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What Are You Reading? December 2011

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Ludmilla
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Post by Ludmilla » Wed December 14th, 2011, 2:02 pm

Thanks for the pronunciation tip, Leyland. That makes sense.

Re your question, SGM, I am enjoying Holland's book, but I suspect her characterization and terse prose are an acquired taste. I have generally liked the books I've read by her so far (four others, I think), but I know not everyone takes to her style.

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Post by TiciaRoma » Wed December 14th, 2011, 2:25 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]I've just started Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body by M C Beaton - more murder in the Cotswolds.[/quote]

I found this one on CD at my library last week and listened to it in my car. I love Agatha Raisin.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Lantern Men" by Elly Griffiths
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
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Post by Madeleine » Wed December 14th, 2011, 2:25 pm

Thanks for clearing that up too, Leyland. There's a Helewise in the Hawkenlye series by Alys Clare, and I've often wondered how that's pronounced - any ideas? And I'm sure I've come across Hawise somewhere too, but have just been reading the names pretty much as they're written ie Helly-wise! Not good I know.
Currently reading: "The Lantern Men" by Elly Griffiths

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Post by SGM » Wed December 14th, 2011, 5:49 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]Thanks for the pronunciation tip, Leyland. That makes sense.

Re your question, SGM, I am enjoying Holland's book, but I suspect her characterization and terse prose are an acquired taste. I have generally liked the books I've read by her so far (four others, I think), but I know not everyone takes to her style.[/quote]

I generally like 'terse' so that's not the problem.
Currently reading - Emergence of a Nation State by Alan Smith

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Leyland
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Post by Leyland » Wed December 14th, 2011, 6:32 pm

I'm 10% into a free Kindle download of Roberta Gellis' The English Heiress and enjoying it so far. It reminds me a bit of Jane Aiken Hodge's novels set in France and England.
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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Thu December 15th, 2011, 12:15 am

[quote=""TiciaRoma""]I'm reading the Lymond Chronicles on my Kindle (iPad app). I'm finding I'm making use of the dictionary function a lot and trying to polish up my French and Italian, too. Not an easy read, but lots of layers there.[/quote]

No, it's not. I paused because my mom lent me two Wilbur Smith books. The second one I'm reading now "The Seventh Scroll." I like it better so far than "The River God."
Brenna

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Ludmilla
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Post by Ludmilla » Thu December 15th, 2011, 4:29 pm

Just started Candice Millard's new one (about James Garfield): Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President.

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Back to hist fic!

Post by Gordopolis » Fri December 16th, 2011, 11:30 am

I've just about finished a biography and will then be sinking my e-fangs into SJA Turney's 'Marius' Mules' - it's been on my to read shelf for far too long! :)

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Post by annis » Fri December 16th, 2011, 7:49 pm

I've been embracing cronehood with a re-read of Terry Pratchett's Witches books. Currently reading Lords and Ladies, the one in which the rather soppy young witch Magrat unleashes her inner Boudicca (or in this case, Queen Ynci the Short-Tempered.) Love the concept of elves as baddies :)

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat December 17th, 2011, 6:04 pm

Not Hf, but I am switching between House by Tracy Kidder and the Caliph's House: a year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah. Reading for commiseration, mostly--we bought the foreclosure next door, and it is a fixer-upper's nightmare. None of the problems or expenses as difficult as dealing with workers who are convinced there is a Djinn who is the real owner of the place, (the Caliph's House) nor an architect who can't communicate with the builders.

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