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What Are You Reading? October 2012

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Misfit
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Post by Misfit » Sat October 20th, 2012, 12:19 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I loved that book! I think Sins of the Fathers is a sequel.

I've just started The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.[/quote]

From looking at Moppet's review on Goodreads, I believe it is a sequel. I do love how Howatch parallels historical characters. Marked as a spoiler for those who want to go in blind, but it isn't really a spoiler
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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 » Sat October 20th, 2012, 2:07 pm

I didn't realise it was a historical parallel. That's interesting.
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Post by Misfit » Sat October 20th, 2012, 2:12 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I didn't realise it was a historical parallel. That's interesting.[/quote]

I love how she slips those in. If you aren't aware of it and/or looking for it, you'd just kick in for a good story. I'm still trying to figure out who MA is going to be.
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Post by fljustice » Sat October 20th, 2012, 2:28 pm

Working on a couple of ARC's, Constantine the Emperor (NF) by David Potter and The Raven's Seal by Andrei Baltakmens. Also have an early reader's ebook collection of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin. I've read several of her collections before, so I'm sure I've read many of these...not a problem though, she's such a great writer, I'd happily reread her work.
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Post by Brenna » Sun October 21st, 2012, 1:55 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]From looking at Moppet's review on Goodreads, I believe it is a sequel. I do love how Howatch parallels historical characters. Marked as a spoiler for those who want to go in blind, but it isn't really a spoiler
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Is Howatch out of print? I went looking for one of her books at B&N and they didn't have any!
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Post by Misfit » Sun October 21st, 2012, 2:56 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]Is Howatch out of print? I went looking for one of her books at B&N and they didn't have any![/quote]

It looks like some are still in print, although they are MMPB and since her books are typically HUGE I look for the hardbacks. Libraries still have them, and I spot them all the time at the book sales, which is where I picked this one up. Some are on Kindle, although rather spendy. My library has the Church of England series on kindle, but that's one series I'm not very interested in, at least for the moment. Her *Plantagenet* trilogy is just fabulous. Penmarric, Cashelmara and Wheel of Fortune.
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Favourite HF book: Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
Preferred HF: Any time period/location. Timeslip, usually prefer female POV. Also love Gothic melodrama.
Location: Northeast Scotland

Post by Lisa » Mon October 22nd, 2012, 9:01 am

[quote=""princess""]I started this but couldn't finish. I would recommend Lion Let Loose - it's about James I of Scotland. The first of Tranter's I read and by far my favourite :) [/quote]

Thanks! I'll give that one a try next time. I'm about half way through Druid Sacrifice now and I am finding it rather slow, and the characters a bit flat. And it does tend to read like one long geography lesson!

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Post by Brenna » Mon October 22nd, 2012, 12:18 pm

I finished Jack Whyte's book on William Wallace. The beginning and the end were really well done, the middle just dragged on a bit. I think Whyte/his editor got too into some rather unneccessary details for the middle 200 pages which is unfortunate. I started Manda Scott's "Dreaming the Eagle." I'm only 30 pages in but it is soooooo gooooood!
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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 October 22nd, 2012, 4:04 pm

Priestess of the White by Trudi Canavan
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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Currently reading: "The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne" by M L Longworth
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime, dual time-frame
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Post by Madeleine » Thu October 25th, 2012, 10:05 am

"Sleep, Pale Sister" by Joanne Harris.
Currently reading: "The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne" by M L Longworth

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