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What are you reading October 2011?

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Post by fljustice » Fri October 14th, 2011, 2:56 pm

Finished A Feast for Crows and think I'll take a break from this series. On to a stack of research books. For pleasure, I've got an ARC biography, Catherine the Great, Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie. I started his Nicholas and Alexandra last year and didn't finish it--not because it wasn't a good book, well-written, but because I just wasn't into that time period. Catherine has always fascinated me, so I'm looking forward to it.
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Post by Tanzanite » Sat October 15th, 2011, 10:32 pm

Finished The Lady of the Rivers and moved on to the non-fiction book by Gregory, Baldwin and Jones - The Women of the Cousins War. Gregory writes a rather lengthy introduction which I found quite interesting.

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Post by Ash » Sat October 15th, 2011, 10:52 pm

Finally getting back to Under Heaven by Guy Gavrielle Kay and am liking it very much.

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Post by george3 » Mon October 17th, 2011, 5:30 pm

Finished Robert Fabbri's 'Vespasian: Tribune of Rome' this month and I'm close to finishing 'Agent of Rome: The Siege' by Nick Brown.

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Post by annis » Mon October 17th, 2011, 5:42 pm

Just finished Stef Penney's latest book, The Invisible Ones, which isn't a historical like her earlier Tenderness of Wolves, but a contemporary mystery and a cracking one, too, set among the world of the modern Romanichal (the English gypsies).

On to the last of my Mary Renault Alexander trilogy re-reads -Funeral Games, a novel about the Wars of the Successors which followed the death of Alexander the Great. Renault is such a compelling storyteller, even if I now think her vision of Alexander is a rather romanticized one, seen through the eyes of hero worship.

Just received A S Byatt's Ragnarok in the mail - looking forward to that very much. It's the latest in the excellent Canongate Myths series which I've been reading as they come out.
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Post by Vanessa » Mon October 17th, 2011, 8:15 pm

I'm just about to start The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler.
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Post by Veronica » Tue October 18th, 2011, 12:15 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Finished The Lady of the Rivers....[/quote]

Did you like it? I am yet to read it.
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Post by Brenna » Tue October 18th, 2011, 3:48 pm

Finished Barbara Erskin'e Whispers in the Sand. Pretty good for what it was. Now what do I read???
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Post by Ash » Wed October 19th, 2011, 1:24 am

Can't remember who it was who turned me on to Guy Gavriel Kay, but I wish to thank that person many times over.. Finished Under Heaven late last night; while I had some problems with his epilogue (a little too much wrapping up loose ends in pretty bows), the writing was magnificient, and I've been thinking about the story all day. Thinking I might reread Court of the Lion, but I've just finished two pretty heavy books in the last few weeks. Think I need some lighter fare for a bit. Mmm, Terry Pratchett has a new one out.....

I do have a few more of Kays books to read, but will hold off on them for a bit. I like to let his books sink in for a while.

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Post by Tanzanite » Wed October 19th, 2011, 1:45 am

Veronica - (regarding The Lady of the Rivers);

I thought it was just OK. I actually liked the first third or so - enjoyed the story and liked Jacquetta. But once she goes to court and the trouble starts, it becomes just another account of the Wars of the Roses without bringing anything new to it. I also thought she did a pretty good job of making Margaret of Anjou likeable and sympathetic and at the point where she decides she's going to fight for her family, its understandable and makes sense.

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