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What Are You Reading? January 2013

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Sun January 27th, 2013, 8:16 pm

I'm about to start part 2 of A Storm of Swords, I thoroughly enjoyed Book 1.
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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Post by fljustice » Sun January 27th, 2013, 9:58 pm

Finished Mariana by Susanna Kearsley. I liked this one much better than The Winter Sea; more tension and mystery.
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Margaret
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Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
Favourite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
Location: Catskill, New York, USA
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Post by Margaret » Mon January 28th, 2013, 12:36 am

Just finished a Georgette Heyer I hadn't read, Cotillion. Delightful. Now I'm diving into something completely different, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. Neither novel is a fast-paced read, although I'm slowing down more for Mrs. Dalloway. Heyer's Regency-period language is tons of fun, and does slow a reader down a bit. Mrs. Dalloway makes slower reading because it's packed, from one sentence to the next, of insights into the almost sub-conscious way that people think, of symbolic imagery, and of leaps from one character's thoughts to another's - so I need to slow down to take in all the meaning. I rather like having to read at a slower pace; my life has been rather speedy lately, so it's a nice break.
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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Mon January 28th, 2013, 10:03 am

I'm just about to start Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. I may be sometime!! :eek: :D
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Post by Ash » Mon January 28th, 2013, 1:18 pm

Not HF per se but very much a time period piece: Night Circus

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Mon January 28th, 2013, 1:54 pm

[quote=""Ash""]Not HF per se but very much a time period piece: Night Circus[/quote]

I loved that book :) ! It has a definite period feel to it.
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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Lisa
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Favourite HF book: Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
Preferred HF: Any time period/location. Timeslip, usually prefer female POV. Also love Gothic melodrama.
Location: Northeast Scotland

Post by Lisa » Mon January 28th, 2013, 2:32 pm

[quote=""Ash""]Not HF per se but very much a time period piece: Night Circus[/quote]

I enjoyed The Night Circus too, the descriptions are lovely. But I did feel, especially at the end, like it was written with an eventual film in mind.

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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Mon January 28th, 2013, 3:01 pm

yes I thought I had a very visual quality, apparently a film is in development. I think Tim Burton should direct it, he has the right visual flair.
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon January 28th, 2013, 3:40 pm

[quote=""Ash""]Not HF per se but very much a time period piece: Night Circus[/quote]
We were discussing that re first- and third-person narrative choices at a recent writer's meeting. Night Circus inserted passages between sections written in second person: "You go up to the gates, and s such and such happens..."

How did those sections work for you?

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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Mon January 28th, 2013, 4:00 pm

[quote=""MLE""]We were discussing that re first- and third-person narrative choices at a recent writer's meeting. Night Circus inserted passages between sections written in second person: "You go up to the gates, and s such and such happens..."

How did those sections work for you?[/quote]

I don't remember that very much, which probably means it didn't bother me. I think my only quibbles with the book were 1) I think it dragged a bit in the middle, and 2) I sometimes had to look back to see what time period I was in. Minor points though, overall I loved it and it was in my top 5 books of last year.
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