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I just finished Season Of Storms which had flashbacks to the 1920's.
I recently and gratefully left Stalinist Russia of the early '50's with Child 44 - what an atmospheric read; you will never take your American or European freedoms for granted again.
Now I am in 1944 Holland with two Dutch Resistance fighters trained in England and re-dropped into Holland to organize the resistance after D-Day and the failure of Operation Market Garden in Tamar. Everybody is hungry and the Nazi's are making the best use of the last of their power and betrayal seems likely.
I am in 1348 in Company of Liars by Karen Maitland. I like it so far, except that Maitland does what I hate the most, she keeps saying "but how wrong he would turn out to be", "this would prove fatal". I don't want to know! Let me find out myself. Dan Brown does the same thing, and it is so annoying!
I am reading A Choice of Destinies by Melissa Scott. It is about Alexander the Great and if he went west to Rome instead of east to India. I think it also has fantasy elements. I saw it on LT and got a used copy (its oop).
I'm reading Standard of Honor the middle book in the Templar Trilogy by Jack Whyte. It starts in 1187 at the Horns of Hattin.
Although I've had the book since the day it was released in hardcover, I haven't gotten around to reading it yet.
Now, the third book Order in Chaos is due out at the beginning of next month, so I figured I'd better get this one read.
I finished A Choice of Destinies by Melissa Scott. It was historical fiction, really alternate history with a touch of fantasy (Greek gods) and SF (Alexandria in space).
It was about Alexander the Great, and what might have happened if he went west to Rome instead of east into India. He lived longer, was able to consolidate his realms allowing the empire to continue into the future. With no dark ages and religion held in check they developed faster scientifically. There were interludes from their future in between chapters of Alex in his own time dealing with the west.
I liked most of ideas and the characterizations. I find Scott's writing difficult and this was an earlier book (1986). The interludes were interesting, but made the story choppy. Still it was enjoyable and worthwhile.
She did have some differences with history before Alex had to make the choice to return to the west, and there was no explanation: Thebes was not destroyed, he had a 10 year old son. Would have liked that explained.
I am now reading Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura. It is translated from the Japanese and is set in medieval Japan. A small impoverished village barely surviving on the coast has to deal with a shipwreck that may destroy the village.
It's the winter of 1098 along the Welsh border. I am reading The Wild Hunt by Elizabeth Chadwick and really enjoying it.
I finished Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura. It was set in an isolated fishing village on the coast of Japan in medieval times. The villagers fished and farmed and harvested from the forest, but they often starved. To prevent starvation they had to sell themselves or their children into indentured servitude.
They also had a secret plan that didn't always work, but when it did it provided years worth of food. The plan was quite dangerous, because it was illegal, not to mention bad karma. The POV of the story is a young boy assuming leadership of his family after his father had sold himself into servitude. The boy is learning the ways of the village. Very simply told, but very well done.
I'm reading The Historian again, since nothing else I've tried to read this summer has captured my interest. So I'm currently jumping back and forth between Cold War Europe, Post-WWII Boston, Pre-WWII England/Europe and Medieval Europe, with bit of modern and Medieval Turkey thrown in. I'm quite enjoying it, again... though the critter playing in the bushes outside my window this afternoon gave me a fright!
I've been zipping through Tears of Pearl, the fourth Lady Emily book--a mostly-anachronistic mess of a mystery. Don't know what I'll read next.
I just finished The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams, which was really interesting — though not historical fiction! Unless you count 1999 as being history...
I've just started The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant set in late 15th/early 16th century Florence, Italy. The tense of the narration flops around a bit, but I guess I can handle that.
I'm hanging around first century Palestine with Joshua bar Joseph and his best friend Biff in Lamb.
Now in late 14th and early 15th century France with the royal family in In a Dark Wood Wandering, by Hella Haasse.
I am in Nigeria, not sure of the time period yet, perhaps pre-colonial and colonial period (there are 2 parts to the book) with Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
There are 3 parts to the book, and it is definitely a before and during the colonial period.
Part 1 is before white men arrive, part 2 missionaries have arrived (with hints of something called government), and I am just starting part 3.
I was just in 1867 Utah with Effigy by Alissa York. Wonderful novel.
I am just starting The Blood of Flowers set in 17th century Iran. Lots of people seemed to like it, so I hope I do too. It was on my wishlist forever at BookMooch. I'm glad I finally snagged a copy!
