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What Are You Reading? August 2012

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Justin Swanton
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Post by Justin Swanton » Sun August 19th, 2012, 8:14 pm

Jane Eyre. Must say I enjoyed it - a world so completely unlike our own it's refreshing (OK, Rochester is a bore and St. John a cad).
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Post by lauragill » Sun August 19th, 2012, 9:20 pm

Finally broke down and paid the $65 for a used copy of The Knossos Labyrinth by Rodney Castelden. Wouldn't you know that Knossos is such a complicated, controversial site! I'm going to have to cross a lot of T's and dot a lot of I's, and get all my duckies in a row with the book I intend to write once all this research is over.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Unto us a son is Given" by Donna Leon
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime, dual time-frame
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Post by Madeleine » Mon August 20th, 2012, 8:31 am

[quote=""fljustice""]Starting on The English Patient for the house book and The Stolen Crown for the Nook/commuter book. Not far in either yet.[/quote]

I found The English Patient a very hard read; if I hadn't seen the film I think I would have found it pretty incomprehensible.

Justin - I agree about St John, but Rochester a bore?? :eek: Guess it's a woman thing ;)
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Post by emr » Mon August 20th, 2012, 9:21 am

Started Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal but 100 pages later I'm not thrilled with it. Skimming pages and pages of Churchill's discourses and getting annoyed by repetitions. I know if I stop I'll never get back to this book so I'll give it another 100 pages and try to ignore the call of the mountain...
"So many books, so little time."
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Post by Justin Swanton » Mon August 20th, 2012, 11:38 am

[quote=""Madeleine""]Justin - I agree about St John, but Rochester a bore?? :eek: Guess it's a woman thing ;) [/quote]

It's just that he is created from head to toe to be a woman's man. He cannot see anything worthwhile beyond finding the ideal mate. When not occupied with that he is either inflating himself (sometimes quite theatrically) or marking time.
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Post by fljustice » Mon August 20th, 2012, 2:02 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]I found The English Patient a very hard read; if I hadn't seen the film I think I would have found it pretty incomprehensible.[/quote]

It's pretty dense so far, but the layers are peeling back and making it more comprehensible. I agree, seeing the movie has helped...a lot. I read another of his books In the Skin of the Lion several years ago and it was more traditional in its story telling. I have vague memories of it sharing some characters, but don't quote me!
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Post by Nefret » Mon August 20th, 2012, 6:13 pm

The Teaberry Strangler by Laura Childs
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
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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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Tue August 21st, 2012, 8:43 am

I've just started Maeve Binchy's "Nights of Rain and Stars".
Currently reading: "Unto us a son is Given" by Donna Leon

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Vanessa
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Post by Vanessa » Tue August 21st, 2012, 9:06 am

That's a nice book for this time of year, Madeleine!

I'm just about to start The Homecoming by Cynthia Harrod Eagles, the 24th book in the Morland Dynasty series.
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Post by Madeleine » Tue August 21st, 2012, 10:33 am

[quote=""Vanessa""]That's a nice book for this time of year, Madeleine!

I'm just about to start The Homecoming by Cynthia Harrod Eagles, the 24th book in the Morland Dynasty series.[/quote]

Yes I thought I'd try and get some of the holiday vibe! ;)
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