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What Are You Reading? May 2013

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Post by rebecca » Mon May 6th, 2013, 4:05 am

I finally finished 'Insurrection' by Robyn Young. It was a bit slow in the beginning but improved later on. I will now read the follow up 'Renegade' and then wait for the third and final book in the Bruce trilogy.

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Favourite HF book: Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
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Post by Lisa » Mon May 6th, 2013, 12:14 pm

Finished The First Princess of Wales last night; it did improve slightly towards the end (more action and excitement) but the story was still a bit silly for my liking.

Now reading Strangers and Pilgrims by Maggie Bennett, set in the same time period.

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Post by fljustice » Mon May 6th, 2013, 1:29 pm

Started a new research book The Greek Roman World and fell asleep after two pages! Did better after dinner.
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Post by njslater » Mon May 6th, 2013, 1:35 pm

Birth of a Nation by Julian Rathbone

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Post by Berengaria » Wed May 8th, 2013, 1:21 am

I have started Anne Easter Smith's Royal Mistress and am enjoying it immensely! My favourite time period! :)
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Post by Vanessa » Wed May 8th, 2013, 5:52 pm

[quote=""LadyB""]I enjoyed that one - it does get better as the book goes on, but the storyline and characterisation is much better in the story set in the past, IMO.[/quote]

I'm really enjoying The Island House. I think that anyone who enjoys Barbara Erskine's books would enjoy this one. It has a hint of the supernaturals about it!
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Post by annis » Wed May 8th, 2013, 11:43 pm

Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders, latest in Gyles Brandreth's series of historical mysteries featuring real-life friends Oscar Wilde and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

An enjoyable well-plotted series with plenty of ironic wit, Edwardian atmosphere and enough twists and turns to keep the reader's attention. The flamboyant Wilde and his steadfast companion Doyle seem tailor-made as Holmes and Watson respectively, but there is a belief that it was Sherlock's older, even more brilliant brother Mycroft for whom Doyle took Wilde as his model.
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Post by Susan » Thu May 9th, 2013, 12:04 am

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan; When I finish this one I'll be done with all of Rick Riordan's YA published books about mythology. I would have loved these books as a kid.
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Post by Madeleine » Thu May 9th, 2013, 8:32 am

I'm looking forward to The Island House.

I have all of Gyles Brandreth's Oscar Wilde books, must get round to reading them sometime! They look like fun.
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Post by princess garnet » Fri May 10th, 2013, 12:00 am

Finished The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze, teen read
There's supposed to be a sequel but nothing yet.

Now: Jewels by Victoria Finlay (NF)
A look at 9 precious gemstones.
Atlanta's Ponce de Leon Avenue by Sharon F. Jones (NF)
Local history of Atlanta's famous street

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