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What Are You Reading? January 2012

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Susan
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Post by Susan » Sat January 21st, 2012, 6:49 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]In addition to reading the 2nd Nigel Tranter Bruce book (upstairs read), I'm reading Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran. Good read![/quote]

Loved Watermark! Very different and so interesting!
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Post by annis » Sat January 21st, 2012, 7:06 pm

The God of War by Christian Cameron. The "true" story of Alexander the Great as told by astute and canny Ptolemy, the great survivor (as far as I can remember, the only one of Alexander's intimate companions and great generals who managed to die of old age). Ptolemy did in fact write a long-lost history of Alexander's campaigns said to have been notable for its objectivity and lack of hagiography, and this is no doubt the inspiration for Cameron's novel. He captures Polemy's voice perfectly - tough, shrewd, genuinely congenial and likable, but ruthlessly pragmatic and not above a spot of self-aggrandizement.

I like the tie-in to the Tyrant series as well- a nice touch.
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Post by Brenna » Sat January 21st, 2012, 9:04 pm

[quote=""Susan""]Loved Watermark! Very different and so interesting![/quote]

Apparently I loved it too because I started it last night and finished it this afternoon! It was very different and the story just flowed so well!
Brenna

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Post by Tanzanite » Sat January 21st, 2012, 10:14 pm

Recently finished At the Mercy of the Queen (Anne Barnhill about Anne Boleyn) and Fortune Made His Sword (Martha Rofheart about Henry V) and now reading a bio on Henry V by Christopher Allmand. It may be a little too scholarly for me - parts of it are pretty dry and hard to get through.

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Nefret
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Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
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Post by Nefret » Mon January 23rd, 2012, 3:46 am

The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie
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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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Comforts of Home" by Susan Hill
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
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Post by Madeleine » Mon January 23rd, 2012, 10:01 am

I've just started "Before I go to Sleep" by S J Watson.
Currently reading: "The Comforts of Home" by Susan Hill

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
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Post by Vanessa » Mon January 23rd, 2012, 9:41 pm

Having finished the wonderful and magical Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, I'm going to start The Ingenious Edgar Jones by Elizabeth Garner.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Post by Nefret » Tue January 24th, 2012, 2:51 am

Emma by Jane Austen (since I just saw one of the movies)
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 SCW » Tue January 24th, 2012, 9:32 am

Just 'skimmed' through Those In Peril by Wilbur Smith. It was a present from "santa' and I must have been very naughty last year to have been given this.
Now I am reading Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder....
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Post by princess garnet » Wed January 25th, 2012, 1:25 am

Brief Gaudy Hour by Margaret Campbell Barnes
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