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What Are You Reading? September 2012

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Post by Ludmilla » Thu September 27th, 2012, 5:21 pm

Just finished Jetta Carleton's forgotten little gem of a novel, The Moonflower Vine, which is a family saga set during the first half of the 20th century in rural Missouri. I grew up in this area, so it was like stepping back in time to the world of my parents and grandparents. Similar to Harper Lee, this was the only novel published in the author's lifetime (though I see where a 2nd novel was recently discovered and posthumously published). Carleton was truly a gifted storyteller with a rare and canny ability to engage all of your senses and paint a picture with words.

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Post by R.W.Ware » Thu September 27th, 2012, 7:04 pm

Finished Donald Maass's The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great, added Peter Straub's Floating Dragon. Read Steven Pressfield's Turning Pro. Still working on Duggan's Conscience of the King, Abercrombie's The Blade Itself and Sharon Kay Penman's Here Be Dragons. I must admit that I thought Penman's book would be much smoother. The dialogue is stilted and as-you-know-bob-ish and some of the scenes are cheesy and difficult for me to believe. And it's a might-thick tome for that to be an issue. I hope it gets better.
Never violate a woman, nor harm a child. Do not lie, cheat or steal. These things are for lesser men. Protect the weak against the evil strong. Never allow thoughts of gain lead you into the pursuit of evil. Never back away from an enemy. Either fight or surrender. It is not enough to say I will not be evil. Evil must be fought wherever it is found.

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Post by Amanda » Fri September 28th, 2012, 1:50 am

I have started Sister Queens by Sophie Periot.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri September 28th, 2012, 6:07 am

I have a stack of HF to finish up, so I'm back to Through a Glass Darkly. In non HF, I'm reading S.M. Stirling's Dies the Fire for book group.

I have Riley's Marigold Chain on my kindle, but they made the font so tiny that I have to blow it up to second-to-largest setting just to get fewer than 800 words to a screen, which means that any time I switch to another book, I end up with three words on the page. I am not so entranced with the book that it's worth it.

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Post by Nefret » Fri September 28th, 2012, 6:14 am

The Hole in the Universe by K.C. Cole *pets new science book*
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 SCW » Fri September 28th, 2012, 12:27 pm

Finished This Shining Land by Rosalind Laker
I've never read any novels about the German occupation of Norway before. There are a lot about the occupation of France, Italy, Poland, even the Channel Islands. I would like to read more
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Post by fljustice » Fri September 28th, 2012, 2:51 pm

Finished NF Aetius: Attila's Nemesis by Ian Hughes, a competent and useful biography. Now taking up an ARC from LibraryThing, Constantine the Emperor by David Potter from Oxford University Press.
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Post by rebecca » Sun September 30th, 2012, 4:44 am

I finished 'The Crown' and have just started to read 'The Casual Vacancy'(not HF-And it's definately not Harry Potter :p ) by J. K Rowling.

Bec :)

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Post by annis » Sun September 30th, 2012, 6:26 am

Posted by SCW
I've never read any novels about the German occupation of Norway before. There are a lot about the occupation of France, Italy, Poland, even the Channel Islands. I would like to read more
An old one I enjoyed was John Steinbeck's The Moon is Down. It's the story of resistance in a small Nowegian village. It's a bit of a classic, but not technically HF because it was published in 1942, during the war.

@ Rebecca: Casual Vacancy has been compared to Eliot's Middlemarch, and I was amused by a Guardian review which dubbed it Mugglemarch :)

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Post by Wolfshead » Sun September 30th, 2012, 11:54 am

The Leopard Sword by Anthony Riches. This guy is a great writer.

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