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What Are You Reading? February 2012

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Post by annis » Thu February 2nd, 2012, 4:52 pm

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Also reading Sworn Sword by James Aitcheson (sp). It's good writing with a poetic feel. The characters are well developed but there is a lot of fighting in it. It seems mostly to be battle scenes with the quieter moment fitted in to serve as breathers between the next fight scene
JA is the author who only looks about 15, isn't he? I read this a while ago and had mixed feelings about it. It's a cracking historical adventure in the Bernard Cornwell style set around the northern rebellion by the English two years after the Norman Conquest. There's recently been a slew of novels set around the Norman Conquest. A lot of them do have a tendency to slip into gore-fest mode and Sworn Sword is no exception. I would have preferred more character development, myself, and it can be done - Robert Lyndon's excellent Hawk Quest leads the way in that department. Still, Sworn Sword is at least well-written- streets ahead of something like Stuart Binns' dreadful Conquest.

Currently reading Gillian Slovo's An Honourable Man, set around the siege of Khartoum.
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Post by EC2 » Thu February 2nd, 2012, 10:44 pm

[quote=""annis""]Posted by EC


JA is the author who only looks about 15, isn't he? I read this a while ago and had mixed feelings about it. It's a cracking historical adventure in the Bernard Cornwell style set around the northern rebellion by the English two years after the Norman Conquest. There's recently been a slew of novels set around the Norman Conquest. A lot of them do have a tendency to slip into gore-fest mode and Sworn Sword is no exception. I would have preferred more character development, myself, and it can be done - Robert Lyndon's excellent Hawk Quest leads the way in that department. Still, Sworn Sword is at least well-written- streets ahead of something like Stuart Binns' dreadful Conquest.
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Yes, I think that Aitcheson is an author to watch if he stays the distance. The writing is very mature for his age. I agree re the recent slew of gore-fest novels and yes, the amount of fighting won't be for everyone. I'm reading other books at the same time and just doing a chapter a day with my lunch which probably helps to balance out the 'here we go again.' I do think he's got something though. I like the cover of the Stuart Binns novel - it's one of our Regia equestrian bunch posing on the front, but I've not tried the contents and probably's shan't. I do have Hawk Quest on my Kindle TBR though.
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Post by Berengaria » Fri February 3rd, 2012, 1:27 am

I am reading The Flight of Gemma Hardy which is a more contemporary take on Jane Eyre. The author follows the bare bones plot, and it is a delight to read her more modern interpretation of the events. I am thoroughly enjoying this read! :D
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Post by princess garnet » Sat February 4th, 2012, 10:13 pm

By the King's Design by Christine Trent

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Post by Susan » Sat February 4th, 2012, 11:24 pm

[quote=""Mythica""]I'm reading Feast for Crows. Finally took the plunge into the fourth book. They're so long, I'll probably be reading it the whole month, lol.[/quote]

I'm reading Feast for Crows also and will probably be reading it the whole month also!
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Post by EC2 » Sat February 4th, 2012, 11:37 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]I'm just about to start "Dark Matter" by Michelle Paver.[/quote]

I really enjoyed that one Madeleine. I'll be interested to know what you think. We seem to share reading tastes! :)
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Post by LoobyG » Sat February 4th, 2012, 11:38 pm

A biography for me, 'That Woman - the life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor' by Anne Sebba, a book I've had my eye on for quite a while :)

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Post by annis » Sun February 5th, 2012, 1:20 am

I think my favourite Michelle Paver is still her time-slip, A Place in the Hills.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun February 5th, 2012, 4:51 am

I have taken a detour into childhood nostalgia. Found out that Jim Kjelgaard, a favorite author from my formative years, has several book available on kindle. So I downloaded all the free ones, and am now happily perusing Swamp Cat. One of the best animal writers out there IIRC, who doesn't have to anthropomorphize his critters to make them interesting. Though most people, sadly, have never heard of him or any of the 40-plus books he penned, except maybe the Disney movie one, Big Red.

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Post by Veronica » Sun February 5th, 2012, 7:02 am

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