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What Are You Reading? January 2013

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Tanzanite
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Post by Tanzanite » Thu January 24th, 2013, 10:24 pm

Started Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell (about Emma of Normandy).

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Post by Brenna » Thu January 24th, 2013, 10:52 pm

Ohh that sounds interesting. How is it so far?
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Post by Tanzanite » Fri January 25th, 2013, 2:37 pm

I'm not very far into it, but so far, I like it.

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Post by fljustice » Fri January 25th, 2013, 6:11 pm

[quote=""Pasky""]Just started reading 'The English Patient.' I saw the film years ago and always thought I'd want to read the novel. It's been slow going so far. I thought I'd be instantly swept away by the romance.[/quote]

I finally read it last year and it did start off slow, but I felt it paid off in the end. It helped that I had seen the movie, because the story is so disjointed and it helped me put the pieces together.
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Post by Madeleine » Sat January 26th, 2013, 11:45 am

I read The English Patient after seeing the film, and found it almost impossible to follow.
Currently reading: "The Infirmary" by L J Ross

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Post by Misfit » Sat January 26th, 2013, 2:28 pm

Reading Over There by Thomas Fleming. WWI, with the Americans just entering the war. One focus is on a lifetime soldier (now major general) going over with Pershing, the other a just graduated from Wellesley (sp?) suffragette/peace activist daughter of well-to-do New York family wanting to do-good and drive ambulances or whatever else needs to be done (her French will come in handy). Really good start, anything that survives a Friday evening after a hellish work week and a particularly hellish Friday afternoon and doesn't fly generally turns out to be a damn good book. Small font warning for Annis.
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Post by Brenna » Sat January 26th, 2013, 3:02 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]I read The English Patient after seeing the film, and found it almost impossible to follow.[/quote]

Oh thank goodness I am not the only one who felt that way.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat January 26th, 2013, 3:25 pm

Book group read. Contemporary memoir: Wild -- about a woman alone hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. As a former outfitter familiar with the trail, her stupidity and inexperience is making me cringe. But since she wrote the book, she must have survived.

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Post by annis » Sun January 27th, 2013, 4:47 am

Adrian McKinty's Cold, Cold Ground, crime fiction set in Belfast, Ireland during the Troubles of the 1980s. Great stuff, thanks to emr for mentioning this series, will definitely hunt out more.

Waiting on the latest of Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series - due out Jan 29.

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Post by emr » Sun January 27th, 2013, 10:47 am

[quote=""annis""]Adrian McKinty's Cold, Cold Ground, crime fiction set in Belfast, Ireland during the Troubles of the 1980s. Great stuff, thanks to emr for mentioning this series, will definitely hunt out more.
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No problem! :D The book was listed on a couple of "best of 2012..." lists and it sounded good and so it was. :)
Finished Semper Fidelis. I liked it a lot. In fact I love the entire series. I think RD even manages to include a little Doctor Who joke or maybe I'm reading more than it was intended... :cool:
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