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What Are You Reading? March 2011

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Post by Margaret » Fri March 18th, 2011, 8:33 pm

I'd like to see Sandra write more about Athenais.
Yes, she was quite a personality! There's a biography of her (NF) by Lisa Hilton: Athenais, The Life of Louis XIV's Mistress, the Real Queen of France.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri March 18th, 2011, 8:35 pm

[quote=""Margaret""]Yes, she was quite a personality! There's a biography of her (NF) by Lisa Hilton: Athenais, The Life of Louis XIV's Mistress, the Real Queen of France.[/quote]

I read that, it was good. I wish there was a historical fiction book about her (a recent one that is). She was one of the most interesting royal mistresses in my opinion.

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Post by LoobyG » Sat March 19th, 2011, 10:19 am

[quote=""Margaret""]Yes, she was quite a personality! There's a biography of her (NF) by Lisa Hilton: Athenais, The Life of Louis XIV's Mistress, the Real Queen of France.[/quote]

Thanks for that suggestion Margaret, I'll have to look it up :) I'd love some modern HF on Athenais SM, it'd be interesting to see what an author makes of her.

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Post by EC2 » Sat March 19th, 2011, 10:52 am

Reading The Brothers Boswell by Philip Baruth. It's been called a literary thriller and I guess that about covers it. Told in the present tense and set in the 18thC. James Boswell and Samuel Johnson are out for the day as pals, but Boswell's brother who has a grudge is stalking them with a pair of golden pistols in his pocket. I have no idea where this is going, but I am enjoying the journey very much. It's different.
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Post by fljustice » Sat March 19th, 2011, 2:27 pm

[quote=""Telynor""]Just finished another Benjamin January mystery by Barbara Hambly -- Graveyard Dust, and whoo, it's a good one. Murder, family secrets, poisonings and voodoo in New Orleans. Not quite sure yet what is going to be next after this one. Still slogging through Queens Consort by Lisa Hilton, some of the angles are interesting, but a few just don't feel right.[/quote]

I loved Barbara Hambly's SF/F way back when, but haven't read any of her HF. I'll have to check it out.

Just finished one ARC Eromenos a literatry HF novel about Antinous and Hadrian by Melanie McDonald (review coming soon) and started another ARC Outlaw about Robin Hood by Angus Donald.
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Post by Ash » Sat March 19th, 2011, 4:00 pm

[quote=""fljustice""]I loved Barbara Hambly's SF/F way back when, but haven't read any of her HF. I'll have to check it out..[/quote]

Oh, her Dark series was incredible. You'll need to try The Emancipator's Wife, one of my favorite HF books. She's surprisingly good in the genre, as good as her SF/F were.

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Post by SCW » Sun March 20th, 2011, 9:37 am

My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young and Folklore, Myths and Legends of Great Britain

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Post by Amanda » Sun March 20th, 2011, 10:16 am

Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung.

Chinese Cambodian refugee family settling into Australian life in the 1980s. Alice is born only a month or two after the parents arrive in Australia, so she was definitely balancing two worlds as she grew up!

Also half way through listening to an audiobook of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Henrietta died of cervical cancer in 1951. Her cancer cells we the first human tissue to be immortalised through tissue culture (HeLa cell line), and have enabled some fantastic breakthroughs in medicine. But this story covers so much more, including the ethical questions of patient consent, patents on biological material, and the impact the knowledge of the cells (which the family were not aware of for more than 20 years) had on the family.
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Post by Misfit » Sun March 20th, 2011, 1:40 pm

I'll be finishing up The Second Duchess by our own Elizabeth Loupas later today (very good) and then it's a toss up between Mary of Carisbrooke by MC Barnes or Broken Promises by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman (American Civil War).
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Post by Kasthu » Sun March 20th, 2011, 3:53 pm

Now reading The Glass Blowers, by Daphne Du Maurier.


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