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What Are You Reading? April 2013

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emr
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Post by emr » Fri April 19th, 2013, 3:52 pm

Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery by James R. Benn. Billy is funny because he is not the brightest candle and he's too used to have his family fix his future for him. I hope he matures a little though...
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Post by Tanzanite » Fri April 19th, 2013, 7:56 pm

Have been offline for a few weeks due to a family emergency but managed to read a couple of OOP books:

The Spanish Tudor by Freda Long (Mary I) - I didn't think it was too bad.

The Loves of Lucrezia by Francesca Wright (Lucrezia Borgia) - written in the 50's it's OTT in its portrayal of Lucrezia's "sensual nature". Plus, you just have to love the cover:

Will be starting Sandra Byrd's new one, Roses Have Thorns (Elizabeth I), tomorrow
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Post by annis » Sat April 20th, 2013, 4:16 am

I did finish Davis' "Master & God", EC, was but less than impressed. I found it clunky, the banter laboured and the relationship between the hero & heroine unconvincing. Mind you, I found "Rebels & Traitors" tedious as well. I think Davis does better with a shorter, snappier format.
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Post by EC2 » Sat April 20th, 2013, 9:06 am

[quote=""annis""]I did finish Davis' "Master & God", EC, was but less than impressed. I found it clunky, the banter laboured and the relationship between the hero & heroine unconvincing. Mind you, I found "Rebels & Traitors" tedious as well. I think Davis does better with a shorter, snappier format.[/quote]

It was when I arrived at the chapter in the fly's viewpoint. I had a total WTF moment. I had been struggling for a while for the above reasons you state, but that finished me off. Had it been a fantasy novel or something in the Terry Pratchett line I'd have had no problem, but it was so weird to see in a straight historical. I do wonder to myself if Lyndsey Davis is a huge Pratchett fan and it influences some of her writing. The sense of humour is often very similar and there was a scene in one of her other books - I don't recall the title - where she has a scene with three women that could have come straight out of one of Pratchett's Discworld books featuring Nanny Ogg and co right down to the characterisation.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by Misfit » Sat April 20th, 2013, 2:00 pm

Just starting Moon-Dragon by Noel reeland Carter. Victorian era gothic.
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Lisa
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Favourite HF book: Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
Preferred HF: Any time period/location. Timeslip, usually prefer female POV. Also love Gothic melodrama.
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Post by Lisa » Sat April 20th, 2013, 6:37 pm

Just started The First Princess of Wales by Karen Harper.

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Post by Nefret » Mon April 22nd, 2013, 6:13 pm

Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick
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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Post by Brenna » Mon April 22nd, 2013, 10:18 pm

The Golden Prince by Rebecca Dean. Not sure how I feel about the author using real life people and putting them through a fictional relationship. Why not just tell the story she mentions in the author note instead?
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Post by annis » Tue April 23rd, 2013, 6:59 am

John Green's The Fault in Our Stars - funny, sad and touching, this is one of several excellent YA novels dealing with themes of illness and death. A couple of others which come to mind are Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls and Roddy Doyle's A Greyhound Girl.

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Post by Vanessa » Tue April 23rd, 2013, 10:14 am

I've just started After Flodden by Rosemary Goring.
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