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A monthly discussion on varying themes guided by our members. (Book of the Month discussions through December 2011 can be found in this section too.)
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri March 11th, 2011, 7:18 pm

can you read a Gutenberg project book on a kindle? I haven't taken the time to learn much about mine other than how to read on it.

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Ludmilla
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Post by Ludmilla » Fri March 11th, 2011, 7:41 pm

Yes, you can. Gutenberg now offers books in the Kindle format. Here are some instructions at Amazon for transferring files to your Kindle.

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Michy
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Post by Michy » Fri March 11th, 2011, 8:10 pm

I like the classics idea -- maybe we could do that a couple of times a year, since there are endless classics. I have several on my TBR......

Showing my ignorance here, but...... what's "fin de siecle literature?"

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Strings of Murder" by Oscar de Muriel
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime, dual time-frame
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Fri March 11th, 2011, 8:16 pm

I think an occasional classic is a good idea too.
Currently reading: "The Strings of Murder" by Oscar de Muriel

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Fri March 11th, 2011, 9:23 pm

How about historical thrillers?
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Margaret
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Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
Favourite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
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Post by Margaret » Sat March 12th, 2011, 1:24 am

Many great ideas here, but I would especially like to second Divia's suggestion of a YA historical. Lots of these are just as good as, if not better than, adult novels.
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Post by Ash » Sat March 12th, 2011, 2:24 am

[quote=""Michy""]Showing my ignorance here, but...... what's "fin de siecle literature?"[/quote]

End of the century, nowadays referring to the 1890s as opposed to the late 1990s

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Post by Divia » Sat March 12th, 2011, 2:49 am

[quote=""Misfit""]
YA's a great idea but I'll have to pass on that one. Now that I'm finished with mine I can talk a bit more, but after reading and reviewing 40 excerpts for Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award of which 90% were YA and first person at that I think I will pass away from old age before I go year YA again ;) :o :confused: [/quote]

Hmm interesting! Everyone thinks they can make a ton of money off of teens since Twilight and I wonder if they even know their audience.

HOw did you feel the books were?
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Post by Misfit » Sat March 12th, 2011, 3:18 am

[quote=""Divia""]Hmm interesting! Everyone thinks they can make a ton of money off of teens since Twilight and I wonder if they even know their audience.

HOw did you feel the books were?[/quote]

I thing there was a winner or two, but for the most part very mediocre - bad. No vampires either, at least in my batch. Go to the Vine forums and read the ABNA 2011 thread, especially the last of the posts. It seems everyone got tons of YA.
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Michy
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Post by Michy » Sat March 12th, 2011, 3:31 am

[quote=""Ash""]End of the century, nowadays referring to the 1890s as opposed to the late 1990s[/quote] So would that be the works of Edith Wharton, for example? I really like her writing.

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