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What Are You Reading? November 2011

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LoobyG
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Location: Derbyshire, UK

Postby LoobyG » Wed November 30th, 2011, 12:08 pm

Just finished 'Lion Dormant' by Carol Wensby Scott, second in the Percy trilogy - and wow, what a book. I can't believe how related all the families were, it must have been really awful to be a noblewoman with kinfolk all embroiled in such conflict. Straight on to the last book in the series 'Lion Invincible' :)

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Wed November 30th, 2011, 5:37 pm

"LoobyG" wrote:Just finished 'Lion Dormant' by Carol Wensby Scott, second in the Percy trilogy - and wow, what a book. I can't believe how related all the families were, it must have been really awful to be a noblewoman with kinfolk all embroiled in such conflict. Straight on to the last book in the series 'Lion Invincible' :)


Those are some seriously convoluted family relationships. Fascinating stuff though.
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LoobyG
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Location: Derbyshire, UK

Postby LoobyG » Wed November 30th, 2011, 9:40 pm

"Misfit" wrote:Those are some seriously convoluted family relationships. Fascinating stuff though.


Definitely. It makes me wonder what it would be like to have the Percy/Neville families on an episode of Jeremy Kyle/Jerry Springer hehehe :D

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Wed November 30th, 2011, 11:03 pm

"LoobyG" wrote:Definitely. It makes me wonder what it would be like to have the Percy/Neville families on an episode of Jeremy Kyle/Jerry Springer hehehe :D


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SonjaMarie
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Postby SonjaMarie » Thu December 1st, 2011, 3:10 am

There are the rest of the books I've read this month:
"Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy" by Diana Preston (456pgs, 2002) (11/16)* - Very readable book about this tragic event.
"Mad Madge: The Extraordinary Life of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, The First Woman to Live By Her Pen" by Katie Whitaker (378, 2002) (11/17)* - Very interesting woman and not at all "mad" by our standards.
"The Treasure Houses of Britain: Five Hundred Years of Private Patronage and Art Collecting" ed. by Gervase Jackson-Stops (654pgs, 1985) (11/18)* - Great images, but too much extraneous info about things only slightly connected to the item, and too much text in foreign languages that weren't translated.
"Demons Are Forever: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom #3" by Julie Kenner (292pgs, 2008) (11/19) - The series is getting better as it goes.
"Feast: A History of Grand Eating" by Roy Strong (316pgs, 2002) (11/20)* - Fascinating book about feasting.
"Thames the Biography" by Peter Ackroyd (479pgs, 2009) (11/21)* - A good book, though his writing was a little annoying when he would use "and" between a bunch of names like "London and York and etc" and this was a constant thing, I just stopped saying the "and" until the last two names.
"Ghosthunting New York City" by L'Aura Hladik (225pgs, 2010) (11/25) - Good quick read.
"London's Cemeteries" by Darren Beach (241pgs, 2011) (11/25) - Ditto, wished there had been more images.
"Blood and Roses: One Family's Struggle and Triumph During the Tumultuous Wars of the Roses" by Helen Castor (392pgs, 2006) (11/26) - A book about the family Paston and their very famous letters.

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Misfit
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Postby Misfit » Thu December 1st, 2011, 3:28 am

Holy c***. It's month end reading wrap up! Where did the time go?

PS, reading Summer of the Barshinskeys by Diane Pearson and enjoying a lot so far. Lovely writing.
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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola & Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager(Pigeonhole)
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
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Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Thu December 1st, 2011, 11:16 am

I'm just about to start A Class Apart by Susan Lewis, a bit of light and frothy reading.
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EC2
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Postby EC2 » Thu December 1st, 2011, 12:10 pm

Just finished The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey - absolutely loved it. A big wintry 5 stars. Based on the Russian fairytale about a couple who make a child out of snow, but this story is set in 1920's Alaska and it hovers on the brink between fairy tale and realism. Perfect for this time of year.
Now deciding what to read next.
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Ludmilla
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Location: Georgia USA

Postby Ludmilla » Thu December 1st, 2011, 2:26 pm

EC, that sounds wonderful. I've read that fairy tale. What a great idea for a retold fairy tale, esp this time of year. Going on the wish list. :)

The kids and I are reading Thurber's 13 Clocks at bedtime this week. Reminds me all over again what a truly gifted writer Thurber was. I think it's one of the best books ever written for reading out loud.

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Postby marklord » Tue June 3rd, 2014, 11:02 am

Just started reading Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis - pleasantly surprised, I thought it was going to be a bit trashy - but then maybe I'm a sucker for occult Nazis and magic?
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