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What Are You Reading? June 2013

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emr
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Post by emr » Mon June 10th, 2013, 12:10 am

[quote=""Misfit""]Sultana by Prince Michael of Greece. Aimée du Buc de Rivéry. So far I know of two books telling her story, this and A Distant Shore by Susannah James. From what I understand of the latter, that is more of a full blown WTF cray-cray old skool bodice ripper. Sultana so far, reads more like a historical novel.[/quote]

She is a very interesting old lady in the Yashim the Eunuch series by Jason Goodwin.
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Post by Nefret » Mon June 10th, 2013, 1:23 am

The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick
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"
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Post by fljustice » Mon June 10th, 2013, 4:41 pm

Realized I was watching waaaay too much TV and cut myself down to 1 hour a day. Finally finished Flight Behavior a contemporary novel by Barbara Kingsolver. I liked it, but not as much as some of her earlier work. This had a preachy cast to it involving climate change, which I think is a great topic, but didn't work well as a plot device in this book. Still working through Colonel Roosevelt, but have to choose my next book. Nothing calling to me yet.
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Post by Ludmilla » Tue June 11th, 2013, 2:03 pm

Finished Kate Grenville's The Secret River and am getting ready to start Stella Riley's The Black Madonna.

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Post by Misfit » Tue June 11th, 2013, 4:56 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]Finished Kate Grenville's The Secret River and am getting ready to start Stella Riley's The Black Madonna.[/quote]

I see that it is now available on Kindle. Great book.

About halfway through Sultana and enjoying it a great deal. I appreciate it when an author doesn't sink to temptation and sensationalize a subject matter.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue June 11th, 2013, 9:21 pm

Back to Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough after a break of a few weeks for a couple of book group reads. I can tell this one's going to take me a while. It's not the sort of book to race through, not only because it's long but because I'm enjoying it and reading it attentively.

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Post by annis » Wed June 12th, 2013, 5:51 pm

Barbara Chase-Riboud also tackled the story of Aimée du Buc de Rivéry in her novel, Valide.

Currently reading Lion Rampant, the last in Robert Low's "Kingdom" trilogy, set during the 14th century Scottish Wars of Independence. This series has gone from strength to strength - Low's characterisation, sense of story and use of language are exceptionally good.
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Post by Misfit » Wed June 12th, 2013, 6:13 pm

[quote=""annis""]Barbara Chase-Riboud also tackled the story of Aimée du Buc de Rivéry in her novel, Valide.

Currently reading Lion Rampant, the last in Robert Low's "Kingdom" trilogy, set during the 14th century Scottish Wars of Independence. This series has gone from strength to strength - Low's sense of story and use of language are exceptionally good.[/quote]

Thanks for that. Interesting opinions. There's also one called A Distant Shore. I own a copy and glanced at a few pages and noticed Aimee was aged about ten years. One of my friends reviewed it at GR, and it appears to be one of the old anything goes old skool bodice rippers.
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Post by princess » Wed June 12th, 2013, 8:47 pm

Just about to start And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. Really looking forward to it as I loved his previous books, the stories stayed in my mind for a good while after reading - it's quite rare to find books that have such a profound effect, I think :)
Currently reading: The Poisoned Pilgrim: A Hangman's Daughter Tale by Oliver Potzsch

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Post by Vanessa » Wed June 12th, 2013, 10:20 pm

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, a contemporary story.
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