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What Are You Reading? December 2011

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Thu December 8th, 2011, 9:27 pm

[quote=""SCW""]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[/quote]

The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent should fit and is excellent. And I'm looking at The Last Witchfinder by James Morrow on my bookshelf, but I've not read it yet so can't comment on it.

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Post by george3 » Thu December 8th, 2011, 9:51 pm

I'm reading Victor Davis Hanson's 'The End of Sparta' centered around Epaminondas of Thebes.

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Post by annis » Thu December 8th, 2011, 9:55 pm

I second SPB on Heretic's Daughter. I also liked Megan Chance's Fatal Key (Salem), Erika Mailman's Witch's Trinity (Northern Germany), and keep meaning to get round to reading Mary Sharratt's Daughters of Witching Hill (England, Pendle Hill).

The Pendle Hill witches have been in the news again recently with the discovery of a 17th century "witch's cottage" during construction work.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-la ... e-16066680

Currently reading Terry Pratchett's Snuff and NF Mary Renault's The Nature of Alexander the Great, which appears to be pretty much Renault's HF Alexander trilogy, with pictures.
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Post by fljustice » Thu December 8th, 2011, 10:40 pm

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]I'm looking at The Last Witchfinder by James Morrow on my bookshelf, but I've not read it yet so can't comment on it.[/quote]

I love Morrow and thought The Last Witchfinder was brilliant; but beware Morrow is first and foremost a satirist in the Twain/Vonnegut model. He has some fantastical elements (TLW is "narrated" by Newton's book The Principia.) He does his historical homework, but his issues are very modern. I highly recommend it, but don't expect straight HF.
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Post by Nefret » Fri December 9th, 2011, 3:54 am

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran (again... I like this book a lot.)
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
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Post by fljustice » Fri December 9th, 2011, 4:15 pm

Stayed up late to finish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Very much enjoyed it. Reading a couple of research books and dithering about my next fiction read. I pulled Ahab's Wife off the TBR shelf, but haven't started it.
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Post by TiciaRoma » Sat December 10th, 2011, 3:40 am

Winter Sea.

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Post by Susan » Sun December 11th, 2011, 3:40 pm

Finally getting to Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun December 11th, 2011, 3:50 pm

I'm reading Sultana by Lisa Yarde, a book I stumbled across because it's about Granada, where several of my WIPs are set. Except she insists on spelling it Gharnatah, which irritates every time I read it. She's done a lot of homework, and the prose is decent, but the story is bogged down by detail. I'm 15% of the way in (according to my kindle) and we shall see if it improves.

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Post by Misfit » Sun December 11th, 2011, 9:55 pm

Son of a Hundred Kings by Thomas Costain. I think this is going to be a good one...
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