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Subject: It's June! What are you reading?
Date Posted: 6/1/2008 10:10 PM ET
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I'm not reading historical fiction at the moment, but I AM reading the autobiography of one of the great historical fiction writers of all times!

I'm reading "The World Is My Home" by James Michener.  Pretty interesting so far, but I think it will get even better as it goes along.

What are you all reading?



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Date Posted: 6/1/2008 10:35 PM ET
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I am currently trying out a new author to me and reading

Dreaming the Eagle (Scott, Manda. Boudica Trilogy.)
Author: Manda Scott

So far I am really enjoying it.    Next up is Young Pioneers by Rose Wilder Lane.

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 10:39 PM ET
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I am on the last few pages of Passage to Pontefract and then I am not sure what I will be reading next. Probably next in the series along with something light and distracting that I can toss in my purse in between appointments.

 

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 10:53 PM ET
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Right now I am still reading Lady of Sherwood by Jennifer Roberson.  Next up will either be Rhett Butler's People or going back and finishing HP and the Chamber of Secrets.  Depends on if the library gets RBP in before I get done with the one I'm reading now :)

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 11:46 PM ET
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Moon Shot by Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 11:55 PM ET
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I just finished reading The Princess Bride by William Goldman, and I have to say, I didn't care for it at all! Too childish for my taste.

 

I haven't chosen my next book yet, although I am leaning toward either Melusine by Sarah Monette or Eight Skilled Gentlemen by Barry Hughart.

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 3:30 AM ET
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I'm working on Billie Letts Honk and Holler Opening Soon.  Not historical fiction, but very enjoyable.

Jennifer, I tried the Princess Bride some years ago.  I don't think I got beyond the first chapter.

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 10:58 AM ET
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Whew! Glad to know I'm not the only one who didn't like it! It got such awesome reviews that I WL'ed it, then the next day I was in Half Price Books and saw it for a dollar so I grabbed it. Oh well, at least it was only a dollar.

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 5:16 PM ET
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I have started the Eleanor of Aquitaine biography by Alison Weir.  I seem to like her non-fiction better than her novels.  This one is just as good as some of her others I have read about the Tudors.

 

Finished Eleanor have started on The Other Boleyn Girl and so far I like it very much.  I don't think I have ever  read anything by this author before.



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Date Posted: 6/2/2008 5:45 PM ET
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I'm reading a historical mystery, The Color of Death by Bruce Alexander, one of the Sir John Fielding "the blind Bow Street Magistrate" series, and so far enjoying it as I have all of this series so far. It's set in 1770's London.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 7:07 PM ET
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Deidre, I read Dreaming the Eagle last year and loved it. I haven't read the 4th and final book in the series, but I've read the others. Interestingly, I liked the second one the best. But it tells Ban's story - the fictional brother. Odd that I would like it more.

I finished Lady of the Garter by Juliet Dymoke last night. It was really good. I just don't know how accurate it is because I don't know anything about Joan of Kent. I wonder if she romanticized the relationship Joan had with the Black Prince and her first husband, Thomas Holland.

I started Sharpe's Eagle today. I almost always enjoy a Bernard Cornwell book.

Genie

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 10:27 AM ET
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Sadly, I started two books this week that I put down after the first day. I don't think they were really bad, I just don't think I was in the mood for them. They were The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio and Hercules, my Shipmate by Robert Graves.

I am currently re-reading Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey. I read the first trilogy several years ago, but the author decided to write a second trilogy, of which I have the first two books. But it has been so long since I read the first set that I didn't want to try to start the second set. So, I decided that since I needed to read something I knew was good, and since I wanted to be able to read the second trilogy, I decided to just do a re-read.

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 5:06 PM ET
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I am reading Mary Called Magdalene by Margaret George.  I'm about 50 pages in and really sucked in.  So far it's well written and a lively story about Mary Magdalene.  It's starts with her childhood which I think helps to make her seem more human.

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 5:16 PM ET
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Melody, I've loved each one of Margaret George's book, especially Helen of Troy.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 6:49 AM ET
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I've just finished What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman. It's been a while since I read a mystery and this was a great one.

I'm now reading Into the Heart of Borneo by Redmond O'Hanlon.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 7:45 AM ET
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I'm finishing up The Lion of Mortimer by Juliet Dymoke. It's really good. It'd be fun to read this book and The Traitor's Wife together. Same time period and characters, but a different focus. The two give you a big picture view of Edward II's reign.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 9:01 AM ET
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I'm about 1/3 of the way through Rhett Butler's People.  Pretty good so far.

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 2:21 AM ET
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Karen, if this one ends as well as it's started I will have to read the others.

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 9:13 AM ET
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I'm about halfway through with The Mountain People by Colin Turnbull, and I just don't know what to think about it yet. The Mountain People are a tribe called the Ik in Africa who are hunter/gatherer's, or they were for thousands of years until their traditional hunting grounds were turned into a nature preserve. Then, it was illegal for them to hunt there and they began to starve. How do we get to the point where we are more worried about preserving the wildlife than human life? I'm pretty disgusted right now. The author seems callous, and I'm finding myself horrified by some of the things the tribe does to children and the elderly while trying not to judge them. I don't know what my feelings are about this one are yet, but it's getting harder and harder to read with each turn of the page. This book is easily as hard to read as the books about the Holocaust I've read, but it's also very interesting too. This one is completely different from the first book I read by this author, The Forest People.  The Forest People was about a tribe who still lived on their traditional land and enjoyed a hard, but rather joyful existence. It was a great book!

I haven't read any H/F in over a month. I'm feeling kind of burnt out on it right now, but I'm sure I'll get back to it later. I think I need to find one set in a different country or time than I normally read. I'm thinking it's time to start Aztec by Gary Jennings.

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 10:35 AM ET
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Aztec is a good one!

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 12:13 PM ET
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I just finished The Constant Princess by Philppa Gregory.  Now I'm reading what's probably not historical fiction as it is history, LOL!  It's The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir.

 

 

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 12:44 PM ET
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Oh, I think you'll like Aztec, Valli. It's definitely outside the norm. Plus, it'll keep you busy for more than a day. :)

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 1:03 PM ET
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I'm reading The Boelyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory.  It's a quick and enjoyable read, but has anyone else who read it found that it didn't mesh with her character development in The Other Boelyn Girl? Maybe I'm just misremembering how she developed the characters in TOBG, but I'm finding it odd.

 



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Date Posted: 6/10/2008 2:07 PM ET
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It's been a while since I've read TOBG and TBI, but perhaps one reason for the difference is that TOBG is written in third person and TBI in first person (by the different characters).  How a third person views Jane (George's wife) is probably entirely different than how Jane would view herself, her actions and her motivations.  I actually think the ability to do write the character differently based on the perspective of the story is pretty cool.

edited to add the word "think" to my last sentence.

 



Last Edited on: 6/10/08 7:33 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/10/2008 3:34 PM ET
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I actually the ability to do write the character differently based on the perspective of the story is pretty cool.

Agreed. And, yes, it is specifically Jane and George that I am having the dissonant feelings about.

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