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Subject: 2010 H/F Challenge #1 - Continuing Saga
Date Posted: 11/26/2009 6:09 PM ET
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Discuss the book you read for the Continuing Saga category.

Read the second or any subsequent book in a series or trilogy. You know you liked the first one. You just need an excuse to continue reading the series.

Date Posted: 1/2/2010 5:42 PM ET
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Woo hoo!  Only the 2nd day of the new year, and I've already completed a challenge!  I read Heretic by Bernard Cornwell, which is the third book in his "Grail Quest" triliogy.  I really enjoyed the series.  BC gave us another wonderful main character in Thomas of Hookton.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 1:07 AM ET
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I just finished The Angel's Game.  I really enjoyed about the first 3/4, but then when we reached the climax of the story, it got a little confusing and left me a little bewildered and a bit lost.  That said, I give it a 4.5/5, the half star taken off for the last bit which had me a little lost.  It got almost Fight Club-ish at the end which threw me off.  Zafon's writing is still gorgeous and the translation is impeccable.  Shadow of the Wind was better though.



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Date Posted: 1/7/2010 4:30 PM ET
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I just finished up Beverly Swerling's City of God, the third book in her City series about the evolution of NYC from Nieuw Amsterdam to NYC.  I really enjoyed the entire series.  There are 2 families that are central to all 3 books, and you really get involved in all of the characters as well as everything that is going on around them.  Very highly recommended.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 3:36 AM ET
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I just finished Grave Goods.  The third in the Mistress of the Art  of Death series.  I love these books and am anxiously awaiting number four. which will be release in April.

 



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Date Posted: 1/14/2010 6:32 AM ET
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I have started Jacqueline Winspear's fifth book in the Maisie Dobbs series, An Incomplete Revenge.  She is in my top 10 of historical mystery writers. Her books are very engagine. The first takes place right before and during WWI. You really get to feel the terror of the unsettled times. The current book, An Incomplete Revenge takes place in 1931 and goes into the continued war recovery as well as economic and political unrest of that time. If you are look for a new historical mystery series this one is very good.

Alice

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 7:46 PM ET
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I finished Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell, #3 in his Warlord series about King Arthur.  Some nice twists on familiar themes and characters in the entire saga and a hero close to the charisma of our dear Uhtred.

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Date Posted: 1/16/2010 10:04 AM ET
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I finished Jacqueline Winspear's an Incomplete Revenge this morning ( A lovely way to start a Saturday morning). It was quite good. Lovely mix of history with lingering effects of WWI and the fears begining for WWII.  She has wrapped up some story lines that have been lingering too long. I have her next in the series just need to fit in. The Maisie Dobbs series if very enjoyable ( The first book, Maisie Dobbs is one of my favorite historical mysteries.) If you are looking for a new author she is quite good.

Alice

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 1:22 PM ET
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The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory: Reading the tale of a struggle between two queens - Elizabeth and Mary is fascinating. Part of the conflict may have been because of the difference in ages of these cousins. The conflict may have been exacerbated by their different beliefs, personalities and lives. One is unmarried, cold, and suspicious. The other is vibrant, married, a mother and an optimist. Gregory prompts the reader to think about her interpretation of the events between these women that so affected history. If one agrees, Mary was beautiful, selfish, and tries to use every man she met to help her obtain her goals. My favorite by this author is still The Constant Princess.



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Date Posted: 2/14/2010 7:44 PM ET
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I read the third of the Moreland Dynasty series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, "The Princeling" - they are pretty mindless, but enjoyable reads.

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 8:44 AM ET
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They are mindless, aren't they? Makes them so much fun! :P

Date Posted: 5/13/2010 10:03 AM ET
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My selection for this challenge was Caesar by Colleen McCullough. I had a hard time getting into it at first. I kept on picking it up and putting it down and picking it up again. But I've liked the Masters of Rome series so very much up to this point that I just persevered. Then at about 130 pages or so, either I or the author (I don't know who is responsible!) got into the swing of things - and I could barely put it down! Chockful of political manipulations and intriguing characters, McCullough handles it all with such ease, such familiarity after so many years of writing that I feel she is literally living and breathing these characters and their politics at this point.

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 1:20 AM ET
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Wow, I had to search for this thread! Just finished The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell. Lots of blood, gore, death and destruction, but Uhtred survives to fight another battle - yaaay! these books are definitely page turners!

Date Posted: 8/15/2010 10:35 AM ET
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I read Ghengis: Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden for this category. Loved it! It's a great series.

In this, the second book, Ghengis gathers (forces) the clans to recognize him as their leader. Then they invade China.

Reading about his ruthlessness was quite an eye-opener, even though in knew about it in a general sense. It's also interesting to read about how much the Mongols won by intrigue and deception.