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What Are You Reading? August 2013

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Post by JaneConsumer » Mon August 5th, 2013, 11:41 am

I'm listening to Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. Not sure I like the narrator, but I'm giving it a chance.

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Post by JenniferLovesRoxi » Tue August 6th, 2013, 8:30 am

The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora by Stephanie Thornton.

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Post by Nefret » Tue August 6th, 2013, 9:16 am

[quote=""JenniferLovesRoxi""]The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora by Stephanie Thornton.[/quote]


How is that? I'll probably be getting the Stella Duffy novel from the library soon.
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 Brenna » Tue August 6th, 2013, 3:29 pm

Bailed on By Fire, By Water (again) and am totally immersed in The Outlaw by Angus Donald. Really good so far.
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Post by princess garnet » Tue August 6th, 2013, 9:24 pm

[quote=""JenniferLovesRoxi""]The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora by Stephanie Thornton.[/quote]
Join the club! I'm reading that too.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Tue August 6th, 2013, 9:30 pm

[quote=""princess garnet""]Join the club! I'm reading that too.[/quote]

I hope to get that from BF soon as well.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue August 6th, 2013, 10:50 pm

I've just started EC's Lady of the English.

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Post by Nefret » Tue August 6th, 2013, 11:06 pm

[quote=""MLE""]I've just started EC's Lady of the English.[/quote]

Me too! (Since I'm nearly done with SKP's Saints)
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!
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Post by JenniferLovesRoxi » Wed August 7th, 2013, 12:27 am

[quote=""Nefret""]How is that? I'll probably be getting the Stella Duffy novel from the library soon.[/quote]

I am about 60% of the way through the book and so far I'm really enjoying it. I have Duffy's two Theodora books on my TBR pile, but I decided to read this one first because I can get the whole story in one book instead of two. And the cover is pretty too!

If you are interested in Theodora I think you will enjoy the book. However, I read somewhere that little is known about Theodora's life prior to her marriage to Justinian, so I keep wondering how much of the things I am reading are based on facts we know to be true and how much is just the author's creation.

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Post by annis » Wed August 7th, 2013, 9:57 pm

Posted by EC
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - enjoying it a lot so far, although I'm hoping not to overdose on the scent of hot skin and 'flashing heels'. The prose is very rich and sensuous. It's still on the good side of the line but might teeter if it goes further.
I read SOA last year and had mixed feelings about it. Although beautifully written, it definitely does teeter almost cringeworthily on the verge of purple prose at times, especially during love scenes between Patroclus and Achilles.

Currently reading The 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. A hilarious Münchhausen-esque tour through the Cold War era written with delectably black Scandinavian humour.
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