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What Are You Reading? August 2012

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fljustice
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Post by fljustice » Thu August 30th, 2012, 3:46 pm

[quote=""MLE""]Faith, have you read Darkness and the Dawn by Costain? I believe Aetius is in that -- as a rather unsympathetic character, IIRC.[/quote]

Don't believe I have. Aetius is the antagonist in the second half of my book. He's a complicated man, grew up as a hostage with the Huns, used them to threaten the Empire and later responsible for their downfall; he served and rebelled against the Empress Gallia Placidia. She was constantly appeasing and thwarting him trying to hold the Empire together for her son. Quite a dance.
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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
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Preferred HF: Any
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Post by Vanessa » Sat September 1st, 2012, 10:15 am

I will be starting Penmarric by Susan Howatch at Manchester Airport early tomorrow morning! We're off on holiday for a week to Crete. As it's quite a tome, I'm sure it will keep me occupied for a while!
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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston
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Post by Madeleine » Sat September 1st, 2012, 1:04 pm

Have a fab time Vanessa! I loved Crete, hope you will too.
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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Margaret
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Post by Margaret » Sun September 2nd, 2012, 3:35 am

About halfway through with Clare Clark's latest novel, Beautiful Lies, about a nineteenth-century British politician's wife with a scandalous past. It's not my favorite Clark, but she's always a stylish writer, and the reading slips by smooth as cream, even if I'm not always on the edge of my seat with suspense.
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Post by Wolfshead » Wed September 26th, 2012, 3:32 pm

Just finished Ben Kane's "Road to Rome", about to start Anthony Riches "The Leopard Sword".
Also done re-reading Arthur C. Clarke's "The City and the Stars".
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