When Are You Now? 2012
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I'm in 1872 Nebraska with Sixteen Brides at the moment.
I'm campaigning with Stilicho: the Vandal Who Saved Rome (non-fiction) in the early 5th century.
Clouds of Witness--Solving a mystery with Lord Peter Wimsey...I got the DVDs for Christmas, and decided it was finally time to read them all.
#6 BBC Radio 4X has been airing all their old adaptations of Lord Peter Wimsey, they are very good, just listened to The Nine Tailors
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I'm thundering across the Central Asian plains in the 13th Century as the descendants of Genghis Khan battle for the succession Conqueror: A Novel of Kublai Khan.
I'm Under the Hog in 15th Century England. This has been perhaps the best of many Ricardian novels I have read, it has a few quirks, but the characters do seem genuinely of the period in manner and deed.
marysgirl I just finished reading that one and I loved it so much I picked up the rest of the genghis khan series and the rome series as well.I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I am hanging out with Genghis Khan while he is searching for a wife and he isn't to happy about it.Genghis would rather have had the baby eagle he found but his dad said he was too young to handle the eagle.Is it just me or is that kind of funny lol. Genghis the birth of an empire I love this series by Conn Iggulden.
>14 amy2011: I'm enjoying it so far. I read the previous book, as well and reviewed it. I think I'm about Caesar'ed out.
I'm now in The King's Privateer, about 1784. I think we will be in the South China Sea but as I'm just starting it and the job is very hush-hush, I can't tell yet.
Late republican Rome!
Marius' Mules I by SJA Turney . . . really draws you into the nitty gritty of legionary life. Highly recommended.
>Marissa_Doyle - I had no idea there were DVDs! Lord Peter Wimsey was one of my favorites growing up - I especially love the short story where he proves his identity in a wine-tasting contest... I'll have to keep an eye out for those.
I'm off the coast of Italy with Ramage during the Napoleonic Wars after having picked up some refugees in a rather daring action. Unfortunately, it looks like Ramage is about to be court-martialed and I doubt they'll let me testify in his defense!
This is the set I have: http://www.amazon.com/Dorothy-Sayers-Mysteries-Wimsey-Harriet-Collection/dp/B000...
They were made in the 80s and broadcast on Mystery!--alas, the only ones, as I thought Edward Petherbridge was wonderful. Another version was made somewhat earlier, with a different actor as Lord Peter.
Finished Clouds of Witness and am moving on to P.D. James' Death at Pemberley
I'm in the 12th century BC getting ready to fight the Trojan War in The Songs of the Kings by Barry Unsworth.
I'm in North America and Canada in the early twentieth century with The Underpainter.
>27 homeschoolmom: I had mixed reactions to Outlaw: A Novel of Robin Hood. I thought the writing was good, the characters well-developed and the action moved the story along. I actually stayed up a couple of hours to finish the book. My nit was with the character of Robin. Donald takes a novel approach and shows Robin more as a mafia don than a hero of ordinary people. I thought the choice was interesting and he completely pulled it off, but this is not your iconic Robin. I reviewed the book on my blog: http://faithljustice.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/review-outlaw/
I'm in Italy (about 1496 at the moment).
The Borgias by Jean Plaidy
I'm in regency England in A Lady Awakened. Not sure of the exact year yet.
#27, I just finished Outlaw by Angus Donald last night. I quite enjoyed it and will definitely be reading the next book in the series. Comment #28 pretty much sums it up. I hope you enjoy it if you give it a go.
When will I go to now?
My most recent read is fascinating Death Comes to Pemberley. Instead of contemporary England, P.D. James has set her latest book at Pemberley estate in 1803, six years after Miss Elizabeth Bennet has married Darcy. That is, P.D. James takes the prose of Jane Austen as her setting. James plus Austen is a fascinating combination, although there are some difficulties in the marriage. Here's my review.
In the 1800's during the beginning of the Civil War in a sanitarium on Sanibel Island in Florida in Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall.
I'm in Regency England anxiously awaiting The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer.
I'm in the 1930s and rapidly making my way forward in WLT: A Radio Romance.
I'm out in the Comancheria learning to Ride the Wind with 9 year-old abductee Cynthia Ann Parker.
So far it's been a difficult read - Robson really hasn't pulled any punches with the cruelties the Native American raiders committed. But she's also doing a good job of showing them at home and at play. A fascinating (and confusing) contrast for Cynthia. I'm very much enjoying it.
I really want to hear what you think of War Horse. The movie looks and sounds ghastly, but I have high hopes for the book.
I'm starting yet another Alan Lewrie high seas adventure, A King's Commander.
