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What Are You Reading? November 2012

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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Tue November 27th, 2012, 2:02 pm

[quote=""Tanzanite""]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)[/quote]

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

I've just read too many Arthur books and just didn't have it in me to read another one at the moment.

I wish my library carried Herbert because I've heard nothing but good things!


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. .

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I hope you are right because I would really like to read them
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue November 27th, 2012, 2:05 pm

[quote=""Tanzanite""]I wasn't impressed with this one either (although it was slightly better than The Lance Thrower).[/quote]

I enjoyed many of the early books in Jack Whyte's Camulod Chronicles series and I read the whole series, but there were some duds for sure. The last two books weren't great, and the standalone 'Uther' was a big mistake, in my view.

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Post by Madeleine » Tue November 27th, 2012, 2:07 pm

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


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.[/quote]

Oh I hope so :) , their website just says "in the near future". I'd also love to read Moon in Leo.

Have you seen Trifolium's offices? I want to live in them!
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Post by annis » Tue November 27th, 2012, 6:44 pm

I don't know if you have a Kindle or iPad Kindle app, Madeline, but if you do Moon in Leo is available as an ebook. You can buy the actual book as well of course, but it might be one that libraries won't necessarily stock. I know our library has a policy on not buying self-pubbed books or ones from small indie publishers.

The Trifolium office is super cute, isn't it? And a view to die for :)
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Post by princess garnet » Tue November 27th, 2012, 11:17 pm

The Crimson Crown by Cinda W. Chima (#4 in her Seven Realms series)

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Post by Madeleine » Wed November 28th, 2012, 9:41 am

[quote=""annis""]I don't know if you have a Kindle or iPad Kindle app, Madeline, but if you do Moon in Leo is available as an ebook. You can buy the actual book as well of course, but it might be one that libraries won't necessarily stock. I know our library has a policy on not buying self-pubbed books or ones from small indie publishers.

The Trifolium office is super cute, isn't it? And a view to die for :) [/quote]

I don't have any e-gadgets, but have found the book on a bookstore website, who will order it on demand, and I have a loyalty card with this store, so if I use some of my points I can get a bit of money off, making it a reasonable price. But thanks for the hint.
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Post by annis » Thu November 29th, 2012, 5:17 am

To my surprise, struggling with Simon Scarrow's Sword and Scimitar, set around the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. I love most of Scarrow's Cato & Macro series set in the ancient Roman world, but this one is quite frankly tedious and I'm finding it difficult to care whether the Turks dispose of our hero or not - in fact it might be a blessing if they do! Stick to Tim Willocks' The Religion, I say, or David Ball's older novel also called The Sword and the Scimitar (aka Ironfire).

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Post by EC2 » Thu November 29th, 2012, 12:24 pm

Does Dorothy Dunnett cover the siege of Malta in The Disorderly Knights, or am I thinking of another event? (the book is in storage). Anyway, I remember loving it!
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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Post by Amanda » Thu November 29th, 2012, 10:23 pm

[quote=""EC2""]Does Dorothy Dunnett cover the siege of Malta in The Disorderly Knights, or am I thinking of another event? (the book is in storage). Anyway, I remember loving it![/quote]

Yes she does. I read that about 6 months ago. Myh favourite of the 3 in the series thus far.

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Post by annis » Fri November 30th, 2012, 1:36 am

Posted by EC
Does Dorothy Dunnett cover the siege of Malta in The Disorderly Knights, or am I thinking of another event?
Must admit it's probably 25 years or so since my last re-read of the Lymond series- I first starting reading them when I was a teenager. Not sure if I'd like to do another re-read at this stage- my literary tastes have changed so much I'm often disappointed by old favourites these days.

Have bailed on Scarrow's Sword and the ScImitar - life's too short to perservere with bad books, and this one is a bit of a shocker in my opinion, especially from someone of Scarrow's undoubted ability. It's not absolutely dreadful, just frustratingly clunky and tedious. I guess every author is entitled to the odd off-day :) On to Bernard Cornwell's 1365, a novel about the Battle of Poitiers.
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