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What Are You Reading? November 2012

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston
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Post by Madeleine » Fri November 16th, 2012, 9:38 am

Just started "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley.
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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Post by Vanessa » Fri November 16th, 2012, 10:17 am

I've just started Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

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Post by J.D. Oswald » Fri November 16th, 2012, 9:50 pm

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

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Post by annis » Sat November 17th, 2012, 3:18 am

Posted by Madeline
Just started "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley.
I just love Flavia de Luce! I did wonder if the premise of the precocious, very young heroine/detective might get old fairly quickly, but Flavia has a mitigating and endearing vulnerability about her, and I've really enjoyed the whole series- now waiting on next year's episode to come out :)

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Post by Madeleine » Sat November 17th, 2012, 12:20 pm

[quote=""annis""]Posted by Madeline


I just love Flavia de Luce! I did wonder if the premise of the precocious, very young heroine/detective might get old fairly quickly, but Flavia has a mitigating and endearing vulnerability about her, and I've really enjoyed the whole series- now waiting on next year's episode to come out :) [/quote]

Yes it's promising so far. The chemistry stuff goes straight over my head though :o but I like Flavia a lot already.
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Post by EC2 » Sat November 17th, 2012, 1:44 pm

Finally got around to reading The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau and I'm enjoying it a lot. A bit lighter than Sansom, but lots going on.

Disclaimer. I was sent this by the UK publisher Orion last year. My policy on reading novels for endorsement is that mostly I buy them myself, read in my own time and only if I really like them do I go ahead and shout to readers. Orion sent me this copy as a complimentary but in the full knowledge that I don't read for quotes. It has been on my shelf for over a year - moved house with it in March - but this week was the week where the whim struck and I picked it up. So far so good. :)
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Post by Susan » Sat November 17th, 2012, 2:10 pm

[quote=""EC2""]Finally got around to reading The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau and I'm enjoying it a lot. A bit lighter than Sansom, but lots going on.[/quote]

Sounds interesting. I may read it next. Right now I am reading a very different perspective of nuns!
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat November 17th, 2012, 3:27 pm

[quote=""EC2""]Finally got around to reading The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau and I'm enjoying it a lot. A bit lighter than Sansom, but lots going on.

Disclaimer. I was sent this by the UK publisher Orion last year. My policy on reading novels for endorsement is that mostly I buy them myself, read in my own time and only if I really like them do I go ahead and shout to readers. Orion sent me this copy as a complimentary but in the full knowledge that I don't read for quotes. It has been on my shelf for over a year - moved house with it in March - but this week was the week where the whim struck and I picked it up. So far so good. :) [/quote]
Somebody gave me that, too. It's collecting dust on the TBR pile. If you like it, maybe I'll get around to reading it.

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Post by EC2 » Sat November 17th, 2012, 3:55 pm

[quote=""MLE""]Somebody gave me that, too. It's collecting dust on the TBR pile. If you like it, maybe I'll get around to reading it.[/quote]

With the caveat that a pinch of salt is required in places, it's a fine and intriguing adventure story with entertaining characters and an appealing heroine. I like it a lot.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
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For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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Post by Treebeard » Sun November 18th, 2012, 3:06 am

I'm going to give "1421" by Gavin Menzies a go. It's described as the history of the Chinese exploration of the west coast of what later became the US (along with many other locations).

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