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What are you reading? May 2011

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Divia
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Post by Divia » Mon May 30th, 2011, 9:32 pm

countess or is it blood countess
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Preferred HF: Lately World Two or the time immediately before and after this period
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Post by SCW » Mon May 30th, 2011, 10:23 pm

A quarter of the way through Charles Dicken's The Old Curiousity Shop. Not bad but I keep on thinking of Oscar Wilde's comment's on the novel.

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Post by BrianPK » Mon May 30th, 2011, 11:19 pm

[quote=""SCW""]A quarter of the way through Charles Dicken's The Old Curiousity Shop. Not bad but I keep on thinking of Oscar Wilde's comment's on the novel.[/quote]

My curiosity got the better of me as I'm not familiar with Wilde's comment and never read the novel itself so I googled and came up with http://wutheringexpectations.blogspot.c ... -shop.html. . . "One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing"
Is that it? A little withering to say the least. It seems Edgar Allen Poe didn't like it either :eek: :D

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Post by Brenna » Mon May 30th, 2011, 11:51 pm

Just finished Priya Parmar's Exit the Actress. It was difficult to get into at first because of the writing style, but it all came together and was a very enjoyable read. After waiting almost a year, I finally get to read C.W Gortner's Confessions of Catherine de Medici and am super excited!
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Post by Misfit » Tue May 31st, 2011, 12:19 am

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Post by Divia » Tue May 31st, 2011, 1:01 am

[quote=""Misfit""]The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin[/quote]

What do you think? I found it dull as tombs.
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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 31st, 2011, 10:06 am

I'm about to start The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark. It's a dual time story set in India, one in 1947 and the other 100 years previously. I loved the author's The Book of Unholy Mischief.
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Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue May 31st, 2011, 10:41 am

I finally finished A Game of Thrones and can allow myself to start watching the TV adaptation. I still think it's pretty standard fantasy fiction and he hasn't reinvented the wheel or anything, but some of his characterisations and set pieces make it worthwhile.

Just started Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe for a book group read. Apparently, this is a classic African novel. I guess it counts as HF as it was written in the 1950s and set in the late 19th century Nigeria.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston
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Post by Madeleine » Tue May 31st, 2011, 1:45 pm

Hope you enjoy the TV series of Game of Thrones, it's just over halfway through now and I'm really enjoying it. They stick pretty closely to the books, and visually it looks absolutely amazing. Bit gruesome though!
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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Post by EC2 » Tue May 31st, 2011, 1:48 pm

Bedford Square by Anne Perry. I have quite a bit of catching up to do with Inspector Pitt. I really enjoy the novels, but have fallen way behind.
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.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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