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What are you reading? November 2013

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Ludmilla
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Post by Ludmilla » Sun November 17th, 2013, 4:10 pm

Currently reading Shellabarger's The King's Cavalier which has reminded me what an interesting woman Louise of Savoy was.

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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Sun November 17th, 2013, 4:34 pm

Thanks for answering my questions, EC. :D
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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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) » Sun November 17th, 2013, 7:47 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]Currently reading Shellabarger's The King's Cavalier which has reminded me what an interesting woman Louise of Savoy was.[/quote]
Now that's a blast from the past! I've re-read his other three, I should revisit that one. Shellabarger is one of the few of my early faves who stands the test of time.
Speaking of the tests of time, I'm reading (listening to, actually, while I sort and organize) M.M. Kaye's autobiography, the Sun in the Morning. She's a good storyteller even when telling her own. India before WWI is fascinating and I need to get my hands on the other two books, Golden Afternoon and Enchanted Evening.
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Post by annis » Mon November 18th, 2013, 6:17 pm

Posted by MLE
I'm reading (listening to, actually, while I sort and organize) M.M. Kaye's autobiography, the Sun in the Morning.
MM Kaye's atobiography is fascinating and quite hilarious in places - highly recommended. The last days of the British Raj spawned some excellent autobios- like John Masters Bugles and a Tiger, Felicity Kendall's White Cargo and Rumer Godden's books Two Under the Indian Sun, A Time to Dance, No Time to Weep, and A House with Four Rooms.

Currently reading R.F. Tapsell's Unholy Pilgrim (pub. 1968), one of the few historical novels I've come across set during the turbulent period of the 13th century Latin Empire. The sack of Constantinople in 1204 by Crusaders from the West threw the whole of the Levant, Mediterranean and Asia Minor into an ongoing state of chaos outlasting the Latin Empire's brief reign. Tapsell's vivid, straightforward style means this novel hasn't dated in the way, say, Poul Anderson's Rogue Sword (1960), set around the same period, has.
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Post by Brenna » Tue November 19th, 2013, 3:01 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I have that on my TBR pile. Any good?[/quote]

It is. It is very, very long but I guess you couldn't expect much less for someone who lived to be over 100. Very, very readable although it does make the Duke and Queen Mother seem overly perfect in some areas but that could just be my cynicism coming into play. I see A LOT of similarities between Princess Diana and the Queen Mother. Unfortunately the endings were not quite the same.
Brenna

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Post by Nefret » Thu November 21st, 2013, 4:05 pm

Finished Devil's Brood. Now I'm not sure if I should go right to Lionheart or finish EC's The Champion 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 EC2 » Thu November 21st, 2013, 8:45 pm

Just started The Sonambulist by Essie Fox - enjoying. Victorian and atmospheric!
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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Post by Misfit » Thu November 21st, 2013, 9:48 pm

Getting ready to get back to The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart. Just got back from breakfast and used book shopping with Michele (JM Jacobsen at this board, though we don't see here much these days). Look at our omelettes, we got the "half-size" portion :eek:
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Post by EC2 » Thu November 21st, 2013, 10:23 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Getting ready to get back to The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart. Just got back from breakfast and used book shopping with Michele (JM Jacobsen at this board, though we don't see here much these days). Look at our omelettes, we got the "half-size" portion :eek: [/quote]

Good grief!!!! I wouldn't need to eat again all day!
I'm on the 5-2 diet at the moment and 11 pounds lighter than I was 10 weeks ago!
My best to Michele. It's a long, long time since I read the Gabriel Hounds!
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

www.elizabethchadwick.com

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Post by Nefret » Thu November 21st, 2013, 10:38 pm

That is one big omelet. I like getting those sometimes because I have lunch for the next day too. As for Mary Stewart (she spells it the right way even), I've been wanting to read The Crystal Cave for a while.
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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