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What Are You Reading? July 2012

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Nefret
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Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
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Post by Nefret » Thu July 26th, 2012, 2:52 am

[quote=""princess garnet""]Madame Serpent by Jean Plaidy (reissue)[/quote]

When was it re-issued? I have been wanting to read that.
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 Margaret » Thu July 26th, 2012, 3:03 am

Madame Serpent by Jean Plaidy (reissue)
I'm reading this, too, about 3/4 of the way through now. I'm finding it very enjoyable. It's interesting how very different Plaidy's novel is from Chris Gortner's The Confessions of Catherine de Medici and Jeanne Kalogridis's The Scarlet Contessa. All three novels are good (though The Scarlet Contessa was a little over the top for me), and all three can be read and enjoyed without getting the feeling that they are too repetitious of each other to be interesting.

The reissue from Touchstone just came out this month (July 3).
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Post by lauragill » Thu July 26th, 2012, 4:15 am

Reading some historical non-fiction: Dawn of the Gods by Jaquetta Hawkes, an oldie about the Minoan and Mycenaean cultures. Some of its hypotheses have been debunked, but some of it is still valid and very interesting.

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Post by Berengaria » Thu July 26th, 2012, 7:13 pm

Have started to read The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. I knew nothing about the Armenian genocide, until I was prepping a unit for my new Social Justice course I was going to teach. Because the Ottoman Empire and the German Empire were allies in WWI, some German soldiers who later became leaders in Hitler's Third Reich, got to see the methods used by the Turks to get rid of the Armenians, e.g., the cattle cars.
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Post by Nefret » Thu July 26th, 2012, 8:13 pm

Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris
Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (beach book)
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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 » Thu July 26th, 2012, 10:47 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]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![/quote]

Yes, I'm on the bit in France and nearly wall-banging, so its good to know it gets better. I will persevere. It's a self indulgent 'what I would love to do on a weekend away' world-building wish-list at the moment with lots of descriptions of nice cups of tea, fluffy towels, crisp linen sheets and glossy perfect horses, but not a lot going on!
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 Susan » Thu July 26th, 2012, 11:29 pm

[quote=""EC2""]Yes, I'm on the bit in France and nearly wall-banging, so its good to know it gets better. I will persevere. It's a self indulgent 'what I would love to do on a weekend away' world-building wish-list at the moment with lots of descriptions of nice cups of tea, fluffy towels, crisp linen sheets and glossy perfect horses, but not a lot going on![/quote]

I'm a bit into the France part. Perhaps the purpose of the France part is to learn more about Matthew's background. I'm having a good time doing a bit of research on the real people mentioned in the novel. I do like the world-building and I am glad that it is not gory. I hope that continues to be "goreless."
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Post by annis » Fri July 27th, 2012, 12:10 am

Whew! Christian Cameron has whirled me through the Battle of Marathon and I've just realised I've been holding my breath the whole time :) Looking forward to the next in the series, Poseidon's Spear.

Only question- how often can Cameron reprise the worldly-wise older warrior/hero retelling his story to wide-eyed youngsters as a literary device before it gets old? Also seen recently in his novel of Alexander the Great, God of War.

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Post by Berengaria » Sat July 28th, 2012, 4:38 am

For those who read Lionheartby Sharon Kay Penman, an interesting article in the Daily Mail about gold found in Crusader's castle. Hope I can link it up!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... -more.html
How exciting is that?
By the way, did anybody read the other Lionheart? I believe it was translated? :)
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Post by Madeleine » Sat July 28th, 2012, 11:01 am

I'm just about to start "Immortal Beloved" by Cate Tiernan, urban fantasy but the main character is 400 years old, so perhaps there'll be some history in there!
Currently reading: "The Comforts of Home" by Susan Hill

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