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Subject: January--What are you reading and ordering?
Date Posted: 1/2/2008 4:34 PM ET
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Hey, I'm on the ball this month!

I'm out of historical fiction for now.  I finished Gail Tsukiyama's Samurai's Garden last week.  I recommend it highly.  It's a look into 1930's Japan.

Now I am reading Water Witches by Chris Bohjalian.  I only discovered this author this year.  I read Midwives a couple of months ago.  It's a fascinating story.  I like how he builds a story around something that rarely is written about (a family of dowsers).  Interesting book!

So, what are you reading and ordering?

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 5:08 PM ET
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I just started The Physician's Tale by Ann Benson, which is part historical fiction and part sci-fi/plague fiction. It looks at the life of two physicians, one during/after the Black Death swept across Europe in the 1340's, and the other a modern-day physician dealing with plague, and how the two are connected. It's the third of a series that started with The Plague Tales and Continued with Burning Road...I'm hoping it's as good as the other two were!

I'm not really ordering much of anything presently, working on whittling my TBR stacks, so whatever comes up on my WL is about it.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 5:40 PM ET
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I just finished Passionate Enemies by Jean Plaidy and I moved on to the Dark Queen by Susan Carroll.  So far, so good.

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 5:42 PM ET
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I'm still reading The Journeyer by Gary Jennings. I'm enjoying the adventure, except for some very strange sex scenes. Very, very strange sex scenes. 

I'm also reading The Song of Hannah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy.

 



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Date Posted: 1/2/2008 5:54 PM ET
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I'm not reading anything at the mo.  Just finished Mr Darcy's Daughters and have been thinking of reading Atonement, would like to read it before seeing the movie.

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 6:50 PM ET
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Cheryl--Ann Benson has written another book which is loosely connected to the other three in that Alejandro Canches's adopted daughter Kate and her son (Guillaume) have a cameo apperance.  It is titled Thief of Souls and fits between The Burning Road and The Physician's Tale.  I enjoyed all four of these books very much.  I am hoping this author publishes more books.  I like her style.

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 8:15 PM ET
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Ooooh, strange sex scenes in THE JOURNEYER. I'll have to bump that one up on my reading list. ;-)

I went on a shopping spree right after Christmas. I bought 4 early books by Elizabeth Chadwick. Do you all know about The Book Depository? Free shipping to many countries, including the US. It's a great place to buy unusual titles published only in Britain.

I bought 3 titles from thriftbooks.com. My first purchase there. One came in - THE CRUSADER by Michael Eisner. The jacket needs cleaning, but the pages are clean and legible. Still waiting on the other 2, and darned if I can remember what they are!

I bought 9 titles from bookcloseouts.com (Thanks, Valli, for your message on that source!). They came in today, and they look great!

BATTLE FLAG by Bernard Cornwell

THE SCOURGE OF GOD by William Dietrich

THE HIPPOPOTAMUS MARSH by Pauline Gedge

WARRIOR QUEEN: THE STORY OF BOUDICA, CELTIC QUEEN by Alan Gold

THE ANGEL AND THE SWORD by Cecelia Holland

WOLF OF THE PLAINS by Conn Iggulden

ALEXANDER: THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (Vol. 3) by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

WHEN THE EAGLE HUNTS by Simon Scarrow

BOUDICA: DREAMING THE SERPENT SPEAR by Manda Scott

Right now, I'm finishing up BYZANTIUM by Stephen Lawhead. It's the first book I've read by him, and I love it. I'm not sure I'd like the fantasy fiction he writes. But I might try the Crusades series one day.

Next up on my reading list is DREAMING THE BULL by Manda Scott. But then again, maybe THE JOURNEYER. I loved AZTEC. Or is this title written by the son?

Genie

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 8:29 PM ET
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I bought a copy of Angeligue by Anne Golon last night on Amazon. I had been looking for a copy for a while but the cheapest I could find was over $38. I got this copy for $2!!! Woohoo!

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 9:22 PM ET
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LOL, Genie, I guess if I were really all that disturbed about the weird sex scenes, I'd quit reading the book, huh?! Seriously, I am really enjoying the description of place and all of Marco's adventures in this book.

Journeyer is written by the Dad. I think the son wrote all of the sequels to Aztec.

P.S. Think of me if you post Dreaming the Bull! If it's a keeper, just ignore me! ;-)

Now, I need to go see what has Jennifer all excited. I've never heard of Anne Golon and I must find out about her books!

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 9:29 PM ET
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Yep. Everyone go check out Anne Golon's Angelique series. They are supposed to be THE best Historical Fiction series EVER PERIOD. I hope I can agree! I am excited to get this one!

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 5:47 AM ET
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I'm never going to read all I want to read. WAaaaa!

I'll let you all know if I decide to post the Manda Scott series. If I do, it might be after I read the whole series because I often refer back to earlier books while I'm reading a series.

