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What Are You Reading? January 2013

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Post by Helen_Davis » Sat February 2nd, 2013, 3:56 am

Helen of Troy by Margaret George(I know I'm in the minority, but I love it and this is my third read!) and The Woman with the Whip by Mary Main.

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Post by annis » Sat February 2nd, 2013, 5:04 am

Alternating more hard-boiled Adrian McKinty (with whom I'm currently having a love affair :) ) As Dead I Well May Be, with another of Margaret Elphinstone's vividly immediate and evocative novels, The Gathering Night, which is set in Mesolithic Scotland. It takes as its starting point a massive tsunami around 6100 BCE caused by the Storegga Slide, which separated Britain from Europe.

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Post by Ludmilla » Sat February 2nd, 2013, 5:08 pm

[quote=""annis""]Alternating more hard-boiled Adrian McKinty (with whom I'm currently having a love affair :) ) As Dead I Well May Be, with another of Margaret Elphinstone's vividly immediate and evocative novels, The Gathering Night, which is set in Mesolithic Scotland. It takes as its starting point a massive tsunami around 6100 BCE caused by the Storegga Slide, which separated Britain from Europe.[/quote]

Interesting. Stephen Baxter's Stone Spring (book one of a timesweep trilogy) deals with the same event, reimagining how civilizations would have developed if Doggerland (the land bridge between Britain and Europe) had been saved from the encroaching sea.

I finished John Green's young adult novel, The Fault in Our Stars, a few days ago. I'm a bit worn out and still deciding what to read next. Maybe Monsarrat's The Cruel Sea.

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Post by annis » Sun February 3rd, 2013, 12:58 am

I must check out the Stephen Baxter - I've read others of his alternate histories like the Time's Tapestry series and enjoyed them.

I vaguely knew about the tsunami, but I hadn't realised a whole chunk of land linking Scotland to Denmark had been destroyed at the same time until I read thisarticle in the Daily Mail last year. Apparently Doggerland would have provided significant fertile hunting grounds for prehistoric groups.
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Post by Nefret » Sun February 3rd, 2013, 1:58 am

Shadow of the King by Helen Hollick
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 SonjaMarie » Fri February 8th, 2013, 3:29 am

Late posting:
January 2013 18
"Demon Ex Machina: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom #5" by Julie Kenner (309pgs, 2009) (1/5)
"Egypt: The Book of Chaos - Rahotep Mystery #3" by Nick Drake (334pgs, 2011) (1/7) - Last book in the series, I believe, wasn't the way I would've wanted it to end, but if I say anything more I'd spoiler it for others.
"London's Blue Plaques In A Nutshell" by Bill McCann (691pgs, 2011) (1/12)* (K) - DNBW (Do Not Bother With) Haphazardly put together, years got typed wrong, too many typos.
"Amorous Appetites: A History of Sex and Food" by Aine Collier (207pgs, 2011) (1/14)* (K) - DNBW - Badly put together, to many mistakes to mention, waste of money!
"The Jesuit & the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the Search For Peking Man" by Amir D. Aczel (258pgs, 2007) (1/16)*
"Fools Are Everywhere: The Court Jester Around the World" by Beatrice K. Otto (310pgs, 2001orig, 2007pb) (1/16)*
"Edward VI (Yale English Monarchs)" by Jennifer Loach (ed. together by George Bernard & Penry Williams after her death) (216pgs, 1999) (1/17)*
"The Fortune Hunter: A German Prince in Regency England" by Peter James Bowman (204pgs, 2011) (1/21)* (K)
"Six Thousand Years of Bread - It's Holy and Unholy History" by H.E. Jacob (392pgs, 1944orig, 2007ed) (1/21)
"In Destiny's Hands: Five Tragic Rulers, Children of Maria Theresa" by Justin C. Vovk (405pgs, 2010) (1/24)* (K)
"The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England" by Ian Mortimer (379pgs, 2012) (1/24)*
"Eva Peron: A Biography" by Alicia Dujovne Ortiz, trans. Shawn Fields (321pgs, 1996) (1/26)*
"When Passion Reigned: Sex and the Victorians" by Patricia Anderson (164pgs, 1995) (1/26)*
"Feint of Art: An Annie Kincaid Mystery #1" by Hailey Lind (328pgs, 2006) (1/29)
"The Viceroy's Daughters: The Lives of the Curzon Sisters" by Anne De Courcy (465pgs, 2000orig, 2009ed) (1/29)*
"Marriage, A History: From Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage" by Stephanie Coontz (313pgs, 2005) (1/30)*
"Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency" by Saul David (518pgs, 2012) (1/30)* (K)
"Color of Death" by Elizabeth Lowell (411pgs, 2004) (1/30)
Pages: 6225 - 345pgs aver. (5 BF, 13 Own (5 Kindle))

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Post by Nefret » Fri February 8th, 2013, 8:40 pm

Decided to take a small break from the Saxons.

Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
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Post by annis » Fri February 8th, 2013, 11:12 pm

Taking a break from HF with The Rosie Project, a delightful, screwball contemporary romance.

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Post by Vanessa » Sat February 9th, 2013, 11:47 am

Someone I know has just read The Rosie Project - she's put a review on Goodreads. She very much enjoyed it.
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Post by wendy » Sat February 16th, 2013, 3:54 pm

I'm probably the only one here who hasn't read this yet - but I'm enjoying OUTLANDER
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