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What Are You Reading? March 2012

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Post by bevgray » Tue March 6th, 2012, 12:16 pm

Having wound up my re-reading of Elswyth Thane, I'm starting on the Nevil Shute and James Hilton books I've never read that are now available on the Kindle. I've just started a wonderful World War II suspense story by Shute (for those who enjoyed his TOWN LIKE ALICE, you might want to give it a try. The book is MOST SECRET. I've just started and the characters so far are his usual vivid people. Here is the product description.

Aboard a fishing boat named “Genevieve,” a small group of British officers and French fishermen—armed only with a flame thrower and small arms—plan a secret commando mission against the might of the German army after the fall of France in World War II. Each man has experienced a terrible loss of one kind or another, and each is fully prepared to face the risks of their desperate gesture of defiance. Most Secret is classic Shute: a thrilling tale of sacrifice and courage and the heroism of ordinary men that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
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Post by Ludmilla » Tue March 6th, 2012, 2:48 pm

Just started the new Sebastian St Cyr mystery by CS Harris, When Maidens Mourn, a Regency murder mystery involving Tennyson and Arthurian legend.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue March 6th, 2012, 4:43 pm

I gave up on Gentian Hill. The prose and descriptions were poetic, but I got tired of wading through them hunting for the plot.
About to start the Rose Garden, by Kearsley.

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Post by Madeleine » Tue March 6th, 2012, 5:09 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]Just started the new Sebastian St Cyr mystery by CS Harris, When Maidens Mourn, a Regency murder mystery involving Tennyson and Arthurian legend.[/quote]

This sounds a goodie - noticed that Harriet has a review on Amazon ;) ....but I still added it to my wishlist.
Currently reading: "The Lantern Men" by Elly Griffiths

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Post by Misfit » Tue March 6th, 2012, 5:57 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]This sounds a goodie - noticed that Harriet has a review on Amazon ;) ....but I still added it to my wishlist.[/quote]

Harriet treats all books the same, whether good, bad of meh they all get four and give stars ;)
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Post by emr » Tue March 6th, 2012, 7:10 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]Just started the new Sebastian St Cyr mystery by CS Harris, When Maidens Mourn, a Regency murder mystery involving Tennyson and Arthurian legend.[/quote]

Oooh *envious* I've been ages waiting for amazon.co.uk to get it in stock. Can't wait to read more about St Cyr and Hero. That woman has been pregnant for what? 3 books now? I think it's a record... :D
Reading Old Man's War by John Scalzi, quite good.
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Post by annis » Tue March 6th, 2012, 7:18 pm

An interesting contrast- Brother Dusty-Feet, Rosemary Sutcliff's magical tale for younger children about a band of strolling players in Elizabethan times, and Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, a dark and edgy post-apocalyptic series for teens. I'm reminded of the old Greek legend about Theseus in the concept of young men and girls being chosen and sent off as sacrificial tribute. The kids are mad about Collins' trilogy, so thought I'd better find out what all the fuss is about :)

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Post by Ludmilla » Tue March 6th, 2012, 10:57 pm

[quote=""emr""]Oooh *envious* I've been ages waiting for amazon.co.uk to get it in stock. Can't wait to read more about St Cyr and Hero. That woman has been pregnant for what? 3 books now? I think it's a record... :D
Reading Old Man's War by John Scalzi, quite good.[/quote]

I glommed on this series last summer so enough time has passed for me to be ready for more. There hasn't been much of a time gap between those last three books and they were resolved over a short duration of time. This one takes up where the last left off (i.e., just four days later). I do hope the author gives them a bit of a time gap in the next book -- six months later would be good as it would put us near Hero's delivery I would expect.

Madeleine, I really enjoy the series. Though the books could work as stand-alones, I recommend starting with the first and reading in order because of ongoing character growth and revelations to family secrets that are more meaningful if you read them in order.

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Post by Madeleine » Wed March 7th, 2012, 9:58 am

Thanks for that hint Ludmilla - I've got the first and third books, they're not always that easy to get hold of in the UK.
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Post by Misfit » Thu March 8th, 2012, 2:23 am

Got a couple in the fire. She Wore Only White, by Dörthe Binkert that I got from Amazon Vine. Enchantments, by Kathryn Harrison - a *fanciful* take on the last days of the Romanovs. Very literary, but not much story so far, plodding away at it as my treadmill book. Also just started Her Highness the Traitor by...

Who was that masked author? :) :confused: ;)
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