I noticed that THE FOUNDING by Harrod-Eagles is a WL item. If I ever get the first 2 books in the series back from a friend, I'll list them.

Re Anne Golon's Angelique series, I hadn't heard of them either. I took a quick peek at AZN. Lo, the prices! Jennifer bagged an amazing deal! I guess they were they a small print run, and very popular. Is there another author you'd compare them to?

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 9:25 AM ET
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Jeez, Louize...the Angelique books really are expensive. I'm going to see if my library has the first book in the series so that I can check it out.  Jennifer, let us know what you think after you read the first book.

Genie, I'll definitely understand if you keep the Scott books! We all have our keepers! I just figured that it didn't hurt to try. ;-)  I'm first in line for The Founding. I'd like to try at least one book in this series, but really, the idea of starting a thirty book series is a bit daunting to me. I usually get tired of books in a series after four or five books. Has anyone here read all of the books? Or, a lot of them?

By the way...If you are ever looking for a cheap deal on an expensive book, you should beg Jennifer for help! She's a miracle worker!

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 10:57 AM ET
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On my knees to Jennifer anticipating future need! ;-)

I'll let you know about THE FOUNDING as soon as it is returned to me. The borrower has had it for a month and is apparently a slow reader. (:

I think the MORLAND DYNASTY series is a light, fun read, but it's not something I would feel strongly about if I missed some of the series. A successor story usually takes place several years after the previous story so any characters you get to know are old or dead or referred to just in passing.

The series starts with the Wars of the Roses, which is a particular interest of mine, and the reason I read the book. It's not what I would call serious historical fiction because the battles and the historical figures serve more as a backdrop to the story. They aren't the story itself.

Nonetheless, I found them to be historically accurate as well as quick and fun to read. I'm no expert on the time period; nor am I an historian. I'm just an enthusiast and I've read several non-fiction books on the time period.

Highly recommended for those who like family sagas with accurate history in the background.

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 11:26 AM ET
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I am reading The King's Touch by Jude Morgan. It is about Charles II and the Restoration, told through the eyes of Charles's eldest illegitimate son, Jemmy.

I ordered Having the Builders In from Book Closeouts and Silent in the Grave and Silent in the Sanctuary from Amazon.

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 12:14 PM ET
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Thanks for the Morland Dynasty info. I will definitely try this series.

Felicia, I got a copy of Having the Builders In from Book Closeouts too. ;-) Perhaps one day they will have Having the Decorators In for us.  A girl can dream......

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 1:08 PM ET
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I will definitely let you all know what I think of the first book of the Angelique series. If it is realllllly amazing, I would be happy to loan it out or start a book ring for it or something.

 

And I LOVE to hunt for book deals, so if anyone needs help finding something for cheap, let me know. Trust me, if there is a cheap copy of a book out there, I WILL find it! haha

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 4:37 PM ET
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I like the idea of a book ring. By this, I think you mean that eventually the owner gets the book back. Right?

I have lots of books I don't want to post because I don't want to give them up. But I'd be willing to lend them. Is there a way to do a private discussion group so that we can announce available books among ourselves?

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 7:27 PM ET
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I just ordered 4 Jean Plaidy books from cardinalbooks.com.  The most expensive one was $4.00 and they mail media mail, so shipping was $3.75.  Great deal, and they had more.

ETS: I would like to take back my recommendation.  The package came ripped open and the books were damaged.  They refused to refund any money, and didn't even apologize. 



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Date Posted: 1/3/2008 11:05 PM ET
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Wow thanks for that website Rebecca!!! I just got every book in the Angelique series for $4 each!! WOOOOOHOOOO! I just saw a set of these sell for over $100 on eBay!

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 11:07 PM ET
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Oh and yes Genie, that is right. The original owner eventually gets the book back in a book ring. Hmm... the private discussion thing would be interesting, but I'm not sure if there is a way to go about setting one up. Maybe ask R&R?

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 11:21 PM ET
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WoW  Jennifer you were lucky Congrats.

Date Posted: 1/4/2008 8:39 AM ET
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Well, I have to go check out CardinalBooks. Thanks for the tip, Rebecca!

 

Date Posted: 1/4/2008 12:26 PM ET
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I'm re-reading The Bastard King by Plaidy, then going to plow through the Plantagenet series, in order (I've already read several out of order, so those will be re-reads, too).

Date Posted: 1/4/2008 2:31 PM ET
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Just starting ' INTO THE WILDERNESS" by Sara Donai, then onto "Dawn on a Distant Shore" and "Fire Along the Sky".

First time I'm reading this author. 

Date Posted: 1/4/2008 5:45 PM ET
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I just finished "The Exile" by Posie Graeme-Evans. I started "Helen of Troy" by Margaret George but realized I wasn't going to enjoy it (and I NEVER do this) so I stopped. Next up is "Family Tree" by Barbara Delinsky.

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