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What Are You Reading? March 2013

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Post by Susan » Fri March 8th, 2013, 1:01 am

Still reading The Falcons of Fire and Ice by Karen Maitland. It is a bit weird, but all of Maitland's books are.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri March 8th, 2013, 3:30 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Started an old OOP - The Woodville by S.R. Bridge about Elizabeth Woodville. Not very far yet but according to the brief author's note at the beginning, it should be a sympathetic portrayal. Plus it has a great cover![/quote]

Actually she looks a bit hideous in my opinion. eek!

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri March 8th, 2013, 5:29 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Started an old OOP - The Woodville by S.R. Bridge about Elizabeth Woodville. Not very far yet but according to the brief author's note at the beginning, it should be a sympathetic portrayal. Plus it has a great cover![/quote]
WHAT has she got on her head?

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Post by Madeleine » Fri March 8th, 2013, 9:27 am

[quote=""rebecca""]Yep I agree 'Gone Girl' is the worst book I've read so far this year and the whole premise of the story is OTT and offends the intelligence of the reader. I figured it out in the beginning so it was *roll my eyes* :rolleyes: once I got to the end...sigh!

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Well I'm halfway through GG and my suspicions, so far, have proved correct. And the characters are becoming even stupider :rolleyes:
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Post by Lisa » Fri March 8th, 2013, 9:43 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Started an old OOP - The Woodville by S.R. Bridge about Elizabeth Woodville. Not very far yet but according to the brief author's note at the beginning, it should be a sympathetic portrayal. Plus it has a great cover![/quote]

That's fantastically hideous, she looks like she's wearing a lampshade!

Last night I started reading Far After Gold by Jen Black. So far the heroine seems to be getting off a bit too easy with regards to the Vikings (I'm about 10% in), but it is actually quite pleasant to read about people being nice to each other, despite differences in class and status (she's a slave!), for once.

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Post by Madeleine » Fri March 8th, 2013, 9:59 am

That Woodville cover is fab; it definitely looks like an avant-garde lampshade.

I read Child of the Phoenix years ago and whilst I remember enjoying it, I did think it was a bit long.
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Post by Vanessa » Fri March 8th, 2013, 10:21 am

LOL about the hat! In my current read, Sepulchre, the nurses' hats are described as flying seagulls which probably fits this one too!! :D
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Post by emr » Fri March 8th, 2013, 12:54 pm

These women (and girls) did wear some silly things on their heads:
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(Cameria, Daughter of the Emperor Soliman. After Crisofano dell' Altissimo, Italian School, 16th Century)
She looks beautiful though.

I went to see the Yannick and Jakover collection this week. Or part of it. It seems ths collection has more than 100 paintings but they send them around in batches of 40-50 for the exhibitions. The painting above wasn't shown here but I've been googling the other paintings out of curiosity. They collect portraits of royal and noble children from 16th to 19th century. Very, very interesting.

Hmmm reading Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths (I love this series) and Castaway Dreams by Darlene Marshall cause I needed something light.
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Post by JaneConsumer » Fri March 8th, 2013, 12:55 pm

[quote=""Susan""]Still reading The Falcons of Fire and Ice by Karen Maitland. It is a bit weird, but all of Maitland's books are.[/quote]

I'm looking forward to reading this one. I like weird. I'll be interested to hear what you think when you're done.

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Post by annis » Fri March 8th, 2013, 6:01 pm

Posted by emr
reading Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths (I love this series)
Ha- I have this one and the latest of Colin Cotterill's Dr Siri books on my TBR pile- looking forward to both.

Currently reading (for something undemanding) a historical romance by Virginia Henley, called Wild Hearts. Belief must be well suspended - this is supposed to be set during the reign of James Stuart (I of England & VI of Scotland) and she has the Black Douglas as one of her characters. James Douglas was a contemporary of Robert the Bruce, so several centuries out of period! She also makes a romantic hero out of Earl Patrick Stewart of Orkney, a man whose name was a byword for tyranny and greed.
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