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What Are You Reading? July 2012

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emr
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Post by emr » Tue July 24th, 2012, 9:22 am

I must be in the minority because I was bored to death by the pages and pages of nothing happening and sick of all the wine smelling sessions in DoW...
Reading Strange Images of Death by Barbara Cleverly.
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Post by LoobyG » Tue July 24th, 2012, 10:37 am

Now reading 'Schindler's List', originally published as 'Schindler's Ark' by Thomas Keneally.

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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Tue July 24th, 2012, 1:10 pm

[quote=""emr""]I must be in the minority because I was bored to death by the pages and pages of nothing happening and sick of all the wine smelling sessions in DoW...
Reading Strange Images of Death by Barbara Cleverly.[/quote]

I think the only bit that bored me was when Matthew was "training" Diana, that dragged on :rolleyes: , apart from that I really enjoyed it.
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Post by Amanda » Tue July 24th, 2012, 1:14 pm

I'm reading a netgalley of John Saturnall's Feast by Lawrence Norfolk. Set in the first half of the 17th century England, with a bit of witch hunting, Puritans, and a very interesting writing style. The blurb has the main character working his way up through the kitchen of a great house and becoming a great chef. So far, the boy hasn't stepped into a kitchen and I am 20% in! Some "recipes" are interspersed in the chapters too, written in that kind of old English. Very interesting and mysterious.

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Post by fljustice » Tue July 24th, 2012, 3:04 pm

A couple of odd ones in my TBR rotation: The Historian's Craft by Marc Bloch (non-fiction by a Jewish French historian and freedom fighter killed by the Nazi's in 1944) and The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (near future, after a devastating disease kills off most humans.)
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Post by Nefret » Wed July 25th, 2012, 5:04 am

Just started... Mr Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange
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"
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Post by EC2 » Wed July 25th, 2012, 10:38 am

[quote=""emr""]I must be in the minority because I was bored to death by the pages and pages of nothing happening and sick of all the wine smelling sessions in DoW...
Reading Strange Images of Death by Barbara Cleverly.[/quote]

All the food and wine tasting does remind me of a cookery programme or a Nigella Lawson cookbook, she does that same sensual description of food, and I do like reading that kind of thing just for the words. I am also reminded of intellectual middle class detective TV progs such as Morse and Lewis. I can see where you're coming from EMR. I'm still enjoying it it at the moment, but I could see how it could get old.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by Madeleine » Wed July 25th, 2012, 11:45 am

I think the section in France is the weakest part. I did like the section set in the US, where Diana takes Matthew to her home and we get to meet the aunts - they're great, and the house is almost a character itself. Wish I had a house which added it's own rooms - a library for instance!
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Post by emr » Wed July 25th, 2012, 7:09 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""] I did like the section set in the US, where Diana takes Matthew to her home and we get to meet the aunts - they're great, and the house is almost a character itself. Wish I had a house which added it's own rooms - a library for instance![/quote]

The house! I had forgotten the house. I loved it! :D I want one of those! :D In the end it's the bit that saved the book for me. But I'm not running to buy book 2...

Reading Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith. This guy knows how to keep you glued to the book. :cool:
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Post by princess garnet » Wed July 25th, 2012, 7:29 pm

Madame Serpent by Jean Plaidy (reissue)

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