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What Are You Reading? August 2012

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Tue August 28th, 2012, 1:53 pm

Red Bones by Ann Cleeves, the third in the Shetland Islands Quartet, contemporary mystery series.
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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Comforts of Home" by Susan Hill
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Tue August 28th, 2012, 2:45 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]Red Bones by Ann Cleeves, the third in the Shetland Islands Quartet, contemporary mystery series.[/quote]

I must catch up with these, only read the first one so far :o
Currently reading: "The Comforts of Home" by Susan Hill

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Tue August 28th, 2012, 3:35 pm

They're dramatising Red Bones, aren't they? I wonder why they didn't start at the beginning of the series with Raven Black? Strange.
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sweetpotatoboy
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue August 28th, 2012, 5:05 pm

Almost done with the fantastic The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller for my HF book group.

Have also started The Man Who Was Thursday by GK Chesterton for another book group. So far I'm still at the 'What the hell sort of book is this?' phase with it. I'm hoping I settle into it more.

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Berengaria
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Post by Berengaria » Wed August 29th, 2012, 3:15 am

[quote=""Vanessa""]Red Bones by Ann Cleeves, the third in the Shetland Islands Quartet, contemporary mystery series.[/quote]
Have you read any of her Vera Stanhope series? Quite enjoyable, and I believe some of the novels have been made into a tv series.
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Nefret
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Favourite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
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Post by Nefret » Wed August 29th, 2012, 5:15 am

The Fatal Crown by Ellen Jones

(I'm reading it with The Love Knot)
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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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Wed August 29th, 2012, 8:09 am

[quote=""Berengaria""]Have you read any of her Vera Stanhope series? Quite enjoyable, and I believe some of the novels have been made into a tv series.[/quote]

No, I haven't read any but have seen the TV series with Brenda Blethyn as Vera. I really enjoyed it.
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Post by fljustice » Wed August 29th, 2012, 4:21 pm

Stayed up to finish Susan Higginbotham's The Stolen Crown. My only peeve is not the author's fault, but the medieval penchant for (mostly) using four names for girls (Elizabeth, Margaret, Katherine and Anne) and three for boys (Henry, Edward and Richard) plus the British custom of calling nobles by their titles rather than by their surname. Throw in intermarried families and remarriages with dozens of children and it's nearly impossible to keep track of the players even with genealogical charts. The author does a herculean job of trying to keep everyone straight for the reader, but for us with diminished memory capacity, it's a challenge!

Excited to start a new research book I've been awaiting for several months (delays in publishing) Aetius: Attila's Nemesis by Ian Hughes. He's a major character in my second book and not much was available on him. Hope I won't need to do much rewriting!
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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.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed August 29th, 2012, 6:29 pm

[quote=""fljustice""]
Excited to start a new research book I've been awaiting for several months (delays in publishing) Aetius: Attila's Nemesis by Ian Hughes. He's a major character in my second book and not much was available on him. Hope I won't need to do much rewriting![/quote]

Faith, have you read Darkness and the Dawn by Costain? I believe Aetius is in that -- as a rather unsympathetic character, IIRC.

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Post by princess garnet » Thu August 30th, 2012, 1:25 am

A Crimson Warning by Tasha Alexander (paperback ed)

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