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What are you reading? May 2012

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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.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
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Post by Vanessa » Wed May 9th, 2012, 3:34 pm

I shall be starting The Scent of Lemon Leaves by Clara Sanchez a little later on. It's an advance reading copy.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Favourite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
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Post by Nefret » Wed May 9th, 2012, 4:04 pm

Planet Quest- The Epic Discovery of Alien Solar Systems by Ken Croswell
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"
{Ensiferum}

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Ludmilla
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Post by Ludmilla » Wed May 9th, 2012, 4:32 pm

Have just started Railroad Schemes by Cecelia Holland. This and Lily Nevada have been Kindlized in one ebook for the bargain price of $2.99. Yay!

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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.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed May 9th, 2012, 5:09 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]Have just started Railroad Schemes by Cecelia Holland. This and Lily Nevada have been Kindlized in one ebook for the bargain price of $2.99. Yay![/quote]
Thanks for the tip -- I need to get these.

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Post by annis » Sat May 12th, 2012, 1:51 am

Posted by emr
Originally Posted by annis
Hurray, scored Slash and Burn, the latest in Colin Cotterill's Dr Siri series, before anyone else at the library spotted it. I'm sure I've raved on about these before. Not quite HF, (though getting scarily close to the 50 year mark) Colin Cotterill's wonderfully out there, quirky set of mysteries are set in Communist Laos in the mid-1970s. The main character is an elderly doctor appointed State Coroner due to lack of anyone else remotely suitable. (They've all hopped it over the Mekhong to capitalist Thailand). Dr Siri is an ornery old cuss who doesn't suffer politburo fools gladly, but is sharp as a tack, compassionate and possessed of a hilarious, dry sense of humour. Oh, and he is visited in his dreams by his "patients", who provide him with cryptic clues about their deaths. Fabulous stuff.

Big thanks for the recommendation annis. This is lots of fun Reading now book #2 Thirty-Three Teeth. ("Did I mention I have thirty-three teeth?" omg looool)
Glad you're enjoying these, emr! I love the way crafty old Siri runs rings around his politburo bosses, making them look like total idiots. They're hamstrung by the fact that Siri is a Hero of the Revolution, so they can't bundle him off for "re-education" or a convenient "disappearance". The secondary characters are wonderful as well.

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Post by emr » Sat May 12th, 2012, 6:34 am

[quote=""annis""]Glad you're enjoying these, emr! I love the way crafty old Siri runs rings around his politburo bosses, making them look like total idiots. They're hamstrung by the fact that Siri is a Hero of the Revolution, so they can't bundle him off for "re-education" or a convenient "disappearance". The secondary characters are wonderful as well.[/quote]

I'm here waiting impatiently for the mail to bring me book 3 hehe
There is this series Walt Longmire by Craig Johnson. It has some great characters as well, sense of humor and a bit of supernatural. The first book Cold Dish was very good. Second book didn't take that much advantage of the ghosts part but it's still good. Waiting for book 3 as well. These are set in Wyoming, no year stated and I find that a bit annoying but my guess is middle 90s.

Currently reading Plague Child by Peter Ransley.
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Post by Susan » Sun May 13th, 2012, 7:33 pm

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips, some Greek mythology fluff about the Greek gods living in present-day London. I know it will be more entertaining than my last read!
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Post by Misfit » Sun May 13th, 2012, 8:37 pm

Finished off two major snoozers this weekend, Dragon and the Rose by Roberta Gellis and Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende (seriously, paragraph taking up two pages??). I'm juggling piles right now deciding what to try next. The books I most want to read were acquired in 2012 and don't qualify for the Mt. TBR Challenge, so I'm trying to stay on the right path.
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Post by Brenna » Sun May 13th, 2012, 9:22 pm

I'm back to reading Wolf Hall; I don't find it as amazing as others. The different points of view get a bit confusing. Of course, I went on a book binge this weekend- a bargain book on the Windsors, the new Sherry Jones, and Kate Quinn book. I certainly didn't need them, but they were there...how could I resist?
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Post by Susan » Sun May 13th, 2012, 11:17 pm

[quote=""Susan""]Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips, some Greek mythology fluff about the Greek gods living in present-day London. I know it will be more entertaining than my last read![/quote]

As I've been reading this, I've been thinking it could make a good film. Just found out that this will be a film released this year. It has a pretty good cast too. The setting has been changed from London to New York.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1985094/
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