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What are you reading? February 2013

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Berengaria
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Post by Berengaria » Thu February 14th, 2013, 9:24 pm

Just finished reading The Second Empress by Michelle Moran. I found that there were too many voices other than the empress's, so I didn't get a detailed description of her relationship with Napoleon. :p
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Post by Helen_Davis » Thu February 14th, 2013, 11:30 pm

[quote=""Berengaria""]Just finished reading The Second Empress by Michelle Moran. I found that there were too many voices other than the empress's, so I didn't get a detailed description of her relationship with Napoleon. :p [/quote]

Have not read it yet, so I can't comment but that might be a blessing... I could not get through Madame Tassaud, I cried. Is this one better?
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Post by annis » Fri February 15th, 2013, 12:37 am

Just finished Alistair Forrest's Libertas. This has been on my TBR pile for ages and finally got to it. Set in Hispania at the time of Caesar's stand-off with Pompey and features Pompey's two sons Gnaeus and Sextus. An enjoyable story but a bit top-heavy on the mysticism for my taste.

Now reading Ruth Downie's Semper Fidelis, latest in the Ruso & Tilla historical mysteries set in Roman Britain. Poor Ruso is really in the wars this time- just as well he has the resourceful Tilla to sort him out :)

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Post by Margaret » Fri February 15th, 2013, 8:21 am

Just finished reading the very, very lovely Girl in Hyacinth Blue (see review), Susan Vreeland's novel in linked short stories that follows a Vermeer painting backward through time from its present-day owner. It was published, coincidentally, the same year (1999) that the much more widely read Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier came out. Chevalier's novel is also lovely and deserved all the praise that came its way (though I didn't like the ending, which felt both ugly and not-very-credible to me). But I thought then and think now that Girl in Hyacinth Blue is a much finer novel - both subtle and deep, with an exceptionally clean and beautiful prose style, and a storytelling style that made each individual short story a gem on its own that, at the same time, pulled me forward into the next story. It's a remarkable novel, and all the more remarkable as a historical novel because of the way it captures each of the different time periods of the stories' settings.
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Post by Vanessa » Fri February 15th, 2013, 10:21 am

I'm just about to start The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway, a dual timeframe/time travel novel set in 1815 and the present day or thereabouts!
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Post by Nefret » Fri February 15th, 2013, 10:40 pm

Shadow of the King by Helen Hollick
Time and Chance by Sharon Kay Penman

Because I can't read one book at a time. :o
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!
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Post by emr » Sat February 16th, 2013, 10:42 am

I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty
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Post by annis » Sat February 16th, 2013, 6:26 pm

Posted by emr
I think it shows that the author writes mainly YA. If you like Sister Fidelma (same year, same start point) you are prolly going to love it.
Currently reading Seventh Trumpet, the latest Sister Fidelma mystery :) It's a while since I read a Fidelma and I'd forgotten just how much "telling" Tremayne does. Still an enjoyable read, though.

Also finished Stuart Neville's The Twelve - back in Ireland again, post-Troubles this time. A thriller with a bit of a difference- the protagonist is a dangerously troubled man haunted by the ghosts of the past, who use him as an instrument of retribution.

I also read Adrian McKinty's Michael Forsythe series. An Irish Ripley tangles with the Gangs of New York during the '90s - a fever-dream bloodbath on speed. Woo, what a ride!
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Post by Margaret » Sun February 17th, 2013, 7:58 am

Just getting started on The Far Pavilions, inspired by suggestions for not-too-lightweight Valentine reading. As usual, I'm running behind. :o Enjoying it very much so far!
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Post by EC2 » Sun February 17th, 2013, 10:47 am

Nearly finished The Agincourt Bride. I've enjoyed it. I'm not altogether sure about some of the happenings in the novel, but since it's not my period, I've gone with the flow and been entertained. I'm also re-reading the Game of Thrones series from the start, so that's my reading sorted out until July!
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