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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: March Madness What Cha Reading???
Date Posted: 3/1/2010 7:30 AM ET
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Figured I would start the March reading topic.  I am still on one of my Paranormal books The Out Law Demon Wails by Kim Harrison. I like her writing a lot. She has been able to keep her series fresh after six books that is a big plus. I read 10 books in February lets see how many we can do in March. My favorite for Febray was a Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin.

Alice

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 8:44 AM ET
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Company of Liars by Karen Maitland,  It was slow going at first but now I am engrossed.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 10:04 AM ET
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Okay, I posted in both challenge comments that I started and finished "Hood" by Lawhead yesterday. I'm not a big fan of fantasy but this was a fun and quick read. It helped that it rained all day yesterday, so I was able to just keep on reading. Since I'm using the other 2 books for the alphabet challenge, I've started "Scarlet". We'll see if I can handle the fantasy aspect well enough to get through all of these!;)

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 10:34 AM ET
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I am reading The King's Grace by Anne Easter Smith. This story is told through the eyes of Grace Plantagenet who is the illegitimate daughter of Edward IV. Since history doesn't really have much information about her, the story can go wherever it wants. I am 100 pages into the book and am enjoying it. It appears as if the story is going to now move to the mystery of boys in the tower. I read one review which called it a "romance" which made me hesitate, but fortunately the book has not strayed too far in that direction for my tastes.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 10:34 AM ET
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I'm about 2/3 into The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.  Bram Stoker, it's not.  I'm of mixed opinions right now, but mostly good.  I just wish she did the transitions between the story lines better.  The farther into the book I get, the worse it is.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 10:41 AM ET
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I'm almost done with Damsel Under Stress by Shanna Swendson.  It is a lite fluffy series that is not usualy my type but I do enjoy it and it is a good read after some of the more heavy dark HF I usualy read.  Next I will be reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 12:28 PM ET
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Jeanne, I'm glad to see that you liked Hood.  I've been wanting to start that series and it is moving up the TBR list.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 12:35 PM ET
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I have started Road to Avalon by Joan Wolf.  I've read other accounts of the Arthur legend (Bernard Cornwell, Helen Hollick) so wasn't really anxious to read this book.  One reason I started it is that so many people have raved about Wolf's second novel, Born of the Sun and I tend to always feel I need to read things in order, even though BOTS is said to be a stand-alone.  Anyway, here I am, less than 100 pages into Road to Avalon and I am loving it.

Linda

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 1:25 PM ET
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I am about halfway through Middlemarch by George Eliot.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 4:02 PM ET
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I am almost done with Aztec, and I love it!  Definitely one of my top books of all time!  Next up will be The Book Thief, which I need to send out by March 15 for the last swap I played in, so it got moved up to the top of the pile.

On the exciting news front, I bought a new bookshelf today!!!  Just a cheapy from Walmart, but it'll do for now.  DH and I are getting a new bedroom set next month (b-day present for me!), and I'll be sure to get a set with a nice (big) matching book case.  For now, though, the 5-shelf one I already have is completely crammed and the overflow is on a small ugly old coffee table in our room - on top of it betwenn bookends AND underneath it. My books are a mess, and it makes me crazy!!   I'll use my current bookshelf and this new one (3-shelfer) for now, and when we get the bedroom set, I'll put one of the bookshelves in my son's room.  He could use a bookshelf.  He's a reader like his mama!  Plus, he has a ton of Play Station 2 games we can store on the shelf as well.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 3/1/2010 4:23 PM ET
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Shelley,

Gary Jennings has another book that is really good too called the Journier, or something like that. It is about Marco Polo. Very good read.

Alice

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 4:55 PM ET
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I started reading Arms of Nemesis by Steven Saylor.  Thanks so much for the heads up on this author and this series, Alice.  You are soooo right!!!

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 5:46 PM ET
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I am reading Tribulation Force which is the second book in the Left Behind series.  Definitely not what I'd normally read but my bosses wife thought I might like them so I thought I'd give it a go.  I'll read the 3rd one Nicolae next and then I'm debating whether to read a Plaidy or finish Susan Carroll's Dark Queen series.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 7:38 PM ET
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I'm about halfway through "The Bull from the Sea", the sequel to "The King Must Die" by Mary Renault. 

Love.  I love these two.  It's the retelling of the legend of Theseus, and she does a great job!  I hope to settle in and just read this evening..

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 8:14 PM ET
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I'm working on Hester by Paula Reed by the gym. So far so good and any *magic* involved (at least so far) is via Hester's uncanny ability she developed during the years she wore the "A" of looking into another person's face and seeing their *sins* - Cromwell gets wind of it and he's using her to his advantage.

Also finishing off Susan Bowdon's Tudor trilogy with Touched by Thorns.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 8:16 PM ET
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Shelley, So glad to hear you're enjoying Aztec. It's definitely one of my all-time favorites. I've read it twice.

I'm still working on Raven Blood Eye. I've been busier than usual and grouchy because it's cutting into my reading time. But I hope to finish it this week.

Linda, I'll be interested to hear your take on Road to Avalon. I actually started with Born of the Sun, so I really do think you can read them in any order.

Date Posted: 3/1/2010 8:39 PM ET
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Alice - Well, thanks to Valli's usual hypnotic power over me, I've got Jennings' Raptor en route to me, and Journeyer is on my wish list.

Genie - I have Aztec Autumn on my shelf but haven't pursued the others in the series because I believe you said they kind of fizzled out.  Is Aztec Autumn worth the read?  How about the others?  I'd hate to sully my Aztec love by continuing to read a series that just becomes disappointing. 

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 2:39 AM ET
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I finished Unlikely Friendship: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley by Ann Rinaldi.  I thought it was insightful.  Now I'm starting Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 6:34 AM ET
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Melody, I thought that was the most interesting relationship in the book I just read about Mary.  I've put the book you read on my RL to find out more.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 7:05 AM ET
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Yesterday I recieved two books that I requested as a direct result of recommendatins here.  The first is Island of the Swans, by Ciji Ware and The Daughters of Time by Josephine Tey. 



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Date Posted: 3/2/2010 7:25 AM ET
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Lord, this is a dangerous thread to read!  And yet, I keep coming back here to check....

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 8:04 AM ET
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Jerelyn, I have Island of Swans waiting for me at the library holdshelf. They were so kind and bought some of the new edition so I didn't have to read the aging LP they had :D

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 9:58 AM ET
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This really is a dangerous thread.  I've already ordered/WL/RL'd three books from it, and this is only the SECOND day of the month!

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 10:05 AM ET
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Shelley, Colleen's the one to ask about the rest of the Aztec books in the series. I believe she has read them all. If I remember correctly, she liked the second one, but she had lukewarm feelings about the others. Don't quote me, though. Send her a PM.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 10:45 AM ET
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Cathy,  I'll be interested to see what you think.

I started to read The Daughters of Time, I am only a little way in but it is about a Scotland Yard Inspector  who while injured get interested in Richard III  assassinated character.  It is pulling me in.

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