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What Are You Reading? June 2011.

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annis
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Post by annis » Sun June 19th, 2011, 5:43 am

Dark Anatomy was good, but was frustrated at yet again working out the answer to the central mystery very early on- sigh...

Now reading Ben's Hannibal:Enemy of Rome. Enjoying this very much- Ben has done some excellent world-building here. (I have to confess I did prefer the original Soldier of Carthage title though)

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Post by Misfit » Sun June 19th, 2011, 12:39 pm

[quote=""Ash""]Thought that wasn't coming out till Sept? (or was that the Brit edition?)[/quote]

September in the US is correct from Sourcebooks. I have the UK edition.
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Post by Berengaria » Sun June 19th, 2011, 8:07 pm

I just finished Queen By Rightby Anne Easter Smith and am now reading her The King's Grace EC's Lady of the Englisharrived just before the Canada Post lock out, thank goodness! :) I usually buy my historical novels from the UK, if they are published sooner there. I'm just too impatient to wait!! :p
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Post by Misfit » Sun June 19th, 2011, 8:11 pm

[quote=""Berengaria""]I just finished Queen By Rightby Anne Easter Smith and am now reading her The King's Grace EC's Lady of the Englisharrived just before the Canada Post lock out, thank goodness! :) I usually buy my historical novels from the UK, if they are published sooner there. I'm just too impatient to wait!! :p [/quote]

Lucky yours came in time. I've another Canadian friend at Goodreads still waiting (and dying). Same thing we were doing last year when the volcano shut down the airports and no one knew whether the books got out before that.

Finished off Anne O'Brien's Devil's Consort (Queen Defiant in the US). One more wall-paper take on Eleanor :mad:

I'm a bit distracted by the latest set of Dark Shadows DVD's from the library, but trying to start Libertine's Kiss by Judith James.
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Post by Brenna » Sun June 19th, 2011, 10:56 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]It is good, though the main character was annoying at first but I put that down to her young age, mid-teens. I didn't notice a lot of characters to keep track of, not excessively.

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It's not as if the characters are excessive, there are just a bunch of brothers, cousins, etc that are difficult to keep track of. Someone is Duke this or that. It's a little slow moving too, feels like it is going on forever.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Mon June 20th, 2011, 2:59 am

I finished last night:
"Harry Potter and History" ed. by Nancy R. Reagin (325pgs, 2011). An interesting look at how the wizarding world compares and contrasts to the Muggle world.

And today:
"The Father of Forensics: The Groundbreaking Cases of Sir Bernard Spilsbury, and the Beginnings of Modern CSI" by Colin Evans (323pgs, 2006)*. Part biography, part retelling of cases, an interesting look at the life and cases of this famous pathologist.

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Post by Vanessa » Mon June 20th, 2011, 8:50 am

[quote=""Berengaria""]I just finished Queen By Rightby Anne Easter Smith and am now reading her The King's Grace EC's Lady of the Englisharrived just before the Canada Post lock out, thank goodness! :) I usually buy my historical novels from the UK, if they are published sooner there. I'm just too impatient to wait!! :p [/quote]

A bit off-topic. I have a book to post to Canada via BookMooch. I took it to the post office today, only to be told to delay sending it due to the strike there. Does anyone know when it will end or it is ongoing until an agreement is reached?
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Post by LoobyG » Mon June 20th, 2011, 9:32 pm

Started 'The Time of Singing' by Elizabeth Chadwick :)

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Post by SonjaMarie » Tue June 21st, 2011, 2:12 am

I've finished "The Queen's Rival: In the Court of Henry VIII" by Diane Haeger (400pgs, 2011). The fictional story of Henry VIII's first major mistress, Bess Blount, who was also the mother of his first surviving son, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond. Unlike the portrayal of Bess as a major slut and a bitch in the novel "Kathryn: In the Court of Six Queens", this Bess is a sweet, country girl, who has a romantic view of life because of her reading of de Troyes "Lancelot".

She comes to court and befriends Elizabeth Bryan, Jane Poppincourt, and Gilbert Tailbois, Wolsey's ward,


Gil falls for her almost immediately, but she only has eyes for the king.

Eventually she and the king get together, duh!, and she becomes pregnant. She is then married to Gilbert, who is of course thrilled with that, and she comes to love her husband. King Henry takes their son, Fitzroy, when he's one, against Bess' wishes. She and Gil have more children, and when he dies, she remarries a much younger man and has more children, but her first born is the most precious to her and sadly he dies rather young.

Is this a good book?, yes for the most part, though it's rather on the fluffy side and not a deep thinking book. It's an easy read.

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Post by Misfit » Tue June 21st, 2011, 2:54 am

I'm in a post Chadwick slump. Books are flying :o
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