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Subject: What Historical Fiction are you reading in December?
Date Posted: 12/1/2015 7:36 AM ET
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I can't believe it's December! I hope we all have time for some good hf this month.



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Date Posted: 12/1/2015 11:42 AM ET
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I'm reading The Clerk's Tale by Margaret Frazer.  It's short and simple, and that's what I need at the moment wink

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Date Posted: 12/3/2015 10:13 AM ET
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I just finished this book

City of Darkness and Light (Molly Murphy, Bk 13) Author: Rhys Bowen
 
Love this series it is set in 1905 Parish. Would love to be transported in time for a day to experience Parish in 1905.
 
Alice
Date Posted: 12/3/2015 12:54 PM ET
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I just finished The Revenant by Michael Punke. Wow, this was an intense read and even though it's based on the life of a real person, the author refers to it as fiction. No matter how much I read or have read about life in this country in the 1800s, it still amazes me what people went through. I gave this one 4 stars....

Date Posted: 12/6/2015 4:10 PM ET
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Guess I should write a note but I haven't been reading HF books. I finished Secrets of Eden which I had trouble getting into. Didn't like some of the characters who seemed self-serving but it ended being a pretty decent read.  I liked Ride a Painted Pony by Kathleen Eagle, read a couple of classics, a couple of humorous books, one of which was a memoir, and a YA fantasy.   I try to get my challenges pretty much finished by December so I can devote much of the month to reading whatever strikes my fancy.  The YA book was part of a trilogy recommended by a 19-year-old member of the family who handed me his compilation and said I should read it.  I want to get it finished so I can return the book to him at the family Christmas gathering.



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Date Posted: 12/7/2015 7:59 AM ET
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I am reading Ashes to Ashes (Hugh De Singleton, Bk 8) :: Mel Starr   Really good Historical mystery series in the 1369 England. The author has a great glossary in the front of the book with all the old terms for clothing, food etc. Very good series but start at the begining.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/7/2015 4:15 PM ET
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just finished queen of diamonds by plaidy.

Date Posted: 12/7/2015 4:47 PM ET
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Thanks Wendy for discussing Plaidy with me.  I have several of her books but not that one so I was curious.   Because of your comments I find that I need to return to her work.

I've finished reading The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott.  Has anyone here read it?  No comments yet so I'll add my own.  I enjoyed this novel.  The author has a fiction heroine but a number of other characters in the novel actually lived during this period.  The sinking of the Titanic is only the beginning.  Much of the rest of the book focuses on the hearings afterward and are historically based on the original hearings.  Very interesting.  



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Date Posted: 12/17/2015 2:46 PM ET
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I finished Corrag by Susan Fletcher and I loved it. I guess we didn't invent name-calling and categorizing in this era! Really beautifully written, so I don't know what to follow it with! 

Debbie

Date Posted: 12/17/2015 5:11 PM ET
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I've been reading Death at the Abbey by Christine Trent. I've followed this series all along but for some reason, this one isn't holding my attention. I read a few paragraphs and set it dowm and then go back to it a day or two later hoping it picks up. It may just be me since so much else is going on. I hope so!

Date Posted: 12/19/2015 12:01 PM ET
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Not h/f, but I've been reading Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie.  I enjoyed this very much as I knew very little about this remarkable woman.  She really did end up being the defining monarch of her age.



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Date Posted: 12/20/2015 7:35 AM ET
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I started reading The Price of Blood (Emma of Normandy, Bk 2) :: Patricia Bracewell. It is about Queen Emma set in 1006 Englad. I really enjoyed the first book. Many of the names are similar so it is sometimes a bit confusing. Very enjoyable read.

Date Posted: 12/22/2015 9:17 PM ET
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Good one Cheryl!  I really enjoy Robert K. Massie.  Good author.  I'm reading Winter by Marissa Meyer, the final book in The Lunar Chronicles, a YA series that is very well done.  This final book is over 800 pages long.  Whooee!

Date Posted: 12/25/2015 7:21 AM ET
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I've just started reading A June of Ordinary Murders by Conor Brady - very promising!

Here's Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful and blessed day.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/26/2015 6:58 AM ET
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I am reading The Dead Man's Reach (Thieftaker Chronicles, Bk 4) :: D. B. Jackson

It is a fantasy HF book set in 1770 Boston. Ethan, the main character is a congurer and a Thieftaker). The history of Boston's occupation is mixed very well wtih teh fantasy aspects of this game. Very good series but read it from the begining.

Date Posted: 12/30/2015 10:59 AM ET
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I am in the process of reading A June of Ordinary Murders by Conor Brady - so far, so good!

Date Posted: 12/31/2015 11:04 AM ET
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Finishing the year with A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, the first of her novels I've read in years.  Her style is much the same.  Slow, mellow, and a bit boring but I'll finish it.  Also reading an interesting historical called Twelve Years a Slave, the story of Solomon Northrup, an educated man who lived in the north with his family until he was kidnapped and sold as a slave to work on southern plantations.  His recall of the years spent as a slave is amazingly thorough.

Date Posted: 12/31/2015 2:30 PM ET
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Finishing up The Bones of Avalon by Phil Rickman. Really enjoyed it, although it took a bit of reading before I was comfortable with who the characters are. I'll head into his next book featuring John Dee. 

Happy New Year!!

Debbie smiley

 

Date Posted: 12/31/2015 3:45 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/31/2015 4:02 PM ET
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Alice Dear --- Just how "paranormal" is the "Thieftaker" series.  The historical aspect and the thief taking aspect are very interesting to me.  The paranormal part really not so much.  I suppose I do not mind the occasional ghost, but really do not get into werewolves, demons and such.  I have had the first book on my wishlist for a long time waiting to hear from someone who actually read the book. 

Date Posted: 12/31/2015 4:30 PM ET
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Becky - I think you would like Thieftaker. I'm not one for zombies, vampires, etc either but I really like this series. I've only read two of them so far - I'm kind of savoring them (LOL). The MC , Ethan is what they called a conjurer or a witch. He doesn't have the strongest powers as evidenced by the conjurer he comes up against. He is a pretty normal guy actually - with flaws and foibles galore but he's likeable. He can cast a spell or two when needed but he tries to keep it low key since the Salem witch trials weren't that long ago. Give it a try - I think you will be pleasantly surprised.



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/31/2015 5:33 PM ET
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Becky I think it is more historical than paranormal. There are spells he uses but the historical information is much more interesting. Read the series in order though.

Alice

Date Posted: 1/1/2016 8:01 AM ET
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I like the Thieftaker series. At times, Ethan is quite inept and one loses patience with him. It's well written and worth checking out.