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What are you reading? April 2011

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Post by boswellbaxter » Fri April 22nd, 2011, 12:35 am

For HF, I started Stephanie Dray's Lily of the Nile yesterday. I'm enjoying it. On the NF front, I'm reading Robert Hutchinson's Young Henry, about the early days of Henry VIII.
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Post by annis » Fri April 22nd, 2011, 2:04 am

Sarah Challis, The Garden Party. I'm enjoying it a lot - Challis writes appealing, sympathetic modern family dramas, rather like Joanna Trollope in style.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri April 22nd, 2011, 2:27 am

I've finished "The Sway of the Grand Saloon: A Social History of The North Atlantic" by John Malcolm Brinnin (608pgs, 1971orig, 1986ed)*. A very interesting and readable look at the great liners of the golden age of seagoing and the sad decline. Discusses all the great ships and some others. I enjoyed it.

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Post by Amanda » Fri April 22nd, 2011, 8:36 am

I am about 200 pages into The CrimsonPetaland the White. It is quite Dickensean, and definitely shows a few aspects of the Underbelly of Victorian times.

Thought I had best read it before watching the series.

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Post by cw gortner » Fri April 22nd, 2011, 11:53 am

Recently finished Kate Quinn's Daughters of Rome, which I thoroughly enjoyed- fun, sexy, witty. Currently reading Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches and Liza Picard's Elizabeth's London (it's becoming my bible :)
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Post by EC2 » Fri April 22nd, 2011, 12:30 pm

Busy with The House of Blue Mangoes by David Davidar - same mould as Amitav Ghosh.
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.'

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri April 22nd, 2011, 5:33 pm

[quote=""cw gortner""] Liza Picard's Elizabeth's London (it's becoming my bible :) [/quote]

I'm currently reading that as one of my 12 books as well. It's very good! I also have her book on Victorian London for another time.

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Post by princess garnet » Fri April 22nd, 2011, 9:04 pm

Mary of Carisbrooke by Margaret Campbell Barnes (reissue)
1st time reading this one!

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Post by javagirl » Sat April 23rd, 2011, 3:31 am

[quote=""Berengaria""]You'll love the Bosch series! Do you remember the movie Bloodworkswith Clint Eastwood. Connelly wrote the book.[/quote]

I knew Eastwood's Blood Work movie was based on Connelly's book and have had it on my "to watch" list for a while but haven't seen it yet. I am enjoying The Black Echo so far.

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Post by Steve Anderson » Sat April 23rd, 2011, 5:50 pm

Hi all. New guy here. I just started Field Gray by Philip Kerr. If you're not familiar, his Bernie Gunther series is historical espionage/crime noir. In this one former Berlin detective Gunther has to come clean about his role in WWII, and the story switches between the 1940s and 1950s. Like it so far. It's already better than his last one and definitely my kind of read.
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