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What Are You Reading? June 2013

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Post by Brenna » Fri June 28th, 2013, 12:28 am

[quote=""Susan""]Paris by Edward Rutherfurd[/quote]

I'm reading Sarum right now actually! Cool!

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Post by fljustice » Fri June 28th, 2013, 3:37 pm

Finished Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman--twisty and beautifully written. Started Daughters of Copper Woman by Anne Cameron. It turns out the Creator (who is neither woman nor man, but more) created woman first.
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Post by Susan » Fri June 28th, 2013, 4:17 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]I'm reading Sarum right now actually! Cool![/quote]

I'd like to read Sarum again because I read it before I visited Salisbury Cathedral and before (I think!) I visited Stonehenge. I've been to Paris and to a lot of the settings, so it's easy to visualize what I am reading.
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Post by Berengaria » Fri June 28th, 2013, 4:44 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]I'm almost done. Excellent.[/quote]
Almost finished....before I get the hard copy! What a ride....I love Alienor and can't wait for the other two in the trilogy!

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Post by Misfit » Fri June 28th, 2013, 4:50 pm

[quote=""Berengaria""]Almost finished....before I get the hard copy! What a ride....I love Alienor and can't wait for the other two in the trilogy![/quote]

That was quite a ride, wasn't it?
Can't wait for book two.
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Post by annis » Fri June 28th, 2013, 11:54 pm

Petronius' Satyricon. Re-reading The Great Gatsby for a book club and hadn't realised when I first read it many years ago just how much Fitzgerald was influenced by the Satyricon. Apparently around the early 1920s it was a popular and suitably dissolute read amongst the fashionable set - I imagine Norman Lindsay's illustrations added to the appeal :)

I do remember seeing Fellini's amazing film based on the Satyricon at an film festival a very long time ago now - probably when it first came out in 1969. I think I would have only just got in over the R18 limit!

Also reading Sarah Churchwell's fascinating non-fic Careless People, about TGG and the influences upon it.
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Post by emr » Sat June 29th, 2013, 7:58 pm

Finished The Firebird and loved it. Now reading Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson, not bad so far, and listening to The Labyrinth of Osiris by Paul Sussman.
I'm still half way through Roman Nights. It's a translation and at first I thought the translation was simply bad cause the guy has no idea about Roman furniture and vehicles names and I was having these 18th century flashes, but now I think the book is a little disgusting and boring by itself. I'll finish it though. Eventually...
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Post by Berengaria » Tue July 2nd, 2013, 9:55 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]That was quite a ride, wasn't it?
Can't wait for book two.[/quote]
I also liked the vivid descriptions of Crusade travel. What dismal chances there were that a pilgrim would never see Outremer!

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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu July 18th, 2013, 2:11 am

June 2013 15
"Unsinkable" by Dan James (387pgs, 2012) (6/4) - Murder mystery involving the "Titanic".
"Inferno: Robert Langdon Book #4" by Dan Brown (602pgs, 2013) (6/5) (K)* - Much better then "The Lost Symbol" in my opinion, and apparently they're skipping over it as a movie and moving on to "Inferno" as the next one coming out in Dec 2015.
"Treasure Ship: The Legend and Legency of the S.S. Brother Jonathan" by Dennis M. Powers (410pgs, 2007) (6/11)*
"Betty Grable: The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs" by Tom McGee (449pgs, 1995orig, 2010ed) (6/12)
"Éminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the Rise of France" by Jean-Vincent Blanchard (250pgs, 2011) (6/12)
"Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia" by Janet Wallach (412pgs, 2005) (6/14)
"The Boleyn King: Book 1" by Laura Andersen (368pgs, 2013) (6/18) (K L) - Enjoyable, looking forward to the next book!
"How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (But True) Stories of Common Vegetables" by Rebecca Rupp (335pgs, 2011) (6/18) (K)*
"The Dame in the Kimono: Hollywood, Censorship, and the Production Code" Leonard J. Leff & Jerold L. Simmons (321pgs, 2001) (6/19) (K L)
"On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry into Some Strangely Related Families" by Jeremy Paxman (295pgs, 2007) (6/25)*
"Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum" by Jason Felch & Ralph Frammolino (320pgs, 2011) (6/28)*
"Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling" by Ross King (326pgs, 2003) (6/29)*
"Unsinkable: A Memoir" by Debbie Reynolds & Dorian Hannaway (263pgs, 2013) (6/30) (K L) - Wow, Debbie has lived quite a life and this was just her 2nd autobio, and she made terrible choices in husbands!
"In A Witch's Wardrobe: A Lily Ivory/Witchcraft Mystery #4" by Juliet Blackwell (311pgs, 2012) (6/30)
"Charles I: The Personal Monarch: by Charles Carlton (373pgs, 1983) (6/30)*
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Post by Nefret » Thu July 18th, 2013, 2:35 am

SM- Who is The Boleyn King about? And is that fiction?
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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