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What are you reading? May 2011

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Post by Tanzanite » Mon May 9th, 2011, 11:37 pm

[quote=""cw gortner""]
Reading a few research books for a possible new project, slowly working my way through Elizabeth I by George.

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I'm slowly making my through it as well. I wasn't too crazy about it at first - too many first person POV traps - but, it's gotten better. Still, I don't really feel compelled to pick it up most of the time.
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Post by Brenna » Tue May 10th, 2011, 12:31 pm

Slowly making my way through Sandra Gulland's Mistress of the Sun. I've been super tired before bed (which is when I read) so I only read about 4-5 pages at a time. :rolleyes:
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Post by David Ross Erickson » Tue May 10th, 2011, 1:07 pm

Currently reading George Mann's Affinity Bridge. It's a steampunk novel so it takes place in an alternate 1901 London, with airships, zombies and automatons. Light, breezy fare.

Still working on Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver but finding it tough going. At times it feels like trying to read Ulysses or something.

Recently read a biography of Edgar A. Poe, A Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance. Poe is probably the most unlikeable guy I like.

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Post by Ludmilla » Tue May 10th, 2011, 1:28 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]I've been super tired before bed (which is when I read) so I only read about 4-5 pages at a time. :rolleyes: [/quote]

I get like that sometimes. Looking at a computer all day at work gives me eye strain and when I try to read at night my eyes give out. Even when compelled to keep on reading I quickly reach a point where my eyes literally will not stay open.

I'm currently reading The Silent Land by Graham Joyce. It's reminiscent of a Twilight Zone episode. A married couple on a ski vacation are caught in an avalanche. After they dig themselves out they find their resort deserted, are unable to contact anyone, and all paths to civilization lead back to their resort. They begin to wonder if they are dead.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed May 11th, 2011, 2:21 am

I've finished "Napoleon's Hemorrhoids and Other Small Events That Changed History" by Phil Mason (244pgs, 2010). A good, interesting and quick read, though it does concentrate a lot on stuff in the UK and people I've never heard of (ie. sports and TV people that we don't know of in the US).

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Post by annis » Wed May 11th, 2011, 8:11 am

The Carthaginian, a 1963 novel by Ronald Bassett in the macho historical adventure tradition. Fast-paced, plenty of action and not too old-fashioned in style. It's the story of Diaz, a Carthaginian hostage who becomes a galley slave, leads a slave mutiny and then takes the crew of escaped slaves over the desert to join the Battle of Carthage in 149 BC.

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Post by Madeleine » Wed May 11th, 2011, 8:40 am

I've just started "Pale as the Dead" by Fiona Mountain, a modern story but with an interest in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, especially Lizzie Siddal; the PRB is one of my current obsessions so looking forward to reading this one, think it might be a dual time-frame sort of book.

Edited to say that the main character is a genealogist, and whilst researching the background of a missing girl, who was using the name Marshall, who should pop up but our old friends John and William! I almost cheered, but didn't as I was on a busy train at the time....
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Wed May 11th, 2011, 8:59 am

About a third of the way into George RR Martin's A Game of Thrones. I'd been meaning to read this series for years but, with the TV adaptation of this first book now being shown, I thought I'd read it and then watch the show.
So far, it's a decent fantasy novel (though with very little of the supernatural, at least so far) and I'm enjoying it, but I'm not sure yet if it's that much different from stuff I've read before.

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Post by annis » Wed May 11th, 2011, 9:41 am

Posted by Madeline
I've just started "Pale as the Dead" by Fiona Mountain, a modern story but with an interest in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, especially Lizzie Siddal; the PRB is one of my current obsessions so looking forward to reading this one, think it might be a dual time-frame sort of book.
I'd be interested to know what you think of it. I enjoyed Fiona Mountain's Lady of the Butterflies. I tried Elizabeth Hickey's PRB novel Wayward Muse a year so or so back, but found it rather disappointing - one of those books which has potential but lacks the vital spark.

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Post by Madeleine » Wed May 11th, 2011, 11:04 am

I'm enjoying it so far, it's easy to read.
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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