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What Are You Reading? September 2011

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EC2
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Post by EC2 » Wed September 7th, 2011, 11:48 am

The End of Everything (non HF by Megan Abbott) for Amazon Vine.
Also have The Dressmaker by Posie Graeme Evans on the Vine TBR and have just bought Circus of Ghosts by Barbara Ewing.
I have just finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and loved it. It has a historical element to it but it's not a historical.
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Post by fljustice » Wed September 7th, 2011, 3:21 pm

[quote=""EC2""]I have just finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and loved it. It has a historical element to it but it's not a historical.[/quote]

Loved The Graveyard Book, but I have yet to read a Gaiman book I didn't!
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Post by Alisha Marie Klapheke » Wed September 7th, 2011, 4:09 pm

I'm enjoying The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz. It's the triune goddess (mother, maiden, crone) as three separate entities hanging in the Hamptons. Fun.

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Post by EC2 » Wed September 7th, 2011, 6:22 pm

[quote=""fljustice""]Loved The Graveyard Book, but I have yet to read a Gaiman book I didn't![/quote]

I am certainly going to go on and read all of his others. I love his writing. I've only read Stardust and The Graveyard Book so far, but both of those do have a historical element -particularly Stardust. I marginally preferred the film but that was because the structure was slightly better and the story arcs were carried through to more satisfying conclusions - the Captain Shakespeare element was made so much bigger and better in the film and the ending scene with the witches the same - but the book is still brilliant even so.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by annis » Wed September 7th, 2011, 8:16 pm

Posted by EC
-also have The Dressmaker by Posie Graeme Evans on the Vine TBR and have just bought Circus of Ghosts by Barbara Ewing.
I read Posie Graeme Evans' Dressmaker earlier this year. Graeme Evans pulls out all the stops in this entertaining Victorian-era family saga along Barbara Taylor Bradford/ Jennifer Donnelly lines. It positively overflows with Victorian tropes- the Poor but Pretty Waif who also doubles as the Plucky Little Battler, the Faithful Servant, the Consumptive Mother and the Bounder Husband are just a few I identified. A young girl is orphaned at 13, and ends up making her way in London as a fashionable modiste. Deserted and left pregnant by aforementioned Bounder, will she ever find love? Lots of predictable fun, best taken with a glass of wine, box of chocolates and tissue box at hand. In true Victorian fashion there's plenty of melodrama and sufficient languishing deaths guaranteed to get you sniffling luxuriously, even though you know your heartstrings are being shamelessly manipulated :)

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Post by EC2 » Wed September 7th, 2011, 9:32 pm

LOL Annis, thanks for that summary! I wouldn't make novels like that my regular diet, but now and again - like a big box of chocolates, nothing else quite hits the spot, and when one of those sorts of moments arises, I love to indulge. I will save for when I'm in just such a mood! :)
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Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
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For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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Post by Nefret » Thu September 8th, 2011, 5:08 am

Ovid's Metamorphoses
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu September 8th, 2011, 2:29 pm

Not my usual, but somebody who knows I like animal POVs gave me Dog On It, a contemporary crime novel that was downright hilarious.

Now back to Mistress of Rome.

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Post by Elysium » Thu September 8th, 2011, 5:09 pm

Lady of the English by EC. Loving it!

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Post by Nefret » Thu September 8th, 2011, 5:31 pm

[quote=""Elysium""]Lady of the English by EC. Loving it![/quote]

Lucky! I want it.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
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