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What Are You Reading? January 2012

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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed February 1st, 2012, 4:29 am

I'm still reading, despite all that's going on.

"Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories" by Simon Winchester (461pgs, 2010) (1/5) - Good book, interesting, but a little depressing about the crap we've done to it over the centuries.
"Empress of Pleasure: The Life and Adventures of Teresa Cornelys" by Judith Summers (330pgs, 2004) (1/7)* - Fascinating woman, good read.
"The Only Way to Cross" by John Maxtone-Graham (430pgs, 1972orig, 1978ed) (1/8)* - About liners from the end of the 1800s to about 1970s, good books, loads of images.
"The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled In Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime" by Judith Flanders (484pgs, 2011) (1/19)* - Fascinating look at crimes and how it was publicized and turned into entertainment.
"Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910" by Jeffrey H. Jackson (234pgs, 2010) (1/19) - Sad for the most part.
"Food In History" By Reay Tannahill (392pgs, 1973) (1/23)* - Interesting look at food, though now out of date in regards to later foods.
"Dead Secret: Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation #3" by Beverly Connor (389pgs, 2005) (1/24)* - Another good book in the series.
"His Last Duchess" by Gabrielle Kimm (390pgs, 2011) (1/24) - Good book, though not strictly historical fiction cause it was based on Robert Browning's poem, and it speculates about what might have happened to the Duchess. Interesting take on the story that's also covered by Elizabeth Loupa's "The Second Duchess".
"The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology" - Chief Consultant - Dr. Aedeen Cremin (372pgs, 2007) (1/25)* - Good book, great images.
"The Ultimate Jack the Ripper Companion" by Stewart P. Evans & Keith Skinner (767pgs, 2000) (1/26)* - Lots of communication between the authorities about the case, some of it superfluous. Skimmed a lot, but loads of interesting info.
"The Book of Strange and Curious Legal Oddities" by Nathan Belofsky (222pgs, 2010) (1/27) - Some of it interesting, some of it hard to understand, some of it boring.
"That Noble Cabinet: A History of the British Museum" by Edward Miller (369pgs, 1974) (1/29)* - Good book, interesting read, though now out of date for later years.
"Bizarre History: Strange Happenings, Stupid Misconceptions, Distorted Facts & Uncommon Facts" by Joe Rhatigan (143pgs, 2011) (1/29) - Short, good read, though some words were missing, which was odd.
"Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman" by Robert K. Massie (580pgs, 2011) (1/31)* - Great book, excellent read.

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Post by EC2 » Fri February 3rd, 2012, 9:52 am

[quote=""Madeleine""]Yes I found I speed-read the Sookie books first time round, how far did you get in the series EC? I thought she lost the plot a bit in books 5 and 6, to the point where I thought I'd missed out a book. I don't know where her editor was, especially for book 6![/quote]

Looby, Madeleine, I read them all and am now eagerly awaiting book 12 in May. Yes, I think they went off a bit mid-series. I'm just re-reading 5 and 6 at the moment and they're probably my least favourite, (I cringe every time Quinn calls her 'Babe' because it's so Janet Evanovich) but they're still great and I'm hooked.

Lunchtime read is still Sworn Sword, so I'm getting my HF in too!
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal


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