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What Are You Reading? October 2013

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Post by annis » Fri October 18th, 2013, 11:18 pm

Posted by Brenna
Bitter Greens. A whole lot of awesomeness here. So glad my momma brought it back from the UK for me.
I really enjoyed Bitter Greens, a (very) adult HF take on the Rapunzel story which combines the story of Rapunzel in a Renaissance Italian setting with that of her creator, Charlotte-Rose de la Force, a real-life Huguenot noblewoman famous for her story-telling who seriously offended the Sun King and was bundled off to a convent. Fact and fiction become blurred as the stories merge. Very well done.

As author Kate Forsyth is an Aussie, I luckily got to read the book quite some time ago.

Still reading Cornwell's Pagan Lord, along with Ronald Welch's excellent YA series of historical adventures, sadly nearly all out of print. Now up to Bk 4, The Hawk, set around the Babington Plot.

Also working my way through the Aimée Leduc mysteries by Cara Black, set in 1990s Paris. Love Aimée- a great character. She's gorgeous, smart and mistress of le chic déconstruit, but also caring, vulnerable, prone to falling for the wrong men and always tumbling inadvertently into disastrous situations. Très bien!
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Post by Susan » Sat October 19th, 2013, 12:50 am

[quote=""Brenna""]Bitter Greens. A whole lot of awesomeness here. So glad my momma brought it back from the UK for me.[/quote]

I've got this book and The Wild Girl on my "books I want" life and hope they are soon available in the USA.
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Post by emr » Sat October 19th, 2013, 12:03 pm

[quote=""annis""]
Also working my way through the Aimée Leduc mysteries by Cara Black, set in 1990s Paris. Love Aimée- a great character. She's gorgeous, smart and mistress of le chic déconstruit, but also caring, vulnerable, prone to falling for the wrong men and always tumbling inadvertently into disastrous situations. Très bien![/quote]

Read the first 2 books. I liked them but she needs a new editor....

Still reading The Last Kingdom. Last night I started The Dragon Man by Garry Disher too. I like it so far. So odd to read that it's Xmas and summer at the same time hehe
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Lisa
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Favourite HF book: Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
Preferred HF: Any time period/location. Timeslip, usually prefer female POV. Also love Gothic melodrama.
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Post by Lisa » Sat October 19th, 2013, 2:35 pm

Just started Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman.

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Post by Misfit » Sat October 19th, 2013, 2:57 pm

I'm almost done with a 1979 romance that's so off the wall historically and story wise that it's actually more entertaining than it should be. Have to quote for ya'll:
"It was a painting of the first Marquis de la Dunham, who had been awarded his estate by the Conqueror in 1066."
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Post by Lisa » Sat October 19th, 2013, 5:06 pm

:D So many things wrong with that quote!

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Post by annis » Sat October 19th, 2013, 7:01 pm

Finished Pagan Lord, which I thought excellent. Bernard Cornwell's novels can be underrrated because they are always an easy read and sometimes rather formulaic, but there's no doubt that when it comes to crafting a story he's a master. Uhtred is now in his 50s and Cornwell tells us he will be present when Athelstan unites England. I'm guessing that will be at the Battle of Brunaburh in 937, which will put Uhtred in his 70s. Perhaps that will be the last in the series, but there's still the battle in which Edward the Elder died and Athelstan's battle for York to come so I'm sure there will be other stories in between.

Just started Robert Harris' An Officer and a Spy which is about the infamous Dreyfuss Affair. The DA is notoriously convoluted and difficult to follow so hoping Harris can unravel it for us.

I may well get sick of Aimée Le Duc, emr, but will keep going for a bit longer. If you read too much of any one series at the same time it can make for overkill :)
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Post by Vanessa » Sun October 20th, 2013, 11:20 am

I've just started The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley, my second spooky read this month. Well, it is Hallowe'en soon!
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Post by emr » Sun October 20th, 2013, 11:46 am

[quote=""annis""]Finished Pagan Lord, which I thought excellent. Bernard Cornwell's novels can be underrrated because they are always an easy read and sometimes rather formulaic, but there's no doubt that when it comes to crafting a story he's a master. Uhtred is now in his 50s and Cornwell tells us he will be present when Athelstan unites England. I'm guessing that will be at the Battle of Brunaburh in 937, which will put Uhtred in his 70s. Perhaps that will be the last in the series, but there's still the battle in which Edward the Elder died and Athelstan's battle for York to come so I'm sure there will be other stories in between.[/quote]

Given the century, the (lack of) medical facilities and the occupational hazzards I'm amazed he made it to 11. :D

[quote=""annis""]I may well get sick of Aimée Le Duc, emr, but will keep going for a bit longer. If you read too much of any one series at the same time it can make for overkill :) [/quote]

Yah sometimes you start seeing a pattern and it's better to leave it for a while. Like Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mysteries. Read 9 books almost in a row. Now I dunno when I'll be back. So much to read...
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Post by Susan » Sun October 20th, 2013, 7:02 pm

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida
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