#24 - I've just started The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant set in late 15th/early 16th century Florence, Italy. The tense of the narration flops around a bit, but I guess I can handle that.
I couldn't handle it. That drove me bananas! And I was also bothered how anachronistic the protagonist was. I didn't even pass the book on to charity when I finished it--it went straight into the recycling bin.
I am almost done with Pillars of the Earth - enjoying the 1100's. I hadnt' read it before and am enjoying it very much!
1770s/80s England, France and American with The Flood-Tide, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (toughstones wouldn't poin towards the right title).
14th century in the second Margaret of Ashbury book In Pursuit of the Green Lion by Judith Merkle Riley.
I have spent the past 24 hours in the early 1300's England with Edward II, Queen Isabella and their court - right now I am in October 1325 and treason is a foot once again in The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham - what an enjoyable historical romp!
I am in late 16th/early 17th century Iran (although I'm pretty sure it was called Persia back then) with The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani. Good read so far!
Just thought I'd mention that Sharon Kay Penman is hosting an Author's Chat on LT at http://www.librarything.com/topic/70641, in case you'd like to join in the fun. She's written some really thoughtful responses to the posts so far.
Still in late 16th/early 17th century, but in France this time with Queen Margot by Alexandre Dumas.
>41 SaraHope, I loved both of Goodwin's books. I am waiting for the newest one to go into paper. I hope you enjoy.
>43 FicusFan, I'm only about 100 pages in but enjoying the book immensely so far. It's nice to find a book centered in a different historical setting than most historical novels I read (which are mostly set in England or America).
Post World War I London in The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
1599 Ottoman Empire with The Aviary Gate (but also in the present day).
I just started And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander. It is an historical mystery set in Victorian England. Book 1 in the Lady Emily Ashton series. I found out about the books from LT (ER program).
I've been in the year 1811, lately. On book two of the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries by C.S. Harris.
I finished And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander. It was the first of the Lady Emily Ashton series set in Victorian London. I enjoyed it very much. Lady Emily was recently married when her husband Philip died on a safari in Africa.
She didn't know him well, and while sad is not heartbroken at his death. He leaves her with money, social position and the freedom to live her own life. She mainly married to escape her harpy of a mother.
In exploring her freedom, she finds out more about Philip from his friends and journals and finds he was in love with her, and a decent interesting man. She also takes up his interest in ancient Greek culture. While doing so she finds what seems to be evidence that he might have been involved in stolen antiquities.
The mystery comes in trying to decide who is doing the stealing, and commissioning the copies that are used to replace the originals. The story of Emily is interspersed with journal entries of Philip from just before their marriage, until the day before his death.
The characters are well done, and the setting is interesting. There is a bit of a romance in the story, with hints that it will be part of future stories.
Only one big mistake that I can see: Philip writes in his journal while in Africa of the camp being beset with Howler Monkeys. They are new world monkeys, and not in Africa.
Have the next 2 in the series and will read them.
Summer 1348, before the plague is about to hit, in A Plague on Both Your Houses.
Atlanta, GA during a Sabbat uprising against the Camarilla kindred, in Clan Novel: Tzimisce by Eric Griffin
Just finished To The Far Blue Mountains by Louis L'Amour. This is the second volume in the Sackett Saga. This one finds the family putting roots down in the New World, lots of adventure and fighting. I wouldn't call it a great read, but a nice escape to a different time and place.
Just finished Nefertiti by, Michelle Moran Wonderfully written couldn't put it down.Will be looking for more books by her!
I'm in late Victorian London, investiating a murder with 'Thomas Pitt', in Anne Perry's "Buckingham Palace Gardens" (#23 Thomas/Charlotte Pitt).
Since you like Victorian mysteries, you might enjoy Anne Perry's two series, if you haven't discovered them already. Her Thomas/Charlotte Pitt series is set in the late Victorian era, while her William Monk series takes place in early Victorian times.
#60 Catgwinn - I love Anne Perry's mysteries!
Right now I am in 1903 in Frank, Alberta, dazed at the catastrophe that has occurred around me in The Outlander.
It is 1813 and I am in the English countryside with The Riddle of Alabaster Royal by Patricia Veryan. A very light historical romance.
I am in 1875 Utah & present day Utah.
Reading The 19th Wife by, David Ebershoff
I've moved from Victorian London to the final days of WWI (in England & the front in France)
in "We Shall Not Sleep..." the 5th & final book in Anne Perry's WWI series.
