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What Are You Reading? November 2012

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Post by J.D. Oswald » Thu November 22nd, 2012, 4:57 pm

I've just finished The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. Being a Sherlock Holmes fan, I was looking forward to reading the book and really wanted to like it. There were some exciting sections but ultimately I found that Holmes in this novel didn't come to life for me, and the outcome was fairly easy to predict.
I've now started Simon Callow's biography of Charles Dickens.

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Post by Susan » Fri November 23rd, 2012, 7:39 pm

A Place Beyond Courage by Elizabeth Chadwick
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Post by annis » Sat November 24th, 2012, 4:39 am

Splintered Kingdom, by the baby-faced James Aitcheson - the further adventures of Norman knight Tancred a Dinant. Now settled on his own English estate, things are about to get rough again for Tancred as post-Conquest rebellion brews on the Welsh border and he takes on English resistance leader, Eadric the Wild. Good stuff!

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Post by Vanessa » Sat November 24th, 2012, 10:47 am

I've had to put Little Dorrit on the back burner for a while. I've had to start The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp by Eva Rice (who wrote The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets which I loved) - it's an advance reading copy and they want a review by 3 December!! :eek:
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Post by Amanda » Sat November 24th, 2012, 10:58 am

I've started Fever by Mary Beth Keane which is HF about typhoid Mary.

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Post by fljustice » Sun November 25th, 2012, 8:25 pm

Back from vacation and finished a number of books on the looong plane rides...read less than normal during the land time: The Greatest Knight and The Time of Singing (US title) by Elizabeth Chadwick and Lucky You by Carl Hiaason.

Got over half way through a 668 page ebook The Frontiersmen by Allen Eckert and several chapters into a pbook The Song of Troy by Colleen McCullough. Left the NF Constantine the Emperor on the bedside and will be getting back to that soon.
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Post by Brenna » Sun November 25th, 2012, 11:15 pm

Finished Carol Goodman's The Lake of Lost Languages. I picked that up at the Poisoned Pen in AZ. Loved it!

I had to put Jack Whyte's The Eagle on the back burner for awhile and am now reading Dance with Kings (I think that's the title).

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Post by laktor » Mon November 26th, 2012, 12:16 am

Not fiction, but just read Like Me by country singer Chely Wright. Have started 2 books, Most Evil in the true crime category (by Steve Hodel), which I checked out of the library and Steven Saylor's The Seven Wonders, the first ebook that I purchased this weekend to read on my Kobo Glow. I had to call Kobo's helpline to get it downloaded as online instructions were poor and misleading. I think I'll be fine with future downloads.

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Post by Tanzanite » Mon November 26th, 2012, 11:46 pm


I had to put Jack Whyte's The Eagle on the back burner for awhile.[/quote]

I wasn't impressed with this one either (although it was slightly better than The Lance Thrower).

I"m reading Queen of the Lightning by Kathleen Herbert (mid 7thc Britain)

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Post by annis » Tue November 27th, 2012, 3:22 am

Posted by Tanzanite
I"m reading Queen of the Lightning by Kathleen Herbert (mid 7thc Britain)
Herbert's Northumbria trilogy is on my all-time favourites list. I read them when they were first published in the '80s and immediately developed a passion for Dark Age Britain :) I believe that Trifolium books are looking at reissuing them. I've got a copy of KH's non-fic Looking for the Lost Gods of England somewhere, too.

Currently reading Simon Scarrow's Sword and the Scimitar, a novel about the 1565 Siege of Malta. Interesting to read a non-Roman Scarrow story! Seems to be a popular topic at the moment - William Napier recently wrote a book called The Great Siege, part of his Clash of Empires series.

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