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What are you reading? November 2013

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Lisa
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Post by Lisa » Wed November 27th, 2013, 9:40 am

I'm still making my way through Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant. I'm finding it to be like a really rich meal - it is very good but I can only take so much at a time, so I keep taking breaks and reading other, lighter stuff.

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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Wed November 27th, 2013, 10:28 am

[quote=""LadyB""]I'm still making my way through Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant. I'm finding it to be like a really rich meal - it is very good but I can only take so much at a time, so I keep taking breaks and reading other, lighter stuff.[/quote]

Yep I found it a bit heavy too, eventually ditched it. Beautifully written though but just didn't do it for me.
Currently reading: "The Infirmary" by L J Ross

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Post by Madeleine » Thu November 28th, 2013, 7:45 pm

I've just started "Heartbreak Hotel" by Deborah Moggach.
Currently reading: "The Infirmary" by L J Ross

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Post by kodiakblair » Thu November 28th, 2013, 10:14 pm

I'm reading Purity of Blood by Arturo Perez-Revrte. Book 2 of 7 set in the Golden Age of Spain, a period and place I'm not familiar with , The tales follow Captain Alatriste a sword for hire. Translated from Spanish 2000's I'm finding these a nice change, one thing shines through Spain was a dangerous place in those days.

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Post by Susan » Sat November 30th, 2013, 5:15 pm

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
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Post by red805 » Sun December 1st, 2013, 1:53 am

Paris by Edward Rutherfurd in audio book. I did enjoy this. Got to hear proper French pronunciation instead of how I would probably mangle things if reading myself. Hits the highlights of French history plus lots I didn't know about, & has some good characters, but sometimes I didn't quite follow the leaps around the centuries & sometimes the characters sort of just disappeared. I started the paperback of London years ago & got bogged down & never finished, since his books all seem to be super-sized, so I was glad that during my commute I was able to get through this one & I would definitely go for another audiobook from Rutherfurd.

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Post by annis » Sun December 1st, 2013, 2:21 am

In re-read mode at the moment. Read Susan Cooper's wonderful Ghost Hawk (YA) and was inspired to read her Dark is Rising sequence again- very appropriate as it starts with a Christmas.

After reading quite a few novels set around the 100 Years War, I then dragged out my old copies of Daniels Hall's Kemp novels - The Road to Crécy and Passage of Arms. Such a shame he never finished this series - the HF-hating '90s put him off. He now writes Napoleonic fiction under another name.

Finally decided it was time to re-visit Patricia Finney's duology based on the Irish Ulster Cycle- glorious HF epics steeped in magic realism set in Ireland and Roman Britain during the Emperor Hadrian's visit there - Shadow of Gulls and Crow Goddess.

I know I'm just putting off reading The Luminaries -why, oh why does it have to be so huge?
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Post by EC2 » Sun December 1st, 2013, 12:26 pm

Reading Knights of the Hawk by James Aitcheson - the best of the guy writers doing the Norman Conquest period at the moment IMO.
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.'

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Post by Nefret » Sun December 1st, 2013, 4:54 pm

EC- What form is that book available? Kindle, real book, recited epic poem? I've been wanting to read more Norman Conquest novels.
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 » Sun December 1st, 2013, 8:07 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]EC- What form is that book available? Kindle, real book, recited epic poem? I've been wanting to read more Norman Conquest novels.[/quote]

I've got the UK hardcover. I think it's available on UK Kindle too. As far as I know it will be coming to the USA with Sourcebooks but I don't know when.
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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