I've just left London in the late 18th century after reading Love and Madness: The Murder of Martha Ray Mistress of the Fourth Earl of Sandwich by Martin Levy. For what it's worth, I did post a review. Now I'm back again in the late 18th century but in America. I'm reading Unwise Passions by Alan Pell Crawford. It's too soon to tell how this will turn out. Ah, historical non-fiction!
Uh, I guess now would be a good time to mention that these are non-fiction....
In Wanting I keep jumping from Charles Dickens and his play in Victorian London to John & Lady Jane Franklin and their desires in Van Diemen's Land.
I am in 1630 in Salem, Massachusetts in The Hearth and Eagle by Anya Seton. I just started it and the first chapter was in the 1800s, so I think the book might cover several generations because the second chapter is in 1630.
It's 406 AD and I am with the Roman Legions as they are are trying to hold out on the Rhine frontier. Reading Eagle In the Snow by Wallace Breen, and really enjoying it.
It's the first century BC, and I'm Cleopatra's Daughter, held captive in Rome.
I am now in England in 1826 with illegal anatomists and body snatchers in The Resurrectionist by James Bradley.
I'm sometime in post-Civil War Cincinnati with Toni Morrison in Beloved.
I'm in Olympia, AD 76, with the incorrigble Marcus Didius Falco in See Delphi and Die.
I'm in the late 12th century with William Marshal, who is The Greatest Knight.
1999 and 1940s in Norway with THE REDBREAST by Jo Nesbo (2004) I've learned some interesting history about the appeal of the Nazi movement in Norway.
In 1999-2000 five Norwegians, who fought on the Eastern Front with the Nazis in WWII, want revenge for being tried for treason after the war.
The Redbreast is well written, very exciting, and has humor, as well. Nesbo is able to make us understand some of the troubling aspects of Nazism in Norway, and does a great job of weaving together past and present. His hero, Harry Hole, is very real and an interesting character. An entertaining but also illuminating crime book from a very talented author.
I finished The Resurrectionist by James Bradley. I liked it a lot, though the ending was odd. It was very sparely written, and didn't have a lot of back story. The book expected you to understand Victorian conventions, which could be a problem. It also had a Victorian distance to the narrative. Still the writing was good.
The story was about Body Snatchers who supplied anatomists with corpses for medical dissection. The whole process was illegal. The POV was an apprentice to a famous anatomist, but he makes bad decisions, falls in with the wrong people and is dismissed. He falls a long way and is lucky to be alive. Eventually he is transported to Australia for other crimes.
I don't know if this qualifies as true Historical Fiction, but it's during the Napoleonic War and I am flying around on the back of a dragon in His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik. I was doubtful of this book that my daughter insisted I read, but so far I am loving it!
I am in Uppsala Sweden in 2003 with The Cruel Stars of the Night by Kjell Eriksson
I am just leaving England cca 1553 as I finished Elizabeth, Captive Princess which I thoroughly enjoyed. I had previously read Young Bess which was also by Margaret Irwin . Those two cover the life of Elizabeth I to her 20th year. I hope that I can eventually get my hands on the third of the series Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain. I think that I shall see if anyonbe wants to pass it on at BookCrossing.com.
I'm alternating between counter-reformation Flanders (where I'm losing characters as they are burnt at the stake) and mid-20th century rural Alberta in Rudy Wiebe's Sweeter Than All the World.
Right now I am alternating between 1844 Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) and 1854 London, England in Richard Flanagan's Wanting.
I'm in the prehistory, in the time period where both Neanderthals and Homo sapiens lived, with The Inheritors by William Golding.
I am bouncing around a bit right now, at times in am in London and Paris in 1889 with Lady Emily Ashton in And Only To Deceive by Tasha Alexander. She is trying to learn all she can about her late husband, who died before she really got a chance to know him. A mystery is brewing.
I am also in Shanghai in 1917, travelling with Count Karlov and his son as they escape the Bolsheviks in Russia, only to find more turmoil and intrigue in China with Shanghai Station by Bartle Bull.
Both these books are extremely entertaining and I am having a hard time putting either one of them down!
DeltaQueen - I just recently read And Only to Deceive and really enjoyed it!
