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#21 Hoyaheel

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 12:01 PM

Am I the only person who can't stand Nefret??

OK, she is a little too perfect, but that doesn't bother me. I'm dying (oops, sorry, poor choice of words, as I'm off to a funeral :blink: ) to get See Delphi & Die (Lindsay )--that's the British title and it's been out there for a year or so--is Saturnalia the American publication name?? Or are they skipping publishing See Delphi & Die in America totally??

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 03:10 AM

I'm dying (oops, sorry, poor choice of words, as I'm off to a funeral :blink: ) to get See Delphi & Die (Lindsay )--that's the British title and it's been out there for a year or so--is Saturnalia the American publication name?? Or are they skipping publishing See Delphi & Die in America totally??

No, SATURNALIA is the one after SEE DELPHI AND DIE; it won't be published until some time in 2007. SEE DELPHI AND DIE was pretty good though ( I really like Helena Justina's family). Trouble is, it did kind of end with a cliffhanger. I thought SDAD was published in America because I read it months ago. Hmm, if it wasn't I wonder where I got it from? I hate when things aren't published in America; I was dying to get Ruth Rendell's END IN TEARS and couldn't. Finally a friend bought the thing in Canada so I was able to read it. An author I met told me that some British authors who do very well in their home country don't have the same success in America- different tastes maybe? Anyway he said Rendell was one of them.

#23 Hoyaheel

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 07:50 AM

I haven't checked since last year re: See Delphi--I know it's here now, just don't know when it appeared. Might have been right AFTER I checked, who knows?? I put stuff on my reading list and then when I get sidetracked (you know, by life :P ) I don't update or check for stuff for a while....I had a message from the library when I got back into town--more books waiting for me to check out :D

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 04:41 AM

I put stuff on my reading list and then when I get sidetracked (you know, by life :P ) I don't update or check for stuff for a while....I had a message from the library when I got back into town--more books waiting for me to check out :D

I know! I am always looking for new reading material. I have a friend who has 17 books out at the library, but when I asked her what she was reading, she said glumly "Nothing good!" I must reread Mask of Red Death for our book club- ever read it? Another historical mystery. The detective is Edgar Allan Poe, and it has characters like P.T. Barnum and Kit Carson.

#25 Hoyaheel

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Posted 02 August 2006 - 08:15 AM

And then of course, last weekend I read the new Julia Quinn and really enjoyed it!!

I'm in the last third of the book now--such a quick read--I just picked it up at the library last night. I read See Delphi & Die last week :D I'm having a great historical summer!!

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Posted 24 August 2006 - 11:36 PM

Years ago I read Anya Seton and Victoria Holt. Afraid to go back and re-read for fear I'd be disappointed. Gave me much enjoyment then especially Green Darkness by Anya Seton. Catherine Cooksen was popular too. Have discovered Marion Chesney - not really historical but quick, fun and satisfying Edwardian mysteries. I think Phillipa Gregory is one of Victoria Holt's psuedonyms. Loved reading all her stuff.
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Posted 25 August 2006 - 10:10 AM

I think Phillipa Gregory is one of Victoria Holt's psuedonyms. Loved reading all her stuff.

No, that was Phillipa Carr. Phillipa Gregory is a current author who writes historical novels that focus on lesser-known people- for instancem The Other Boleyn Gilr is the story of Anne Bolyn's sister Mary, who was a lady-in-waiting to Katherine of Aragon, and was also Henry's mistress.

#28 Hoyaheel

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 05:51 AM

I just got Helen of Troy (by Margaret George) from the library on Saturday. 600 pages. Too big to read in the bubble bath <_< A tiny bit slow but now that I've passed the first 100 pages it's moving along more quickly.

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 06:38 AM

My reading list is 8 pages long, 8pt font, tables & columns, etc.


that's so awesome - so is mine, only i use 9pt arial. lol. now, is that list for books you've read, or will read? my list is for books for me to purchase. it just keeps getting longer. sigh.

