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What Are You Reading? August 2012

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Joined: August 2008
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) » Tue August 7th, 2012, 4:44 am

Non HF, for bookclub: the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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Vanessa
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Joined: August 2008
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 7th, 2012, 8:06 am

Good book, MLE, once you get into it. The beginning is a little slow but when you get past that, it's quite a page turner.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Posts: 3562
Joined: August 2008
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) » Tue August 7th, 2012, 5:03 pm

I'm hooked already!

Artasuli
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Post by Artasuli » Wed August 8th, 2012, 8:50 am

Just finished Abdication by Juliet Nicolson. Quick easy read but not very satisfying. Would have preferred more of the history of the period. Did not really connect with the characters. Perhaps need to go back to non- fiction. Now on to Time and Chance by Sharon Penman. Loving it.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Wed August 8th, 2012, 4:32 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]And you think what of it? Wondering minds are dying to know![/quote]


I enjoyed it (the Louise Wilkinson bio of Eleanor de Montfort), but it's definitely geared toward the academic market. It'll be a great resource if I ever decide to write something set in that period.

I'm now reading John Guy's bio of Thomas Becket. Just finished reading Robert Alexander's The Romanov Bride. I enjoyed it, but I felt that the author had skimmed the surface. I would have liked to have seen more about Elisavyeta's earlier life and about her relationship with her husband. I found the end too abrupt as well.
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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
Location: Temple of Isis

Post by Nefret » Wed August 8th, 2012, 7:39 pm

An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan

(It's Pride and Prejudice fanfiction, but entertaining.)
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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Berengaria
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Location: northern Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Post by Berengaria » Thu August 9th, 2012, 3:52 am

I am winding my way through Barbara Erskine's Hiding from the Light Does the Anglican Church really have a "department" for investigating "strange events"? I remember a Anglican priest who talked me into getting rid of my tarot cards years ago......I had to burn them. Now I have several decks and am taking a tarot course....what would he think of me? :p
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parthianbow
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Post by parthianbow » Thu August 9th, 2012, 5:51 am

The film of Dragon Tattoo put me off ever wanting to read it :(

Just finished A Clash of Kings by GRR Martin. Really good stuff. About to start Dark North by Gillian Bradshaw (recommended by our own Annis).
Ben Kane
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Spartacus - UK release 19 Jan. 2012. US release June 2012.

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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
Location: Temple of Isis

Post by Nefret » Thu August 9th, 2012, 6:54 am

I've only read a few of Gillian Bradshaw's books so far. Let me know how that one is.

I'm still reading the cozy mysteries (which make me want tea for some reason.)
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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Posts: 4233
Joined: August 2008
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 » Thu August 9th, 2012, 8:26 am

[quote=""parthianbow""]The film of Dragon Tattoo put me off ever wanting to read it :(

[/quote]

Which one - the Swedish one or the new one with Daniel Craig? I didn't much like the Swedish one as the acting was terrible, it was very stilted. I much preferred the Daniel Craig version.

I've just started Cloudstreet by Tim Winton.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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