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What Are You Reading? September 2012

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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 » Mon September 24th, 2012, 9:16 am

I've just started Daughters of Fire by Barbara Erskine.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Mon September 24th, 2012, 1:47 pm

[quote=""Berengaria""]Mrs. Danvers.....and the suspense that builds, and a twist....keep reading![/quote]

[quote=""rebecca""]I am with Berengaria keep reading. I found the writing style a little dated and the never named new Mrs de Winter a little annoying, but the real villain in my eyes has always been Maxim de Winter and ofcourse the obsessed Mrs. Danvers.

Bec :) [/quote]

[quote=""Madeleine""]Yes the writing style probably does seem a bit dated nowadays to us modern gals ;) and it is a bit slow to start off with; it does build up and it's worth hanging on for the splendidly sinister Mrs Danvers and her machinations and plotting which leads to poor Mrs de W putting her foot in it - you'll see!

I agree Mrs de W is a bit wet, even allowing for the type of life she'd had before she met Maxim, but bear in mind that both he and Mrs Danvers were very intimidating. And you never do find out what Mrs de W's first name is, it's one of the things that the book is famous for.

Hope you enjoy it as it all starts to unfold![/quote]

[quote=""Vanessa""]I loved Rebecca and I love DduM's style of writing - I must be an old-fashioned girl! LOL. I agree about Mrs Danvers or 'Danny' as Jack Favell refers to her as. Have you seen any of the adaptations, Brenna?[/quote]

Ok, Ok, OK I kept reading and things are starting (or maybe ending at this point) to unfold. They've gone to London to talk to Dr. Baker and gives some news. The way the story is written has kept me interested, I just wasn't sure if I was missing something or if most of the action happens at the end. I should finish tonight.
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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 » Mon September 24th, 2012, 2:28 pm

DduM is famous for her ambiguous endings, leaving you to your own conclusions.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Nefret
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Favourite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
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Post by Nefret » Mon September 24th, 2012, 8:23 pm

Shields of Pride by Elizabeth Chadwick
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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Post by annis » Thu September 27th, 2012, 5:04 am

Just started Robert Low's Crowbone, yay! I've been hanging out for this. So glad the Oathsworn have been resurrected for one last outing...

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sweetpotatoboy
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Thu September 27th, 2012, 7:29 am

[quote=""Brenna""]I'm still reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and spending a lot of time scratching my head and wanting to smack Mrs. de Winter. I've heard nothing but wonderful things about this, what am I missing?[/quote]

I read it a couple of years ago for a book group and it was completely different from what I'd been expecting. It's a weird mishmash of genres. I was expecting some sort of windblown romantic saga, but it's not that at all. Kind of mystery, kind of rom-semi-com, almost soap operatic in parts. At the time, I was scratching my head at its continuing appeal, but the truth is it sticks in your head longer than most books. One of a kind.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Light within Us" by Charlotte Betts
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime, dual time-frame
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Thu September 27th, 2012, 8:50 am

I agree Rebecca is a bit soapy in parts, but generally I'd call it a psychological thriller. Semi rom-com? Hmm, never heard it called that before! Some of it probably is a bit farcical but I don't think I'd call it a comedy.
Currently reading: "The Light within Us" by Charlotte Betts

SCW
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Preferred HF: Lately World Two or the time immediately before and after this period
Location: Australia

Post by SCW » Thu September 27th, 2012, 11:26 am

50 Shades of Grey (no only joking) But there are some rather funny reviews on GoodReads .

This Shining Land by Rosalind Laker. WW2 novel about German Occupation of Norway. Not bad for $1.55

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Post by Misfit » Thu September 27th, 2012, 4:37 pm

[quote=""SCW""]50 Shades of Grey (no only joking) But there are some rather funny reviews on GoodReads .

This Shining Land by Rosalind Laker. WW2 novel about German Occupation of Norway. Not bad for $1.55[/quote]

Yes, the 50 shades reviews are creative at times. I liked This Shining Land a lot. Different from Laker's usual formula.
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Post by fljustice » Thu September 27th, 2012, 5:01 pm

Finished Hilary mantel's An Experiment in Love. Not what I usually read, but kept me engrossed. The ending came totally out of the blue.
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