I was in quaint Bishop's Lacey, England in the summer of 1950 with young chemist and sleuth extraordinaire Flavia de Luce in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, but have now shifted continents and time periods to 1981 Houston, Texas with, low and behold, yet another murder investigation, this time in Black Water Rising by Attica Locke.
Ancient Egypt with Cleopatra's Daughter, which arrived in the mail this morning.
Loving it so far.
I'm in London 1763 The Brothers Boswell by, Phillip Baruth. Just started it,sounds really interesting.
1661 France or thereabouts...2/3 of the way through the 1st part of the third Musketeer saga, The Vicomte de Bragelonne.
I just finished Shanghai Station by Bartle Bull and I really loved it. This adventure continues in China Star so I will definitely be on the look-out for that book.
I am about to go to ancient Egypt in Hand of Isis by Jo Graham, been looking forward to this one for awhile since I loved her first book Black Ships.
I was in Edwardian England with The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. I just loved it and practically read it in one sitting.
I recently finished Night Soldiers by Alan Furst.
Far exceeded my expectations, and those were high based on its reputation.
I enjoyed my travels with the NKVD defector Stoianev from pre-war Bulgaria, to Soviet era Moscow, Civil War Spain, France, with fascinating interludes in Palestine, the United States and goodness knows where else.
What a wonderful book.
I am in 1916 Mexico with an aging cavalryman and an expedition of inexperienced horse soldiers on patrol for the elusive Pancho Villa in Far Bright Star by Robert Olmstead. This is my first Olmstead novel and so far I am really enjoying it.
I've been in Scotland in 1314, about to fight the Battle of Bannockburn (Robert Bruce against King Edward II) in a new book called Blue Bells of Scotland by Laura Vosika.
Because it's a story of two men switching places in time, I'm also in present day Scotland, a lot of fun to read about after having been there.
I am in England enjoying the last year of peace before World War I with In Distant Fields by Charlotte Bingham. To quote the cover " a novel of love, loss, friendship and war".
I'm in the fourteenth century I believe, somewhere in northern Italy, The Name of the Rose is just starting...
I'm in Victorian England (1875), at the beginning of The Crimson Petal and the White and enjoying it. From the page count -- I'll be here awhile!
Late 19th and early 20th century England With The Children's Book. My, but AS Byatt does bite off a lot in this book!
I've just entered the prehistorical/Ice Age world of "The Clan of the Cave Bear" by Jean Auel.
I'm in the Napoleonic era in The Temptation of the Night Jasmine.
Reading non-fiction: The Lady Queen, by Nancy Goldstone (can't find the touchstone for it. Really fascinating book about the fourteenth-century Joanna of Sicily, who was accused of murdering her husband (or at least implicated).
In 1346/47 Avignon, reading the Dutch translation De schone van Avignon, a historical novel by Marianne Calmann, about all kinds of residents and the relations between them, in this expanding and busy papal city of big contrasts (and stench, as it seems), with the Black Death approaching.
Avignon was situated on the border of the Comtat Venaissin, a long time papal possession in the northern Provence which was the only region in France where Jews could live more or less protected.
Marianne Calmann also wrote a historical study, The Carriere of Carpentras, about the largest community of Jews to live openly in France from 1300-1789 (carrière = ghetto).
> 120 Kasthu,
It was the Lady Queen, Joanna, who after fleeing to pope Clement VI, sold Avignon to him in 1348. "Having declared her to be innocent of her former husband's murder, he proceeded to pay her the sum of 80.000 gold florins - in return for which he was enabled to take possession of the city which he had already done so much to make glorious." (source: Edwin Mullins, Avignon of the Popes, p. 135). Very interesting lady, I'm going to read that book!
I enjoyed the Crimson Petal & the White, now I am in the fourteenth century with World Without End by Ken Follett.
121: It's an enjoyable book! Very informative and intriguing. I now think that Joanna was one of the most fascinating women of medieval Europe.
I am dressed in the height of fashion and ready to go to the coming-out ball in Georgette Heyer's delightful regency romance, Frederica.
I am in India in 1653 with The Temple Dancer. I'm enjoying it so far.
#126 - DeltaQueen50 - I have Tiger Claws on my BookMooch wishlist. Hopefully, someone will list it soon!
I know so little about India's history -- I am really enjoying learning something about it. I work with several people from India, so I felt like I should know a little more...
17th Century Spain in The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet by Arturo Perez-Reverte. The latest entry in the Alatriste series, I liked this one more than the previous one as this one quite a fair bit of plot and character development this time around.
