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What Are You Reading? November 2012

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Post by Vanessa » Mon November 12th, 2012, 11:01 am

I'm over half-way through Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, a fantasy dual timeframe story set in the present day and 1940.
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Post by Susan » Mon November 12th, 2012, 12:46 pm

Illuminations by Mary Sharratt
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Post by wendy » Mon November 12th, 2012, 1:34 pm

[quote=""Susan""]Illuminations by Mary Sharratt[/quote]

What do you think? I've almost finished and am really enjoying this fascinating tale.
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Post by Misfit » Mon November 12th, 2012, 4:00 pm

[quote=""wendy""]What do you think? I've almost finished and am really enjoying this fascinating tale.[/quote]

Am I the only one who finds Sharratt's books underwhelming? :confused: :(
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Post by Susan » Mon November 12th, 2012, 7:26 pm

[quote=""wendy""]What do you think? I've almost finished and am really enjoying this fascinating tale.[/quote]


Not too far into the book yet, Wendy, but so far so good.
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Post by Susan » Mon November 12th, 2012, 7:30 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Am I the only one who finds Sharratt's books underwhelming? :confused: :( [/quote]

The only other Sharratt book I've read is Daughters of the Witching Hill. I found it to be a bleak book, but life and the situations in the book are also bleak. I didn't find it underwhelming, but I wish Sharratt had added some kind of hope.
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Post by Ash » Tue November 13th, 2012, 12:06 am

hat do you think? I've almost finished and am really enjoying this fascinating tale.
Im liking it very much! Almost finished with it. I think she does a good job keeping the focus on her and her battle with the powers that be - no subplots to mess things up. I have been playing some of her music as I read, she really was gifted. I'd love to read more selections from her book.

I thought it interesting that Sharrat mentiones another story about Hildegard's childhood, one which places her in Jutta's home until she was 12. Even with that, hard to imagine living in that kind of prison for 30 years.

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Post by rebecca » Tue November 13th, 2012, 1:50 am

[quote=""Misfit""]Am I the only one who finds Sharratt's books underwhelming? :confused: :( [/quote]

I thought I would wait for reviews of her new book as I didn't like 'Daughters of the Witching Hill.' I like to give authors a chance, in that not every novel is going to be brilliant so I'll wait a little longer for 'Illuminations.'

You're not alone Misfit. ;)

Bec :)

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Post by Misfit » Tue November 13th, 2012, 2:45 am

[quote=""rebecca""]I thought I would wait for reviews of her new book as I didn't like 'Daughters of the Witching Hill.' I like to give authors a chance, in that not every novel is going to be brilliant so I'll wait a little longer for 'Illuminations.'

You're not alone Misfit. ;)

Bec :) [/quote]

Whew! I loathed The Vanishing Point (I think that was the title), and while there were a lot of good things about Witching Hill, there were issues with the narrative and I forget what else, that led me not to rate it higher than three.
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Post by Nefret » Tue November 13th, 2012, 4:31 am

Shadows and Light by Anne Bishop
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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