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What Are You Reading? July 2013

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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Fri July 26th, 2013, 8:59 am

After I'm done which the non-fiction, and the Emma novel... I must read When Christ and His Saints Slept again.
Something about the PG series made me want to read it.
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 Misfit » Sat July 27th, 2013, 12:21 pm

Just started The White Princess. One fishy woman reference, but if I was playing at the drinking game every time York is mentioned, I would be pie-eyed at the end of chapter two.
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Post by Susan » Sat July 27th, 2013, 1:44 pm

Since I've just finished reading three murder mysteries in a row, I vowed I'd read something different, so how about an alternative history of Henry VIII?
The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen
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Post by Misfit » Sat July 27th, 2013, 1:47 pm

[quote=""Susan""]Since I've just finished reading three murder mysteries in a row, I vowed I'd read something different, so how about an alternative history of Henry VIII?
The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen[/quote]

Have fun with that, I thought her alternate Tudor world really well done.
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Post by fljustice » Sat July 27th, 2013, 2:42 pm

I've been reading a lot of research and door stop biographies lately and needed something very different. Started the YA Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I used to read everything my daughter read when she was in school, but this one slipped by me. Finished The Bad Beginning in a subway to and fro and a few minutes before bed. I had forgot the satisfaction of finishing a book in a couple of hours. Halfway through The Reptile Room. I love the writing craft--the author is truly clever--but the repetitious story may have me skipping to The End earlier rather than later. ;)
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Sat July 27th, 2013, 4:55 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]It's unusual but I really enjoyed it.[/quote]

Vanessa, I'm finally done with "Girl Reading".

I have very mixed feelings about it. I really loved the first four or five stories, but didn't really warm to the last two or three, especially the last one. I don't think it was simply because they were set more recently (and one in the future) because I do enjoy a lot of contemporary fiction and even science fiction. I just didn't connect with the stories.

Generally, the writing was so beautiful and unexpected - just so clever throughout - that I was ready to fully embrace the book. But she lost me later on, and by the end the feeling was one of: what's it all about? what's its point? She tried to use the last story to kind of tie all the previous stories together, but it didn't work for me.

Still, for the beauty of the writing - despite, or even because of its obliqueness - it has a lot to recommend it. But it certainly won't be for everyone or even most people.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat July 27th, 2013, 6:04 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]I got into her when I got into Tudor HF, but TBI ended up being the book I liked. I'm still curious though.[/quote]

I literally wallbanged TOBG, yup threw it right across my room at the wall when I finished it. It was my copy, I wasn't even a member here yet and hadn't heard of the term. HaHaHa.

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Post by JenniferLovesRoxi » Sat July 27th, 2013, 6:42 pm

I am reading The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C W Gortner.

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Post by Vanessa » Sat July 27th, 2013, 6:55 pm

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]Vanessa, I'm finally done with "Girl Reading".

I have very mixed feelings about it. I really loved the first four or five stories, but didn't really warm to the last two or three, especially the last one. I don't think it was simply because they were set more recently (and one in the future) because I do enjoy a lot of contemporary fiction and even science fiction. I just didn't connect with the stories.

Generally, the writing was so beautiful and unexpected - just so clever throughout - that I was ready to fully embrace the book. But she lost me later on, and by the end the feeling was one of: what's it all about? what's its point? She tried to use the last story to kind of tie all the previous stories together, but it didn't work for me.

Still, for the beauty of the writing - despite, or even because of its obliqueness - it has a lot to recommend it. But it certainly won't be for everyone or even most people.[/quote]

No it's not for everyone. It's what I would call an 'arty farty' sort of story. It is unusual and the writing is very descriptive.
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Post by Nefret » Sat July 27th, 2013, 7:46 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]I literally wallbanged TOBG, yup threw it right across my room at the wall when I finished it. It was my copy, I wasn't even a member here yet and hadn't heard of the term. HaHaHa.

SM[/quote]


I probably wouldn't have read that one if it wasn't an airport book. My other books were under that plane at the time, and it was on sale. And my have also been on a long layover. :o
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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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