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What are you reading? May 2012

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Misfit
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Post by Misfit » Sun May 27th, 2012, 2:34 pm

[quote=""annis""]It's one of my pet peeves that Amazon doesn't allow an half star option. Often you feel a book merits more than, say, 3 stars, but doesn't quite qualify as a four.[/quote]

Same at Goodreads, although we've asked and asked and asked. Reviewers still just work around it, and make clear in the reviews when a half star is either added or taken away.

I had a bit of insomnia and finished off Ship of Dreams by Brenda Hiatt. A re-do of an older romance (don't look at the original cover, it's very misleading). While it starts off as a romance, the second half puts her characters in a real historical setting - the sinking of the SS Central America. She did a nice job with it, and this will go in the kindle keeper folder. Still free on Kindle today.
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LoobyG
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Post by LoobyG » Mon May 28th, 2012, 10:22 am

Have only read one book over the past 4 weeks - 'Clash of Kings' by George R R Martin, and now ploughing through 'The making of Gone with the Wind' by Gavin Lambert :) Really liked 'Clash of Kings', it kept my interest despite being a bit of a tome at 800 odd pages, and normally my focus is waning after about 500. Going on to 'Fifty shades of grey' by E L James after that.

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Amanda
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Post by Amanda » Mon May 28th, 2012, 9:55 pm

After a break of a few years.....I have re-embarked on the Lymond Chronicles. I have started #3 The Disorderly Knights.

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Post by Susan » Mon May 28th, 2012, 10:11 pm

Going to continue with the Marie Antoinette saga...Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow by Juliet Grey
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
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Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue May 29th, 2012, 12:39 am

I'm reading Maids of Misfortune, by Louisa Locke. I got it as a freebie on kindle, since it was historical, and just started it without much in the way of expectations. I am very pleasantly surprised.

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Post by princess garnet » Tue May 29th, 2012, 8:20 pm

Blanche of Castile by Regine Pernoud (NF)
Biography of St. Louis IX's mother. Original French edition published in 1972. I'm reading the 1975 American edition; translated by Henry Noel

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Post by fljustice » Wed May 30th, 2012, 3:31 pm

Took a chance on Gift, a low-cost YA supernatural, solely because the author wrote The Dangerous Book for Girls. Interesting story, competently done. I'm sure the teen audience will enjoy it, but not my cup of tea.
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Post by EC2 » Wed May 30th, 2012, 3:48 pm

[quote=""princess garnet""]Blanche of Castile by Regine Pernoud (NF)
Biography of St. Louis IX's mother. Original French edition published in 1972. I'm reading the 1975 American edition; translated by Henry Noel[/quote]

Regine Pernoud is the historian responsible for starting the tale that Geoffrey of Anjou went on the 2nd crusade (he didn't, he stayed at home). Ralph Turner then repeated it!
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
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.'

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Wed May 30th, 2012, 3:56 pm

Not HF, but reading Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. Quite early on but somewhat disappointing so far compared to the magic that was The Time Traveller's Wife.

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Post by Misfit » Wed May 30th, 2012, 4:14 pm

Windhaven Plantation by Marie de Jourlet. First in a 14 book series. How I get myself into these series I'll never know...
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