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What Are You Reading? October 2012

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu October 25th, 2012, 2:37 pm

I'm finishing a beta read for a friend. And for my night-stand books, I got a pile of E. Nesbit's children's works free on kindle. Everybody mentions them, but I have never read any, so I think of it as kind of cultural education in nineteenth-century children's literature.

The only time I ever thought of books contained second person (you this, blah blah, and you that) writing was those 'choose you own adventure' series. But now I can cite another example: 19th century British children's books.

Nesbit WAS 19th century, wasn't she?

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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 » Thu October 25th, 2012, 3:03 pm

Edith Nesbit was born in 1858 but I think most of her books were published in the early 1900s - at least her well known ones. I loved The Treasure Seekers and Five Children & It as a child! And, of course, she wrote The Railway Children, another lovely story.
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Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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emr
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Post by emr » Thu October 25th, 2012, 7:49 pm

The Housekeeper + The Professor by Yoko Ogawa. Very nice so far.
"So many books, so little time."
— Frank Zappa

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princess garnet
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Post by princess garnet » Fri October 26th, 2012, 5:13 pm

The Brontes by Juliet Barker (2nd ed)
Originally published in 1994, this book about the Brontes has been revised and updated. This was released in August here in the US this year.

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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 » Fri October 26th, 2012, 8:03 pm

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!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}

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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 » Sat October 27th, 2012, 10:36 am

I will be starting The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry, the first in the Charlotte & Inspectory Thomas Pitt mysteries, later on today.
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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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Longstone" by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
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Post by Madeleine » Sat October 27th, 2012, 11:22 am

[quote=""Vanessa""]I will be starting The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry, the first in the Charlotte & Inspectory Thomas Pitt mysteries, later on today.[/quote]

My aunt recommended Anne Perry to me, and I've got the first in her other series, William Monk, called The Face of a Stranger, and I'm also ordering some of her Christmas novellas, so I'll be interested to see what you think of her books.
Currently reading: "Longstone" by L J Ross

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Susan
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Post by Susan » Sat October 27th, 2012, 12:37 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]My aunt recommended Anne Perry to me, and I've got the first in her other series, William Monk, called The Face of a Stranger, and I'm also ordering some of her Christmas novellas, so I'll be interested to see what you think of her books.[/quote]

I discovered the Anne Perry mysteries about 20 years ago and loved them. There are a few Pitt and Monk ones I have not read. I especially like the Thomas Pitt series. I haven't read the WWI series at all and I have read a few of the Christmas ones.

The most interesting thing about Anne Perry is that she is a convicted murderer. Her real name is Juliet Hulme and at age 15 she and a friend murdered the friend's mother. The story was told in the film Heavenly Creatures (1994) with Kate Winslet playing the Hulme role.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Perry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker%E2% ... lme_murder
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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 » Sat October 27th, 2012, 1:07 pm

I've read the first Christmas novella by Anne Perry - A Christmas Journey. And I've read Sheen on the Silk, a stand alone historical fiction novel. I enjoyed them both. Sheen on the Silk is a little long-winded, I would say. I have a few of the Thomas Pitt mysteries on my TBR pile - I've been slowly building them up via BoochMooch, funnily enough.

Yes, I did know who she was. I believe she lives in Scotland now. And the other girl lives down south. Both have different names but I know the other one teaches horse riding. Quite amusing in its way that Anne Perry writes murder mysteries! Not that I condone what they did, but I accept that some people should have a second chance. Who knows what goes through teenagers' minds! I have one and I haven't a clue what goes on in hers.
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Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Sat October 27th, 2012, 2:37 pm

Yes I knew who she was too. I agree, it's quite ironic that she's a successful crime writer now.
Currently reading: "Longstone" by L J Ross

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