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What Are You Reading? March 2011

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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Wed March 9th, 2011, 4:48 am

How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
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"
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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed March 9th, 2011, 7:11 pm

I've finished "City of Sin: London and Its Vices" by Catharine Arnold (2010, 333pgs)*.

This book had the all the hallmarks of being a good one, I had read her book "Necropolis: London and Its Dead" a few years ago and was looking forward to reading this one. And while the book is very interesting her history, when it comes to at least some of the royal history she mentions, is highly lacking, which could also mean other things she writes can be suspect as well.

I caught these errors:
Pg 44: Says Edward IV was Henry VI's son, and that Henry died in 1460. Edward wasn't Henry's son, and in fact had usurped his throne, twice, and Henry was murdered in 1471.
Pg 97: Writes that Charles II and Nell Gwynne had one son and that she died when she was 50. They had 2 sons and she died at 37.
Pg 226: Refers to Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence as Queen Victoria's son, when he was the oldest son of Victoria's son, the future Edward VII.

What a bummer!

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Post by Elysium » Wed March 9th, 2011, 8:26 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]I have read that one. Somewhat fanciful as I recall ;) [/quote]
fanciful is one way to call it :p It's just really bad and I'm glad it's almost over.

I think the whole purpose of the book is to get Maud and Stephen to bed together, or at least wanting to. I've made lot of skipping...

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Post by Misfit » Wed March 9th, 2011, 8:53 pm

[quote=""Elysium""]fanciful is one way to call it :p It's just really bad and I'm glad it's almost over.

I think the whole purpose of the book is to get Maud and Stephen to bed together, or at least wanting to. I've made lot of skipping...[/quote]

Funny, but I have heard somewhere that it was Jean Plaidy who first raised the Maude/Stephen angle. Couldn't tell you for sure though.

I'm reading Blood and Sable by Carol Kane. A 1980's book I found at the FOL sale shelf. Imagine taking the Carringtons out of Denver and putting them in 1910 Russia. Big ole' soap opera with lots of fancy clothes, furs, jewels and sleazy doings ;)
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Post by Gretchen Craig » Thu March 10th, 2011, 12:36 am

I'm reading Fever 1793, a YA novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. It's set in Philadelphia, and the fever is yellow fever. So far, very good.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Thu March 10th, 2011, 1:27 am

[quote=""Gretchen Craig""]I'm reading Fever 1793, a YA novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. It's set in Philadelphia, and the fever is yellow fever. So far, very good.[/quote]

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Post by annis » Thu March 10th, 2011, 2:57 am

Posted by Misfit
Funny, but I have heard somewhere that it was Jean Plaidy who first raised the Maude/Stephen angle. Couldn't tell you for sure though.
Passionate Enemies, Jean Plaidy's take on the Stephen and Matilda as lovers theory, was published 1976. Gack! as Ash would say :) Fatal Crown came out in the early '90s.
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Post by Divia » Thu March 10th, 2011, 3:04 am

[quote=""Gretchen Craig""]I'm reading Fever 1793, a YA novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. It's set in Philadelphia, and the fever is yellow fever. So far, very good.[/quote]

Welcome aboard. :)

I havent read that one. I know of it though, we have it in the library.

I also found out that her latest novel Forge ...she asked one of my professors for assistance due to his expertise in early American history. I thought..way cool~
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Post by Nefret » Thu March 10th, 2011, 5:32 am

Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman
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"
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Post by Kasthu » Thu March 10th, 2011, 3:35 pm

Death of a Red Heroine, by Qiu Xiaolong.

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