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What Are You Reading? February 2012

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annis
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Post by annis » Wed February 15th, 2012, 6:16 pm

Posted by EC
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.
I must admit I was a bit surprised not to see your name on the Romantic Novel of the Year shortlist, EC- all is explained- pity.

Christie Dickason's a longtime favourite of mine, ever since I first read The Lady Tree many years ago. I enjoyed her series set in Indo-China as well.

Noble Assassin's Lucy Russell reminds me a bit of a Diana Norman heroine - she's sharp as a tack, has a similar rather endearingly tart voice and and the same frustrations with male-imposed limitations.
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Post by SGM » Wed February 15th, 2012, 8:21 pm

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


I must admit I was a bit surprised not to see your name on the Romantic Novel of the Year shortlist, EC- all is explained- pity.

Christie Dickason's a longtime favourite of mine, ever since I first read The Lady Tree many years ago. I enjoyed her series set in Indo-China as well.

Noble Assassin's Lucy Russell reminds me a bit of a Diana Norman heroine - she's sharp as a tack, has a similar rather endearingly tart voice and and the same frustrations with male-imposed limitations.[/quote]

Dickason is one of the few writers in this genre I can still tolerate and I love this period.
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Post by Nefret » Wed February 15th, 2012, 8:37 pm

Of Sugar and Snow- A History of Ice Cream Making by Jeri Quinzio
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 wendy » Thu February 16th, 2012, 1:42 pm

Edith Wharton's THE AGE OF INNOCENCE. She has a lovely turn of phrase that really suits the era.
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Post by TiciaRoma » Thu February 16th, 2012, 3:26 pm

I'm picking up with the fourth book Bernard Cromwell's Saxon Tales, Sword Song. And two non-HF, one while I exercise (Elizabeth George's latest, Believing the Lie) and one in my car (Steve Berry's, The Charlemagne Pursuit)--both good.
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Post by Ludmilla » Thu February 16th, 2012, 3:41 pm

Currently reading "Galore" by Michael Crummey, a multi-generational tale about life in a Newfoundland fishing village.

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Post by Madeleine » Thu February 16th, 2012, 3:47 pm

[quote=""EC2""]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.[/quote]

I've just been looking at the RNA shortlists and noticed that The Kashmir Shawl, which I think a few people have enjoyed, is also listed.
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Post by Brenna » Thu February 16th, 2012, 3:58 pm

[quote=""TiciaRoma""]I'm picking up with the fourth book Bernard Cromwell's Saxon Tales, Sword Song. And two non-HF, one while I exercise (Elizabeth George's latest, Believing the Lie) and one in my car (Steve Berry's, The Charlemagne Pursuit)--both good.[/quote]

I love listening to Steve Berry's books. I've heard The Jefferson Key and am currently listening to The Venetian Betrayl. Both very well done.
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Post by Nefret » Thu February 16th, 2012, 5:42 pm

Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle
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 EC2 » Thu February 16th, 2012, 6:30 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]I've just been looking at the RNA shortlists and noticed that The Kashmir Shawl, which I think a few people have enjoyed, is also listed.[/quote]

I enjoyed The Kashmir Shawl - it's absorbing both as a novel and as an armchair traveller guide!
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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