aka Murder in Focus) (1973)
  6. Dolly & the Nanny Bird (later retitled Split Code) (1976)
  7. Moroccan Traffic (published in the US as Send a Fax to the Kasbah) (1991)
You might try looking under their alternate titles, of which there seem to be a few.

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Re Dunnett Mysteries

Post by CW1Reader2011 » Tue March 1st, 2011, 12:00 am


I thought she had a few mysteries, but couldn't find them on Amazon.
Just saw the "Lymond Chronicles" & "House of Niccolo" Series.
Thought she wrote them under pseudonym "Who" Dunnett[/I :D :D :D :D.

I just finished the second of the Niccolo books.

She has me Hook, Line & Sinker.

I start the third book, tomorrow.


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March Reading ( Continued)

Post by CW1Reader2011 » Thu March 10th, 2011, 5:58 pm

Dear friends,
It is March 10th and I finished the 3rd book of "The House of Niccolo" series by Dorothy Dunnett. It was a little slow going, getting into this one. However , by perservering, I stayed the course and saw Niccolo through the many adversities and triumphs of his stay on Cyprus & Rhodes. Many characters and plot-lines keep the reader interested and going on. The local Library is holding the next 2 books in this series and I'll get them tomorrow.

I was going to go back to the "Lymond" series, but will finish this series,first.
Someone said on a thread or review on Amazon that it would be better to read this one first as it would be a help in understanding Lymond's travails, and histories of Europe at that time.
BTY, Was Francis Crawford ( Lymond ) a descendant of Simon de St. Pol ( or Niccolo)?? Ms Dunnett is a crafty writer. It could have been an interesting
convolution of consequences, if it were.

Talk to u all, soon!

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Post by CW1Reader2011 » Fri March 11th, 2011, 4:26 pm

Just got back from the Library with the next two books of "The House of Niccolo" series. I now have 1100 pages of reading left in March before I return books on Apr. 1st. ( and that's no April fools' joke !! ) :) . Three more to go, after those. Then it's back to Lymond.

Oh well!!
In between i'll do my taxes!! :( :(

I'll be back!

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Post by CW1Reader2011 » Sat March 19th, 2011, 7:10 pm

Hi again!
It's March 19th and I finished "Scales of Gold" ( the 4th book ), an hour ago.
My wife & I are going out tonight. I guess I'll start reading the 5th book "The Unicorn Hunt", tomorrow or Monday.
As usual, Ms Dunnett led Nicholas on a mighty chase through a new setting, the African wilderness. "The plot is thickening".
Talk to u soon.

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Post by Misfit » Sat March 19th, 2011, 8:10 pm

I haven't read the Nicollo books, but I enjoyed the Lymond ones very much.
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