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Subject: 2013 HF Forum Classic Challenge - Ace thru 6 Discussion
Date Posted: 12/25/2012 9:43 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/30/2012 10:58 AM ET
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Ok, I'll start out the discussion. I'm starting my first challenge book today! (We can start before he end of the year, right? As long as we don't finish until 2013, I believe.) Anyway, I'm starting with "Aces" and am going to read Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman, which is her most recent book. I've had it since it came out, and I'm happy to have a "reason" to read it. LOL! Anyone else getting started on the challenge in the waning days of 2012?
Date Posted: 12/30/2012 11:38 AM ET
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Shelley, looks like we are both going to have great books for our 1st books of the New Year!

I've started Jubilee Trail by Gwen Bristow as one of my  #6 TBR Books. I'm about a 200 pages into the book & the way it's progressing, I'm going to start 2013 with a 5-star book!

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 12/30/2012 1:09 PM ET
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Hi, Kelly! I hope you enjoy your book. I've never heard of it, but then again, I'm totally out of the loop around here!  LOL!

Date Posted: 12/30/2012 5:28 PM ET
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Yes, Shelley...you are right. You can start it now as long as you don't finish it before midnight Monday night!  And unless you plan on reading continuously between now and then, I doubt you will finish Lionheart by that time!

Looks like I won't finish Prince by Rory Clements in 2012, so it will likely be my first book of 2013. Not sure which category I'll use it for...Maybe #4 Drawn and Quartered.  There is lots of torture in this series.

Date Posted: 12/31/2012 2:35 PM ET
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How did it get to be Dec. 31st already?! I was 4 books shy of finishing the 2012 challenge....Ah well, onto 2013! I'm going to start North and South by John Jakes. It's on my TBR list. Has anyone here read this trilogy before?
Date Posted: 12/31/2012 3:07 PM ET
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I read it years ago and loved it.

Linda

Date Posted: 12/31/2012 3:56 PM ET
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Good to hear that, Linda! I am excited to read them. :)
Date Posted: 1/1/2013 9:35 PM ET
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I read Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall. I am counting it as one from my TBR pile. I was going to cout it for the Ace catergory but apparently Ms. Tyndall was very busy in 2012. She wrote Veil of Pearls in July and another book in August.

Carolyn ~ I read North and South and Love and War in jr high. They were a lot of fun.

Date Posted: 1/9/2013 7:45 AM ET
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I read The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth, but I'm not sure if I'll put it in 4, 5 or 6. LOL Gotta read some more to figure out where this one will go. It was a good read, but not as good as the first book, River of Darkness. I highly recommend the latter to you all.

Date Posted: 1/9/2013 9:46 AM ET
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# 6, book from the TBR.  Received The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen back in September and listed it for the challenge.  Reading bits about the book, I was anxious to read it but waited patiently for 2013. 

Mary Bowser was a real person, born a slave, freed and educated in Philadelphia, she voluntarily returned to slavery in Richmond and became a spy in the Confederate "white house".  For me this novel provided a different look at slavery - slavery within the city of Richmond as opposed to the standard depiction on the plantations of the South.  We see the world of free blacks in Philadelphia - something new for me. 

I enjoyed the novel and would recommend it.  The premise is real - Mary Bowser did spy on the Jefferson Davis household but very little is actually known for sure.  I tend to wonder if the picture of Varina Davis is true, was the the information credited to Mary's spying real??  This being historical fiction one must accept that some of the story is by necessity, fiction.

Linda

Date Posted: 1/9/2013 2:22 PM ET
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i read The Spirit Well by Stephen Lawhead for my ace book. It is the newest in the Bright Empires series. I enjoyed it very much. Wilhemena Klug is one of my favorite characters. She is very sassy and fresh in a British sort of way. The beginning of the book included a really good summary of what has happened so far, and a character list. Very helpful when it has been a year since you read the last book. There is lots of adventure and a really good cliff hanger ending. There will be 2 more books in the series.

Date Posted: 1/10/2013 1:47 PM ET
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For my No. Four book, I read Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein. A truly remarkable book that I expounded on more thoroughly in the January reading thread.

This will go down as one of the most memorable World War II books I've ever read - right up there with The Kitchen Boy, Sarah's Key, The Book Thief and older books like those wonderful ones by Leon Uris. In a mere 332 pages, the author crafts a story that is clever, very unique, compelling and heart-wrenching using the close friendship of two women as our beacon of hope and love against the dark misery of war.

Strongest recommendation!

Kelly

 



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Date Posted: 1/14/2013 10:48 AM ET
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I'm using 1356:  Go With God but Fight Like the Devil by Bernard Cornwell for the "ace" card as it is the latest book out by this author.  My review and comments are in the January thread.

Date Posted: 1/14/2013 5:55 PM ET
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I finished my ace selection for the challenge, And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander, the 1st book in her Lady Emily Ashton mystery series.  I've wanted to start this series for a while, and I'll continue reading it.  I found it charming and thought the characters were fully developed and well written.  I rated it a B+.

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Date Posted: 1/16/2013 10:54 AM ET
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Just completed 1356 by BC.  For the Ace category.

It was good, but I guess I just wasn't in the mood for never ending battle scenes.

Date Posted: 1/16/2013 11:35 AM ET
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Letty - I admit to skimming a lot of Cornwell's battle scenes.  They usually go on just a bit longer than I'd like.  In fact, I skim the battle scenes in most of the books I read!  All that matters to me is if anyone important died or was taken prisoner and who won.  LOL!

Date Posted: 1/16/2013 5:50 PM ET
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I finished the second book in my 5 category -- Come the Morning by Shannon Drake. I'm reading books with a Scottish medieval background for this category. My review of it is in the January reading thread.
Date Posted: 1/16/2013 6:17 PM ET
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That is the ticket Shelley.

Date Posted: 1/16/2013 7:25 PM ET
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You mean you don't like to replay the scene in the book with toy soldiers like I do?  (Not really!)devil



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Date Posted: 1/17/2013 11:03 PM ET
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For topic 6 in both the challenge and unchallenge, I read The Bughouse Affair by Muller and Pronzini.  I think that this book would fall more into the 'cozy Mystery" category but I really enjoyed it. i found myself laughing out loud at points and even though I figured it out before the end - it was close to the end before I did. i will read more by these authors!

Date Posted: 1/18/2013 12:47 PM ET
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For the "4" category where someone is tortured, I have chosen Martyr by Rory Clements.  It actually could have fit in a couple of categories, but I thought this one the best fit for me.  It was very well written and I was surprised to find that it was a debut book for this author.  Mr. Clemens was a former national newspaper journalist and I have to say it really shows.   Now I'm going to have to put the other books in this series on the wishlist!

Date Posted: 1/18/2013 1:12 PM ET
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LOL, Cheryl!  Perhaps if we ever get together to visit (we do live in the same state afterall), you and I could act out one of our favorite battle scenes with toy soldiers.  We could dig up some Barbies to be the ladies tucked safely away in the castle!

Date Posted: 1/18/2013 2:11 PM ET
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Shelley: My grandaughter has lots of "My LIttle Ponies" that we could borrow for the knights to ride!wink

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