#132 Hi, beniowa ~ Do I need to read the earlier novels in the series first in order to enjoy The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet?
1777 on a ship from the America's heading for Bonny Scotland with Jamie & Claire and of course Young Ian!
An Echo in the Bone by, Diana Gabaldon
Slightly later than # 134: in 1780s and '90s England and France in The Tangled Thread.
I am in Sitka in 1852 watching as four indentured men get ready to steal away from the Russian colony in a bid for freedom in The Sea Runners by Ivan Doig. Good book based on an actual event.
I'm in 1937, with Alice Princess Andrew of Greece, somewhere in Switzerland, while she attempts to regain her sanity. (!!)
I always thought the Duke of Edinburgh was a bit strange.......hmmmm.......
I'm currently in 1893 Africa, rereading Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley. Lots of adventure!
I'm in early 20th century with Agatha Christie in An Autobiography
I am about to go trekking through the Burmese jungle in 1944 with a quick-strike division of the British Army and a 14 year old former blacksmith's apprentice in The King's Rifle by Biyi Bandele.
#147- I read the first in that tetralogy some years ago. I have read three of the four, but haven't found the fourth to read yet. Also not sure if I completely agree with Manda Scott's use of dreaming in historical Britain. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it, when you are further along in the series!
I am not too far in the past, reading Potiki, which I think takes place in 1980s NZ.
I am in the 30's in the Great Depression and this book is depressing!
The heart is a Lonely Hunter by, Carson McCullers
Revisiting Niagara Falls in an earlier era (1915) with The Day The Falls Stood Still. I was inspired to pick up the book because I just visited the place last month.
I love the use of historical photos at the beginnings of the chapters. That and the weaving of actual historical events into the story. I just finished reading of the rescue of the men on the grounded scow. Said scow is still visible in the river today.
I am in 1907 with both books I am reading. Both stories are about young girls making their own way in their lives, but both are very different.
In Concubine of Shanghai a young girl is sold into prostitution and must make her way by her beauty and wits.
In Journey To the River Sea a young girl has inheirited wealth, but is sent to an Amazon Rubber Plantation to find relatives to raise her.
I am in Madrid, Spain circa 17th century with Captain Alatriste from Arturo Pérez-Reverte's The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet (Touchstone doesn't work).
I'm in late 19th century France, reading Cezanne's Quarry. Not far into it yet, but it's good so far!
In London and New York, around 1900 (The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly).
I'm moving rapidly from 1705 to the present in The Book of Fathers.
I'm committing The Fraud in mid-18th century England, by pretending to be an Italian painter.
I've been eyeing The Fraud for a while now - how are you liking it?
157: I really like it. The run-on sentences and Capital Letters are a bit much, but the story is excellent.
I am in Florence Italy in the 1400's in The Birth of Venus by, Sarah Dunant
It is the early 1770's and I am helping in the search for a bastard son in the American colonies as they are on the brink of revolution in The Bastard Boy by James Wilson.
In pre-revolutionary America with Jamie and Claire Fraiser. In other words, I'm reading Diana Gabaldon's The Fiery Cross.
In Lahore with "Flashman and the Mountain of Light" by George McDonald Fraser and I am still wondering if they will cross the Sutlej or not after 150 pages...
I'm in 1950's Buenos Aires currently, but, previously, 1930's Montevideo. I'm reading The Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis.
1660s New Amsterdam/ New York in New York: The Novel, by Edward Rutherfurd.
All over ancient and contemporary China with Once on a Moonless Night. Not typical historical fiction but absolutely fascinating.
19th century in Thornfield hall with Jane Eyre. But I guess that is not historical fiction ;)
The early 1200's at the start of the Robin Hood legends (at least that's my guess) in The Lady Of The Forest by Jennifer Roberson.
I'm in 17th century France, during the reign of King Louis XIII, with The Three Musketeers
In 1664s Cambridge and 1713s Boston in Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson, great reading!
It is 1845 and I am in a small Afghani village trying to escape a woman's life of hardship and servitude in The Moonlit Cage by Linda Holeman.
In 1907 Winona, Minnesota with A Flickering Light by Jane Kirkpatrick
I am in 1875 among the Cheyenne Indians with May Dodd One Thousand White Women by, Jim Fergus
#182 - Icedtea: I can see why. It's a great book and she's a fantastic author!
