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What Are You Reading? October 2012

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Post by fljustice » Tue October 9th, 2012, 2:38 pm

About half through with an ARC of Twelve Rooms of the Nile by Enid Shomer--a literary take on an imaginary meeting of Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert when they both cruised the Nile. Wonderful character development and no plot.
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Post by Berengaria » Thu October 11th, 2012, 2:44 am

I am going to bed early so that I can finish my Sunne in Splendour I finished The Kingmaker's Daughter last night. Quite liked it as I have doubts about Richard's culpability in his nephews' deaths. Have to get reading in while I can.....new grand daughter is due in a few weeks! And I'm looking after an injured husband! :rolleyes:
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Post by annis » Thu October 11th, 2012, 3:14 am

Poseidon's Spear by Christian Cameron-- ahhhh, yet another CC feast for the lover of historical adventure :)

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu October 11th, 2012, 3:58 am

Still on Hawk Quest -- unputdownable!

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Post by annis » Thu October 11th, 2012, 5:32 am

Posted by MLE
Still on Hawk Quest -- unputdownable!
I was seriously impressed with Hawkquest -- review here-- and hope the sequel Robert Lyndon is working on isn't 10 years in the making like HQ!

Enjoyed every minute of Poseidon's Spear - but dammit! What is it with the lack of copy-editing so rife in today's books, even ones produced by reputable publishers? Even Cameron's terrific storytelling can't stop me from gnashing my teeth when I encounter someone "sewing discord' ( though it is an intriguing image) and a few other similar bloopers are scattered through the story. To be fair, Poseidon's Spear is a very minor offender compared to some books I've read in recent times, but once you just never found this sort of mistake. Unfortunately it's rapidly becoming the norm. I find it unacceptable, but am I being unrealistic in expecting better? Perhaps I'm just a lone grumpy pedant crying for the good old days :)
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Post by emr » Thu October 11th, 2012, 7:10 am

I thought Hawk Quesr was great, only a little dry in the romance department. Poseidon's with problems? uh... maybe he's trying to do too much after all.
Currently reading Mistwalker by Denise Lopes Heald sf with 2 problems: a tiny font and.... well it's commendable that the author has invented a entire slang for this planet but I don't understand a word.... **frustrated.
And reading Slash And Burn by Colin Cotterill. I hope this is not the last Siri...
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Post by annis » Thu October 11th, 2012, 5:13 pm

Love Dr Siri :) Cotterill has written a couple of novels in a new series set in Vietnam, but I haven't taken to them quite as much as the Dr Siri ones.

I wouldn't blame Cameron for the odd error in his book (and they may not even be errors he himself made) - it's up to his publisher to make sure that they don't appear in print. I still think a lot of these published mistakes are the result of just running scripts through spell-check rather than using a copy-editor. It just annoys me because it jolts me out of a story when I come across one of these bloopers.
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Post by Nefret » Fri October 12th, 2012, 3:56 am

Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors by Nicholas Wade
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!
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Post by Vanessa » Fri October 12th, 2012, 9:08 am

I'll be starting Quentins by Maeve Binchy tonight. A hopefully more pleasant tale than the somewhat sinister Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert!
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Post by Ludmilla » Fri October 12th, 2012, 11:17 am

[quote=""Nefret""]Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors by Nicholas Wade[/quote]

I liked that one, Nefret.

I'm currently reading The Child Thief by Brom which is a dark reimagining of Peter Pan.

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