Discussion Forums - Historical Fiction

Topic: December -- Historically speaking, what are you reading???

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
Page:   Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: December -- Historically speaking, what are you reading???
Date Posted: 12/2/2014 11:16 AM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2007
Posts: 3,107
Back To Top

Where is everyone?????

Just finished a really good book, "The Daring Ladies of Lowell" by Kate Alcott.  Just loved it.  Having lived not too far from Lowell, it was fun remembering all those wonderful red brick buildings.

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 12:45 PM ET
Member Since: 3/23/2008
Posts: 2,481
Back To Top

I started Heartstone, the 5th Matthew Shardlake novel by C.J. Sansom.  I really enjoyed Lily Cigar; one of my best freebie books yet!

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 2:50 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2007
Posts: 3,107
Back To Top

Cheryl, I think I have #4 and #5 on my shelf and I need to get to them.  Seems they may even have wishlists.  I know you will enjoy.  Perhaps I will make "Lily Cigar" my next Kindle book.  How are you feeling??

Subject:
Date Posted: 12/2/2014 5:42 PM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2005
Posts: 2,402
Back To Top

Becky, I read Daring Ladies last spring and I enjoyed it.  Now I'm reading The Restless Sea, #27 in Cynthia Harrod-Eagles' Morland Dynasty series.  I love this series; not sure that the more recent ones are as good as the earlier ones, but I'm totally involved with these characters.

Linda

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 5:55 PM ET
Member Since: 5/31/2009
Posts: 2,927
Back To Top

The books I'm reading are nonfiction:  The Story of Ernie Pyle by by Lee G. Miller (fascinating but sad), The Island of Lost Maps (A True Story of Cartographic Crime) by Miles Harvey and Elephant Company by Vicki Constantine Croke (from WWII and just prior and a man who loves animals who finds that love extends to elephants in Burma).  The first two are to finish a couple of pbs challenges.  Summarizing my reads:  Alex Cross's Trial (Alex Cross, #15) by James Patterson. 4 stars; The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner, 5 stars; Vodka Neat (Faith Zanetti #3) by Anna Blundy, 4 stars; Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret, 4 stars; What a Wonderful World, Volume 1 by Inio Asano; Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen, 5 stars; The Skull Mantra (Inspector Shan # 1) by Eliot Pattison, 4 stars; The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime by Harvey Miles, 4 stars; Embassytown by China Mieville, 4 stars; Seeker (Alex Benedict #3) by Jack McDevitt, 4 stars; The Taking of Libbie, SD (Mac McKenzie #7) by David Housewright, 2 stars; The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman, 4 stars; The Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinsky, 2 stars; The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti, 4 stars; Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey, 3 stars; Paladin of Souls (Chalion #2) by Lois McMaster Bjuold, 4 stars; A Christmas Promise (Christmas Stories, #7) by Anne Perry, 3 stars; Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Croke, 4 stars; and The Story of Ernie Pyle by Lee Graham Miller, 5 stars.



Last Edited on: 1/7/15 8:49 PM ET - Total times edited: 4
Date Posted: 12/2/2014 5:57 PM ET
Member Since: 3/23/2008
Posts: 2,481
Back To Top

Becky:  I start my new chemo therapy this Thursday.  I've also been fighting another health issue all fall that has finally been diagnosed as gall bladder issues.  So, we are headed to see a surgeon tomorrow and I will be having the darned thing out in the very near future.  In the meantime I'm on super duper pain pills so no driving for me and a very restricted low/no fat diet which isn't very fun.

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 6:06 PM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2005
Posts: 2,402
Back To Top

R.E.K. - I've read both books 2 and 3 of Passing Bells.  Really enjoyed the second book, but not so much book three.  We're into the third generation, the characters not as well-developed, plot seemed a bit rushed, but no doubt a must-read once you've started the trilogy.

Linda

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 11:03 PM ET
Member Since: 6/1/2007
Posts: 1,892
Back To Top
Right now I'm reading Juliet's Nurse by Lois Leveen and China Dolls by Lisa See.
Date Posted: 12/3/2014 8:48 AM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2007
Posts: 3,107
Back To Top

Cheryl --- Wonder why it takes docs so long to figure out gall bladder issues??  My mother went thru the same thing and lost 20 pounds before they figured it out.  Hopefully you will feel 100% better once you are rid of that nasty critter!!

 

Date Posted: 12/3/2014 3:44 PM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2008
Posts: 10,412
Back To Top

Oh joy, oh joy Cheryl - now it's the gallbladder! My doc figured out my problem right away after I thought I'd had a stomach flu for an entire weekend. That problem definitely runs in my dad's side of the family and I saw some mighty sick family members in my day. When my brother had his removed, he almost immediately developed kidney stones on top of recuperating from the GB surgery (the old fashioned way) - such a deal. I was lucky since I was one of the first in Denver to get mine removed laparoscopically and that definitely shortened the recovery period (from about 8 weeks to 2 weeks!). Hang in there sweetie - you will feel better having the GB removed.

Well, I've been charging through some good mysteries on my Kindle. Found an author from Tucson whose stories take place primarily in the Tucson area. Lots of fun to read about areas you are well acquainted with! One of these days, I need to pick up on my HF books! At least I'm getting some kindle books read - what a relief!