#183 - Susiesharp: I read and loved One Thousand White Women, I thought it was a great story, I passed it on to my sister and she didn't like it as much. Hope you are enjoying it.
I'm in Belle Epoque France with John Singer Sargent in I Am Madame X.
Late 19th and early 20th century England With The Children's Book and enjoying it very much. It is the first A.S. Byatt that I've read, not sure how I've managed to not get to her writing before!
Just left 1913-1933 Missouri in Flying Crows by Jim Lehrer and memories of the Centralia Massacre and the Union Station Massacre. Good read from the somewhat surprisingly imaginative PBS host.
I am also in the 6th century, but in England in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
I am in 12th century England with William Marshall in "The Greatest Knight" by Elizabeth Chadwick.
DeltaQueen I really did enjoy it!
Now I am in the not so distance past 1962 Jackson Mississippi in The Help by, Kathryn Sockett
I'm in Vienna in 1902 as psychologist Max Liebermann and Detective Oskar Rheinhardt investigate the mysterious, seemingly impossible death of a beautiful medium, in Frank Tallis's A Death in Vienna.
Last week I spent some time in 14th Century Cambridge in In the Master's Bed- and yes, Blythe Gifford pays enough attention to historical background that I think it's safe to put that here (including an afterword explaining that she knows it wasn't called Cambridge then).
Now I've jumped over to nonfiction with a biography of Abigail Adams by Woody Holton.
I am now in ancient Egypt after the fall of Ankhnaten, and the abandoned and possibly cursed city of Amarna, with The City of Refuge by D (Diana) .M. Wilder. The new Pharaoh has reopened the stone quarries there an nothing good can come of it: murder, theft, revenge.
Mainly in fifteenth century Venice but occasionally dropping into first century BC Rome. I am reading The Floating Book: A Novel of Venice.
After WWII Malta in The Information Officer by Mark Mills I transported to London and Australia for A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute (classic must read)
Then off to 1666 for the plague in England in Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Brilliant)
Lately in 1905 San Francisco for The Strange Files of Fremont Jones an amusing mystery.
I finished The Bastard's Tale by Margaret Frazer about a week ago. It is set in 1447.
>#206 Hi, Kasthu! Kristn Lavransdatter is one of my favorite series ever. Norwegian literature is so melancholy. Have you read the Master of Hestviken series?
Followed 'Quentin' to 1849 Paris & back to 1851 Baltimore in "The Poe Shadow" by Matthew Pearl as he explores the mystery of Edgar A. Poe's final days.
208: No, I haven't read that other series. But I'm really liking Kristin Lavransdatter so far... the joys and despair of young love. I look forward to seeing her mature.
1995 Tokyo in Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami.
I'm in 1956 England in The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. Having a hard time getting into it so far.
remains of the day is a great book- stick with it!
70AD with marcus didius falco
I'm flitting about between the turn of the 20th century with Sherlock Holmes and the present day in Twilight
I'm in 1st century AD Palestine with Two Women of Galilee by Mary Rourke
now in the south Pacific, December 1941 in Pearl Harbor by Newt Gingrich
I am in Scotland in 1917, waiting for WWI to end in A Step In The Dark by Judith Lennox.
I have been reading the series by Beverle Graves Myers and am thoroughly enjoying being in 18th Century Venice with Tito, a castrato singer. Countertenor voices give us no real idea what the castrati singers sounded like. When people ask where I would go in a time machine, I always say a performance of Handel's Rinaldo by Farinelli. I have just got the latest title in the series Her deadly mischief and look forward to reading it
Post-Napoleonic Paris in 1815, getting ready to join the company of Cuvier & Lamarck... The Coral Thief
Still in Scotland but now jumping back and forth in time from 1945 to 1743. Yes, I am re-reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
I'm posing to have my portrait painted, while Tulip Fever rages in 1636 Amsterdam.
I'm in early 19th c Paris with kcs_hiker reading The Coral Thief. I'm nearly finished, and I keep waiting for something to happen...
I just left 19th century Istanbul in an atmospheric mystery, The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin. Next I’m headed for present day London in Elizabeth George’s Well-Schooled in Murder
It's 1944 and I am in Naples, Italy with the Allied Occupational Forces in The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella.
1718 Caribbean with The Blue Enchantress by M L Tyndall -- a LTER book
1803 India, where Richard Sharpe is about to go postal on everyone who's had it coming before he leaves the sub-continent forever, in Sharpe's Fortress.
