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What are you reading October 2011?

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lauragill
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Post by lauragill » Tue October 11th, 2011, 11:48 pm

Conspirata by Robert Harris.

Stepped out today to a brick and mortar bookstore and was dumbstruck by all the similar-looking Tudor HF on the shelves.

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Post by rebecca » Thu October 13th, 2011, 2:26 am

Sorry Susan :rolleyes:
my bad. It is in Storm of Swords which lay the shocker. Brenna is correct :D I must've had a senior moment :D

Bec :)

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Post by The Czar » Thu October 13th, 2011, 4:16 pm

Court of the Lion, by Eleanor Cooney and Daniel Altieri and loving it. I want more Chinese HF!
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Post by Ash » Thu October 13th, 2011, 4:32 pm

Oh, I loved that book! Can't help you that much with Chinese HF (except for things like Good Earth which you've probably read, and Wild Swans, which is historical non fiction but it reads like a novel). I am starting Under Heaven by Guy Gabriel Kay, one of his historic fantasies which is based on the story you are reading now.

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Post by Vanessa » Thu October 13th, 2011, 8:32 pm

I'm just about to start The Promise by Freda Lightfoot, a dual timeframe story set in the Lake District in 1948 and San Francisco in 1904.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

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Post by Telynor » Thu October 13th, 2011, 11:24 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]Yay! The FG is my favorite of her three books.

I finished Lionheart yesterday! YAHOO! I tried reading The Fool's Tale by Nicole Galland last night and I have to say I wall banged it, hard. I don't think I've wall banged a book since PG's The White Queen. I'm sorry, but the author took too many liberties and defamed SKP's Llewelyn the Great and you just don't do that. I will be returning it to B&N ASAP!



Now reading Barbara Erskine's Whisper in the Sand.[/quote]

oh no! you can't diss Llewelyn around here, no siree!

Trying to decide between Post Captain by O'Brien or Sense & Sensibility: an annotated edition

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Post by The Czar » Thu October 13th, 2011, 11:35 pm

[quote=""Ash""]Oh, I loved that book! Can't help you that much with Chinese HF (except for things like Good Earth which you've probably read, and Wild Swans, which is historical non fiction but it reads like a novel). I am starting Under Heaven by Guy Gabriel Kay, one of his historic fantasies which is based on the story you are reading now.[/quote]

Apparently, there are two more by the same people. I got the second one (Iron Empress, formerly Deception) but I can't find the third (shore of pearls).

I haven't read the Good Earth, I'll have to check it out. I always like Asian historical fiction (mostly James Clavell) but its harder to find.

[quote=""Telynor""]oh no! you can't diss Llewelyn around here, no siree!

Trying to decide between Post Captain by O'Brien or Sense & Sensibility: an annotated edition[/quote]

My wife got me the box set of all the Aubrey-Maturin novels for Christmas last year. I read about 10 of them in a row before I got really burned out.

My main complaint with Obrien... a lot of the books have really abrupt crappy endings. Like his publisher set a page limit and he just stopped or something.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri October 14th, 2011, 12:24 am

I'm starting a Barbara Metzger, the Primrose Path. My friend reads her for relaxation and laughs, and insisted I try one.

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Post by Ash » Fri October 14th, 2011, 4:41 am

[quote=""The Czar""]Apparently, there are two more by the same people. I got the second one (Iron Empress, formerly Deception) but I can't find the third (shore of pearls).[/quote]

I tried reading Deception, but I am just not into mysteries/detective books, even if I am interested in the time period (Caedfael an exception) But I'll be curious what you think of it.

Good Earth is a classic, tho I'll warn you, there are some eye rolling moments (its definitely a book of its time) but the writing is splendid, as is the story.

If you are looking at Asian and not just Chinese, Far Pavillions is an excellent HF about India during the Raj.

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Post by Ludmilla » Fri October 14th, 2011, 12:46 pm

Reading Kearsley's The Rose Garden. Kearsley is very good at setting the scene and creating an engaging atmosphere, but I'm finding the time travel element much harder to suspend belief for in this one. The characters accept rather too quickly what is happening to them and the plot seems patched together with one too many convenient-for-the-sake-of-the-plot coincidences. It's okay but not nearly on the same level as The Winter Sea (at least for me).
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