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What Are You Reading? September 2012

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon September 3rd, 2012, 2:32 pm

Almost done with The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton.

And about halfway into Mistress of the Sea by Jenny Barden.

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Post by annis » Mon September 3rd, 2012, 8:58 pm

Just finished Steven Saylor's Seven Wonders (thumbs up :) ) and had a bit of trouble settling to a new read. Tried Jack Whyte's Forest Laird but it wasn't doing it for me, so am now reading and enjoying James Runcie's Shadow of Death, first in a series of gentle mysteries à la Agatha Christie, set in rural Cambridgeshire, England, in the 1950s. Grantchester, in fact, famous for its association with WWI poet Rupert Brooke and inspiration for Brooke's poem The Old Vicarage: Grantchester, which ends with the lines:
Stands the Church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?
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Post by Brenna » Tue September 4th, 2012, 3:55 pm

Balancing three books at the moment which is a record for me:

Katie Whitaker-Royal Passion (relationship between Charles I and Henrietta Marie)
Lindsey Davis- Rebels and Traitors (having a really hard time following a storyline here-if there is one)
Discovery of Witches (Kindle). Sooooo good so far.

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Post by Nefret » Sat September 8th, 2012, 2:03 am

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
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 » Sat September 8th, 2012, 2:24 am

Finished the Spider King by Lawrence Schoonover (Louis XI). Now starting The Herron Heritage by Janice Young Brooks (unless I change my mind again).
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Post by Madeleine » Sat September 8th, 2012, 10:50 am

Reading "Red Bones", a murder mystery set in the Shetland Islands.
Currently reading "Murder on the Moorland" by Helen Cox

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Post by Tanzanite » Sat September 8th, 2012, 4:36 pm

In the last few weeks I've finished PG's The Kingmaker's Daughter (not as bad as some of her other books, but defiantly far from her best) and an OOP - The Lion of Alnwick by Carol Wensby-Scott (excellent!). Now reading The Gilded Lily by Deborah Swift which is a sequel of sorts to her first book, The Lady's Slipper.

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Post by annis » Sat September 8th, 2012, 8:56 pm

Posted by Tanzanite
- an OOP - The Lion of Alnwick by Carol Wensby-Scott (excellent!).
Fantastic trilogy- wish someone would reissue it in a font of readable size!

Wet weekend so with not much else to do apart from the usual boring vacuuming and ironing, have been catching up on my TBR pile and have read to date:

Nick Brown’s Imperial Banner (Agent of Rome #2 - plenty of action and intrigue- fun, if OTT, and more fluent than Bk 1. Corbulo, the hero, is so annoyingly up himself, though, that I itch to box his noble Roman ears :)

Rosie Goodwin, The Ribbon Weaver. "A baby rescued from the snow. A wealthy family's tragic secret. A girl determined to make her mark." Victorian gothic-style saga with plenty of melodrama- always good for a light read.

Colin Cotterill, Grandad, There’s a Head on the Beach. The inimitable CC – latest in his Jimm Juree series set in more recent Thailand. Enjoyable, but Dr Siri is still my favourite.

Boneland by Alan Garner (Childrens/YA), conclusion to his Weirdstone trilogy, written fifty years on – always a brilliant writer, but this is a little confusing and well, weird!.

Now reading Sam Barone’s Trella & Eskkar: The Beginning , a prequel to his series set in Bronze Age Mesopotamia. Barone always said he’d go back one day and write the backstory of his two main characters and now he’s done it, and an excellent read it is, too. Eskkar's story is written an interesting episodic style, rather reminiscent of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian stories.
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Post by Susan » Sun September 9th, 2012, 2:35 am

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani...feel like I need to read something a bit more contemporary after spending some time in the Pendle Forest in the late 16th-early 17th centuries.
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Post by fljustice » Sun September 9th, 2012, 3:03 pm

Finished King's 11/22/63 which, for the most part, was wonderful. Started The Princess Bride on the Nook for commuting and continuing with a couple of non-fiction for research and bed-reading.
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