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What Are You Reading? June 2011.

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LoobyG
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Post by LoobyG » Tue June 7th, 2011, 2:46 pm

Just started 'From Splendor to Revolution - the Romanov women 1847-1928' by Julia Gelardi :)

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Post by BrianPK » Tue June 7th, 2011, 9:54 pm

As I'm well into Nigel Tranter's "Chain of Destiny" which is about James IV King of Scots, I decided it's high time to order another book and was just about to press the submit prompt on Amazon for S.Penman's "When Christ and His Saints Slept" when at the last second Alfred Duggan came into my mind and so I decided on "The Little Emperors" instead. I really enjoyed his writing style in the past and this novel set in England at the collapse of the Roman Empire looks good.

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Post by Misfit » Wed June 8th, 2011, 12:56 am

I needed a slight break from the Wars of the Roses and the Percy trilogy (let alone the small font :eek :) and started a vine book, The Ledge by Jim Davidson. About an accident on Mt. Rainier when he and a climbing partner fell into a cravasse when a snow bridge collapsed. You want to set the mood of what that might look like, go here.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed June 8th, 2011, 3:14 am

I've finished 3 books today:
"A History of the Breast" by Marilyn Yalom (281pgs, 1997)*. An interesting look at breasts through history and more modern times. Lots of images. Unfortunately the printing of the book sucked. It would go light and dark in the text and many of the images were messed up, one side would be nice and sharp, the other side would be either too dark or too white and indistinct.

"Murder on the Salsette: A George Porter Dillman & Genevieve Masefield Mystery #6" by Conrad Allen (281pgs, 2005)*. Another good book in the series. Though there are sometimes too many similarities between the books.

"The Life and Times of Richard I" by John Gillingham (221pgs, 1973).* A good overall, but no indepth, look at his life. Lots of images, mostly b/w, but some in colour. On to John!

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Post by boswellbaxter » Wed June 8th, 2011, 4:33 am

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]I've finished 3 books today:
"A History of the Breast" by Marilyn Yalom (281pgs, 1997)*. An interesting look at breasts through history and more modern times. Lots of images. Unfortunately the printing of the book sucked. It would go light and dark in the text and many of the images were messed up, one side would be nice and sharp, the other side would be either too dark or too white and indistinct.

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A pity. Sounds like the boob of a printer was in his cups at the time.

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Post by Vanessa » Wed June 8th, 2011, 8:24 am

I'm just about to start Shield of Three Lions by Pamela Kaufman, a book I've had on my TBR pile since it was first published in 1984!!! :o It's a lovely, big hardback.
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Post by LoobyG » Wed June 8th, 2011, 6:02 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I'm just about to start Shield of Three Lions by Pamela Kaufman, a book I've had on my TBR pile since it was first published in 1984!!! :o It's a lovely, big hardback.[/quote]

That's on my TBR pile too Vanessa, along with another one of Kaufman's that I can't remember the title of...it's been on my pile for a long time too! :o Do post how you get on. Am taking a break from 'From Splendor to Revolution' by Julia Gelardi, I don't know whether it's my low mood or Gelardi's writing - perhaps a mixture of both, but I'm finding it quite hard going. So, I'm going to try 'The Morning Gift' by Diana Norman :)

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Post by Berengaria » Wed June 8th, 2011, 7:21 pm

I've just finished Garden of Beastsabout Ambassador Dodd and his family's experiences in Nazi Germany between 1933 and 38. Very riveting tale that has been well researched!
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Post by SCW » Thu June 9th, 2011, 7:27 am

Just finished The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy (WW2 novel set in Guernsey).
I've now started Regeneration by Pat Baker
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Shield of Lions by Pamela Kaufman

Post by Vanessa » Thu June 9th, 2011, 8:25 am

[quote=""LoobyG""]That's on my TBR pile too Vanessa, along with another one of Kaufman's that I can't remember the title of...it's been on my pile for a long time too! :o Do post how you get on.[/quote]

I'm not sure what to make of it so far. One minute it's quite serious and then the next it's funny. I'm enjoying it, though - I think it's a bit of a romp with a Shakespearean undertone! Forthsooth! :D
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