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What are you reading? December 2013

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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.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue December 3rd, 2013, 4:06 pm

Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave / Hollow Hills / Last Enchantment / Wicked Day series -- kindle package deal last week. I'm sticking to re-reads so as not to get distracted while I finish the last of the WIP -- but darn it, MS is sucking me into her story world once again!
Here's hoping it will rub off. :o

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Post by Misfit » Tue December 3rd, 2013, 5:20 pm

[quote=""MLE""]Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave / Hollow Hills / Last Enchantment / Wicked Day series -- kindle package deal last week. I'm sticking to re-reads so as not to get distracted while I finish the last of the WIP -- but darn it, MS is sucking me into her story world once again!
Here's hoping it will rub off. :o [/quote]

I didn't realize these were kindelized. She is a good story teller.

Gave up on The Aftermath, just not in the mood for it and my return days clock was ticking. Started an inspiration novel, Edwardian period, The Governess of Highland Hall.
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Post by princess garnet » Tue December 3rd, 2013, 7:32 pm

Queen Anne by Anne Somerset (NF)
New biography of the daughter of James II and Queen of England
US edition shows a fuller portrait of Anne--I have that one.

Finished Snow White & the Huntsman by Lily Blake (teen read)
Quick read. It's a novelization of the 2012 movie. In some spots the dialogue and details were slightly different than what I remember from the movie.
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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) » Wed December 4th, 2013, 1:07 am

[quote=""Misfit""]I didn't realize these were kindelized. She is a good story teller. [/quote]
They are, but reader beware: the paragraphs are arranged very oddly! It's a good thing I already know the story, including who is speaking to whom, because very frequently there will be a paragraph break in the middle of a dialog line that doesn't belong there, and even worse, paragraphs are combined into one so that it seems as though a comment / response between two people is a comment / beat / more comment from the same speaker.

It's driving me batty on Mary Stewart's behalf.

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Post by annis » Thu December 5th, 2013, 6:39 am

Conn Iggulden's War of the Roses novel Stormbird- surprising myself by really enjoying it - CI can annoy me sometimes :) Confession time- I actually bought it as a Xmas present for someone else and am sneakily and (step away from that coffee) very carefully reading it first.
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Post by Brenna » Thu December 5th, 2013, 3:39 pm

[quote=""annis""]Conn Iggulden's War of the Roses novel Stormbird- surprising myself by really enjoying it - CI can annoy me sometimes :) Confession time- I actually bought it as a Xmas present for someone else and am sneakily and (step away from that coffee) very carefully reading it first.[/quote]

I do that quite a bit shhhhh don't tell my family :-)
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Preferred HF: Lately World Two or the time immediately before and after this period
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Post by SCW » Thu December 5th, 2013, 10:32 pm

Finished Cleopatra's daughter by Michelle Moran. Its about Cleopatra Selene the daughter of the more well-known Egyptian Queen and Mark Antony. It's worth reading.
I've ordered Exit the Actress (About Nell Gwynne) and The Light in the Ruins (WW2 Mystery) for Christmas.
What I am really looking forward to is A Kings Ransom by Sharon Penman

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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
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Post by Vanessa » Sat December 7th, 2013, 11:15 am

I'm reading The Rose Garden by Marita Conlon McKennam a contemporary story.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

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Post by Nefret » Sat December 7th, 2013, 5:14 pm

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman. I can't seem to read enough of it before work.


Question- Is Isabel de Clare (Marshall's wife) any relation to the wife of Hugh Despenser the Younger some generations later? Her name was de Clare too, I think.
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Post by annis » Sat December 7th, 2013, 5:47 pm

Question- Is Isabel de Clare (Marshall's wife) any relation to the wife of Hugh Despenser the Younger some generations later? Her name was de Clare too, I think.
Yes, through Isabel Marshall, the daughter of William Marshall and his wife Isabel de Clare. Isabel Marshall (daughter) married Gilbert de Clare, who was a cousin. The de Clare men in typical medieval fashion were mostly christened either Richard or Gilbert, which makes it hard to untangle them!
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