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What Are You Reading? July 2012

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Comforts of Home" by Susan Hill
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
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Post by Madeleine » Wed July 4th, 2012, 8:55 am

Just started "Demelza" by Winston Graham.
Currently reading: "The Comforts of Home" by Susan Hill

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Post by fljustice » Wed July 4th, 2012, 5:47 pm

Finished Steven Saylor's The Seven Wonders and starting The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser.
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Berengaria
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Location: northern Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Post by Berengaria » Thu July 5th, 2012, 1:38 am

I've got this book on my TBBought list!

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Margaret
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Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
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Post by Margaret » Thu July 5th, 2012, 2:38 am

About a third of the way through Anne Merton Abbey's Kathryn: In the Court of Six Queens. Abbey's writing style seems to me reminiscent of Anya Seton's.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Thu July 5th, 2012, 10:58 am

Just started The Ground is Burning by Samuel Black. About Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli and Cesare Borgia...

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Post by EC2 » Thu July 5th, 2012, 3:16 pm

Skimming The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan. I started off loving this, but am struggling a bit now. The language is stunning and if you're a Shakespeare fan and adore literary fiction then this book will appeal very strongly I think.
To me though it's like very dark, very bitter chocolate or a powerful blue cheese. A little bit goes an awful long way and I think I've reached my limit. This is quality material, but too intensive for me personally. Don't let it put anyone else off - and the prose is still some of the best I have ever read in terms of use of descriptive language for things and emotions.
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Souvent entre piez de chevals
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For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by Brenna » Thu July 5th, 2012, 6:54 pm

Nancy Goldstone 'The Lady Queen'. A little dry at the moment.
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princess garnet
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Post by princess garnet » Fri July 6th, 2012, 1:06 am

Paris to the Past by Ina Caro (NF)

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Post by EC2 » Fri July 6th, 2012, 4:37 pm

Well, I have so fallen off the cart. I have given up on Shakespeare and Jude Morgan's amazing prose and am now flying through some very non cerebral non HF at a rate of knots. Reading Cox by Kate Lace...
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.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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Post by Misfit » Fri July 6th, 2012, 5:09 pm

[quote=""EC2""]Well, I have so fallen off the cart. I have given up on Shakespeare and Jude Morgan's amazing prose and am now flying through some very non cerebral non HF at a rate of knots. Reading Cox by Kate Lace...[/quote]

I'm pretty much to the point of staying far, far away from books labeled literary and praised for their gorgeous writing. I never can find a story, just lots of pretty words...

I've just finished a very forgettable Civil War romance and now starting Storm Over Windhaven by Marie de Jourlet (who is apparently IRL a male writer).
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