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What Are You Reading? August 2012

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Amanda
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Post by Amanda » Fri August 3rd, 2012, 2:33 am

Thomas Becket by John Guy.

Only fairly early stages yet, and is interesting to think of Becket as a young man. He is one of those characters that almost seems to come to prominence ready made and adult.

Quite readable to fitting in some explanations about the period on the way.

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Custer's Last Stand

Post by Harold Titus » Fri August 3rd, 2012, 5:54 am

I am reading "A Road We Do Not Know" by Frederick Chiaventone. It is about Custer's Last Stand told from many points of view. Very well-researched novel. A bit slow moving so far, but I suspect my patience will be rewarded.
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EC2
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Post by EC2 » Fri August 3rd, 2012, 3:25 pm

[quote=""Amanda""]Thomas Becket by John Guy.

Only fairly early stages yet, and is interesting to think of Becket as a young man. He is one of those characters that almost seems to come to prominence ready made and adult.

Quite readable to fitting in some explanations about the period on the way.[/quote]

I've still got that one on the go. I spotted several historial errors at the outset, but the overall gist is good. He doesn't seem (Guy) to like Henry II very much.
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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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Fri August 3rd, 2012, 3:51 pm

The Silver Needle Murder by Laura Childs
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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Tanzanite
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Post by Tanzanite » Fri August 3rd, 2012, 3:57 pm

In the Shadow of a Queen by Regine Reynolds-Cornell - the "memoirs" of a lady in waiting/companion to Marguerite de Navarre (sister of Francois I).

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri August 3rd, 2012, 6:02 pm

[quote=""Tanzanite""]In the Shadow of a Queen by Regine Reynolds-Cornell - the "memoirs" of a lady in waiting/companion to Marguerite de Navarre (sister of Francois I).[/quote]
The subject piques my interest. Please let me know if it's any good.

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Post by annis » Fri August 3rd, 2012, 7:18 pm

The Fox, by M N J Butler, an older, very obscure but rewarding novel about the decline and fall of Sparta in the 4h century BC.

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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Fri August 3rd, 2012, 7:40 pm

I'm just about to start The Shadows in the Street by Susan Hill, modern crime.
Currently reading: The Warrior's Princess by Barbara Erskine

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Post by fljustice » Fri August 3rd, 2012, 8:34 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]Except for all the tech stuff, I liked this book.

SM[/quote]

Finished Timeline on the plane yesterday and, yeah, the tech stuff is a bit much especially since it's made up science...no time travel yet!

Bit jet lagged, so haven't picked my next reads.
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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Fri August 3rd, 2012, 10:59 pm

[quote=""Tanzanite""]In the Shadow of a Queen by Regine Reynolds-Cornell - the "memoirs" of a lady in waiting/companion to Marguerite de Navarre (sister of Francois I).[/quote]

[quote=""MLE""]The subject piques my interest. Please let me know if it's any good.[/quote]

Me too!! :D
Brenna

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