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What Are You Reading? February 2012

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri February 10th, 2012, 9:08 pm

I just finished Red Adam's Lady, an ILL book from another library. Great fun read! I appreciated that Ingram wove her story out of the daily business of running a castle, and made a tight, tense tale of it, without needing to have her characters dashing about England being Involved In History (with capitals). Not that I don't enjoy that, too, but to do a gripping story on daily life and challenges requires the writer to know about them intimately, and Grace Ingram does!
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Post by Berengaria » Sun February 12th, 2012, 10:22 pm

I don't know whether to buy That Woman....Wallis Simpsonthat comes out on Tuesday, or wait for The Shadow Queen that will be published in the summer. Any suggestions? :confused:
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Post by fljustice » Mon February 13th, 2012, 11:19 pm

Finally finished my commuting book Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. A fun NF read about the behind the scenes stuff of manned space program. I guess it can be considered modern history because a lot of the material comes from the sixties and seventies.

Less than a hundred pages to go on Ahab's Wife. I think I'll read War Horse next. Need something short and easy!
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Post by rebecca » Tue February 14th, 2012, 12:30 am

[quote=""Berengaria""]I don't know whether to buy That Woman....Wallis Simpsonthat comes out on Tuesday, or wait for The Shadow Queen that will be published in the summer. Any suggestions? :confused: [/quote]

I didn't finish 'That Woman' mainly because the author is obsessed with Wallis Simpsons sexuality was she or was she not a hermaphrodite? The author discusses it ad nauseam paragraph after paragraph, chapter after chapter. Anna Sebba even makes light of Wallis's first husband abusive behaviour towards her because he may have been sexually frustrated by...yes :rolleyes: Wallis could have been a hermaphrodite.....I found nothing new in the book and I was totally bored with the book because I have heard that rumour before and didn't need to be constantly hit over the head with it.

So that is my personal opinion but it is up to you what you wish to read first :) .

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Post by Ash » Tue February 14th, 2012, 1:28 pm

Now reading Queen of America, the sequel to the novel Hummingbird's Daughter. Just as good, if not better, than the first one! Plus it helped having heard the author at his reading - I found out much more about his family, and his famous great grandmother.

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Post by Vanessa » Tue February 14th, 2012, 7:47 pm

I'm just about to start Michaelmas Tribute by Cora Harrison, the second in the Burren mysteries set in 16thC Ireland.
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Post by Amanda » Wed February 15th, 2012, 2:38 am

The Road to Jerusalem by Jan Guillou. Really enjoying it! Though I really could do with a map! Thank goodness for the internet!

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Post by annis » Wed February 15th, 2012, 2:52 am

Christie Dickason's Noble Assassin. Poetry and politics (equally dangerous) in Jacobean England, with side trips to the Continent. A cut above the average romantic novel- Dickason's use of language is just stunning. Shortlisted for the 2012 UK Romantic Novel of the Year Award in the Historical Romantic Novel category.

Based on the life of the fascinating Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford
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Post by EC2 » Wed February 15th, 2012, 10:45 am

[quote=""annis""]Christie Dickason's Noble Assassin. Poetry and politics (equally dangerous) in Jacobean England, with side trips to the Continent. A cut above the average romantic novel- Dickason's use of language is just stunning. Shortlisted for the 2012 UK Romantic Novel of the Year Award in the Historical Romantic Novel category.

Based on the life of the fascinating Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford[/quote]

She's an author I keep meaning to read - she gets consistently good reviews at Amazon. It's not my favourite period to read in, but a good enough author will carry me along.
They've changed the rules for the RNA Awards, so quite a swathe of novelists couldn't enter because there has to be a paperback of the book ready to go when the awards are announced. For e.g. I wasn't legible with Lady of the English because although out in hardcover, it's not available in paperback until late August. There were a lot of authors caught in this hardcover/paperback trap.
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Post by EC2 » Wed February 15th, 2012, 10:48 am

[quote=""MLE""]I just finished Red Adam's Lady, an ILL book from another library. Great fun read! I appreciated that Ingram wove her story out of the daily business of running a castle, and made a tight, tense tale of it, without needing to have her characters dashing about England being Involved In History (with capitals). Not that I don't enjoy that, too, but to do a gripping story on daily life and challenges requires the writer to know about them intimately, and Grace Ingram does![/quote]

Agree MLE. Red Adam's Lady is one of the novels in my Historical Fiction Hall of Fame and a favourite comfort read. It's a romance, it's a thriller, it's a whodunnit and with a lovely sense of humour. I wish it was still in print.
Les proz e les vassals
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Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

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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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