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What are you reading? May 2012

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Comforts of Home" by Susan Hill
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Post by Madeleine » Mon May 14th, 2012, 9:01 am

[quote=""Susan""]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/[/quote]

That is a good cast. I read an extract from this book in a book mag a couple of years ago and thought it was good fun, I think the New York setting will work well.
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Post by rebecca » Tue May 15th, 2012, 2:39 am

[quote=""Brenna""]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?[/quote]

I found Wolf Hall very confusing as the author seemed to jump from one personalty to the other leaving me thinking...'Well I thought that was Cromwell thinking....No it's Wolsey..No it must be Thomas More....No it's just plain confusing!...Hilary has been very original, but I simply don't like the 'style' of it. But I will be reading it soon.

Right now I'm halfway through a bio on the Queen Mum by Lady Colin Campbell, it's interesting but some of her theories are a little absurd...But it makes a change to read a bio where the Queen Mum isn't portrayed as the sugar plum fairy.

Bec :)

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Post by Ludmilla » Tue May 15th, 2012, 1:38 pm

Just finished Jeffrey Lent's Lost Nation, set in the 1830s, borderland of Indian Stream between New Hampshire and Canada. A raw, gritty depiction of frontier life, but very powerful.

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Post by bevgray » Tue May 15th, 2012, 1:47 pm

Taking a break from Nevil Shute. At the urging of my dear pal who was thrilled to find the books in digital format (he had a set that belonged to his own father), I downloaded the eBook version of the AIR SERVICE BOYS series. It's sort of along the lines of the Hardy Boys fly with the Lafayette Escadrille. However, what's interesting to me is that the series was written in 1919-1922. The use of language, the concept of France as our greatest friend (Great Britain is mentioned only in passing although given credit as an ally of France), the view that the German spies and army that sinks helpless civilian ships and bombs cities are true barbarians, makes an interesting read nearly 100 years later. It's definitely enjoyable, however, as it also gives a little insight to boy stories of that generation.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue May 15th, 2012, 3:53 pm

I've recently started Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn. Pretty good so far.

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Post by EC2 » Tue May 15th, 2012, 5:24 pm

Nearly finished reading The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen - excellent. (courtesy of Amazon Vine). About a black woman who helped pass information from South to North during the American Civil War. I just wonder though, if any black writers have covered this subject. Seems to me that the promoted novels recently about issues of slavery and racial prejudice are being written by middle class white women? I know that a writers' imagination is their greatest tool, but I think it's interesting to see this phenomenon.
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Post by annis » Tue May 15th, 2012, 7:03 pm

Posted by Ludmilla
Just finished Jeffrey Lent's Lost Nation, set in the 1830s, borderland of Indian Stream between New Hampshire and Canada. A raw, gritty depiction of frontier life, but very powerful.
I read this some years ago and it made a vivid impression on me. It's one of those unforgettable stories that come along and knock you over the head, written with such power, so unremittingly harsh and bleak - as you say, raw.
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Post by Ludmilla » Tue May 15th, 2012, 8:13 pm

Annis, you can imagine my panic attack last night when I got near the end of the ebook on my Kindle and the file became corrupted and I couldn't read anymore of it (in the middle of Blood's confession to his sons no less!). I had to know how it all ended. Luckily, I was able to read the rest of it on my iPhone this morning. This is the first time I've had an issue with a corrupted file on my Kindle. (Instructions say to delete from device and re-download, but I think this only works if I delete from my other devices that are synced with the Kindle.)

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Post by Vanessa » Tue May 15th, 2012, 9:39 pm

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
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Post by Tanzanite » Tue May 15th, 2012, 10:35 pm

The Courtesan's Lover by Gabrielle Kimm

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