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What are you reading June 2012?

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Misfit
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Post by Misfit » Thu June 7th, 2012, 12:26 pm

I had started Devil's Desire by Laurie McBain, but it hit the wall around the halfway mark, Mt. TBR challenge or no. Started Stone Hill by William Lavender. South Carolina, Revolutionary War. I also have The Exiles by William Stuart Long sitting on the hold shelf at the library. First in a looooooooooong series on Australia. Big fat books, tiny, tiny font :eek:
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Post by Brenna » Thu June 7th, 2012, 3:14 pm

[quote=""Tanzanite""]That's one of my favorite books about Anne Boleyn.[/quote]

[quote=""Nefret""]Mine too. I also really like her book about Catherine of Aragorn.[/quote]

[quote=""Elizabeth""]I am also a Norah Lofts fan. One of my favorites is Crown of Aloes, about Isabella of Castile... which of course brings us full circle to CW Gortner. :) [/quote]

I am enjoying it so far, but I'm only 50 or pages in. I hadn't realized that Anne and Mary's mother portrayed in PG's book and "The Other Boelyn" movie wasn't her real mom. Interesting...
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Post by princess garnet » Thu June 7th, 2012, 3:24 pm

[quote=""ranidays""]I'm reading Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey. I'm itching to get my hands on the next in the series because I love this book so far![/quote]
You'll be pleased to know the 2nd novel Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow is out; the final installment comes this fall.

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Post by Nefret » Thu June 7th, 2012, 6:27 pm

Jesus, Interrupted by Bart Ehrman
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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Post by annis » Thu June 7th, 2012, 7:12 pm

Posted by Margaret
Norman Spinrad's The Druid King, about Vercingetorix (and Julius Caesar - no admiring portrait, this one, unless one admires cynical, ruthlessly ambitious, self-serving politicians).
Naomi Mitchison also treats Caesar a cynical self-server in Conquered, her novel about Vercingetorix' Gallic campaign.

Spinrad developed Druid King from scripts not used for the (heavily panned) French movie Vercingétorix: La légende du druide roi - he was scriptwriter. He usually writes sci-fi/fantasy, and his novel Druid King has been described as hi-fantasy. Mind you, many historical adventures use tropes familiar from fantasy fiction.

Spinrad talks about writing Druid King in this interview:
http://www.dragonpage.com/2007/02/19/an ... n-spinrad/

Still reading Lindsey Davis' Master and God. Enjoying it, but there is a noticeably reminscent feel of the Falco stories about it. Main characters Vinius and Lucilla could easily substitute for Falco and Helena.
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Post by Ash » Fri June 8th, 2012, 1:46 am

Finished a rerelease of Crusoe's Daughter by Judith Gardam, an English author who has been writing since the 60s. LIke her other books, excellent read, tho I think Queen of the Tambourines is my favorite.

While on vacation, also finished Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.

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Post by rockygirl » Fri June 8th, 2012, 2:06 am

Becoming Marie Antoinette. I've heard really good things about it.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Fri June 8th, 2012, 5:09 am

[quote=""Brenna""]I am enjoying it so far, but I'm only 50 or pages in. I hadn't realized that Anne and Mary's mother portrayed in PG's book and "The Other Boelyn" movie wasn't her real mom. Interesting...[/quote]

I think the notion that Anne had a stepmother has been disproved by recent historians. It was still current when Lofts and Jean Plaidy were writing, though.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Fri June 8th, 2012, 7:37 am

[quote=""Ash""]Finished a rerelease of Crusoe's Daughter by Judith Gardam, an English author who has been writing since the 60s. LIke her other books, excellent read, tho I think Queen of the Tambourines is my favorite.
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Think it's Jane Gardam, but I love her too, and she's sadly overlooked, even here. My favourite of hers is Bilgewater.

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Post by Madeleine » Fri June 8th, 2012, 10:39 am

I'm just about to start "The Lace Reader" by Brunonia Barry - witchcraft!
Currently reading: The Warrior's Princess by Barbara Erskine & "A Noel Killing" by M L Longworth

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