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Topic: It's December - What Are You Reading This Holiday Season?

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Subject: It's December - What Are You Reading This Holiday Season?
Date Posted: 12/1/2008 8:53 AM ET
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I'm about halfway through An Instance of the Fingerpost, which I am thoroughly enjoying! 

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 10:07 AM ET
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I'm actually reading about the end of the world this holiday season, lol. Nuclear bombing, fire and destruction, along with a horrible, lingering death by radiation poisoning. Sounds fun, right?!

I'm reading War Day by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka.

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 1:50 PM ET
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I embarrassed to admit it, but I'm reading the Twilight series.  I enjoyed the first one, the second not so much.  I'll probably finish the series because it's there. 

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 2:37 PM ET
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I'm reading Daughter of York by Anne Easter Smith

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 2:42 PM ET
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I just finished The Grapes of Wrath, which I'd not read before, and am about 20 pages from the end of a fascinating non-fiction book 1215:The Year of the Magna Carta.

 

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 5:44 PM ET
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Great Tales From English History by Robert Lacey.  Just started, but great so far!

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 8:05 PM ET
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I'm reading Ha'Penny, an alternate history book by Jo Walton. It takes place in the late 1940s, several years after Britain has come to a negotiated peace with Germany and basically given Hitler the Continent. Now fascism and anti-Semitism are slowly creeping into Britain. It's a story filled with dread, but very interesting!

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 9:25 PM ET
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Valli - Boy, that book sounds uplifting at the holidays!  LOL! 

BTW, I still haven't figured it out - what, exactly is "the Fingerpost?"  I'm a little over halfway through, and I'm not clear on that.  Am I dense?

 

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 11:40 PM ET
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http://www.maa.org/reviews/fingerpost.html

Hi Shelley.  The above link may help you concerning the definition of a "fingerpost."  I read the book several years ago and enjoyed it.  And now may read it again.    I also highly recommend Pears' book, The Dream of Scipio.  Here's an Amazon link for it.  http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Scipio-Iain-Pears/dp/1573229865/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228192774&sr=1-2

 

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 9:59 AM ET
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Bound by Sally Gunning

 

Edited for spelling :-)



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Date Posted: 12/2/2008 10:56 AM ET
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I'm reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostavou? Quiet interesting. 

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 11:34 AM ET
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Beverly - THanks for the link!  Aha!  That's what a fingerpost is!  LOL!  Also, I ordered The Dream of Scipio.

Mary Alice - I've got The Historian on my TBR pile as well. Let me know what you think of it.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 11:36 AM ET
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.  A very intriguing mystery that has me hooked!

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 12:53 PM ET
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LOL, Shelley! When the Christmas cheer becomes just too darn cheery, a book about the total death and destruction of all mankind is sure to level things out a bit. ;-)

Now, I'm reading what I think is going to be a wonderful and unique book, The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff. I'm only about 50 pages in, but I am hooked!

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 7:42 PM ET
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I'm reading A Mercy by Toni Morrison.  I'm only about 30 pages into it but its good so far.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 7:50 PM ET
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Valli - You just need to mention a book, and I'm off searching for it!  I just requested The Monsters of Templeton from my library!  I am so gullible!  (You'll note that I also ordered The Dream of Scipio on Beverly's suggestion.)  I'm going to finish up An Instance of the Fingerpost  by the end of the week.  I am trying desparately to figure out the real killer as the review that Beverly gave a link to says it is fairly obvious - yeah, probably not to me until the very end.  LOL!  Then I'll read The Girl From Foreign that I just picked up from the library today, and then get to The Monsters of Templeton.  Of course The Historian is toward the top of my TBR pile as well.  I'm not sure why, as it sure keeps me busy (not to mention wishing I didn't have to work), but I'm so glad I discovered PBS and through it discovered historical fiction. I'd been not reading much fiction for the past several years as nothing interested me. Apparently I've found my genre!  You HF people are the best!!