The stage play of War Horse was fantastic. The best thing I've ever seen. The movie was a completely different animal. ;-)
I am currently in Germany with Leisel Meminger during WWII in The Book Thief. The narrator of the book is Death, which proves an interesting perspective.
48>War Horse is YA novel in the same vein as Black Beauty: first person narrative from the horse's POV, horse has beloved master/mistress, is sold, goes to war, etc. I don't usually like "animal with a human voice" type books (or movies!) but this one is unsentimental and does a good job of showing the horrors and total waste of WWI (and war in general.) I saw the stage play, last summer and adored it. It's pretty faithful to the book. I didn't see the movie.
I am in Paris France 1860 where a sad widow is losing her house to make room for wider streets as she recounts the happy and sad times in her home.
The House I Loved by, Tatiana de Rosnay
I'm about to set out the 16th century, the 1930s and 1975 all at the same time.
Confused? Well I'm going to read M.D. Eyre's 'Burnfield':
Very interesting premise...
I have just stepped onto the gangplank of the Titanic on her maiden voyage on my way to make my dreams come true in America, This ship is beautiful I think its going to be a wonderful trip!;)
The Dressmaker by, Kate Alcott
56 > Ooh that does sound interesting. I love a good old fashioned horror story!
I am currently trekking through blizzards and sub zero temperatures with Scot and his party on their ill fated expedition to the South Pole in Beryl Bainbridge's The Birthday Boys. It is absolutely brilliant, I can't believe I haven't read any of her books before. When I finish this I am going to have to go and get all of her other books from the library.
Oh my the ship hit an iceberg I didn't see that coming ;)
The Dressmaker by, Kate Alcott
>61 susiesharp: Interesting article on how Kate Alcott (aka Patricia O'Brien) had to change her name to sell The Dressmaker, although she had previously published five other books under her own name:
>62 MarysGirl:- Yep I saw that one, interesting. ..I'm enjoying this book so far.
I'm at the 1889 World Fair in Paris with muck-raking journalist Nellie Bly investigating The Alchemy of Murder - we may be on to Jack the Ripper amongst the Parisian anarchists. Now if we and Jules Verne (and Oscar Wilde) can only get Louis Pasteur to help, we may be able to untangle the mysterious Black Fever besetting the poorer districts as well!
Summer of 1483 in London with Figures in Silk - and it's going to get ugly real soon.
I'm currently in 1348 Cambridge, England, where there is A Plague on Both Your Houses.
Oooooh, like that, Samantha! I'm going to add that to my library.
I'm now in the summer of 1485 - but in a different book, reliving The Last Days of Richard III. Boy, did the Tudors re-write history....
71> It's really, really good - and the first in a series, so more to enjoy when I finish A Plague on Both Your Houses!
I agree, that sounds interesting. Of course I have a special interest, because I actually went to Cambridge for a year :-)
I'm in mid 19th century England with Flashman, freshly expelled from Rugby and about to join the 11th Dragoons.
I'm in 1930's Germany where a young newlywed couple struggle to build a life together during uncertain economical times in Little Man, What Now? by Hans Fallada
I'm in 1947 Florida with Evie Spooner trying to figure out What I Saw and How I Lied. I get the feeling this is going to be a peek at the ugliness beneath the veneer of 1940s glamour.
Just stepped into a Jacobite-esque world with David Gemmell's 'Ravenheart'
Awesome read so far!
Bronze Age Lydia and Greece with a pair of fleeing royals in Children of Tantalus.
I'm was in the Netherlands, but now I'm in Germany hiding in My Enemy's Cradle during the Second World War.
I'm in 16th and 17th century Scotland with Thomas Hope in Hope Endures by Nigel Tranter, his last book before passing away.
I am in 1940's Seattle watching an awful time in US history as we are rounding up US citizens and putting them in internment camps
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford Narrated by, Feodor Chin
Still in the 16th and 17th century Scotland, only with David Murray this time, in Right Royal Friend by Nigel Tranter.
I really loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Hope you're enjoying it, too!
Jackson, Mississippi, 1960 -- The Help ... slow to obtain a copy, but liking it greatly. I guess it counts as a historical? I'm still in early chapters.
I am in Victorian London, helping Lady Julia Grey mourn her deceased husband in Silent in the Grave.
I'm in 1803 India hunting a rogue commander with Richard Sharpe inSharpe's Triumph.
1847, but really later, having just finished Dessa Rose, by Sherley A. Williams. Beautiful, beautiful writing.
