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What are you reading? February 2013

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Post by boswellbaxter » Fri February 8th, 2013, 11:33 pm

[quote=""rebecca""]I just started reading 'The Reluctant Empress.' By Brigitte Hamann. I find the author seems to be in awe of her subject, but it was first printed decades ago. It's an enjoyable read and I had no idea she was so young when she married.

Bec :) [/quote]

Who's it about? Josephine?
Susan Higginbotham
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Post by Berengaria » Sat February 9th, 2013, 2:04 am

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]Who's it about? Josephine?[/quote]
Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary

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Post by annis » Sat February 9th, 2013, 3:14 am

Is this the anorexic one with the endless hair who was assassinated?

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Post by Vanessa » Sat February 9th, 2013, 11:42 am

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (not to be confused with 50 Shades of Grey!!)
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Sat February 9th, 2013, 3:52 pm

After reading Plaidy's Catherine de Medici trilogy, I'm now reading Henry of Guise, an 1839 novel by G.P.R. James.

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Post by Gabriele Campbell » Sat February 9th, 2013, 4:25 pm

[quote=""annis""]Is this the anorexic one with the endless hair who was assassinated?[/quote]

Lol, I love this description of Sisi. :)

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Post by Gabriele Campbell » Sat February 9th, 2013, 4:34 pm

I'm reading House of Chains by Steven Erikson and Sarah Foot's biography of AEthelstan.

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Post by rebecca » Sun February 10th, 2013, 3:03 am

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]Who's it about? Josephine?[/quote]

Oops sorry I wasn't online yesterday.

Berengaria is right it is about Elisabeth(Sissi)of Austria/Hungary and yes Annis is also correct. What I find interesting is the parallels between Sissi and the late Princess Diana,both of them were too young, fragile and vulnerable to take on such a heavy task and Sissi also had to endure the monster of all mother in laws(so it seems by the book).
And they both had eating disorders, but at least Princess Diana was able to see her children whenever she wished too...I can't help feeling a little sorry for Sissi her husband seemed quite the 'mummy's boy.' It seemed her mother in law took charge of Sissi's children...sad really.

Bec :) PS: Still liking the book and the insights it gives from the letters and diaries of different personalities.

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Post by emr » Sun February 10th, 2013, 8:54 am

In the last days I read The Holy Thief by William Ryan and The Kingdom (Graveyard Queen #2) by Amanda Stevens.

THT happens in Moscow 1930s. A little slow at first with all the characters introductions but it does speed up and many of those characters are very interesting. The bit of romance is... weeeeeell... Those two making puppy eyes at each other when they haven't exchanged 10 words? Uh :rolleyes: But still I'm glad he didn't lose momentum with that. Quite nice mystery.

TK has all the elements of a modern Gothic novel. (The tyrant, the big house, the hero, the spooky town) I'm enjoying this series. Waiting for a reprint of The Prophet- book 3 in the next weeks.

Now reading Murder on the Mind by L.L. Bartlett, a kindle freebie. Contemporary mystery with a touch of paranormal.
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Post by emr » Sun February 10th, 2013, 1:16 pm

[quote=""annis""]Is this the anorexic one with the endless hair who was assassinated?[/quote]

Can you grow all that hair and keep it without eating?
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