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What are you reading? December 2013

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fljustice
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Post by fljustice » Wed December 18th, 2013, 6:48 pm

Finally finished Amy Tan's Saving Fish from Drowning--I liked it, but it's not my favorite of hers. Moving on to a non-fiction research book. Haven't decided what my next fiction will be.
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Post by EC2 » Wed December 18th, 2013, 8:09 pm

Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel.
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) » Wed December 18th, 2013, 10:58 pm

[quote=""EC2""]Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel.[/quote]
I have that on my kindle. Every time I think about starting it, I remember how irritating the confusing pronouns were in the first book. They say this time she followed the accepted grammatical rules (in school I was taught that a pronoun should be attributed to the last-mentioned noun it might reasonably represent). Let me know how you get on with it? :cool:

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Post by EC2 » Thu December 19th, 2013, 11:42 am

[quote=""MLE""]I have that on my kindle. Every time I think about starting it, I remember how irritating the confusing pronouns were in the first book. They say this time she followed the accepted grammatical rules (in school I was taught that a pronoun should be attributed to the last-mentioned noun it might reasonably represent). Let me know how you get on with it? :cool: [/quote]

It's terribly good writing, sometimes with the emphasis on 'terribly'. :p
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 Misfit » Sat December 21st, 2013, 5:59 pm

Blowing through Where Love Dwells by Elizabeth Stuart. Welsh princess/English knight conflict, during the reign of Edward I. Pretty good, and with a nice dose of history tossed in, but I did catch one "your majesty" ;)
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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
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Post by Vanessa » Sun December 22nd, 2013, 12:49 pm

The Magic of Christmas by Trisha Ashley.
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 Berengaria » Sun December 22nd, 2013, 11:20 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Blowing through Where Love Dwells by Elizabeth Stuart. Welsh princess/English knight conflict, during the reign of Edward I. Pretty good, and with a nice dose of history tossed in, but I did catch one "your majesty" ;) [/quote]
Hi! Where did you find this novel? I've just finished Sharon Penman's Welsh trilogy....shed a little tear when I finished....and am looking for more novels on this era. :)

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Post by Misfit » Sun December 22nd, 2013, 11:29 pm

[quote=""Berengaria""]Hi! Where did you find this novel? I've just finished Sharon Penman's Welsh trilogy....shed a little tear when I finished....and am looking for more novels on this era. :) [/quote]

I've read two others by Stuart and have been purchasing the rest of them. They are romances, but she puts enough history in I find them satisfying reads. There's The Brothers of Gwynedd books, but I wasn't fond of them. Too close on the heels of Penman.
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Post by Susan » Mon December 23rd, 2013, 1:28 am

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
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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 December 23rd, 2013, 1:37 am

Shadows and Strongholds, by Elizabeth Chadwick.

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