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What are you reading? May 2011

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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 » Tue May 17th, 2011, 9:11 am

[quote=""BrianPK""]I've watched a few of the old black and white Agatha Christie films on Sky recently and really enjoyed them. Wonderful old British actors on show, especially the marvellous Margaret Rutherford.
I haven't read Christie in years though.[/quote]

I think Murder Most Foul starring Margaret Rutherford is loosely -very loosely! - based on Mrs McGinty's Dead. I say very loosely as it's actually a Hercule Poirot mystery rather than a Miss Marple. However, I do enjoy the ones with Margaret Rutherford - I think she was great. :)
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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Tue May 17th, 2011, 12:25 pm

I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning to finish Susanna Kearsley's The Winter Sea. Awesome book!
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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed May 18th, 2011, 3:18 am

I've finished "Tutankhamun: The Last Secret" by Christian Jacq (342pgs, 2008)*. An interesting story, but I'm not sure I cared for the ending, it seemed a little lacking.

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Post by Brenna » Wed May 18th, 2011, 1:18 pm

After reading and loving The Winter Sea,I decided to continue with the theme and read Barbara Erskine's Lady of Hay. I only got about 2 chapters in last night, but so far, so good.
Brenna

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Moor" by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Wed May 18th, 2011, 3:00 pm

I read "Lady of Hay" years ago, and only yesterday bought the new 25th anniversary edition, which has a whole extra section specially added - it's a massive book! Is that the edition you've got?
Currently reading: "The Moor" by L J Ross

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Wed May 18th, 2011, 3:17 pm

Still reading "A Game of Thrones" and will be for quite a while more; it's looong.
I also see it's the book most LibraryThing members are currently reading - not surprising, I guess, given the current TV adaptation.

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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.
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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) » Wed May 18th, 2011, 6:07 pm

I'm chewing through Anya Seton's Green Darkness, which is proof that the same writer can produce brilliant works like Katherine and follow them with unadulterated tripe. The storyline lost me in the weird-Freudian muddle of the 60s. But finish it I must--my renaissance guild has just discovered it deals with the Browne family and Viscount Montagu, whose household we play.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed May 18th, 2011, 6:53 pm

[quote=""MLE""]I'm chewing through Anya Seton's Green Darkness, which is proof that the same writer can produce brilliant works like Katherine and follow them with unadulterated tripe. The storyline lost me in the weird-Freudian muddle of the 60s. But finish it I must--my renaissance guild has just discovered it deals with the Browne family and Viscount Montagu, whose household we play.[/quote]

Glad I'm not the only one who really didn't like "Green Darkness", it was a yawn fest, I skimmed a lot.

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Post by Misfit » Wed May 18th, 2011, 7:42 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]Glad I'm not the only one who really didn't like "Green Darkness", it was a yawn fest, I skimmed a lot.

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I don't recall being terribly fond of the present story. Especially being so 70's dated.
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Post by Michy » Wed May 18th, 2011, 10:07 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]Glad I'm not the only one who really didn't like "Green Darkness", it was a yawn fest, I skimmed a lot.

SM[/quote] Same here. :) People generally cite it as one of their Seton favorites, but it was actually one of my least favorites of her books. Besides the Freudian stuff that MLE mentions, there were a couple of plot elements that really turned me off. To me it showed that her writing got coarser in her later years.
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