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What Are You Reading? March 2011

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Post by fljustice » Thu March 10th, 2011, 3:56 pm

Finished Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra: A Life (for those who missed my rant about the copy editing errors, it can be found here.) Starting She Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea by Joan Druett.
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Post by Ludmilla » Thu March 10th, 2011, 4:31 pm

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=""Divia""]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~[/quote]

I like her historicals, but haven't been interested in her contemporaries. I enjoyed Fever, Chains and Forge (though I think Chains is a stronger/better work). I recognized some characters, or mentions of them, in Forge that are from Fever. It was a pleasant little bonus.

I'm almost done with The Raven Queen and have picked up an old romantic suspense spy thriller, Message from Absalom, by Anne Armstrong Thompson.

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Post by Michy » Thu March 10th, 2011, 5:12 pm

[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] I listened to an audio version of that several years ago and really enjoyed it.

[quote=""fljustice""] Starting She Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea by Joan Druett.[/quote] Isn't she a New Zealand author? I vaguely recall reading a historical fiction by her several years ago and it was, well, mediocre at best. Hopefully she does better with NF. :)

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Post by cw gortner » Thu March 10th, 2011, 7:13 pm

[quote=""Stephanie Dray""]I'm reading CW Gortner's Confessions of Catherine De Medicci. And I'm totally digging the little touches of magic realism in her visions. But then, I would... ;) [/quote]

So nice to hear, Stephanie! Thank you.
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Post by cw gortner » Thu March 10th, 2011, 7:17 pm

[quote=""Perdita""]There's a follow up? That's brilliant.[/quote]

Out May 3.

Elizabeth I is too large for me to lug on my commute so I'm also reading James McGee's Ratcatcher back and forth from work. The hero is a Bow Street runner in Regency London; it's very cool. As in, James Bond cool :)
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Post by Susan » Thu March 10th, 2011, 10:34 pm

Started Voyager by Diana Gabaldon last night.
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Post by Tanzanite » Fri March 11th, 2011, 1:07 am

Catherine of Aragon by Giles Tremlett (non-fiction).

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri March 11th, 2011, 3:39 am

Very much enjoying the Second Duchess by our own Elizabeth Loupas. Shades of Rebecca!

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Post by Telynor » Fri March 11th, 2011, 4:46 am

Lessee, so far this month it's been:

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig (3 stars)
Encyclopedia of the Exquisite by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins (NF, 4 stars)
The King's Man, the third book in her new series about Amunhotep son of Hapu, by Pauline Gedge (4 stars)
At Home by Bill Bryson -- very good and enjoying it a lot.
Queens Consort by Lisa Hilton, and getting bogged down a lot.

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Post by fljustice » Fri March 11th, 2011, 4:43 pm

[quote=""Michy""]Isn't she a New Zealand author? I vaguely recall reading a historical fiction by her several years ago and it was, well, mediocre at best. Hopefully she does better with NF. :) [/quote]

Yes, she also wrote Hen Frigates about ships where captains brought their wives. This is one I picked up years ago from the bargain bin and has sat on my TBR shelf forever. She gets one chapter to hold me!
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