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Subject: August Read Along part one
Date Posted: 7/31/2012 10:25 PM ET
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Here we go. 

Date Posted: 8/4/2012 11:04 PM ET
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I am sorry I haven't been leading this conversation, but I have been dealing with some small health issues at home and have read only about 25 pages.  I think that it might be fun to give our favorite one-liners from this.  I just haven't had the energy to give this my full attention and I apologize for that.

Date Posted: 8/5/2012 7:55 AM ET
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I haven't started this yet Letty - but I will and soon! Hope you're feeling better. Take care of yourself first and foremost!!

Date Posted: 8/5/2012 7:22 PM ET
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I'm only 10% through this and already I think I could put almost every other line in here. I liked this line: "Queen Margaret of Anjou had her horse's shoes replaced back to front, and then made a strategic withdrawal to a prepared position. I don't know where she drew rein, but............It was many a long year before I set eyes on her again."

I find myself chuckling and rolling my eyes through most of this so far - what a change after reading SKP or EC or even Angus!!!!! wink

 

Date Posted: 8/5/2012 7:39 PM ET
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I wish I had time to be rereading this now. Brian is wickedly funny, he's on Goodreads and pops in on occasion to the Richard III group (and a few others). He's had me on the floor more than once.

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Date Posted: 8/5/2012 8:48 PM ET
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I have passed my 2012 reading slump. Finished the bedside book, PHANTOM. Started the read-along yesterday. It is a fast and "cute" book.  I totally agree that a great  way to comment on the book is with the "best one liners." I shall start looking and recording as I read. If someone in this discussion group wants to join the read-along and  needs the book, I should be finished in a few days and will mail to you. It is a short read and as I mentioned "cute."

Mary

 



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Date Posted: 8/9/2012 12:03 PM ET
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I  haven't started reading yet, but I'll start on the ride home today.

Date Posted: 8/9/2012 6:30 PM ET
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how come i am blind and cannot locate this months read-along?  some one help me, please.  what is the title!?! lol  (now going to bury my head in humiliation).

Date Posted: 8/9/2012 7:14 PM ET
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The read-along is The Adventures of Alianore Audley by Brian Wainwright. No need to bury your head...
Date Posted: 8/9/2012 8:48 PM ET
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Nope ... I had to hunt for it, too.  Couldn't remember which one we'd settled on.

I'm about 1/3 of the way through and enjoying it quite a bit.  Light, amusing, fast read. Very fast.  The eye-rolling is totally intentional on the author's part.  I'm not sure what to expect for Within the Fetterlock, now.  I know it's serious, not  this at all, but still ...

 

Date Posted: 8/9/2012 9:32 PM ET
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Sharz,

Within the Fetterlock is amazing! Such a great book! It's almost like the books were written by two different people. Or, maybe the author got all his snide, sarcastic comments out of his system w/ Alianore Audley & then settled down to some honest, well-researched, well-written historical fiction with Fetterlock.  (Or vice versa: maybe after being constrained by the limits of a legitimate HF novel, he cut loose & had nothing but pure fun with Alianor! Which one was written first?)

Fetterlock remains one of my all time favorites & I would place it right up there with an EC or SKP in terms of HF significance & worth.

Kelly

Date Posted: 8/10/2012 9:56 AM ET
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Ok, putting Fetterlock on my WL :)

I'm reading the Nook version of AA, and I'm not quite sure where I am, but more than half way through. I'm enjoying it more and more in the "pure fun" sense of it.  You really DO need a great deal of familiarity with the time, events, people, and theories to fully appreciate all the ironies and jokes and stabs. 

One thing I'm sort of two minds about is how he uses terms and concepts used in modern espionage with the information systems back then.  Our heroine spy  runs Edwards' espionage system for the North and Scotland out of Richard's Middleham and all the terms are "security briefitings" and searching the security files, and background checks and PR, and presentations, code books, all sorts of things.  It seems rediculously modern at first, but gradually the point really started to sink in: nothing really has changed in espionage throughout ALL of human government in every form.  Rulers, challengers, movers and shakers ALL need information about EVERYTHING and all do everything they can to use it, shape it, and shape the "public" perceptions.  (Who "counted" amoungst all the people in the "public" has changed dramatically, but the basic issues are the same.)  And they've always used essentially the same types of sources. Nothing has really changed except the methods of communication and persuasion, to some degree, and even so, probably not as much as we'd like to think.

I'm not sure how it will affect my basic assessment of the likelihood of any of the particular theories about what happened to the Princes. I'm pondering those implications now.

 



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Date Posted: 8/10/2012 12:21 PM ET
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I'll second the recommendation on Fetterlock. It's on my keeper shelf.

Date Posted: 8/11/2012 6:31 PM ET
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Thanks Deb!

Date Posted: 8/11/2012 7:38 PM ET
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Well, I made it to the half-way point.  It's starting to get a little interesting and I'm able to keep the major characters straight now.  I'll have to go back and look for a favorite line.  There have been lots of them.  The one on the back cover about Roger wearing a large codpiece as proof of his imagination made me giggle.

Date Posted: 8/15/2012 10:01 PM ET
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I have to apologize again for not taking an active roll in this read along.  A last minute opportunity to go up to Lake Superior for 5 days of R&R was just too tempting.  And of course I took my lap-top but forgot the power cord. So no computer since Sat.  They had a desk-top in the lobby, but I went on just to check e-mails and a quick check around at Facebook and here. 

I read only part of this.  I loved it the first time but I have to say that it is one of those books that you might not feel compelled to re-read.