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What are you reading? May 2011

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ejays17
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Post by ejays17 » Sat May 21st, 2011, 6:14 am

Currently re-reading A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin, as I'm determined to re-read them all before the next one comes out mid-July.

But I've been distracted by the Hugo nominees (SLOC & I are attending teh Worldcon in August & want to vote for the awards), as the first I picked to read was Connie Willis's Blackout, which mostly takes place in WW2 Blitz London. And it turns out that there was too much story for one book, so it was split, and SLOC bought me the sequel (All-Clear) which has jumped to the top of the pile.
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Post by annis » Sat May 21st, 2011, 9:27 am

Killed at the Whim of a Hat, by Colin Cotterill, set like his Dr Siri series in Asia- this time in modern Thailand. Cotterill is on my must-read list of mystery writers. An irrepressible dry sense of humour and vividly realised characters make his novels a absolute delight.

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Post by EC2 » Sat May 21st, 2011, 10:57 am

Reading Seaflower by Julian Stockwin at the moment and enjoying.
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 Madeleine » Sat May 21st, 2011, 11:32 am

[quote=""Brenna""]I don't know, did they come out with a 25th edition in the U.S? It doesn't seem to say anything about an anniversary edition, in which case I am bummed because you have something extra!! :D [/quote]

Ah perhaps the special edition is UK only. Sorry! :o
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Post by Kasthu » Sat May 21st, 2011, 2:18 pm

Reading Troy Chimneys, by Margaret Kennedy.

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Post by Steve Anderson » Sat May 21st, 2011, 8:19 pm

Cooking With Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson. A comically pompous expat in Tuscany and his expat neighbor get mixed up in various hijinks. It's funny and awkward and hard to pull off as a writer, with dueling first persons. It's not historical fiction, but some of you might enjoy it, I think.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat May 21st, 2011, 8:25 pm

Cutting for Stone. Not HF, but good so far. Also still plowing through Green Darkness, which did imporve once we left the 20th century, but not up to Seton's usual quality.

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Post by LoobyG » Sat May 21st, 2011, 8:25 pm

Feeling a bit out of sorts after being hooked on Tony Faber's 'Faberge Eggs' book, having a bit of light reading with Sophie Kinsella's 'Mini Shopaholic' :)

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Post by Ash » Sun May 22nd, 2011, 12:29 am

Picked up a book I'd never heard of before The Visit of the Royal Physician by Olov Enquist, about the mad king of Denmark, his English wife, and the kings physician. So far Im finding it very interesting - the writing reminds me a lot of Vonnegut, with those telegraphic phrases that are filled with irony and foreboding. The author apparently is a famous Swedish writer, this book was translated.
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Post by Susan » Sun May 22nd, 2011, 12:40 am

[quote=""Ash""]Picked up a book I'd never heard of before The Visit of the Royal Physician by Olov Enquist, about the mad king of Denmark, his English wife, and the kings physician. So far Im finding it very interesting - the writing reminds me a lot of Vonnegut, with those telegraphic phrases that are filled with irony and foreboding. The author apparently is a famous Swedish writer, this book was translated.[/quote]

I've read that one...story of King Christian VII of Denmark, his wife Caroline Matilda of Great Britain (sister of King George III) and Johann Friedrich Struensee, the king's physician. Very interesting...and that's all I'm going to say now!
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