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What Are You Reading? August 2012

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Post by Margaret » Tue August 21st, 2012, 11:33 pm

The Twelve Rooms of the Nile by Enid Shomer. Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert were, as a matter of historical fact, both in Egypt doing a tourist thing on the Nile in 1850. This novel imagines that they met and that the meeting changed both of their lives. I'm enjoying it. It's a very character-driven novel, and the characters are quite richly drawn, as is the setting. There's a bit of Jane Eyre in Florence.
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Post by rebecca » Wed August 22nd, 2012, 1:31 am

Just started 'The Kingmakers Daughter' by Philippa Gregory. It just has to be better than LOTR....Or I'll pull every grey hair out of my head :rolleyes: and then I shall be bald :eek: :D :p

Bec :)

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Post by Nefret » Wed August 22nd, 2012, 1:38 am

For a second, I thought you meant better than a certain Tolkein novel. :p

I'm reading just starting that series.
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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!
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Post by Misfit » Wed August 22nd, 2012, 2:05 am

[quote=""rebecca""]Just started 'The Kingmakers Daughter' by Philippa Gregory. It just has to be better than LOTR....Or I'll pull every grey hair out of my head :rolleyes: and then I shall be bald :eek: :D :p

Bec :) [/quote]

I'm not even going near that one. I heard it was on Net Galley and I behaved myself. She sure is pumping them out.
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Post by Misfit » Wed August 22nd, 2012, 2:15 am

Almost forgot. Working on Let No Man Divide by Elizabeth Kary. Big fat tiny-fonted Civil War romance. St. Louis setting, at least at the start, with a heroine hell bent on nursing the wounded no matter what side they're on. Stepback cover attached for cover artwork geeks.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed August 22nd, 2012, 2:36 am

Ok, what does "LOTR" mean in this case?!

"Lady of the Rivers"?

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Post by rebecca » Thu August 23rd, 2012, 1:54 am

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]Ok, what does "LOTR" mean in this case?!

"Lady of the Rivers"?

SM[/quote]

Yep Lady of the Rivers(which I hated btw)but I am enjoying her latest, 'Kingmakers Daughter'...But I have a feeling she will end it, right when it's getting interesting. I don't know why she does that?

Bec :)

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Post by Justin Swanton » Thu August 23rd, 2012, 5:55 am

Northanger Abbey. I did it as my O'Level set book and it's fun going back to it all these years (!) later.

Do you notice that in Jane Austin's novels it is enough for well-bred lady and gentleman to meet only about half a dozen times in very circumscribed situations (ball, family tea) before deciding they were in love and would get married? Reading between the lines I pick up that romance was not a prime consideration in the late 18th century marriage game. Money was (obviously). But one had to give a nod at least to the higher feelings.
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Post by fljustice » Thu August 23rd, 2012, 3:54 pm

Finished The English Patient (liked the movie better) and continuing The Stolen Crown. Will start When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins.
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Post by Divia » Thu August 23rd, 2012, 4:09 pm

The girl in the steel corset. YA steampunk.
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