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What Are You Reading? July 2013

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HevRob
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Post by HevRob » Sun July 28th, 2013, 9:21 pm

[quote=""HevRob""]Thanks for all the Stormbird updates - am following your comments with interest. I don't know this era well. . . I'm just under half way through Sword and Scimitar now. I enjoy Scarrow's writing but the characters are not grabbing me in the same way as those from his Eagle series, but still a good read in my opinion.[/quote]

Have now finished Sword and Scimitar, it wasn't bad but didn't really sparkle either. All too predictable regarding the love and family connections. :(

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "Longstone" by L J Ross
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
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Post by Madeleine » Mon July 29th, 2013, 8:22 am

I've just started Red Dragon White Dragon by Gary Dolman; murder mystery set in Victorian Northumberland, with an Arthurian connection.
Currently reading: "Longstone" by L J Ross

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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 July 29th, 2013, 6:24 pm

[quote=""EC2""]I picked it up on Amazon Vine - really enjoyed it. Definitely 5 stars from me. .[/quote]

I've just finished it and loved it! My review should show here in a day or two. I've also put it on Goodreads. Although it's set in 1899, I'm not sure it can be classed as historical fiction so haven't put it on here.
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Berengaria
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Post by Berengaria » Tue July 30th, 2013, 12:35 am

[quote=""Berengaria""]I'm speeding through The White Princessby Philippa Gregory. It is interesting to read about the gradual respect and love that grows between Elizabeth and Henry and the paranoia of the Tudors. It isn't the engrossing read that I found with The Summer Queen, but enjoyable all of the same. Now that Gregory has written about all of the main female players of the Wars of the Roses, I wonder what era she'll tackle next?[/quote]
I was a little disappointed that this tome ended several years before the White Princess's death; until I saw that her next book is about Margaret of Warwick, who is a close friend and companion to Elizabeth of York! :) I would imagine that Margaret's story begins at the end of the this novel.

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Nefret
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Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
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Post by Nefret » Tue July 30th, 2013, 12:49 am

How many books are going to be in that series, anyway? Won't she run out of ladies/ water spirits to write about?
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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Berengaria
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Post by Berengaria » Tue July 30th, 2013, 7:36 pm

Have started to read Venus in Winterby Gillian Bagwell. Not my favourite era, but think I will enjoy this novel.....a lot "meatier" than PG's.
And no water sprites! ;)
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Post by SonjaMarie » Tue July 30th, 2013, 11:06 pm

[quote=""Berengaria""]Have started to read Venus in Winterby Gillian Bagwell. Not my favourite era, but think I will enjoy this novel.....a lot "meatier" than PG's.
And no water sprites! ;) [/quote]

I'm reading that as well!

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Post by HevRob » Wed July 31st, 2013, 7:46 am

Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell. I have enjoyed The Warrior series immensely - strong characters and an interest in this era geographically as I live close to Edington, believed to be the site of Alfred's great defeat over the Danes at the Battle of Ethandun.

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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Wed July 31st, 2013, 8:08 am

Is odd for me to want to re-read Here Be Dragons along with Saints? Shall I wait until I finish Lionheart first?
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"
{Ensiferum}

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Post by JaneConsumer » Wed July 31st, 2013, 12:00 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]Is odd for me to want to re-read Here Be Dragons along with Saints? Shall I wait until I finish Lionheart first?[/quote]

Read whatever your heart desires. :) Here Be Dragons is one of my favorites in the genre. Life's too short not to spend it with favorites.

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