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Subject: May--what are you reading and ordering?
Date Posted: 5/1/2008 10:18 PM ET
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Thought I'd start it rolling...

Right now I am reading "Dreaming in Cuban" which starts off in the early 1970s with a family living 1/2 in Cuba and 1/2 in the US.

I've got Sarah by Marek Halter waiting for me to read.  It says it's "a worthy heiress to the Red Tent..."  I hope my hopes are up too high, but it does look good.  I have other historical fiction waiting for me but that one is jumping up for attention.

I've got on order The many lives and secret sorrows of Josephine B by Sandra Gulland, Fourth Queen by Debbie Taylor; and I am Amelia Earhart.

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 10:32 PM ET
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I am almost finished reading The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick.

After that I think I may read High are the Mountain by Hannah Closs, which I got from Genie recently.

I have a copy of Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart on the way to me right now, and I intend to read it as soon as it gets here. I have really been looking forward to this book for a long time. I finally got impatient and bought a copy on eBay, removed it from my WL, and wouldn't you know--- that same night a copy was posted and I would have been first in line.

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 6:37 AM ET
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I'm reading A Hollow Crown and also The Battle of the Queens by Plaidy. I have been getting the Plaidy's from the library and also collecting them from here so my Mom can read the series. I know she would love them. Plaidy is making reading fun again, I can't wait for the next book.

Melody, The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B is wonderful! I loved that trilogy and am looking forward to her next book.

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 4:23 PM ET
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Tangie, How is The Hollow Crown? I enjoyed Harold the King.

I'm reading Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn.

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 7:11 AM ET
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Genie, A Hollow Crown is good. I have Harold the King on my WL, so hopefully I'll read that too.

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 7:26 AM ET
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I have A Hollow Crown and  Harold the King here to read.Does it matter which one I read first?

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 9:18 AM ET
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I think that chronologically A Hollow Crown comes first. It is about Queen Emma (I think) and Harold was king after Emma's reign. But it probably doesn't matter which you read first, especially if you are already familiar with the order of events.

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 9:29 AM ET
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Thanks Jennifer

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 10:32 AM ET
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I read A Hollow Crown and then Harold which I think worked out well. I really enjoyed both books, but I think I'd have to say that I enjoyed A Hollow Crown the most.  I've been tring to post everything I read lately, but I had to keep both of these.

I just finished The Golden Ass by Robert Graves. It's quite different than I, Claudius, but it's wonderful!

I'm also reading a book by a new-to-me author, Margaret Thomson Davis. The book is The Tobacco Lords and is set in Glasgow, Scotland. It's about two women from very different stations in life and it follows the events that occur during the Jacobite rising of 1745. This book has some of the best description of Scotland that I've ever read, and it's a great story. I'm especially enjoying the character that tells the news. He walks around town bawling out the local news and gossip, but he does it all in rhyme. Some of it hilarious! You guys should definitely try this one! Seriously, I think this may end up being one of my favorite reads of the year.

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 10:34 AM ET
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Thanks Valli I will read A Hollow Crown first.I am not sure when I will start it.My class for school start again on Monday.

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 1:09 PM ET
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Rats! I didn't know Hollow Crown was first. But I'd love to read more about Emma. Maybe I'll go scout around for used copy. :)

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 2:47 PM ET
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I am reading Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China that Never Was by Barry Hughart. I have only read about  40 pages so far, but I like it.

Its supposed to be a very funny fantasy/ detective novel set in Ancient China where a villager and a wise man set out to find a cure for a plague in the villager's village (that sound funny) by seeking the Great Root of Power which is in the possession of a very evil woman called the Ancestress.

I have really been looking forward to this book. I just got it in the mail yesterday and had to start it immediately. So I sat The Greatest Knight aside for a while.



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Date Posted: 5/3/2008 8:54 PM ET
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I just started The Dark Queen by Susan Carroll.

