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Subject: April - What are you reading and ordering?
Date Posted: 4/1/2008 12:45 PM ET
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I just started to read The Sixth Wife by Jean Plaidy. I hope it's better than Suzannah Dunn's book of the same name.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 2:00 PM ET
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I am reading a fantasy trilogy called The Time Master trilogy. The first book is called The Initiate by Louis Cooper. I am only about 80 pages in though and so far it is too early to tell if it is going to be good or not.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 2:38 PM ET
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I finished The Last Wife of Henry VIII by Carolly Erickson this morning. Later I think I'll start Daughter of York  by Anne Easter Smith.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 5:21 PM ET
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Well, for book club I'm reading "From Binge to Blackout" by Chris Volkman and Toren Volkman which is about teenage alcoholism.

When I'm done, I'll go back to "War and Peace" - I'm really enjoying it.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 5:33 PM ET
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I finished The Plantangenet Prelude by Jean Plaidy and I LOVED it! It was like a very readable history lesson. I have the next one in the series coming from the library.

I just started All for Love (The Scandalous Life and Times of Royal Mistress Mary Robinson) by Amanda Elyot. So far, so good.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 6:34 PM ET
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Hooray, I finished Eleanor of Aquitaine by Marion Meade last night and am going to start the next in line of the Plantagenet series, Vow on the Heron. FINALLY!

edited to add. Hoory Tangie! We converted you at last!

 



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Date Posted: 4/1/2008 7:37 PM ET
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I just started Katherine The Virgin Widow by Jean Plaidy. 

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 9:27 PM ET
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I'm reading a historical mystery by Bernard Knight, The Tinner's Corpse, one of his Crowner John mysteries set in 1190's Devon, UK.

Also reading a fantasy called Firethorn by Sarah Micklem.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 11:44 PM ET
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I'm reading The Bastard King by Jean Plaidy

and Seven Loves by Valerie Trueblood.

I'm about halfway through each book, and both are enjoyable.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 8:52 AM ET
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I'm just about finished with The Breath of Kings by Gene Farrington. Great book; very gritty and realistic.

I'm also reading The True Account: A Novel of the Lewis & Clark & Kinneson Expeditions by Howard Frank Mosher. I'm really enjoying the outrageous and funny characters. If you've never tried a Mosher book, you should! The True Account and Marie Blythe are the only two I've read, but both are very good, enjoyable reads.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 5:20 PM ET
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I'm reading all 7 of Jane Austen's books. I got a beautiful hardback from B&N that has all her novels in one.  It's a different type of writing and is taking me a bit longer than I anticipated. But I'm really enjoying them. Next I can read all the current authors who have written books about the Darcy's and Jane herself.  Should keep me busy through the summer.  I needed something that was a challenge; I found it !!   Karen

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 1:53 PM ET
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I'm reading Lonesome Dove right now and The Twentieth Wife is on its way to me.



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Date Posted: 4/3/2008 4:36 PM ET
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April, How do you like Lonesome Dove? I have it and just haven't found time to read it. But it looks real good.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 12:22 AM ET
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I am reading Tiberius by Allan Massie. It is a novel about the Roman emperor Tiberius in autobiographical form. It is really good so far.

I have recently ordered All Things are Lights by Robert Shea. Here is a short description:

Lured by the glory of the Crusades, legendary troubadour Roland battles the evil Amalric, the Inquisition, and infidel armies for the love of two women--Diana, a hunted Cathar heretic, and Nicolette, wed to Amalric.

I also ordered Alamut by Judith Tarr which is Historical Fantasy I believe, Taj: A Story of Mughal India by Timeri Murari, which is HF about the building of the Taj Mahal, and Phaedra: A Novel of Ancient Athens by June Rachuy Brindel,  a Historical Fiction novel set in Ancient Greece.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 9:40 AM ET
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Jennifer, All Things are Lights sounds great! Let me know if it's as good as it seems so I can add it to my WL. ;-)

Genie, I loved Lonesome Dove. LOVED it! I actually loved just about all of McMurtry's books, except for his very last one which was absolutely horrible!

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 4:38 PM ET
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Valli, thanks! I could use a really good, really long story about now. :)

Date Posted: 4/6/2008 6:14 PM ET
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I just finished Dark Queen ( oh so good!) and now I will start the second book in that trilogy; The Courtesan. Both books are written by Susan Carroll.

Date Posted: 4/6/2008 8:50 PM ET
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Genie, I hope you like it, but I didn't think you cared for westerns. Or, maybe you just didn't want to feel like you were reading a western set in Scotland? lol

Date Posted: 4/6/2008 10:28 PM ET
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I didn't realize Dark Queen is first in the series. I have the other 2....just put this one on my WL. Anyone out there currently reading it, please feel free to post any version to my WL. I accept them all, not bothered by printed version.

Date Posted: 4/6/2008 11:55 PM ET
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I have The Dark Queen, and hopefully will be getting the Courtesan soon.   The Dark Queen has been in my stack for a while, so I'm excited to read it now!

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 7:56 AM ET
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Hey Valli, You're right. I don't care for Westerns. But isn't Lonesome Dove an epic story about family relationships and love? If so, I think I might like it. Plus, I understand it's beautifully written. (I could probably even read about cows, if it was beautifully written. LOL!)

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 9:39 AM ET
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Genie, your right. LD is about so much more than the west. It really is a great book and McMurtry's best, I think. I don't remember anything about cows in this one...I hope that isn't too disappointing for you! LOL!

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 9:45 AM ET
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I went a bit crazy at BookCloseouts.com yesterday. I bought eleven books, most of which were on my wishlist! I'm most excited about getting a copy of Elizabeth: the Golden Age by Tasha Alexander. I also got a couple of Arctic exploration books and some about the sea which I really needed because I've read just about all I had and the wishlist lines for these move very, very slowly. I guess there's not much interest in Arctic exploration here, lol.

All in all...a great shopping day! Oh, I got a copy of Queen Jezebel by Plaidy too! It's one of the British new releases. They have copies of Madame Serpent too. They didn't have many copies of either Plaidy books so hurry! if you want to buy one.

 



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Date Posted: 4/7/2008 12:28 PM ET
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I loved Lonesome Dove, too. It's one of my all time favorite books.

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 1:24 PM ET
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I just started browsing through Captains and the Kings by Taylor Caldwell to see if I wanted to post it.  I picked it up at a library sale with the intention of posting it, but it looks really interesting, so now I'm reading it!  Maybe I'll post it later...maybe... ;-}

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