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What Are You Reading? August 2012

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Post by R.W.Ware » Fri August 24th, 2012, 4:47 am

I'm pretty new to this forum, and read many genres.

My reads for this month have been:

Thieftaker by D. B. Jackson (Historical Fantasy, though the author has a degree in history and consulted experts for the novel.) I liked it, though there were a few scenes that were cheesy. I'm sure I'll read the sequel.

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles translated and collated by Anne Savage.

Sharpe's Eagle by Bernard Cornwell. I very much love his Saxon Chronicles, Grail Quest and Warlord series, and skip around his Sharpe's Adventure series books.

I'm currently finishing Robert R. McCammon's The Providence Rider, (the last book in a series I have very much enjoyed), Donald Maas's The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great, and in the beginning of Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman.
Never violate a woman, nor harm a child. Do not lie, cheat or steal. These things are for lesser men. Protect the weak against the evil strong. Never allow thoughts of gain lead you into the pursuit of evil. Never back away from an enemy. Either fight or surrender. It is not enough to say I will not be evil. Evil must be fought wherever it is found.

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Post by J.D. Oswald » Fri August 24th, 2012, 12:52 pm

I read about a TV series based on Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford, starting tonight on the BBC and starring Benedict Cumberbatch (I'm interested in writing about that period of history) so I downloaded a free Kindle version of an earlier novel The Good Soldier. Finding it a bit rambling so far but I'll stick with it.

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Post by Vanessa » Fri August 24th, 2012, 3:16 pm

I'll either be watching Parade's End or recording it. I was looking at the ebook and there's a review which says the it's full of errors, so don't know if the paperback is the same or it's just the digital version which is not very good.
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Post by Nefret » Sat August 25th, 2012, 3:14 am

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner

(and also the Melusine queen... er, I mean the White Queen)
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We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
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Post by Madeleine » Sat August 25th, 2012, 12:59 pm

I've just started "Hawksmoor" by Peter Ackroyd.
Currently reading: The Dead of Winter by Nicola Upson

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Post by Berengaria » Sat August 25th, 2012, 7:04 pm

I am reading The Kingmaker's Daughter and The Sunne in Splendour at the same time so that I can see the events from different viewpoints.
Also reading Victims by Jonathan Kellerman, just to have a change of pace. No wonder I'm not getting much housework done! :p
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Post by Nefret » Sun August 26th, 2012, 2:43 am

What should I read as a companion novel to The Red Queen?

I'm almost done with the first book. Except the French mermaid thing (which I got tired of fast), it was an alright read.
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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 rebecca » Sun August 26th, 2012, 4:13 am

[quote=""Berengaria""]I am reading The Kingmaker's Daughter and The Sunne in Splendour at the same time so that I can see the events from different viewpoints.
Also reading Victims by Jonathan Kellerman, just to have a change of pace. No wonder I'm not getting much housework done! :p [/quote]

Oh I didn't think of doing that and now I am half way through Kingmakers daughter which I enjoy much better and once read I will place it with her other titles(except Lady of the Rivers-I threw *cough* gave it away :p ). I thought I remember in an interview where Gregory said she would write 3 books on the Cousins war...the first on Elizabeth Woodville(yep done that) the second on Margaret Beaufort(yep she did that too) and the next on Elizabeth of York(nope still waiting). Did I get it wrong?

Bec :)

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Post by Nefret » Sun August 26th, 2012, 5:28 am

Perhaps book five is about Elizabeth of York. I'm not sure if that's been made official, but it's what I read.
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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Post by boswellbaxter » Sun August 26th, 2012, 11:51 am

[quote=""Nefret""]Perhaps book five is about Elizabeth of York. I'm not sure if that's been made official, but it's what I read.[/quote]

Yes, it is. She mentions it in Kingmaker's Daughter.
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