Date Posted: 12/3/2014 6:33 PM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
Posts: 2,507
Back To Top

YIkes, Cheryl. Not fun. Prayers and gentle hugs.

I just read "Juliet's Nurse," Holly, I'd be curious what you think.

I am working on a contemporary fiction "The Father's Tale" by Michael O'Brien.  I'm only a touch into it so far.

Date Posted: 12/3/2014 7:30 PM ET
Member Since: 3/23/2008
Posts: 2,481
Back To Top

You know they just don't seem to check for gall bladder issues like years ago.  My diagnoses ran the gamut from heartburn to shingles to kidney stones.  I've dropped 16 pounds (I don't recommend this as a weight loss program!) since this whole mess started.  Quite honestly, I've done better with chemo!  I'm having the boulder and bladder out on Friday, hopefully by the laparoscopic method if all looks fine but we'll do open surgery if there seems to be an issue of some sort.  Of course I won't know that till it's all over.  Thanks for all the good wishes everyone.

Date Posted: 12/3/2014 7:54 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2007
Posts: 3,107
Back To Top

Go go gallbladder!!! I will be cheering & praying. 

Date Posted: 12/4/2014 8:04 AM ET
Member Since: 5/31/2009
Posts: 2,927
Back To Top

Linda:  Thanks for the recommendation regarding The Passing Bells series.  I traded off my copy of the first one and will keep searching for the next two.  Have been trying to move books from my shelf and get others from the library to reduce the numbers which isn't working very well!



Last Edited on: 12/4/14 9:48 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/8/2014 6:51 AM ET
Member Since: 5/13/2009
Posts: 40,290
Back To Top

I am reading The Turning of Anne Merrick :: Christine Blevins. I enjoyed her other book the Tory Widow. This one is a bit slower so far but I am enjoying the Historical background information of the American Revolution.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/8/2014 10:23 AM ET
Member Since: 4/27/2007
Posts: 8,518
Back To Top

Good luck with the gall bladder, Cheryl! One of my good friends went through that whole mess a few years ago - they thought she had five or six other problems before they identified the gall bladder issue. She's been doing much, much better since she had it removed.

On audio, listening to Lucky Us by Amy Bloom. Very interesting so far - I kind of wish it wasn't such a small package. Only 6 discs.

Date Posted: 12/8/2014 11:28 AM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2007
Posts: 3,107
Back To Top

I have just finished reading the second Angus Donald book, "Holy Warrior" and even though I have them, I cannot decide whether I will read or post.  This book really wore me out with the bloodshed.  Certainly, I am aware that the Crusades were likely every bit as bloody as portrayed, but I found myself skipping entire battle scenes just to get back to another part of the storyline.  Perhaps if I take a little break before the next one, I will be okay!!

Hopelessly I cannot remember what I am set to read next.  It might be "Vienna Waltz" --- that sounds about right.  Hopefully it will lack the fields and beaches of blood thru which I must wade.

 

Date Posted: 12/8/2014 11:29 AM ET
Member Since: 7/15/2008
Posts: 4,035
Back To Top

@REK. I liked book #2 in The Passing Bells trilogy, but DNFd the third book.

Date Posted: 12/8/2014 2:27 PM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2009
Posts: 929
Back To Top

Feeling a bit under the weather so I spent the morning watching "The Red Tent, Part 1" on Lifetime.  Has anyone else seen this?  I thought it was true to the book as I remember it and so well done!

Date Posted: 12/8/2014 3:51 PM ET
Member Since: 3/23/2008
Posts: 2,481
Back To Top

I totally forgot that was on last night.  I'm sure there will be repeats.  Glad to hear it was good, I really liked the book.

Date Posted: 12/8/2014 4:01 PM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2009
Posts: 929
Back To Top

Cheryl,

I actually watched it "On Demand."

Donna

Date Posted: 12/15/2014 2:18 PM ET
Member Since: 7/15/2008
Posts: 4,035
Back To Top

Just checking in. Been busy reading three books and getting a Highlander fix by new-to-me author Aleen Malcolm. The Taming, Ride out the Storm (first two in a trilogy) and Children of the Mist (stand alone). All set around the 1760s, very strong willed hero and heroine (lots of fighting!), but nice historical backdrops - no wall paper romances here. These were written late 70s - 1980s, so there are going to be some non-PC old skool elements that might put off some readers. YMMV, I loved them and could not put them down and have ordered two more of her books.

Date Posted: 12/15/2014 4:45 PM ET
Member Since: 7/6/2007
Posts: 749
Back To Top

Reading Written In My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon.

Date Posted: 12/15/2014 8:52 PM ET
Member Since: 4/27/2007
Posts: 8,518
Back To Top

For the first time in weeks, I don't have a plan for HF. I'm listening to a couple of contemporaries on audio, because the historicals I have on hold aren't available for me from the library yet. I have a huge stack of HF books from which to choose, but that in itself is a little overwhelming. I'm not sure which one to pull out first!

Date Posted: 12/16/2014 1:35 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2008
Posts: 1,356
Back To Top

working my way through The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigani---so far, very captivating.

Page: