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What Are You Reading? September 2011

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Susan
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Post by Susan » Sun September 25th, 2011, 10:24 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]Reading EC's The Scarlet Lion. Just over one week until the release of SKP's Lionheart. I'm getting very excited, especially since Penman's first stop on her booktour is 30 minutes from my house!![/quote]

Sharon will also be near me, at a Barnes and Noble about 15 minutes away! I guess you are going to the one at Chester County Books. I saw her there in the summer of 2009. Drove 75 miles to get there!
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Post by Brenna » Sun September 25th, 2011, 11:55 pm

[quote=""EC2""]I expect you're going to be there to get your copy of Lionheart personally signed? :D [/quote]

Actually, I mentioned this in another thread but I'm OCD about books by the same author being in the same format. As I have all of SKP's books in paperback, I will wait to buy Lionheart in paperback. However, I am taking Devil's Brood to get signed and buying Lionheart for my grandmother. So when Sharon does her booktour for Ransom, I will take the paperback version of Lionheart to get signed. :D

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Post by Ash » Mon September 26th, 2011, 1:37 am

Finished Cynthia Ozicks Heir to the Glimmering World which was quite a good novel set in NYC during the 30s. Now reading Mark Vonnegut's memoir of his fight with mental illness (he is the son of Kurt Vonnegut, one of my all time fav authors).

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Post by Veronica » Mon September 26th, 2011, 2:42 am

Trying to finish The forgotten garden - Kate Morton.
Just picke dup The kitchen boy - Robert Alexander which already seems like it will be a good read. :)
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Post by rebecca » Mon September 26th, 2011, 3:15 am

Ludmilla--"I just finished the third book, Jeremy, this morning and have really enjoyed them. Definitely want to read the others..."

I will definately think about buying them...But are they stand alone books like EC's? Or do they end in a cliff hanger? I would hate to read the third one and then have to wait and wait and wait.

I remember buying Penmarric earlier this year but for some reason I simply could not get into it...and now I can't remember why?! But I have kept the book...perhaps one day I will finish it.

Bec :)

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Post by Madeleine » Mon September 26th, 2011, 9:09 am

The Poldark books are a definite series in that they follow the family, so you have the births of children and the usual family events and scandals, so you probably do need to read them in order.

EC and Annis - thanks for the info about the Barbara Ewing books; I have The Mesmerist on mount tbr and will look out for the sequel.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon September 26th, 2011, 9:14 am

[quote=""annis""]Barbara Ewing is rather underrated but writes a great yarn. Circus of Ghosts was actually the sequel to an earlier novel called The Mesmerist. My only complaint is that she sometimes packs in everything including the kitchen sink![/quote]

I loved Ewing's The Fraud and was planning to read Circus of Ghosts soon, but if it makes sense to read The Mesmerist first, then I'll do that. Thanks for the info.

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Post by Vanessa » Mon September 26th, 2011, 9:53 am

I really enjoyed Rosetta by Barbara Ewing. I have The Mesmerist on my TBR pile, so will have to look out for Circle of Ghosts, too.
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Post by Ludmilla » Mon September 26th, 2011, 1:44 pm

[quote=""rebecca""]But are they stand alone books like EC's? Or do they end in a cliff hanger? I would hate to read the third one and then have to wait and wait and wait.
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I don't think the third book ends in what I'd call a nailbiting cliffhanger. The two main plot threads revolve around a trial and the repercussions of a falling out between members of the Poldark family. You do get resolution, or at the very least a satisfying amount of clarity, for those threads, but the author also starts developing other threads that will come into play in the following books. I have heard the fourth book ends with a cliffhanger, though, so it might be nice to have the fifth on hand before reading that one. Looks like the first seven books are contiguous in action, taking place between 1783 and 1799. Then there is a time gap and the eighth book resumes in 1810 with the twelfth book completing the series in 1820.
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Post by Madeleine » Mon September 26th, 2011, 3:02 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I really enjoyed Rosetta by Barbara Ewing. I have The Mesmerist on my TBR pile, so will have to look out for Circle of Ghosts, too.[/quote]

Just been looking at her books and "Trespass" looks quite good too.
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