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What Are You Reading? December 2011

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G. Alvin Simons
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Vincent Van Gogh: The Life

Post by G. Alvin Simons » Tue December 6th, 2011, 11:12 pm

I believe it's one of the most fascinating biographies that I've read in a long time. My one critcism is that I wish there were more color photographs included of his incredible paintings. There are quite a number of black & white but relatively few color plates considering his enormous catalog. To me, he's all about his passionate use of colors in his art. To see the pictures without his passion is disappointing. In spite of this, it's still a great read & highly recommended.

Alvin

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Post by cw gortner » Wed December 7th, 2011, 2:10 am

[quote=""annis""]I've got this one on my "interest list" - I know Ben Kane was very taken with it. It's good to find novels with a different setting. I recently enjoyed Colin Falconer's 13th century epic Silk Road, which takes the main characters on a gruelling journey from the Holy Land over the Pamirs and through Central Asia to Xanadu.

I should say, too, that plenty of blood-and-guts action and not too much introspection is exactly what a lot of readers (generally though not exclusively male) want of historical adventures like Wilde's Hereward, so I'm probably being quite unreasonable to expect more.[/quote]

The sheer size of it is daunting. I know blood-and-guts (and little introspection) is very par of course for the genre, so I'm adjusting my expectations. We'll see. I was going to start it today but instead I got sucked into Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger, which I am really enjoying. I need a break from swords and damask right now; in the mood for Xmas creepy :)
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Post by rebecca » Thu December 8th, 2011, 2:06 am

[quote=""Vanessa""]I will be starting Game of Thrones by George R R Martin later on today.[/quote]

The first book truly grabbed my interest I just fell in love with some of the characters...But after the first book you will have to plough on a bit...but it's worth it :D and yes I am expecting you to throw one of the sequels against the wall :eek: you'll know what I'm talking about when you get there :D .

Bec :)

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Post by princess garnet » Thu December 8th, 2011, 2:26 am

The House on Durrow Street by Galen Beckett
Follow up to The Magicians and Mrs. Quent. The final novel of the trilogy The Master of Heathcrest Hall comes out next year.
Another thick novel, last one for this year! :D

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Post by TiciaRoma » Thu December 8th, 2011, 3:14 am

The Winter Sea, by Susanna Kearsley.

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Vanessa
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Preferred HF: Any
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Post by Vanessa » Thu December 8th, 2011, 9:45 am

[quote=""rebecca""]The first book truly grabbed my interest I just fell in love with some of the characters...But after the first book you will have to plough on a bit...but it's worth it :D and yes I am expecting you to throw one of the sequels against the wall :eek: you'll know what I'm talking about when you get there :D .

Bec :) [/quote]

Oh dear! I'm definitely hooked so far. The adaptation was fairly true to the books, it seems.
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Post by Misfit » Thu December 8th, 2011, 1:44 pm

Won a copy of At the Mercy of the Queen by Anne Clinard Barnhill. It's pretty flowery and descriptive so far...
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Post by boswellbaxter » Thu December 8th, 2011, 2:44 pm

I'm reading Fiona Mountain's Cavalier Queen (Henrietta Maria).
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Post by Brenna » Thu December 8th, 2011, 5:34 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]Hey! Actually I had to recount my total and it was actually 179, but can I please stay! PLEASE?!

Hmmmm maybe. You do make good recommendations, so I guess you can stay. ;)

SM[/quote]

[quote=""Vanessa""]Oh dear! I'm definitely hooked so far. The adaptation was fairly true to the books, it seems.[/quote]

Yeah, I'm with Bec, that feeling certainly wans after the first book. I ditched the series after the third one because I needed a break from all the characters, subplots, etc.

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]I'm reading Fiona Mountain's Cavalier Queen (Henrietta Maria).[/quote]

Ohhh let me know your thoughts. I have it on my list on amazon, but I noticed that they don't allow you to purchase this one from them anymore..curious.
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Post by SCW » Thu December 8th, 2011, 9:22 pm

Going through a bit of a reading drought at the moment. But can anyone recommend any historical novels that involve the persecution of witches and trials.. I've read Year of Wonders and The Crucible

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