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What Are You Reading? January 2013

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Post by princess garnet » Thu January 17th, 2013, 8:25 pm

[quote=""Berengaria""]These titles sound intriguing! Are they fiction or non?[/quote]
They're fiction.

Setting aside The Italian Woman for the moment...(One more chapter left--they've been long!)
I picked up a library copy of Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron by Stephanie Barron (pseudonym for Francine Matthews). She took a break from writing Jane Austen mysteries for a time.

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Post by Misfit » Thu January 17th, 2013, 10:40 pm

Not sure what I'm reading at the moment. I have an ILL copy of the last book in the Passing Bells trilogy, but this one isn't going as well as the first two. Tried other options last night, but books were flying.
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Post by Lisa » Fri January 18th, 2013, 9:41 am

[quote=""princess garnet""]
Setting aside The Italian Woman for the moment...(One more chapter left--they've been long!)[/quote]
sweetpotatoboy wrote:Just started Madame Serpent by Jean Plaidy. Last read about 30 years ago.
That's a funny coincidence, I just bought Jean Plaidy's Medici trilogy a couple of weeks ago on special offer (3 paperbacks for £5). Have they just been re-issued? I have C.W. Gortner's Confessions of Catherine de Medici in my tbr pile as well, and now I'm not sure which to read first.

At the moment, I'm about 100 pages into The Leopard Unleashed by Elizabeth Chadwick. I wonder who is going to end up with who?

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Post by Nefret » Fri January 18th, 2013, 9:51 am

Sword of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson
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 sweetpotatoboy » Fri January 18th, 2013, 9:57 am

[quote=""Lady of Bennachie""]That's a funny coincidence, I just bought Jean Plaidy's Medici trilogy a couple of weeks ago on special offer (3 paperbacks for £5). Have they just been re-issued? I have C.W. Gortner's Confessions of Catherine de Medici in my tbr pile as well, and now I'm not sure which to read first.[/quote]

Yes - a bit of a coincidence. But then again, Plaidy is a perennial HF favourite and this trilogy is among her best. I read them first about 20 years ago. I read CW's book more recently and, for some reason, thought I'd revisit Plaidy's trilogy for a comparison. They were reissued in the UK by Arrow about six years ago, as part of a wider reissue of her books that appears to have come to a halt, though incomplete. But Touchstone Books are in the middle of a US reissue of this trilogy. I wonder whether they plan to reissue others of her books.
(I bought the 70s Pan editions, though.)

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Post by J.D. Oswald » Fri January 18th, 2013, 6:06 pm

The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker

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Post by princess garnet » Sat January 19th, 2013, 2:36 am

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]Yes - a bit of a coincidence. But then again, Plaidy is a perennial HF favourite and this trilogy is among her best. I read them first about 20 years ago. I read CW's book more recently and, for some reason, thought I'd revisit Plaidy's trilogy for a comparison. They were reissued in the UK by Arrow about six years ago, as part of a wider reissue of her books that appears to have come to a halt, though incomplete. But Touchstone Books are in the middle of a US reissue of this trilogy. I wonder whether they plan to reissue others of her books.
(I bought the 70s Pan editions, though.)[/quote]

I also read CW's novel and enjoyed it.

That would be great if Touchstone continues to reissue Plaidy's novels. It's been awhile since we've seen anything reissued. I'd love to see the Isabella and Ferdinand trilogy reissued.
The 3rd and final Catherine novel, Queen Jezebel, is coming out in March. I'm looking forward to it!
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat January 19th, 2013, 5:16 am

I finally broke down and added the Medieval Traveller to my shelves. Useful stuff--although I believe that Ohler meant the horse was domesticated around the third millennia B.C. What he wrote was the third century.

Other than that, seems pretty accurate.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat January 19th, 2013, 10:12 pm

[quote=""MLE""]I finally broke down and added the Medieval Traveller to my shelves. Useful stuff--although I believe that Ohler meant the horse was domesticated around the third millennia B.C. What he wrote was the third century.

Other than that, seems pretty accurate.[/quote]

Who is that by?

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Post by Brenna » Sun January 20th, 2013, 12:33 am

I just finished The Imperial Scandal by Teresa Grant. Now I have no idea what to get into. I am in a book rut and would welcome suggestions. It looks like fictional choices during the Hanover era are scarce, so perhaps some historical fantasy or time slip would be nice. Any recommendations??
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