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What Are You Reading? December 2011

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Susan
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Post by Susan » Sun December 11th, 2011, 10:30 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Son of a Hundred Kings by Thomas Costain. I think this is going to be a good one...[/quote]

Who is it about?
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Post by Misfit » Sun December 11th, 2011, 10:54 pm

[quote=""Susan""]Who is it about?[/quote]

A nobody this time. There's this young boy who is sent via ship and then train from England to Canada with not much but his tickets and a note on his back that he belongs to XXXX in Balfour Canada. There's a mystery about his parents. From the jacket we see him grow up, fall in love and hopefully solve the mystery of his missing parents.
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Post by TiciaRoma » Sun December 11th, 2011, 11:57 pm

Queen Hereafter. Getting back to this one. Somehow many other books have taken precedence since I started it a month or so ago.

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Post by Susan » Mon December 12th, 2011, 12:34 am

[quote=""Misfit""]A nobody this time. There's this young boy who is sent via ship and then train from England to Canada with not much but his tickets and a note on his back that he belongs to XXXX in Balfour Canada. There's a mystery about his parents. From the jacket we see him grow up, fall in love and hopefully solve the mystery of his missing parents.[/quote]

Leave it to me to see "king" in the title and of course I think royalty. Well, Costain did write some NF on the Plantagenets. ;) I found out that the CBC did a mini-series on the novel in 1950.
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Post by Misfit » Mon December 12th, 2011, 12:44 am

[quote=""Susan""]Leave it to me to see "king" in the title and of course I think royalty. Well, Costain did write some NF on the Plantagenets. ;) I found out that the CBC did a mini-series on the novel in 1950.[/quote]

Lol! I'd love to see this on film, at least from what I've read so far. It's set in 1890, and anyone that likes smaller towns and quirky characters might be interested.
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Post by Brenna » Mon December 12th, 2011, 2:41 pm

SKP's The Dragon's Lair. One of her deQuincy mysteries. I'm about 1/2 way through and enjoying it. An easy read considering my reading list thus far this year.

I finished Wilbur Smith's The River God. It was good and it was nice to head back to Egypt. I'll probably read the second book in the series The Seven Scrolls after the SKP book.
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Post by princess garnet » Tue December 13th, 2011, 12:45 am

A Forgotten Empress by Mina Curtiss (NF)
Biography about Empress Anna of Russia, written in 1974. She isn't as well-known as her two successors Elizabeth and Catherine the Great however she made her own mark in Russian history.
There's little written about Anna in English so this should be an interesting read. I'm reading a library copy.
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Post by TiciaRoma » Tue December 13th, 2011, 2:26 am

The Game of Kings. I'll start it tonight. I've never read The Lymond Chronicles, but notice that many here list it as one of their top 10 HF favorites. I'll be spending the Christmas holidays in Scotland (as we drive from Virginia to Texas!). :)

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Post by weirdfishes4 » Tue December 13th, 2011, 5:01 am

[quote=""TiciaRoma""]Winter Sea.[/quote]

I really loved that book! I think it's my favorite Kearsley novel.

I'm currently reading Green Darkness by Anya Seton. I'm about halfway through and I'm liking it so far! I'm on an Anya Seton kick so I'm thinking about picking up Avalon next!

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Post by Leyland » Tue December 13th, 2011, 1:21 pm

I'm reading my first real Kindle book purchase - Susanna Kearsley's Every Secret Thing, which was originally published under her pseudonym Emma Cole. I'm about 35% of the way through and enjoying it every bit as much as all her other work.

I'm also still working through Kathryn in the Court of Six Queens. I believe I have evolved into the kind of reader that keeps an e-book going at the same time with a printed book.
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