Well, I just bought this book, based on the recommendations of others. It's my first by Pearl, so I guess I'll find out if he he and I are a 'fit'. Like you, I'm intrigued by the stated idea of the work, and it would be quite a shame if it is not pulled off well enough for me actually read it.
Still on the prairie, but in North Dakota this time in the early 20th century with The Wedding Dress by Carrie Young.
>107 dkhiggin:: The Wedding Dress is reserved for me at the library, I can't wait to pick it up tomorrow!
I'm in 1793 in Seduction by Brenda Joyce. Way too many books called Seduction to try to find the right title touchstone.
Bronze Age Thebes with a young pregnant queen in Jocasta: Mother-Wife of Oedipus by Victoria Grossack.
Now I am in 11th century Norway with Gunnar's Daughter by Sigrid Undset. Love stories from Norway!
It's 1126 AD and I am in the Welsh Marches with The Running Vixen by Elizabeth Chadwick.
The early days of Elizabeth's reign in Oxford with Bruno Giordano. He's dodging charges of Heresy.
I'm going to visit my sister in Warwick over Easter, just wondering if anyone can recommend a book set in Warwick I could take with me?
Late 1500's enroute from England to Roanoke Virginia in
White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Paul Clayton
I'm hanging out with Francie on her fire escape reading "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." It's 1915 in ... Brooklyn.
Warwick, Rhode Island, US,
Warwick, Warwickshire, UK
some other Warwick I'm not familiar with?
I'm in the wild west with Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Listening to the audio version of Doc. Great narration has made this a very entertaining book.
I'm in 1135 in England, where the King has just died and it becomes necessary for me to go to A Place Beyond Courage in order to survive the coming struggle for the crown.
I'm in 1845 New York helping to form the first police department in The Gods of Gotham.
I am in the exact same place as #128. I am liking this book very much.
I'm in Scotland at the beginning of the 20th century with A Scots Quair
I'm somewhere around the 12th century BC in Troy in Song of Achilles.
I was showing someone around LibraryThing when I spotted this group and came back to join in. I have been thoroughly enjoying the 10-book series, Roma Sub Rosa, by Steven Saylor which take place in the first century BC. Gordianus the Finder is like a private detective who digs into deaths for people like Cicero. He comes in contact with other historical figures like Caesar, Mark Antony, and Pompey and we are given a very intimate portrayal of life in Rome. In several books Gordianus ends up in the middle of battles such as Brundidium and the siege of Massilia. I think my new favorite genre is historical fiction/mystery which was really inspired by Ariana Franklin's medieval mystery series which started with The Mistress of the Art of Death. I look forward to seeing what others are reading here.
Considering re-reading the Outlander series this spring and summer in anticipation of the new one coming out this fall. . .
I'm in 1583 with Giordano Bruno and John Dee trying to see about a Prophecy.
# 132 Litasbooks. Finished as well and also thought it was awesome. Sounds like it is going to be a series didn't it?
#139 Beamis12...it wouldn't surprise me in the least if it turned into a series!
Just finished Morality Play by Barry Unsworth...also a fabulous read. I finished too quickly though and now I have to find something for tomorrow!!
403-493 Irland and Britain - Patrick by Stephen Lawhead. A historical fiction about St Patrick.
Victorian England with Bathsheba Everdene and Gabriel Oak so Far From the Madding Crowd.
I'm in late 20th Century (80s and 90s) all over the world - I am reading Deliver Us From Evil by William Shawcross a history of UN Peacekeeping in the latter part of the 20th Century.
After that I am spoiled for Choice with Hereward by James Wilde or Sworn Sword by James Aitcheson to take me to just post conqest England. Or there is King's Gold by Michael Jecks to get to England at the end of Edward II's reign.
I'm in the 9th century with Pope Joan, although she's a long way from being a pope yet.
I'm in 1583 London with Giordano Bruno and Dr Dee discussing Prophecy
>61 susiesharp: susiesharp, did you like the book though(The Dressmaker)? I just looked it up at my library and they don't have it. Is it worth buying do you think?
I notice you have also read The Winter Palace which I have just finished and was a bit disappointed with, just an OK read in my opinion.
I am currently in the 1200's with Princess Alais of France with The Lost Letters of Aquitaine also known as The Canterbury Papers in some countries.
I was in New York and Wichita KA with Cora Carlisle in The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. An excellent historical fiction that I received from early reviewers. Highly recommend.
>#149- The Dressmaker was very interesting to me because it's goes into what happened after the Titanic went down, the senate hearings and the rumors about the lifeboats plus a story of a girl coming to America I enjoyed it.
As for The Winter Palace I attempted to listen to that one on audio and the narration was awful so I will try to
someday pick it back up in paper form but as of right now it is a DNF for me.
