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What Are You Reading? December 2012

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Post by fljustice » Tue December 11th, 2012, 5:16 pm

Finally finished a doorstop book (668 pages--luckily on the NOOK.) The Frontiersmen, which is called a novel but reads like non-fiction. Excellent research on the settling of the Northwest Territories from both the Native American and settler's POVs. Fascinating discussion in the Author's Chapter Notes that implies Andrew Jackson, our 7th President (and first "Western" president) was born at sea as his parents immigrated to the United States, thus making him ineligible for the Presidency. Eckert provides some convincing evidence. The first birther controversy!
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Post by Misfit » Tue December 11th, 2012, 5:41 pm

[quote=""fljustice""]Finally finished a doorstop book (668 pages--luckily on the NOOK.) The Frontiersmen, which is called a novel but reads like non-fiction. Excellent research on the settling of the Northwest Territories from both the Native American and settler's POVs. Fascinating discussion in the Author's Chapter Notes that implies Andrew Jackson, our 7th President (and first "Western" president) was born at sea as his parents immigrated to the United States, thus making him ineligible for the Presidency. Eckert provides some convincing evidence. The first birther controversy![/quote]

I have a copy of that in MMPB. A friend at Goodreads just raved about it. I'm currently working on Rebecca Brandewyne's Upon a Moon-Dark Moor. Cornwell setting.
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Post by Tanzanite » Tue December 11th, 2012, 11:48 pm

[quote=""EC2""]I enjoyed Sacred Treason but had to suspend my disbelief at some of the derring do undertaken by the characters. That they were still able to function and undertake missions after what had happened to them was a bit of a stretch.[/quote]

No kidding!!

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Post by Nefret » Wed December 12th, 2012, 12:22 am

The Archer's Tale by Bernard Cornwell

(at first, I was looking for the book at the library under the wrong name) :o
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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"
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Post by annis » Wed December 12th, 2012, 1:48 am

Posted by Nefret
The Archer's Tale by Bernard Cornwell
(at first, I was looking for the book at the library under the wrong name)
Yep, yet another case of the confusingly different US/UK title. I don't know why it was felt that American readers couldn't cope with the original title, Harlequin.

In French "Harlequin" was "Hellequin", a stock character in French passion plays. Hellequin, a black-faced emissary of the devil, is said to have roamed the countryside with a group of demons, chasing the damned souls of evil people to Hell. Not surprising then that the name "hellequin" became attached to the mercenary soldiers and routiers who infested France during the 100 Years War, roaming about plundering and killing the local populace.

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Post by fljustice » Wed December 12th, 2012, 4:49 pm

Starting a non-fiction ARC--Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman. Two young female journalists circumnavigate the world--in opposite directions--in a race inspired by Jules Verne's novel. Only two chapters in and already riveted!
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Post by Ash » Thu December 13th, 2012, 2:22 pm

[quote=""annis""]Posted by Nefret
In French "Harlequin" was "Hellequin", a stock character in French passion plays. Hellequin, a black-faced emissary of the devil, is said to have roamed the countryside with a group of demons, chasing the damned souls of evil people to Hell. Not surprising then that the name "hellequin" became attached to the mercenary soldiers and routiers who infested France during the 100 Years War, roaming about plundering and killing the local populace.[/quote]

Harlequin was also the stock character in the Italian Commedia della Arte, the form of theatre that was popular in the 16th century. Many other character types (Pantalon, Pulcinella, Pierrot) and many of the scenarios were used by later playwrites (including The Bard and Moliere) for their plays.

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Post by Telynor » Thu December 13th, 2012, 7:01 pm

Bouncing between two books right now -- Mrs. Queen Takes the Train, and Ann Rule's new book, Fatal Friends and Deadly Neighbors.

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Post by Nefret » Thu December 13th, 2012, 9:06 pm

Pendragon's Banner by Helen Hollick. (And the three Bernard Cornwell novels.)
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"
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Post by Madeleine » Fri December 14th, 2012, 10:33 am

Just finished "A Christmas Homecoming" by Anne Perry, will read another of these before Christmas.

Thinking of bailing on "Fear Not" by Anne Holt though, nearly halfway through and I'm still bored.
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