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What Are You Reading? January 2012

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Ash
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Post by Ash » Thu January 19th, 2012, 1:44 am

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]I read it (Mists of Avalon) twice in my teens and completely fell in love with it. I've held it up on a pedestal ever since and have been a little bit scared to re-read it in case it didn't match my memories. It's been (cough) just a few years since then, but we discussed King Arthur at our last HNS chapter meeting, so I put it on my Kindle and have started a re-read. So far, it's good but doesn't seem as wonderful as I remembered. But I've just so much more since then that it doesn't feel so unique. That kind of book was all completely new to me then, and now I'm seeing the similarities with other works that I didn't see before.[/quote]

I had the same reaction (tho I was in, um, college, cough, cough). It was a long while before I tried to reread it. I thought it was still good, but yeah, the magic was gone. But you are right, back then, it was so different from anything I'd ever read before. And it started me on a long road to reading everything I could about early English history and early church history. (btw, the prequel was good. The second one was horrible, just in case you hadn't read them and were curious)

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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Thu January 19th, 2012, 3:55 am

[quote=""fljustice""]Loved that book! Will have to reread again someday soon.[/quote]

Oh, now you made me want to read it again. Have you read anything else in the series?
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 Misfit » Thu January 19th, 2012, 1:43 pm

Bailed on Rosalind Laker's House by the Fjord and have reading Susanna Kearsley's Mariana instead. So far, excellent. Have a snow day again and not much to do here. Ice storm happening now, so even thoughts of playing in the snow are out.
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Post by Ludmilla » Thu January 19th, 2012, 4:58 pm

My on-the-go book is THE GREAT SEA: A Human History of the Mediterranean by David Abulafia. I'm finding it very readable. However, this is one case where if visuals are important to you I'd recommend print over eBook. The maps aren't very readable on my Kindle (maybe a bit clearer on the iPad). I've mostly been reading this on my iPhone when I get a lull at work, so not reading very quickly. (BTW -- my husband bought the iPhone for me and I've used it mostly for on-the-go reading, hardly at all for the intended purpose of talking on the phone. This is how they get you hooked, I think!)

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Post by fljustice » Thu January 19th, 2012, 8:21 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]Oh, now you made me want to read it again. Have you read anything else in the series?[/quote]

I've read the whole series and still have the hardbacks on my "show" shelf. Like many series, it gets worse as it continues. The prequel (written after MoA) is good, but the rest gradually tail off.
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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Thu January 19th, 2012, 8:34 pm

[quote=""fljustice""]I've read the whole series and still have the hardbacks on my "show" shelf. Like many series, it gets worse as it continues. The prequel (written after MoA) is good, but the rest gradually tail off.[/quote]

I have them all too. I do like the Forest House. Of the series, I've only read MoA, and the two published after it. It was a long time ago.
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"
{Ensiferum}

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TiciaRoma
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Post by TiciaRoma » Thu January 19th, 2012, 8:34 pm

[quote=""fljustice""]I've read the whole series and still have the hardbacks on my "show" shelf. Like many series, it gets worse as it continues. The prequel (written after MoA) is good, but the rest gradually tail off.[/quote]

I agree. I was excited to read MoA and ordered all the rest (we were living overseas and English language copies were hard to borrow). I didn't even finish the series as it did trail off. I almost picked MoA up as an audio book in the library the other day. I'm about ready for a re-read.

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Post by scubachick420 » Thu January 19th, 2012, 9:45 pm

"Instruments of Darkness" by Imogen Robertson

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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Thu January 19th, 2012, 10:14 pm

Just started... The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie

It's been sitting around for a while. I decided to go for this before I get into the Avalon series again.
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"
{Ensiferum}

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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Fri January 20th, 2012, 9:50 am

[quote=""scubachick420""]"Instruments of Darkness" by Imogen Robertson[/quote]

I really enjoyed this one. Literally just finished the sequel, which is OK but not as good.
Currently reading: "The Comforts of Home" by Susan Hill

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