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What Are You Reading? January 2012

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Post by Ash » Mon January 16th, 2012, 12:16 pm

[QUOTE=lauragill;96039]The Journeyer by Gary Jennings.
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I really loved that book! A door stopper, certainly, but I never got bored with the story.

Now reading Penelope Lively's The Photograph (not HF)

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Post by LoobyG » Mon January 16th, 2012, 7:45 pm

[quote=""TiciaRoma""]I picked a library audio book to listen to in my car. March, by Geraldine Brooks. It's the story of what's happening to the father in Alcott's Little Women. Very interesting.[/quote]

I really enjoyed March, it's been some years since I read it but I remember thinking that Brooks depicted Mr March very like I imagined him to be :)

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Post by lauragill » Mon January 16th, 2012, 9:02 pm

[quote=""Ash""]
lauragill;96039 wrote:The Journeyer by Gary Jennings.
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I really loved that book! A door stopper, certainly, but I never got bored with the story.

Now reading Penelope Lively's The Photograph (not HF)
I notice how lots of reviewers complain about the sexual content, but that was pretty par for the course in 80s fiction, because The Assyrian was like that, too.

I see the same complaint nowadays, too, for any sex in a book. Hard to believe that American readers are okay with graphic violence, but not sex.

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Post by TiciaRoma » Tue January 17th, 2012, 2:16 am

[quote=""LoobyG""]I really enjoyed March, it's been some years since I read it but I remember thinking that Brooks depicted Mr March very like I imagined him to be :) [/quote]

Yes, I can fit him into Alcott's story, too. I like thinking about the characters beyond what the author tells you. I liked reading Scarlett, Mrs. DeWinter, and Rhett Butler's People, too. None were as wonderful as the original novels, but all were interesting. It's a little like comparing the same character (historical figure) and events as portrayed by different authors.

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Post by annis » Tue January 17th, 2012, 4:14 am

Posted by lauragill
I see the same complaint nowadays, too, for any sex in a book. Hard to believe that American readers are okay with graphic violence, but not sex.
Funny, I was just thinking the other day that the sex that was such an integral part of older historical adventures seems to have been banished in favour of gore-fest, which is apparently more PC these days. I hate to think what that says about the modern mindset...

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Post by Nefret » Tue January 17th, 2012, 5:06 am

The Road to Avalon by Joan Wolf
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 Brenna » Tue January 17th, 2012, 1:52 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]The Road to Avalon by Joan Wolf[/quote]

Ohhhh a goody! Enjoy!

I started Edward III by Michael Packe. A recommendation on here and so far so good!
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue January 17th, 2012, 2:35 pm

No HF at the moment, but I've just started Snowdrops by A. D. Miller; very good so far. And also in the middle of a re-read of Mists of Avalon.

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Post by fljustice » Tue January 17th, 2012, 3:27 pm

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]And also in the middle of a re-read of Mists of Avalon.[/quote]

Loved that book! Will have to reread again someday soon.
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Post by Alisha Marie Klapheke » Tue January 17th, 2012, 9:26 pm

I may have already mentioned this but I just finished Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Fantastic. Seriously. Take a chance and read it. Now I'm getting started on SKP's Lionheart. Is there an app for all of her characters and who they're related to? Ha.

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