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What Are You Reading? June 2013

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annis
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Post by annis » Tue June 25th, 2013, 12:30 am

Posted by fljustice
About half through with Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of Land--his usual dark twisted tale, but he's so good!
So looking forward to this - I have a copy in the mail.

Currently reading Sumerford's Autumn by new-to-me author Barbara Gaskell Denvil. A spirited tale of deceit, treachery, intrigue, thwarted love and Perkin Warbeck, set during the reign of Henry VII. Maybe late medieval really is the new Tudor? :)
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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Tue June 25th, 2013, 8:27 am

Just finished "The Kashmir Shawl" and now onto "Real Murders" by Charlaine Harris, more escapism in the American South.
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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princess garnet
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Post by princess garnet » Tue June 25th, 2013, 9:07 pm

Andover in the Civil War by Joan S. Patrakis (NF)
Local history about the town during the Civil War era where I went to college nearby.

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sweetpotatoboy
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Location: London, UK

Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue June 25th, 2013, 9:12 pm

I finally finished "Antony and Cleopatra" by Colleen McCullough. My thoughts here:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/349090231

Now reading a non-HF by Barbara Vine (aka Ruth Rendell), "No Night Is Too Long", for a book group. The odd thing is that I saw the fantastic TV adaptation 11 years ago and it has been entrenched in my mind ever since. I can't seem to just appreciate the book for what it is as there are some differences.

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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 » Tue June 25th, 2013, 9:51 pm

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. How about that for a title!? LOL. Contemporary story and a translation.
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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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 » Wed June 26th, 2013, 7:22 am

Shields of Pride by Elizabeth Chadwick.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Thu June 27th, 2013, 8:07 am

The Cadaver Game by Kate Ellis.
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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EC2
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Post by EC2 » Thu June 27th, 2013, 6:09 pm

The Splintered Kingdom by James Aitcheson. Follow up to Sworn Sword which I enjoyed very much. Very good so far.
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.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

www.elizabethchadwick.com

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Misfit
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Post by Misfit » Thu June 27th, 2013, 6:15 pm

I just finished off a couple of fluffy wall-paper romances, both very forgettable, although the Virginia Henley had some laugh out loud moments with Elizabeth Tudor. I also zipped through EC's The Summer Queen last weekend - loved it. Easily top book of the year so far, with a couple of long-lost gothics taking second and third place.

Not sure what I'm going to pick up next.

Oh, had a real giggle at the romance I finished off this morning. According to the dates at the chapter headings, part II began in October 1814. Then a few chapters later for a famous battle the chapter carried a January 1814 date :o :p
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Susan
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Post by Susan » Thu June 27th, 2013, 6:57 pm

Paris by Edward Rutherfurd
~Susan~
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