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 8:35 PM ET
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Shelley, Templeton isn't H/F, but there are bits written from the past that are interesting and contribute a lot to the story. I'm actually not sure what genre this book would be. There are bits about the past, some fantastical elements, and regular, modern day fiction. Groff used several different characters from a few of James Fenimore Cooper's novels and has something similar to the Loch Ness monster included. It really seems very unique, and so far, I am really enjoying it, but the reviews at AZN are all over the place. I'll let you know what I think after I finish it. ;-)

Don't feel bad, I had a hard time figuring out Fingerpost too. Actually, I think I want to re-read this one because you and Genie have been talking about it. I read it right when it was released so it's been a while and I think it is one that would work well as a re-read.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 9:09 PM ET
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Valli - I agree.  I think Fingerpost definitely is a candidate for a re-read.  Especially once you know the ending.  A re-read will give you a chance to go through it all and find the fingerposts!  LOL!  I think I will wait awhile and then put Fingerpost on my TBRR (to be re-read) list.  LOL!  What I find fascinating about this book is the characters.  I find that at first I like the person doing the narrative, but as he gets farther into it, I like him less and less.  Except for da Cola. I liked him throughout his section.  Prestcott and Wallis I both liked at first, but I became very disappointed in Prestcott and now I find the same happening with Wallis.  Of course, both have tried to cast da Cola in an unflattering light. It'll be interesting to see who's assessment of da Cola is most accurate - his or Prestcott's or Wallis'.  Of course, I still need to read Wood's narrative.  Such an interesting and intriguing book! 

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 10:15 PM ET
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I am reading The King Must Die by Mary Renault and is about the young Theseus of Greek legends.  I haven't read this author in many years and I am really enjoying this story.

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 12:15 PM ET
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I am about to start the book Duma Key by Stephen King.. does anyone have a thumbs up or down?

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 7:06 PM ET
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I just finished Andrew Bridgeford's 1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry---very intruguing! Not HF--not F at all, actually, just H. I very much enjoyed it--haven't decided yet if I'm persuaded by it or not, but enjoyed his theory and the evidence he brings in to support it. Time will tell, I think.

 

Thinking about starting The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wall.

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 7:18 PM ET
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I'll look forward to hearing what you think when you finish, Colleen, I have that on my WL.

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 8:12 PM ET
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Colleen, that book sounds great!  Adding it to my wl!

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 2:24 PM ET
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I just started The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, so far the prose is completely arresting and it's hard to put down. I also started Rebel Angel, the second in the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. I've been wanting to get to it and figured since it takes place around Christmas this is the perfect time.

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 3:02 PM ET
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I should probably stop posting here since the HF book on my Booksfree queue never comes (and I never feel strongly enough about it to make them send it).  OTOH, I don't "fit" anywhere else either. 

After reading and loving Robert Fate's Baby Shark's Beaumont Blues, (it's in the 50's so it's kind of HFF - Historical Fiction Fantasy :-)), I thought I should read something where they didn't kill a lot of people.  I won't mention the book, but it's not going well.  First I wanted to drop kick the whiny main character across the country and then I burst into tears (not a sad part).  Hopefully, I can handle this another week and since this is the author's first book, she will get that character straightened out fast.

So - since I'm apparently 12, I started The Tarot Reader's Daughter by Helen Dunwoodie, a Bookcloseouts impulsive buy published by Random House Children's Books UK.  Maybe I'll be mature enough for that one, lol. 

I've been filling in with some books by Cyril Hare who was an English judge and they seem to be nice little mysteries.  This is my third and it looks like the motive may again hinge on an odd detail of British law.

I almost read the Fingerpost....

BTW, there is or was an online comic based on the Bayeux Tapestry.  Here it is - it goes from bad to not so bad :)

BayeuxRhythms

Another

This is on YouTube and really quite neat.

AnimatedBayeux

Okay - I am so avoiding Christmas!

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