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What Are You Reading? May 2013

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J.D. Oswald
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Post by J.D. Oswald » Sun May 12th, 2013, 1:25 pm

Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant

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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.
Location: Northeast Scotland

Post by Lisa » Sun May 12th, 2013, 7:57 pm

Was intrigued by Six of One by JoAnn Spears - just read a couple of romances in a row, and this one seems more to make fun of romance, so thought I'd give it a go. 15% in and the dialogue is a bit irritating and it's very silly, but I'm going to plough on and remember not to take it seriously.
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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 » Mon May 13th, 2013, 9:30 am

[quote=""Brenna""]Fiona Mountain's Lady of the Butterflies. Interesting thus far.[/quote]

I have Lady of the Butterflies on my TBR pile. They later changed the title in the UK to Rebel Heiress, which I don't like at all. Glad you're enjoying it, Brenna.

I started My Policeman by Bethan Roberts over the weekend, a love triangle with a twist set in the 1950s.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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emr
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Post by emr » Mon May 13th, 2013, 11:47 am

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway, not bad so far...
"So many books, so little time."
— Frank Zappa

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Post by Ash » Mon May 13th, 2013, 1:12 pm

The Beauty of Humanity Movement - a weird title, but an amazing book about a young woman going back to Hanoi to find out what happened to her father. I loved Gibb's first book Sweetness in the Belly, then was not impressed with her next ones. This one easily equals the first.

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sweetpotatoboy
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon May 13th, 2013, 4:50 pm

Have temporarily put aside Antony and Cleopatra, which I'm enjoying, to start on my next book group read, The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak.

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Post by annis » Mon May 13th, 2013, 6:58 pm

Posted by J.D. Oswald
Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant
Have just started this - Dunant's take on the Borgias. I was listening to a radio interview with Dunant about the book (and the Borgias) on Saturday and immediately hit Amazon for a Kindle edition :)

Link to the interview here if anyone wants to listen to it:
http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/progr ... dunant.asx

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Post by princess garnet » Mon May 13th, 2013, 8:46 pm

[quote=""SCW""]Just finished 'The Kingmaker's Daughter' by Philippa Gregory. A novel about Anne Neville wife to Richard III.
It can be hard to read a novel when another author has written such an outstanding book about the same historical figures.[/quote]
I read The Reluctant Queen by Jean Plaidy after it was reissued and it was enough for me. It's all right although it seems rushed towards the end. Plaidy wrote about Anne at an earlier time but still a keeper for me.

SCW
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Preferred HF: Lately World Two or the time immediately before and after this period
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Post by SCW » Tue May 14th, 2013, 1:00 am

Jean Plaidy- I haven't read her for years. I use to love her novels about the Tudors and Stuarts.
Sharon Penman's The Sunne in Splendour is the book I was comparing the Kingmakers daughter to.

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rockygirl
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Post by rockygirl » Tue May 14th, 2013, 4:01 am

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]Have temporarily put aside Antony and Cleopatra, which I'm enjoying, to start on my next book group read, The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak.[/quote]

Which Antony and Cleopatra? I'm always looking for new books in that period.
Currently reading Cocaine Blues.

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