I am now reading City of God by Cecelia Holland. It is set in 16th C Rome during the Borgia Papacy, and is about the Borgias.
I'm now in 1880's Chili in Part Two of "Portrait in Sepia" by Isabel Allende. Interesting look at South America's Pacific coast history & society.
I'm in the 9th century Iceland, on my way to Greenland in The Thralls Tale by Judith Lindbergh
I'm a Prima Donna who's just mudered her manager in 1870s New York, fleeing to Seattle to run a theater.
In Part Three of "Portrait in Sepia" by Isabel Allende, so far, I've travelled to 1896 England & France, then returned to 1898 Chile.....
I am now in 1888 Istanbul, Turkey in the dying Ottoman Empire in The Winter Thief by Jenny White. Book 3 in the Kamil Pasha mystery series and a LT Early Review book.
I am in 1482 Florence, with The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato.
246. Oooh, I'm jealous! I won a copy through ER, but it hasn't arrived yet.
In the meantime, though, I'm Alice I Have Been, in 1850s England.
247 - I got mine direct from the publisher, so they exist, and hopefully you will get yours soon. :)
248: Oh, good. I enjoyed her first book, her second not so much, but I'm looking forward to this one.
I'm back Roman Campagnia just before the fall of the republic in the latest of John Maddox Roberts' SPQR series The Oracle of the Dead.
I love Roberts' work and will probably fly through it this week
I'm in 1100s England with Stephen and Maude in When Christ and His Saints Slept. It's my first Sharon Kay Penman, and I've really been looking forward to this one. A book with family trees and maps! Yipee!
I'm in the early to mid 20th century North Dakota in Nothing to Do But Stay by Carrie Young. Since I'm originally from South Dakota with Norwegian ancestors, it feels like going home!
>251; welcome to the world of Penman,I recommend that you read The Sunne in Splendour at your earliest convienance.
I am in 18th century Cornwall, enjoying pirates and romance in Daphne Du Maurier's Frenchman's Creek.
I`ve just started reading London by Edward Rutherfurd, so I`m in 54 BC
I am just about to travel to 1939 Liverpool, England, bracing itself for the outbreak of WW II in Lights Out Liverpool by Maureen Lee.
I was in WWII Leningrad and surrounding countryside, during the Nazi siege with The City of Thieves by David Benioff. It was for one of my RL book groups.
I just left Scotland in the 1300s with James Douglas and Robert de Bruce ( A Kingdom's Cost by J.R Tomlin) and I am now in the mid 1700s with Kate in A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith.
I just left Cambridge MA in 1660 in Geraldine Brook's Caleb's Crossing.
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I am pleased to report that Booklist magazine gave my 2nd historical novel, "THE KATYN ORDER" a starred review.
"A galvanizing mix of WW2 war novel and espionage thriller. Jacobson effectively combines a moving love story with a detail-rich recreation of the Resistance fighter's world. Don't miss this one!"
- Booklist, May 20011
Douglas W. Jacobson
THE KATYN ORDER
NIGHT OF FLAMES
Having left Russian in 1991, Russka and since the Shuttle programs are approaching retirement (some of my favorite movies have a shuttle in them of course); having read Buzz's autobio, I will return to Oct 1944 Space by James Michener
1940s: I am in the southwest U.S. Russia has just invaded east Germany and the U.S. operative was able to get about 100 German scientist out of the country with secret documents. Living on a secret installation; their wives joined later, crossed over the border to Juarez, Mexico and came back with legal papers to continue their research and development on rockets, etc...
Now in Huntsville, 1950s, rocket program german scientist working on about to be shut down and scientist find jobs in private R&D engineer jobs related to rockets, hopes and dreams are being readjusted...
I am in London in the late 1800s with Joseph Merrick and H. G. Wells in the book, The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma.
The book that I am reading is set in 1970 New York (when the book is written) but the protagonist is able to think himself back to the 1880's New York. It is quite the interesting book. Not so much for the time travelling as the walking in the past and knowing what will happen. What buildings will survive and what ones with dissapear. Reading this book from our time delivers as much thought about 1970 as it does the 1880's.
I am in the 16th century with Henry VIII. I am reading The Autobiography Of Henry VIII: With Notes By His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George.
#272 Christy, you're in for a great read, The Autobiography Of Henry VIII: With Notes By His Fool is one of my favorite books! Enjoy!
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