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What Are You Reading? August 2012

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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Thu August 9th, 2012, 12:45 pm

I am giving The Master of Verona another go as I put it aside last year. Nothing wrong with the writing; I just wasn't in the mood. Instead of reading the paperback addition I have, I uploaded it onto my Kindle when it was free and am about 35% the way through. Thoroughly enjoying it even if I can't keep the characters straight!
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Post by fljustice » Thu August 9th, 2012, 3:35 pm

Stayed up late to finish Love by Toni Morrison. Totally blown away by her writing, story telling and character development. Her stories are always onion-like, you peel back layer after layer, each chapter deepens the characters and adds details to the story. Makes me want to reread immediately so I can admire the craft even more.
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Post by Tanzanite » Fri August 10th, 2012, 7:09 pm

Received an unexpected copy of Gregory's The Kingmaker's Daughter and started it yesterday. Not very far yet.

Brenna - I really enjoyed The Master of Verona as well.

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Post by annis » Fri August 10th, 2012, 10:52 pm

Posted by Brenna
I am giving The Master of Verona another go as I put it aside last year.
This is a favorite of mine, and I was very pleased to see David release a couple of sequels on Kindle earlier this year- Voice of the Falconer and Fortune's Fool.

Back in 2009 Master of Verona was Book of the Month here - you might be interested in checking out that discussion
http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/ ... php?t=1422

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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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 10th, 2012, 11:21 pm

Just got my copy of Great Harry's Navy and am in research heaven.

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Post by Susan » Sat August 11th, 2012, 1:03 am

Now Face to Face by Karleen Koen
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Post by Nefret » Sat August 11th, 2012, 1:05 am

Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke

(more cozy mysteries, one day I'll try one of the recipes)
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"
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Post by Misfit » Sun August 12th, 2012, 12:51 am

Just starting on Omamori by Richard McGill. Huge tiny-fonted saga set in Japan, beginning in the 1930s. Silk trade, old partnership dating to the 1870s between two family dynasties - one American, the other Japanese. This is shaping up nicely...
At home with a good book and the cat...
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Post by Nefret » Sun August 12th, 2012, 3:29 am

These mysteries aren't long enough, or I read fast. :p

Now to Oolong Dead 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"
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Post by Margaret » Sun August 12th, 2012, 4:08 am

The new Karen Maitland, The Falcons of Fire and Ice. Maitland really knows how to hook a reader with an opening chapter. And her style is fresh and vivid. But do we really need another novel about the Spanish Inquisition? I'm only in the opening chapters, though - it's possible the falcon theme will lift this novel out of the somewhat clichéd Inquisition setting.
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