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What Are You Reading? August 2012

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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) » Tue August 14th, 2012, 7:36 pm

I just got Hawk Quest in the mail. And I have Night Circus on my kindle (book club read for next month). But I still have the last third of Hollick's Forever Queen to go, and it's good. And of course, my excellent research book. Hmm, what to read next?

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Bone China" by Laura Purcell
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
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Post by Madeleine » Wed August 15th, 2012, 9:12 am

I'm with you on the whittling down of the tbr piles, Faith. I've decided to try to do mine -very slowly! - and made a start on a very small pile last night. There were more books in the pile than I thought, and to my delight one of them was Rory Clements' "Revenger", which I thought was well hidden in one of the stacks. So that's now right at the top, as I loved "Martyr" and have the next one to read. Now if I could find C J Sansom's "Sovereign", that would be even better!
Currently reading: "Bone China" by Laura Purcell

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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 » Thu August 16th, 2012, 9:52 am

I'm about to start The Girl on the Stairs by Louise Welsh, a book I've been sent to review.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

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Post by J.D. Oswald » Thu August 16th, 2012, 12:55 pm

Someone lent me The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse, but I struggled to get into it, so I've picked up The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, which I bought ages ago in a fit of Booker enthusiasm. I'm enjoying it so far.

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Post by EC2 » Thu August 16th, 2012, 1:04 pm

Gave up on A Discovery of Witches because it was just hanging round and I had become disenchanted and annoyed with the main characters. I'm fascinated though by how controlling men seem to be in the sought after ascendant in fiction at the moment.
Now reading a modern thriller as an antidote. Back of Beyond by C. J. Box. I need to realign my compass before I head back into historical themes.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
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'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by TiciaRoma » Fri August 17th, 2012, 2:53 am

The Physician, by Noah Gordon
Tish

"If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads but what he rereads." Nobel Laureate Francois Mauriac

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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) » Fri August 17th, 2012, 5:03 am

[quote=""TiciaRoma""]The Physician, by Noah Gordon[/quote]
I'm reading that too. What do you think of it so far?

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Post by Ludmilla » Fri August 17th, 2012, 2:11 pm

Taking advantage of a past Kindle bargain, and reading Random Harvest by James Hilton. I remember loving Lost Horizon when I read it as a young girl, so not sure why I haven't tried more by him until now.

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Post by TiciaRoma » Fri August 17th, 2012, 7:48 pm

[quote=""MLE""]I'm reading that too. What do you think of it so far?[/quote]

I like the story, I'm about a third of the wat through. I do think there are some unrealistic elements, though, given that it's supposed to take place in the 11th C. The names, for one thing, how educated and literate so many of the non-noble characters are, and Rob J's observations often strike me as achronistic for the times. Nonetheless, it's a very different and interesting story-line.
Tish

"If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads but what he rereads." Nobel Laureate Francois Mauriac

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Post by Misfit » Fri August 17th, 2012, 8:44 pm

I'm on the last 200 pages of Omamori by Richard McGill. WWII Japan. 750 pages of big fat, tiny fonted family saga. Love it.
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