#30 Hoyaheel

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 07:21 AM

It's mainly for books I want to read, but for series--I have to keep the entire list on there or there's a chance I could duplicate. So I'd say about half is "to-read" and half is "already read, keep looking for next in series". I just ordered a bunch of stuff from Amazon (mostly used) for the cruise I'm taking at the end of October. It's a long cruise and we'll have a lot of "at sea" days so I want to make sure I have enough to read!! Trashy romances (which I love) only take me a couple hours to read, so I have to mix in more substantial stuff or I'd have to carry too much :unsure:

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 01:35 PM

It's mainly for books I want to read, but for series--I have to keep the entire list on there or there's a chance I could duplicate.




I duplicate anyway, because publishers are always changing titles to add appeal for the American market!
I hate that; I think I am getting a new book by a favorite author and it turns out I've already read it under a different title.

I just finished City of Light, by Laurie Belfer.
It isn't a new book, but I thought it was interesting.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 02:27 PM

For I different era in historical fiction, has anyone read Anchee Min? I have read two of her books, Becoming Madame Mao and Empress Orchid, which is about the last Empress of China. I think she's a good writer. Her books focus on the roles of women in a male dominated society. Lots of intrigue. This is my first post here. I have enjoyed lurking and have picked up more titles for books to read than I probably ever will get too.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 03:32 PM

For I different era in historical fiction, has anyone read Anchee Min? I have read two of her books, Becoming Madame Mao and Empress Orchid, which is about the last Empress of China. I think she's a good writer. Her books focus on the roles of women in a male dominated society. Lots of intrigue.

This is my first post here. I have enjoyed lurking and have picked up more titles for books to read than I probably ever will get too.


welcome, boopster!

#34 Hoyaheel

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 08:52 AM

I'm glad I came back and re-read this thread because some of the recommendations didn't make it onto my book list--they're there now!

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 08:56 PM

Thanks for bumping - I :wub: historicals and didn't realise there was a separate thread. :unsure:

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 04:52 AM

Thanks for bumping - I :wub: historicals and didn't realise there was a separate thread. :unsure:


I mentioned it on the Julia Quinn thread so I figured I'd go bump it up so it was easy to find.

I downloaded the Eloisa James booklist from her website and will check out my library to start on her books/series!

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 04:55 PM


Thanks for bumping - I :wub: historicals and didn't realise there was a separate thread. :unsure:


I mentioned it on the Julia Quinn thread so I figured I'd go bump it up so it was easy to find.

I downloaded the Eloisa James booklist from her website and will check out my library to start on her books/series!



Try Eloisa's earlier books. I think she has sold out lately. Her earlier books were more original. Now she is starting to churn out paperbooks with little originality. I also like Christina Dodd.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:27 AM

Hey I have been lurking and getting so many great suggestions so THANK YOU.. Also for the two book lovers that have pages and pages of books they want to buy you guys should totally check out www.paperbackswap.com I joined about a year ago and now only buy when I strictly need a book NOW.. I list the books that are not keepers (everyone has those) and then order from other people the books I want. THUS FAR I have not had a bad experience. You can even say you don't want books from people that smoke, have cats etc.. Cool site and has saved me a ton of money. :wacko:

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 01:09 PM

Hey I have been lurking and getting so many great suggestions so THANK YOU..

Also for the two book lovers that have pages and pages of books they want to buy you guys should totally check out www.paperbackswap.com

I joined about a year ago and now only buy when I strictly need a book NOW.. I list the books that are not keepers (everyone has those) and then order from other people the books I want.

THUS FAR I have not had a bad experience.

You can even say you don't want books from people that smoke, have cats etc..

Cool site and has saved me a ton of money. :wacko:



Thanks, So Jaded. I needed this website like you can't imagine!! :lol:

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 05:20 PM

Bette The first two weeks is going to be addictive:) I was not able to get off the sight for days on end:) Keila



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