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What Are You Reading? October 2013

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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 » Mon October 28th, 2013, 11:54 am

Good luck Lady B - we did it for A Level and I absolutely loathed it.

I've just started "The Glass Guardian" by Linda Gillard.
Currently reading: "Fear on the Phantom Special" by Edward Marston.

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Ludmilla
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Location: Georgia USA

Post by Ludmilla » Mon October 28th, 2013, 3:03 pm

Finished Bernard Cornwell's Agincourt this weekend and am starting Penman's The Sunne in Splendour as my bedtime book since I only have the print version and don't feel like carrying that big, thick book around. It's going to take me forever to read this way, I think. Already after only 40 pages last night I'm heartbroken
Which may be why I had put off reading this for so long... so much enmity and so many lives lost. It's more than a little depressing (though fascinating).

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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Mon October 28th, 2013, 3:09 pm

Treason by Meredith Whitford. Follows along the same lines as SKP Sunne but a little less detail/little more focus on the romance.
Brenna

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon October 28th, 2013, 3:21 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]Treason by Meredith Whitford. Follows along the same lines as SKP Sunne but a little less detail/little more focus on the romance.[/quote]
Ah yes, I need to finish that. I have it on my kindle, and it was pretty good. But got distracted, and forgot about it entirely.

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Brenna
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Post by Brenna » Tue October 29th, 2013, 1:57 pm

[quote=""MLE""]Ah yes, I need to finish that. I have it on my kindle, and it was pretty good. But got distracted, and forgot about it entirely.[/quote]

I've almost done and I can see a very interesting spin on what happened to the Princes in the Tower. Richard III certainly is made out to be the "good guy" that bad things happen to.
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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 October 29th, 2013, 2:17 pm

I'm about to start The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes, a book I've received to read and review via LoveReading. It's due to be published next spring.
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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Post by EC2 » Tue October 29th, 2013, 5:18 pm

DNF Sylvia by Bryce Courtney - suddenly went off into cod medieval speak and it seemed rather bogged down and repetitive despite being adventurous.

Then began a Fannie Flagg - forgotten the title but that went down like a lead balloon too.

Have now begun The Colour by Rose Tremain and am really enjoying it so far - 19thC New Zealand settlers.
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

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue October 29th, 2013, 10:13 pm

I'm rereading a plaidy somebody left in my car. Mary, Queen of Scots. I'm not sure whether these plaidys count as novels or biographies.

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red805
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Location: Southern California

Post by red805 » Wed October 30th, 2013, 1:04 am

Just got back from a vacation in Kauai. Wonderful weather & lots of time to read! Read my first EC, The Greatest Knight & thoroughly enjoyed it. Never had heard much about Richard & John's brothers before. Now I'm hooked, & have to get The Scarlet Lion :) Also enjoyed Arturo Perez-Reverte's Captain Alatriste & am into A Thousand Splendid Suns now, which is heartwrenching.

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Post by annis » Wed October 30th, 2013, 1:33 am

Posted by EC
DNF Sylvia by Bryce Courtney


Don't blame you - Sylvia was a real dog and the worst thing Courtenay ever wrote! Dozens of copies ended up in charity shop book bins after Christmas when that one came out :)

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