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What Are You Reading? February 2012

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Long Call" by Ann Cleeves
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime, dual time-frame
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Post by Madeleine » Sun February 5th, 2012, 12:18 pm

[quote=""EC2""]I really enjoyed that one Madeleine. I'll be interested to know what you think. We seem to share reading tastes! :) [/quote]

I'm enjoying Dark Matter so far, it's certainly appropriate during the cold snap! I've just enjoyed the bit where one of the dogs keeps getting his head stuck in a tin, and Jack has to rescue him.
Currently reading: "The Long Call" by Ann Cleeves

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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.
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Post by Vanessa » Sun February 5th, 2012, 1:04 pm

One of my dogs did that with a paint pot and a cardboard box. Of course, with the paint pot, his head came out a very pretty shade of duck egg blue!!!!!!!
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Post by fljustice » Sun February 5th, 2012, 3:40 pm

Still slogging through Ahab's Wife. Beautiful writing, but slooooow story. I've been in furious rewrite mode for several weeks and haven't been reading much (outside of research)...just an hour or so before bed, so a 650-page doorstop is taking forever. :(
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Atlas Shrugged

Post by Leonardo Noto » Sun February 5th, 2012, 7:58 pm

Well, it wasn't historical fiction when it was written, but it certainly is historical now. I'm reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and I'm lovin' it. Reading her descriptive writing is like watching a masterpiece being painted.

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Post by Brenna » Sun February 5th, 2012, 8:20 pm

Hoping to finish up Margaret Campbell Barne's Within the Hollow Crown. I'm hoping to finish it today so I can start Susanna Kearsely's The Rose Garden which I've been looking forward to for a long time!
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Post by Misfit » Sun February 5th, 2012, 9:47 pm

[quote=""fljustice""]Still slogging through Ahab's Wife. Beautiful writing, but slooooow story. I've been in furious rewrite mode for several weeks and haven't been reading much (outside of research)...just an hour or so before bed, so a 650-page doorstop is taking forever. :( [/quote]

That was so dull I couldn't even handle it as a treadmill read, and that is typically where I read my slower books.
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Post by Ash » Mon February 6th, 2012, 12:49 am

I liked it at the time, but felt it needed to be edited. I also really questioned the main character making the choice she did given her upbringing, and that time and place. Would never have happened, at least not willingly.

Now reading City of Thieves for a book group. Liking it quite a bit - an interesting twist to the usual description of the horror that was Leningrad in 1941.

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Post by annis » Mon February 6th, 2012, 7:16 am

I loved City of Thieves - the main characters are so engaging. Being a librarian I was particularly horrified by the idea of stripping library books for the glue (made in those days from horse offal) and eating it. City of Thieves really captures the flavour of mordant Russian humour in the face of terrible conditions.

Currently reading Andrew Miller's Pure- set in 18th century Paris pre-Revolution, and winner of the hotly contested 2011 Costa Award. The writing is delectable.

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Post by Brenna » Mon February 6th, 2012, 2:25 pm

I finally finished Withing the Hollow Crown last night and stayed up wayyyyy to late to start Susanna Kearsely's The Rose Garden. *sighs with contentment*
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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Wed February 8th, 2012, 12:13 pm

Finished Dark Matter last night and loved it, very creepy.

Just about to start "A Clash of Kings" by George R R Martin.
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