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Subject: June- What are you Reading
Date Posted: 6/1/2011 10:37 AM ET
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What are we all reading?

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 6/1/2011 10:40 AM ET
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Good morning,

I just started reading a book for the mystery challenge, historical mystery. The Sanctuary Seeker by Bernard Knight, set in 1090 Britian. Same time as Sharon Kay Penman's historical mystery series. It seems good so far this ist he first book of 12 in the series. Has anyone read through this series yet. Wondering if I should get more in the series.

Alice

 

Date Posted: 6/1/2011 10:58 AM ET
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Alice,   I have the whole series of Crowner John, i have  read 5 of the them and enjoyed them all,

 Bernard Knight  is a great Author.

John 

Date Posted: 6/1/2011 11:26 AM ET
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I am reading Veil of Lies and just downloaded Winters Sea by Susanna Kersley  Thanks Jeanne!

Date Posted: 6/1/2011 2:32 PM ET
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I'm reading Sutcliff's Wanderings of Odysseus.  Short and sweet is what I need.  Work is too crazy for anything I have to think about.

Date Posted: 6/1/2011 4:35 PM ET
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I'm reading Veil of Lies, and believe me, I'd love to leave work early so I could go home and curl up with Crispin and company!  

On the bright side, though, I just bought 'Demon's Parchment' for my library.  I will donate books 1 and 2, and be able to check out book 3.  cool

It's the end of our fiscal year, and the money must be spent, and looking over my list of books on order....well, let's just say I should be ashamed of myself.

Date Posted: 6/1/2011 5:04 PM ET
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I finished "An Irish Country Village" the second in the Irish Country Doctor books by Patrick Taylor last night. This morning, I started a contemporary fiction, "Last Time I Saw You" by Elizabeth Berg.

Date Posted: 6/1/2011 7:16 PM ET
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Halfway through the American Duchess by Daisy Goodwin.

Date Posted: 6/1/2011 8:03 PM ET
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I started Queen of the Summer Stars by Persia Woolley...love it so far.

Date Posted: 6/1/2011 11:09 PM ET
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A couple of days ago, a friend gave me 1634: the Galileo Affair and one more. I find there is a bunch of "alternate history" by Eric Flint and others. After a day, I find this one very hard to follow, but this may be due to its not being the first of the series. Comments, as critical as possible, are hereby solicited by all as I decide to continue, to get another to start with, or to abandon.

Date Posted: 6/1/2011 11:47 PM ET
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the wise woman.  a little fluffy, but i like it .  lol

 

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 8:44 AM ET
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Finished The Grass Crown by Colleen McCullough, Books set in ancient Rome, Greece, or Egypt.  Excellent read! The Grass Crown is another outstanding effort by Colleen McCullough. I just couldn't stop reading even though the book is as long as First Man in Rome. Now I want to read the next two books which I have on my shelf. The reader continues interfacing with Gais Marius and Lucillus Cornelia as they compete to become Rome's general! I do like the way each chapter focuses on one character (sort of) while continuing the story. But this one has so much blood and gore that it makes one queasy at times. War and more war! I am so glad that I did not live in Rome during this period of its history. Nevertheless, a reader on gr assures me that the following two books are just as good as First Man and Grass Crown. This is in truth an In depth political historical drama. Sulla and Marius are interesting characters and very realistic. My enjoyment of this dramatic story equals that I felt with First Man in Rome.

Read Veil of Lies by Jeri Westerson in May because it needed to get back to the library and changed a mystery choice.  Quick fun little read.  

Finished Roselynde by Roberta Gellis.   A good little story!  I liked the heroine, Alinor.   The author did a creditable job of depicting her youth and lack of experience with romance.  Alinor is a departure from the norm of the times.  She reads, runs her own estates, and lives a most independent life.  Her story interlinks with that of the queen, Alinor, and the king.  Her beloved is a knight who serves both.  From England to the Holy Land and back the story is told from a third person perspective. Wonder where this would fit among the books I have not read for the HF challenge?  Oh, well I need to read the followup book, Alinor..

Just finished My Enemy the Queen by Victoria Holt/Jean Plaidy, a most interesting book, my HF challenge read for the 1400 - 1500s.   Lettice Devereaux tells the tragic story of Elizabeth I and her love for two men - the Earl of Leicester and the Earl of Essex. One must move past the persona Lettice projects to see the essence of this tale. A vain woman who prides herself in her beauty, she falls in love with the queen's favorite, the Earl of Leicester, a womanizing and most ambitious man. The queen loves him madly but she loves England more and cannot bear to share her crown with anyone. Elizabeth adores her people and is, in turn, adored by them. Whenever she goes on progress she stops to talk with them. In contrast, she expects those at court to dance to her smallest whim. Lettice plots to ensnare the Earl and marries him in spite of his colorful reputation, thereby incurring the queen's displeasure. The furious queen abolishes her from court while keeping the Earl by her side. As the Earl ages, he brings Lettice's son, the Earl of Essex, to court. When Leicester dies, Essex becomes the queen's favorite but he lacks the maturity and political acumen of Leicester which lead to his eventual downfall. I truly enjoyed this book.  

