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    Newest book I'm reading: The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England (2012) by Dan Jones.
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    Also tomorrow on my Kindle, I'll take on The Books of Blood: Volume 5 (1985) by Clive Barker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Korath View Post
    Les Sentiers des Astres (a French-written even if I think the author is Belgian) series of fantasy novel set in an Hindou-like settings. it's really a great change of pace from the more usual medieval Europeans settings without being too high fantasy for my taste.
    That sounds interesting. There doesn't happen to be an English translation of it by chance? I'm always looking for fantasy books that aren't in the medieval settings.

    I'm currently reading through Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot mysteries. I had been on a serious non-fiction and poetry kick in recent months but thought it was time to go back to reading fiction again.
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    Richelieu and the French Monarchy by C. V. Wedgwood

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    I finished the Sheila Connolly County Cork mystery 'Buried In A Bog' yesterday.
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    Recently read a 2012 reprint (by Sanctum Books) of the story "The Shadow of Wall Street" that was originally published in Fame and Fortune Magazine (Feb. 1929)

    (this was the original cover of that issue)

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    THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE Double Novel #1:
    "The Emperor of Death" and "The Crime of Fu Kee Wong"
    (both stories originally from issues with cover-dates of 1933)

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    The King in the Golden Mask (1892) by Marcel Schwob

    Melding the fantastic with historical fiction, these stories describe moments of unexplained violence both historical and imaginary, often blending the two through Schwob’s collaging of primary source documents into fiction. Brimming with murder, suicide, royal leprosy and medieval witchcraft, Schwob’s stories portray clergymen furtively attending medieval sabbaths, Protestant galley slaves laboring under the persecution of Louis XIV and dice-tumbling sons of Florentine noblemen wandering Europe at the height of the 1374 plague.

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    You can read my review of the Greg F. Gifune thriller Dangerous Boys via this Mystery Scene magazine link.
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    Starting tomorrow, I'll be taking on Vanity Fair (1848) by William Makepeace Thackeray on my Kindle. I actually tried reading it as a preteen over 40 years ago, but Thackeray's most famous novel was just way above my head then and I gave up after a few pages. Don't think I'll have any problems this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Darknight Detective View Post
    Starting tomorrow, I'll be taking on Vanity Fair (1848) by William Makepeace Thackeray on my Kindle. I actually tried reading it as a preteen over 40 years ago, but Thackeray's most famous novel was just way above my head then and I gave up after a few pages. Don't think I'll have any problems this time.
    I struggled through it years ago (as an adult); can't remember a bloody thing about it!

    Much happier with authors like Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and Jane Austen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    I struggled through it years ago (as an adult); can't remember a bloody thing about it!

    Much happier with authors like Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and Jane Austen.
    Dickens and Trollope are certainly more accessible reads (I haven't read anything by Austen yet).
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Darknight Detective View Post
    Dickens and Trollope are certainly more accessible reads (I haven't read anything by Austen yet).
    I sort of backed in to reading Austen.

    I was reading a lot of Anne Perry mysteries (primarily ones with Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, but also others) that I borrowed from the local library, then also tried a couple of "Jane Austen Mysteries" by Stephanie Barron (where Jane Austen is solving the mysteries) before actually taking the plunge with a book actually written by Austen. (I think I was suppose to read something by her in high school, but a lot of those books I faked with Cliff and Monarch Notes and such.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    (I think I was suppose to read something by her in high school, but a lot of those books I faked with Cliff and Monarch Notes and such.)
    I never used them myself, but I do admit to buying back issues of Classics Illustrated for the same purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Darknight Detective View Post
    I never used them myself, but I do admit to buying back issues of Classics Illustrated for the same purpose.
    Hey, I got away with writing a five paragraph essay on a Shakespeare play I hadn't read (maybe Hamlet?) in 10th grade during the period before it was due (my lunch period) using primarily Monarch Notes (and a copy of the play).
    I got a B+ for my efforts, but I was a little disappointed because a friend of mine in the same class who also did the same thing got an A- on his essay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonTodd428 View Post
    That sounds interesting. There doesn't happen to be an English translation of it by chance? I'm always looking for fantasy books that aren't in the medieval settings.

    I'm currently reading through Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot mysteries. I had been on a serious non-fiction and poetry kick in recent months but thought it was time to go back to reading fiction again.
    The Inspector Morse books are well worth a read too, from my experience so far. Don't buy the collected set though, the box is too small and it just gets ruined. Shame really because it's very nice.

    I am reading more books than comics just now. Just finished 'Copycat' by Alex Lake. It was initially quite realistic and I loved the concept, even if it was terribly predictable, but it got a bit too much at the end. The reason behind it was pitiful and just used the old 'insane villain' idea. I would have liked a more realistic and genuine reason for it all happening.

    I have two book clubs coming up too, so 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' and 'I Did it For Us' to read, just started the latter this afternoon.

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