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SonjaMarie
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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat May 14th, 2011, 2:12 am

I've finished two books:
"The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison" by John Emsley (398pgs, 2005)*. A good book, especially when it stuck to the the murder by poison stuff, but when it was more about the compounds it got a little boring.

"The Body of the Queen: Gender and Rule in the Courtly World, 1500 - 2000" ed. Regina Schulte (343pgs, 2006)*. A book of essays about various queens and one about Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany (?!, that really didn't make since why exactly that was included.)

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Post by princess garnet » Sat May 14th, 2011, 7:46 pm

Light on Lucrezia by Plaidy (reissue)

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Post by Elysium » Sat May 14th, 2011, 9:05 pm

I'm reading Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi. I don't usually read books by celebrities but I'm liking this.

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Post by Kasthu » Sun May 15th, 2011, 12:10 am

Nonfiction: The Perfect Summer: England 1911: Just Before the Storm, by Juliet Nicolson. Granddaughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, so there's a lot of "Vita and Harold this and that," but it's mostly good.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sun May 15th, 2011, 2:07 am

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]
"The Body of the Queen: Gender and Rule in the Courtly World, 1500 - 2000" ed. Regina Schulte (343pgs, 2006)*. A book of essays about various queens and one about Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany (?!, that really didn't make since why exactly that was included.)

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I forgot to mention that in the last essay about the portrayal of Quentin Crisp as Elizabeth I in the movie "Orlando", the writer discussed the TV movie of his biography "The Naked Civil Servant", where he was portrayed by John Hurt, except the writer kept calling John William Hurt, a different actor altogether! I consider that extremely shoddy writing!

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Post by Kasthu » Sun May 15th, 2011, 2:41 pm

Now reading Theodora, by Stella Duffy.

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Post by fljustice » Sun May 15th, 2011, 2:51 pm

Finished Goethe's Faust and Ben Kane's The Forgotten Legion and started Burning Brightly by Tracy Chevalier and Nickle and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich.
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Post by Misfit » Sun May 15th, 2011, 3:25 pm

Just finished Whispers in the Sand by Barbara Erskine. Not terrible, but not her best with a heroine you just want to strangle for having no damn common sense whatsoever.

Going to work on Cain's Daughters by Doris Shannon next. US Civil War.
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Post by JessMountifield » Sun May 15th, 2011, 4:15 pm

I'm currently reading Sense and Sensibility for about the third time. I always feel so sorry for Colonel Brandon. I'd have snapped him up in no time. Especially if he looked anything like Alan Rickman did when he acted as him for one of the films.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sun May 15th, 2011, 5:35 pm

[quote=""JessMountifield""]I'm currently reading Sense and Sensibility for about the third time. I always feel so sorry for Colonel Brandon. I'd have snapped him up in no time. Especially if he looked anything like Alan Rickman did when he acted as him for one of the films.[/quote]

Oh I hear that! Alan is very handsome as Brandon!

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