Other completed reads: Tinkers by Paul Harding and Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.  What an interesting reading experience!   Do not, no, do not read Tinkers without taking time to reflect on its messages.  And Olive Kitteridge has some key messages chief among them is this one from Olive herself:  "What young people don't know...They do not know that lumpy, aged, and wrinkled bodies are as needy as their own young, firm ones, that love was not to be tossed away carelessly as if it were a tart on a platter with others that got passed around again." 

Also completed Tehanu by Ursula LeGuin, A Wind in the Door by Madelein L'Engke and Afrika by Colleen Craig for the YA challenge, City of Illusions by Ursula Le Guin for the fantasy challenge, The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V.S. Redick (very very good) and The Life of Pi by Yann Martell (wanted to read for ages and ages) for the fantasy challenge and Perdido Street Station by China Mieville for the YA challenge (outstanding).   Just for fun:    Read The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson and am starting The The Hero of the Ages by Sanderson, the final book in the Mistborn series.  .  Finished Bad Cat by Jim Edgar, Heaven's Reach by David Brin, The Power of Play by David Elkind (great insight into how play affects not only small children but we as adults, too), The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry, a most intriguing little tale, and Skies Over Sweetwater by Julia Moberg, a YA HF book that focuses on those brave dedicated young women who trained to be Air Force pilots in WWII.

 

 



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I started Shaara's "No Less than Victory" this morning.  So far seems much like the rest of the series.  Interesting, solid writing, but not great. 

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 3:43 PM ET
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I'm reading Shanghai Girls. I was listening to The Distant Hours, but it is so tedius I switched to Sookie Stackhouse.  Ever since Jeanne turned me on to Audible I've been going thru the Sookie books one right after another.  I got a couple of them on CDs from the library. I am really loving audio books.

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 4:35 PM ET
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I read The Emperor of Lies by Sem-Sandberg -- a book that won a Swedish literary award and is due to be released in other languages, including English, in September. This is an ARC that I am reviewing for the Jewish Book Fair selection committee. A doorstopper, at almost 700 pages, this is a fictional rendition of life in the Jewish ghetto in the Polish city of Lodz. The focus is on 63-year-old Jewish businessman, Rumkowski (a real-life figure), whom the Nazis appoint to lead the ghetto -- and whether he is simply a ruthless opportunist who betrays his people or a collaborator trying to save Jewish lives. As with many Holocaust books, this is not an enjoyable read -- with its horrifying depictions of human brutality and degradation. But it's an excellent book for those who want to understand life in the ghetto during WWII, the nightmarish circumstances that Jews endured, the relationship between Nazis and Jewish leaders, and the nature of human resilience and evil.

Shortly after I finished that book yesterday morning, the head of the committee called to ask me to read another book for next week's meeting. So, I am now reading The List by Fletcher, due to be released in October. This one follows a pair of Austrian Jewish refugees in England immediately after WWII, as anti-Semitism sweeps across London and the world learns of the atrocities of the Holocaust.  I think this is going to be a very good book -- but I would have preferred to read something else first. Reading two Holocaust books in a row is just depressing.

 

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 6/2/2011 5:07 PM ET
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Donna I didn't like the Distant Hour either. It was very predictable. About a third of the way through I read the last several pages and it came out just as I thought it would.

Alice

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 2:58 PM ET
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Finished Jack Absolute by C.C. Humphreys last night. The book did capture my imagination for a while but I found the denouement rather blah and somewhat predictable that all the beginning characters reconvened in the end and the ending was less than satisfying. I read that the second book which takes place before the first one is better so if it gets posted I'll give it a try.

Started on Martin Davies's The Conjurer's Bird this morning and moving quickly along in that one as well. It's part HF but contemporary.

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 4:32 PM ET
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I am reading a "Crimance"  novel called Deadly Engagement Lucinda Brant.  She is an Australian writer.  It is sent in Georgian England and so far so good.

There a new sub genre for you Cathy! wink

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 9:16 PM ET
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Jerelyn, those sub-genres are all for Harriet cheeky

Finished The American Duchess. A good book and loved the decadence of the filthy rich in the gilded age, but a bit shallow at the same time. Since I'm still waiting for Lady of the English I'm going to start Lion of Alnwick by Carol Wensby-Scott. First in a trilogy she wrote on the Percys of Northumberland.

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 9:19 PM ET
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I'm starting The White Queen tonight. 

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 10:22 PM ET
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I was counting on advice from you usually helpful ladies on this Ring of Fire series. So far total silence. I don't get it. It seems no more sci-fi to me than The Outlander series. ???

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 10:29 PM ET
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Haven't read it John. (Nor have I read Outlander.)  As a matter of fact it is something totally foreign to me - anybody else on this forum know anything about it?

 

I am currently reading With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz.



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Date Posted: 6/3/2011 10:34 PM ET
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John, sorry I'm not familiar with it either.

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 11:14 PM ET
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Sorry John -- me neither.

Date Posted: 6/4/2011 12:11 AM ET
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John, I think the author is (or was) from W. Va., so we have some of his books in my library.  I do think reading them in order would be helpful...but I personally haven't read any.  Try and get your hands on 1632.  The good thing about this series is that it's easy to keep them in order.  smiley

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