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What Are You Reading? December 2012

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Post by EC2 » Thu December 20th, 2012, 10:00 pm

Just begun a re-read of The Hobbit having just seen the film - which I loved, loved, LOVED! So did the friend with whom I went to see it. Some spine tingling moments, and it takes a lot to make my spine tingle these days. Some of the fighting might have been cut, but in the full overview it didn't matter. I like this at least as much as LOTR 1 and 2 and more than Return of the King. So now I'm re-reading The Hobbit to find out where the digressions are and how the material has been used.
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For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by annis » Sat December 22nd, 2012, 3:35 am

I think Jackson incorporated some material from the Silmarillon which provides more background material than The Hobbit supplied and explains why Gandalf came to be supporting a bunch of dwarves on their mission to reclaim their old home.

Can't wait to see this! I could never read The Hobbit without tearing up at the death of Thorin Oakenshield, so expect I'll need the tissues handy for that bit- though it may not happen till Part 3, I guess.

Currently reading Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn, a delightful story about the Queen going AWOL, having an adventure on her own and finding new purpose after suffering a bout of depression and wondering if her life's work has all been for nothing.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat December 22nd, 2012, 5:05 am

I'm reading Her Highness, the Traitor.

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Post by EC2 » Sat December 22nd, 2012, 10:43 am

[quote=""annis""]

Currently reading Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn, a delightful story about the Queen going AWOL, having an adventure on her own and finding new purpose after suffering a bout of depression and wondering if her life's work has all been for nothing.[/quote]

Oh, that sounds like fun! I'm going to add to my 'heads up' list.
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

www.elizabethchadwick.com

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Post by Nefret » Sat December 22nd, 2012, 11:21 am

Finally...! Cold Days by Jim Butcher
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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Post by emr » Sun December 23rd, 2012, 12:55 pm

Finished The Thief-Taker: Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner by T.F. Banks, very good, well researched. Read Hell Is Empty (Walt Longmire #7) by Craig Johnson, excellent like the rest of the series.

Now reading Murder in Montague Place by Martyn Beardsley
So far it's k but there are 2 things that are bugging me:

First Every single woman so far (70 pages on) has been either incoherent, simple, hysterical to the point of apoplexy, ridiculously annoying or simply idiot. My dislike is going towards the author rather than the book for all this :rolleyes: but uh... reading...

Second: "I am Inspector Bucket of the Detective, and this is my colleague Sergeant James Alexander Gordon, of that ilk."
So every 2 pages he either introduces him of refers to him or calls him adding at the end "of that ilk" First time I thought it was meant to be maybe sarcastic but now I'm not so sure. Is that a normal way of talking?? (1844) :confused:
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Post by Berengaria » Tue December 25th, 2012, 10:03 pm

reading EC's Lords of the White Castle and then will read the prequel Shadows and Strongholds Love your books, EC! Merry Christmas everybody!!
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Post by Nefret » Wed December 26th, 2012, 12:14 am

The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman. It's my holiday trip book.
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 Misfit » Wed December 26th, 2012, 12:18 am

Just starting Circles of Time by Phillip Rock. Sequel to The Passing Bells.
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Post by Lisa » Wed December 26th, 2012, 12:42 am

Earlier today I finished The Queene's Christmas by Karen Harper, and staying in that period I've just started Elizabeth I by Margaret George.

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