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What Are You Reading? September 2011

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Post by LCW » Sat September 10th, 2011, 7:30 pm

[quote=""MLE""]Well, I'll continue on with the Doomsday Book for a while. Altho if it gets too dark, it will get jettisoned. Reading through files of modern-day slavery is plenty dark enough for me without seeking out more in fiction.

My nightstand book is Mistress of Rome. I'm hoping that will have a few more light moments, but so far they are sparse. Still, the plot keeps moving, so I keep turning the page.

I am starting to really nail down my reading preferences. I will put up with a certain amount of darkness or dullness, but not at the same time.[/quote]

I just finished this last night. I agree with with you in that this book was very dark. There was no joy to counteract the terrible things happening in the book. I didn't think the relationships between anyone was defined well. It was just about a bunch of stuff, bad stuff, that kept happening to the characters.

Like you said, the plot moved along decently so it kept me reading although in the last half I only skimmed the sections set in the future so I could get back to the past. I'll write a proper review in a day or so. Probably won't be a good one!

I'm going to start on Sunne in Splendor by SKP soon. I have plans the rest of the day so probably wont get to it until tomorrow. Mistress of Rome has been calling to me from my coffee table for a week now but I want to read and digest Sunne before the new book comes out next month.
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Post by annis » Sat September 10th, 2011, 7:49 pm

King's Gold by Michael Jecks, set in the 14th century around the deposal and imprisonment of Edward II. Plenty of action, but the constant chopping to different POVs makes it hard to engage with the characters. I haven't read any of the others in the Knights Templar mystery series, so maybe I''m missing some background development of main characters.

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Post by Misfit » Sat September 10th, 2011, 8:47 pm

About halfway through The Winter Palace. A good start, but I'm drifting off a bit. First person narration and she's away from court for a number of years being married and raising a kiddo...
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Post by EC2 » Sat September 10th, 2011, 8:55 pm

Started Karen Maitland's The Gallow's Curse but it wasn't grabbing me, even though it's very readable (set in 1210 and quite a few historical errors of the nitpick kind which only a nerd would notice :o ). I have decided it's me and I will keep it near the top of the TBR. Instead I'm reading a non HF modern crime thriller by Peter James - can't remember it's name and it's downstairs. A few months ago I wasn't getting into the Peter James, but I'm really loving it now, so obviously it's down to my mood and I'll go back to the Maitland when my head tells me it's the right time.
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Post by Misfit » Sun September 11th, 2011, 5:48 pm

The Manions of America by Rosemary Anne Sisson.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Sun September 11th, 2011, 6:10 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]The Manions of America by Rosemary Anne Sisson.[/quote]

I watched the mini of that years ago when I was a huge Pierce Brosnan fan.

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Post by Misfit » Sun September 11th, 2011, 6:32 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]I watched the mini of that years ago when I was a huge Pierce Brosnan fan.

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I can't tell if the book was written as a movie tie-in or before and then was filmed. Agnes Nixon's name is on the book cover. I watched a couple of clips on YouTube. Pierce is such a youngin' in that one. Sigh...
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun September 11th, 2011, 6:52 pm

[quote=""EC2""]Started Karen Maitland's The Gallow's Curse but it wasn't grabbing me, even though it's very readable (set in 1210 and quite a few historical errors of the nitpick kind which only a nerd would notice :o ). I have decided it's me and I will keep it near the top of the TBR. Instead I'm reading a non HF modern crime thriller by Peter James - can't remember it's name and it's downstairs. A few months ago I wasn't getting into the Peter James, but I'm really loving it now, so obviously it's down to my mood and I'll go back to the Maitland when my head tells me it's the right time.[/quote]
I was going over the books I really enjoyed last year and those that felt like chewing sawdust, and I'm with you -- half the time, it's my mood. I'm getting curmudgeonly as I age. (Is that a word? Well, it works.)

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Post by Brenna » Sun September 11th, 2011, 8:23 pm

Started SKP's Devil's Brood while I'm still reading EC's The Greatest Knight.
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Post by EC2 » Sun September 11th, 2011, 8:35 pm

[quote=""MLE""]I was going over the books I really enjoyed last year and those that felt like chewing sawdust, and I'm with you -- half the time, it's my mood. I'm getting curmudgeonly as I age. (Is that a word? Well, it works.)[/quote]

Oh yes, me too! I also used to have a lot more perseverence than I do now. I'd carry on to the end, but now the first few chapters have to hook me or else its on to the next book.
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