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What Are You Reading? April 2013

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sweetpotatoboy
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Sun April 28th, 2013, 9:28 am

Just finished an amazing contemporary fiction novel, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell (well, it's partly set in the 1930s).

Have started an HF novel, The Prisoner of Paradise by Romesh Gunesekera.

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Sun April 28th, 2013, 10:22 am

[quote=""fljustice""]Started The Song of Achilles for the simple reason it's short. I've read three 900+ page books this spring and am way behind on my goal of at least of book a week. Fifty pages in and enjoying it so far.[/quote]

I'll be interested to know what you think when you've finished it, Faith. I have this on my TBR pile.

[quote=""annis""]The Baghdad Railway Club, latest in Andrew Martin's Jim Stringer railway detective mysteries, set in Mesopotamia during WWI. There's something about this series - the hero is quite dour, the stories are full of trainspottery and should bore the pants off me, but I find them thoroughly absorbing.
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I have a few of this series on my TBR pile, Annis. Glad you are enjoying them.

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]Just finished an amazing contemporary fiction novel, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell (well, it's partly set in the 1930s).
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I loved Esme Lennox, SPB. I also loved The Hand That First Held Mine by the same author.
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Amanda
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Post by Amanda » Mon April 29th, 2013, 8:15 am

Just started The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman

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sweetpotatoboy
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon April 29th, 2013, 10:35 am

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]Have started an HF novel, The Prisoner of Paradise by Romesh Gunesekera.[/quote]

I have done what I rarely do and abandoned this Gunesekera novel at page 80. Too many confusing characters and unengaging. I just picked it up on a whim in the library as I know nothing about the setting (Mauritius in 1825). I see one of his earlier novels was Booker-shortlisted so if anyone else has read him, I'd be interested to hear about it.

I have a nice window before I have to start reading my next book group reads, so will have to have a ponder and see what 's next for me.

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Ludmilla
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Post by Ludmilla » Mon April 29th, 2013, 2:32 pm

After being sick last week and basically reading only light and fluffy books, I decided I needed something meaty and started SKP's Here Be Dragons. It's the actual physical book, too. I haven't picked up a physical book to read in ages! I feel a little lost without my Kindle. LOL!

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon April 29th, 2013, 4:40 pm

In the end, I decided to read Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough, the last one in this series for me to read.

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Post by lauragill » Mon April 29th, 2013, 9:52 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings[/quote]

That's an oldie but goodie.

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Nefret
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Favourite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
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Post by Nefret » Tue April 30th, 2013, 7:38 am

[quote=""lauragill""]That's an oldie but goodie.[/quote]

I'm finished, so I now have to get the next two books.
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"
{Ensiferum}

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue April 30th, 2013, 3:26 pm

I'm chewing through Gaskell's North and South. I must say that the wordy, over-described style of the nineteenth century is not much to my taste.

Although that does not apply to all nineteenth-century writers. Having downloaded a bunch of classics on my kindle, I just read Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi, and he is much more terse -- except when he's being tongue-in-cheek.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Longstone" by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
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Post by Madeleine » Wed May 1st, 2013, 8:19 am

I've just started "As the Pig Turns", a cosy crime novel in the Agatha Raisin series.
Currently reading: "Longstone" by L J Ross

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