I am in Georgia, USA in 1939 right before WWII starts in Sophie and the Rising Sun.
I've been in the boonies for awhile!
I recently finished chasing Dracula from Transylvania to England and back to Transylvania in the mid 1800s.
I also spent some time with Dora Thorne in 19th century England.
I am currently in the late 17th century Amsterdam hoping The Coffee Trader can get out of the jam he's in.
Recovering from a month-long cold that went into bronchitis, so I've been sleeping rather than reading, although I've been reading Under the Greenwood Tree slowly.
In the mid 17C traveling around Europe with two remarkable women The Kings' Mistresses. (NF but fasinating!)
It is 1537 and I'm in Sussex with Matthew Shardlake trying to suss out a murder.
In WWII, era Bergerac, France. Reading 'The Cyclist' by Fred Nath. Only a little bit in, but am totally captivated so far...
I am in England just after WWII and heading to Guernsey..The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Tudor England reading the second book in a very good series Keeper of the King's Secrets. The central characters are a Dutch woman painter and King Henry's black ops guy. It's odd to read when you know the history, the Boleyns are minor characters, Wolsey a major one but the divorce is still a couple of years away.
#172, I loved Time and Chance, I think it's the best of that series. Loved reading about Eleanor and Henry together.
I'm in the late 17th century at the Palace of Versailles with Marie-Josephe and the Sea Monster in The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre. The writing is not up-to-par with what I am used to, though.
I am at the end of the 12th century and beginning of the 13th century in the world of William Marshal, who served and survived 4 Planagenet Kings. Elizabeth Chadwick is taking me me through the death of Richard the Lion Hearted, the reign of King John, the signing of the Magna Carta, and the numerous intrigues of the period in The Scarlet Lion.
I have been in 1326 England with King's Gold then soon after I was in Byzantine Anatolia in 1042 reading Strategos: Born in the Borderlands and now have been spending time in Anglo Danish England - first in 1014 - 1016 with Shieldwall and now it is 1062 and I am reading Hereward
That has been the historical fiction over the last few weeks.
I'm in the mid-12th century in England and France in Time and Chance.
I've been out on the farm in mid-19th century England with Cousin Phillis grieving over a lost love.
I've just arrived back to present day Australia after being immersed in 11thC Europe with Viking, King's Man by Tim Severin. A perfect mix of fiction with real historical touches.
It was my first book of Viking adventures and I'm hooked! Unfortunately, however, I picked up the last book in his trilogy... so I'll be going back to the library to look for the earlier ones Viking, Odin's Child and Viking, Sworn Brother to round out that voyage! #116 - I'm going to try your title too. Thanks for the tip.
I'm still waiting for my ARC of Bring Up the Bodies from the LT Early Reviewers, so while I sit at this metaphorical train station, I'm reading Wolf Hall again...
#189 I am so excited about this book! I can't decide whether I need to re-read Wolf Hall first though, it's just such a long book....
Moved forward from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD, now in Judea with the Pearl-Maiden by H. Rider Haggard.
I really, really enjoyed his Cleopatra although the biblical language (as found in the King James version of the Bible -- lots of thees and thous and sayest and goest, etc) might put off some readers. I was impressed with his ability to make all the characters seem so real.
I don't get the reason for 16th century language for a 1st century story. If you're going to translate into a modern language anyway, why not keep it truly modern? I know the idea is for it to 'feel' ancient, but that's often accomplished through sentence structure and word choice (Yiddish grammar and phrases, perhaps, for 1st century Judea?).
I'm pretty sure Haggard was trying to evoke an "ancient" feeling with the stilted language, but, then again, I have no idea how ancient Egyptians talked. Maybe they used an Egyptian form of thee and thou? The premise of the book is that it is a translation of three scrolls found with a man who was buried alive, so it is supposed to be as written by a first century Egyptian.
I am in 1911 England where trouble is afoot and a present day story trying to figure out a mystery in The Unseen by, Katherine Webb
Started the book in the Italian Alps and it lead me to New York City. Reading Shoemaker's Wife and really enjoying it.
Eve of the Cuban Missile Crisis - The Way The Crow Flies on a Royal Canadian Air Force Station.
>201 Osbaldistone:, 202. Ancient Egyptian did not have the kind of formal and informal (familiar) pronouns found in King James English ("you" versus "thou") and in many modern European languages (and note that "thou" is the familiar form). That doesn't mean that an Egyptian addressing a superior wouldn't use formal language!