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 9:51 PM ET
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I will be starting The Lady Elizabeth, Alison Weir's new novel, tonight. I just checked it out from the library along with The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander and The Redheaded Princess by Ann Rinaldi.

On the way from my wish list are Indiscretion by Jude Morgan and Elizabeth and Leicester: Power, Passion & Politics by Sarah Gristwood.

Valli, I just put The Tobacco Lords on my wish list. It sounds good.



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Date Posted: 5/3/2008 10:32 PM ET
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I just started My Enemy's Cradle :: Sara Young and I'm only 40 pages in so far but it's EXCELLENT.  If i wasn't so strapped for time I'd lay in bed tonight and finish it.

Date Posted: 5/4/2008 3:05 PM ET
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I  just ordered The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick on The Book Depository.I also bought a Book Sox on ebay.

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 6:21 AM ET
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Finished The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir on Saturday - meh.  Defnitely paled next to Innocent Traitor, which I enjoyed. 

Started People of the Book by G. Brooks afterwards and I've been hard pressed to put it down.  Stayed up until midnight reading and playing with the new dog.

Melody - Gulland's Josephine trilogy is wonderful.  Enjoy!  Carrolly Erickson's novel about Josephine is dreck by comparison.  (I couldn't even finish it.)  I also liked The Fourth Queen very much - it did start out slow to me, but I'm glad I stuck with it.

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 6:23 AM ET
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Oh....  what am I ordering?  Slowly making my way through Brock & Bodie Thoene's Zion Covenant series.  I've read the first (Vienna Prelude) and the second  (Prague Counterpoint) is on my nightstand. 

I loved their Galway Chronicles -- and passed them along to other PBS members as I finished them. 

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 10:40 AM ET
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Felicia, I'll let you know if it ends as well as it started. Right now, I think my characters are leaving Scotland for the New World, and I'm not sure if I want that to happen. It's still a good read with lots happening. I got another book by the same author that is about Mary, of Scots. It may be interesting too.  Your getting the Elizabeth and Leicester book caused me to move to the first spot in line. Yay! Moving up in line makes me almost as excited as actually getting the book.

I think I might have to start People of the Book next. I'm glad to hear that you are really enjoying it Marci. I also agree that The Fourth Queen started out slow, but ended up being a good read.

Has anyone read The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz? It was so good...tragic and sad, but good. It's made me want a non-fiction book about the same subject though. Now, I need to find one and make some room on the wishlist!

 

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 4:21 PM ET
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I just ordered "The Unjust Skies" by R.F. Delderfield.  It's about the French Resistance during WWII.

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 11:08 PM ET
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Tangerine & Marci, I just got Josephine B today.  I am really itching to start it.  I've got 4 other books started but I may give into the impulse anyway.  I looks so good :) 

The dilemmas that PBS members face.  LOL

Debbie, the Dark Queen is very good.  I enjoyed it very much.  I've got book 2 in my TBR, but it looks like Josephine is going to beat it out.



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Date Posted: 5/6/2008 8:24 AM ET
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I'm currently reading James Morrow's The Last Witchfinder  but am only about 50 pages in. So far I'm liking it--the dry humor in the background of the story is an unexpected pleasant surprise, though.

Ordering? Only whatever my wishlist coughs up for me at this point. I'm all about making my TBR shrink this year! LOL

Cheryl

Subject: Guinevere Trilogy
Date Posted: 5/6/2008 12:26 PM ET
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Has anyone read any of the Guinevere books by Rosalind Miles?  I just finished her "I, Elizabeth" and found it very interesting and enjoyable.  I wondered if her ealier works were worth looking for and reading as well.



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Date Posted: 5/6/2008 4:50 PM ET
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Cheryl -

I didn't care for Miles Guinevere books.  Sharan Newman's Guinevere trilogy was wonderful though.  I'd recommend that over Miles. :)  (For the record, I didn't like her I, Elizabeth either and passed it along without finishing it.)

 

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 4:55 PM ET
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I LOVE Miles's Guinivere series....all three were awesome reads.

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