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What Are You Reading? August 2012

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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Sun August 12th, 2012, 6:01 pm

[quote=""Tanzanite""]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.[/quote]

[quote=""annis""]Posted by Brenna


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[/quote]

Thanks everyone. I'm pretty sure someone pointed me to the discussion when I attempted to read this a few months ago.

Should I be freaked out that Dante pretends his daughter is his ex lover? Was that a Shakespeare story?
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Post by Berengaria » Mon August 13th, 2012, 12:38 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]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.[/quote]
Let me know what you think! I have it on my TBB list.

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Post by Brenna » Mon August 13th, 2012, 1:12 pm

[quote=""Berengaria""]Let me know what you think! I have it on my TBB list.[/quote]

I stayed up until midnight last night to finish it. It was absolutely amazing! I cannot wait to see what happens with the other book(s).
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Post by Madeleine » Mon August 13th, 2012, 7:28 pm

I'm about to start "A Room Full of Bones" by Elly Griffths.
Currently reading: "Bone China" by Laura Purcell

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Post by Tanzanite » Mon August 13th, 2012, 10:14 pm

[quote=""Berengaria""]Let me know what you think! I have it on my TBB list.[/quote]

Regarding Gregory's The Kingmaker's Daughter - about halfway through it. It's not the worst thing by Gregory that I've read (that's still hands down, The Other Queen) and I'm enjoying the actual story she's telling. A major problem however is the continued "dumbing down" - it is written fairly simply with mostly simple sentences and short paragraphs. There is also a fair amount of reminding us too often of how people are related to each other ("the king, your brother" and the like - I'm sure Richard knows the king is his brother...)

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Post by Nefret » Mon August 13th, 2012, 11:03 pm

Is this another book in the Cousins War series? I've been meaning to get that from the library.
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 rebecca » Tue August 14th, 2012, 1:58 am

Ah thank goodness my reading drought seems to be over! Does anyone else get this condition? It drives me nuts! :eek:

I'm reading 'The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne' I loved the movie and had to read the book.

Bec :)

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Post by Susan » Tue August 14th, 2012, 11:42 am

The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon's Court by Michelle Moran just popped onto my Kindle (a pre-order), so I will temporarily stop Now Face to Face by Karleen Koen or read the books simultaneously.
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Post by fljustice » Tue August 14th, 2012, 2:41 pm

[quote=""rebecca""]Ah thank goodness my reading drought seems to be over! Does anyone else get this condition? It drives me nuts! :eek:
Bec :) [/quote]

If you mean every book you pick up is "meh" or worse, yes, I've had that. Primarily because I'm on a relentless quest to reduce my TBR pile of physical books. Sometimes a book comes up in rotation that I'm not in the mood for, but usually it's a book I got through Bookcrossing or picked up at a charity sale that I had a passing interest in and...the interest passed. I sorted my TBR pile a month or so ago and reduced it by about a third, getting rid of any books that didn't pass the "I want to read this now" test.

Glad your drought is over!
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Post by boswellbaxter » Tue August 14th, 2012, 7:11 pm

I started The Kingmaker's Daughter. It's OK so far. I'm grateful that PG didn't take the usual tack in Wars of the Roses novels of making Edward of Lancaster a brute who maltreats Anne, but she neglected to give him a personality. And Anne's reaction to her father's death is strangely muted, since here she's presented as being his favorite daughter.
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