Quite a few authors have made the mistake of thinking that their ancient characters need to speak old-fashioned English; Eloise Jarvis McGraw (definitely NOT recommended) did that, but inconsistently, which may be even more distracting for the reader. The problem is not confined to mediocre fiction, either. Even older grammar books (hi there, Sir Alan Gardiner) translate the "presentative particle" as "behold"! That wouldn't have sounded natural to an English-speaking reader in the early twentieth century, nor does it now.
On the other hand, some historical novels set in the ancient world feature characters who use far too much slang--rather the opposite problem. There's a series of Roman novels whose author I've forgotten because I found the slang so wearisome that I stopped reading about thirty pages into the story.
Luen tällä hetkellä Catherine Cooksonin Tyttö ja kartanonherra kirjaa.
Sijoittuu 1800-luvun Englantiin.
I translate this roughly as "I read at this time in 19th-century England "Lord of the Manor" and The Girl by Catherine Cookson. Not sure about that Lord of the Manor, as that's how it translates but I don't know of a Cookson book by that name. Perhaps The Lord and Mary Ann?. Possibly a completely different name in Finnish. Possibly I've just screwed up the translation.
Returning to India in the second volume of the Raj Quartet, The Day of the Scorpion. Biggest thing I've learned so far: "scorpion" doesn't have an "a" in it.
In occupied France during WWII with Code Name Verity. It's slow going for me. I'm not that drawn in.
Roaming 12C Normandy and France with the disinherited Empress Matilda and her son the future Henry II in Lady of the English.
Re: Lady of the English. Let me know if you run across anyone named Blount, Blunt, or le Blunt. Probably a cousin, if not a direct ancestor. My ancestor was living in what is now Norfolk at that time, but owned land (taken after the Conquest) in the Midlands and a few other spots as well. Ended up marrying what I am sure was a lovely young thing named Gundreda Ferrers who was living with her father in a wooden fort on the edge of the world (Tutbury).
I am through jules verne on the St Johns river, near St Augustine, Florida, on a steamship of which half the passengers are abolitionists and the other half pro-plantation system in Nord contre Sud, North against South.
I'm in England in 1913, with a 17 year-old boy eager to fight something (oh dear), in Susan Howatch's Penmarric
Sounds fascinating. What is the specific Verne work you are reading?
Traveling by train to New York City in 1922 with Cora and a young Louise Brooks in The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.
I am in the late 8th century, first in Denmark, then Byzantium, and later, I think, Egypt with Olaf and The Wanderer's Necklace by H. Rider Haggard.
ktbarnes -- One of my all time favorite books! ENJOY
In 15th century Castile in The Queen's Vow.
I'm traveling across the midwest on a train headed for Montana in 1889 (page 24) in Ivan Doig's "Dancing at the Rascal Fair."
I am in 1910 in a cabin north of the Arctic Circle.
Revolver by, Marcus Sedgwick
I am in the far, far distant past in the fields we know in Ireland with Alveric and The King of Elfland's Daughter. Not strictly historical fiction, but...a really good story so far!
Travelling horseback on the steppes of Western Asia during the Stone Age in White Mare's Daughter
I'm swashbuckling around the Caribbean with Captain Blood in the late 17th century.
I am once again in Regency England under False Colours by Georgette Heyer.
I am headed to New York in 1922 with Louise Brooks and her Chaperone.
The Chaperone by, Laura Moriarty
246 I am so excited about reading Bring Up the Bodies I can hardly wait, but I am re-reading Wolf Hall first.
It is 1590 and I just moved from Venice to Padua in The Book of Madness and Cures, I'll have to see where the journey takes me. Looks like a long way from the map:)
calm 251- I read and reviewed this book. A good read.
You can see my review at:http://mnleona.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-of-madness-and-cures.html
Thanks mnleona - obviously I'm not looking at any reviews until I've finished:) Hope I remember to come back and see what you thought.
I am reading Jackson by Paul Vickery
begins March 4, 1829
Not in brackets because it brings up a beer book.
Wondering around the Mediterranean in 1C BCE to see The Seven Wonders.
I'm now in 12th century Sicily with Thurstan Beauchamp in The Ruby in her Navel by Barry Unsworth.
I have finally managed to join Thomas Cromwell in England in the 1500's by starting Wolf Hall. So many good reviews, how could I not have read this one already?
>259 Roro8: - Hey we can't all read all the good books when they come out... I've only just added Wolf Hall to the wishlist last week!
The chief objection to new books is that
>@63-beamis-- Really good book!
I am in 1931 London with Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie as she tries to figure out who murdered the man in her bathtub.
--Her Royal Spyness by, Rhys Bowen
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