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What are you reading? April 2011

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Elysium
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Post by Elysium » Fri April 15th, 2011, 8:15 pm

reading Letters From Home by Kristina McMorris

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Post by LoobyG » Fri April 15th, 2011, 8:59 pm

Started Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn this afternoon at work, and I'm absorbed in it already! :p

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Post by Margaret » Fri April 15th, 2011, 11:37 pm

It just isn't measuring up to a Du Maurier like read, or even a Victoria Holt.
Those are pretty high standards.
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Post by CrimsonPetal » Fri April 15th, 2011, 11:49 pm

Reading The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev. It's a non-fiction book about Caterina Sforza.

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Post by Misfit » Sat April 16th, 2011, 12:19 am

[quote=""Margaret""]Those are pretty high standards.[/quote]

Yep, but she can't even come up to the quality of say Susannah Kearsley in this. I've just bailed. The story in the past was as unappealing as that in the present, and don't get me started on the dialog :mad:
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Post by Ariadne » Sat April 16th, 2011, 1:25 am

I should be reading a review book, but after a week of National Library Week chaos, I don't want to have to concentrate that hard. Instead I picked up a recent purchase - Katherine Webb's The Legacy, a multi-period novel about family secrets. It felt very ethereal at the beginning, like so much was being hidden that I couldn't get a grip on the story. Now that a Western-themed plotline has started (set in early 20th-c Oklahoma), things are starting to coalesce, but it took 100 pages to get there.

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Post by annis » Sat April 16th, 2011, 3:38 am

Death in the Forest by Jeremy Potter (pub 1977), a mystery set in England 20 years after the Norman Conquest, and featuring the sons of William the Conqueror and Anglo-Saxon princess, Edith, daughter of Margaret of Wessex and King Malcolm III of Scotland (Edith married Henry I and took the name Matilda).
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Post by Vanessa » Sat April 16th, 2011, 10:05 am

I'm about to start East of the Sun by Julia Gregson, a story set mainly in India in the 1920s.
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Post by Kasthu » Sat April 16th, 2011, 4:27 pm

On a classics kick right now: Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton, which i can't believe I haven't read until now!

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat April 16th, 2011, 6:31 pm

Contemporary fiction--Cutting for Stone. Riveting so far. Might be because I have a lot of friends from both Ethiopia and India.

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