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What Are You Reading? July 2012

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Misfit
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Post by Misfit » Tue July 17th, 2012, 2:35 am

Tanamera by Noel Barber. Early going, but I think this will live up to all the rave reviews and hype.
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Post by annis » Tue July 17th, 2012, 7:50 am

Blimey, that's a blast from the past -good old Noel Barber! I went through several of his books back in the Dark Ages, when he was still alive :) He wrote some pretty good non-fic as well - he was a journalist by trade.

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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Tue July 17th, 2012, 8:29 am

[quote=""Misfit""]Tanamera by Noel Barber. Early going, but I think this will live up to all the rave reviews and hype.[/quote]

I remember the TV series, it was excellent.
Currently reading: "The Infirmary" by L J Ross

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
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Post by Vanessa » Tue July 17th, 2012, 9:02 am

I loved Tanamera. I've read all of Noel Barber's books - he used to be my favourite author at one time, probably back in the 1980s! LOL.

After the gruesome Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch, I've started A Humble Companion by Laurie Graham for a bit of light heartedness! It's supposed to be amusing but historical at the same time.
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Post by Brenna » Tue July 17th, 2012, 12:13 pm

I've been flipping back and forth between several books at one time:

Nevada Barr's Flashback, High Country, and Hard Truth

Nancy Goldstone: The Lady Queen about Joanna (it was very dry in the beginning but has picked up a bit. Seriously though, the woman had horrible taste in men!)

Theresa Grant: The Vienna Waltz
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Post by Misfit » Tue July 17th, 2012, 3:17 pm

[quote=""annis""]Blimey, that's a blast from the past -good old Noel Barber! I went through several of his books back in the Dark Ages, when he was still alive :) He wrote some pretty good non-fic as well - he was a journalist by trade.[/quote]

Funny story, but I've owned a copy with the green cover (which I don't care for) for a couple of years. I recently picked up a different issue at a FOL sale with a more attractive cover, not catching the title and realizing I owned it. That cover made me move the book up the pile.

*hangs head in shame* at cover lust.

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@ Brenna. I really liked Vienna Waltz. I'll have to get more of her books out from the library.
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Post by Vanessa » Tue July 17th, 2012, 3:43 pm

The cover on the copy I own is the one on the right.
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Post by Madeleine » Tue July 17th, 2012, 3:45 pm

Yes I recognise the one on the right.
Currently reading: "The Infirmary" by L J Ross

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Post by Nefret » Tue July 17th, 2012, 6:26 pm

I don't have that book. Am I missing out on something?
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!
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Post by Misfit » Tue July 17th, 2012, 7:07 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]I don't have that book. Am I missing out on something?[/quote]

Everyone I know that's read it says it's fabulous.
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