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52: The King's Curse, by Philippa Gregory

Yeah, I know. I said I'd stay away from these after the disappointment of the Elizabeth of York one, what with Incest!Richard and all the incoherent characterisations. However, this one I liked *much* better. It was a very fascinating analysis of the character of Henry VIII and the slippery slope towards his madness as well as a very intriguing view of Katharine of Aragon. It's not necessarily historically sound, there is a lot of speculation, but in itself it makes a lot of sense and is very convincing in its character analysis (also from what I know of Henry and his religion politics, which as you may recall I researched extensively for my B.A. orals). Plus, there is a lot of Margaret Beaufort- and Henry Tudor-bashing (VILE USURPER LONG LIVE KING RICHARD). For those of you like me who're into that sort of thing. Warning however: Katharine of Aragon features prominently, so there is a lot of pregnancy/childbirth/infant death heartbreak.

53: Harbour Street, by Ann Cleeves

This was a very intriguing suspense mystery, but it got rather bleak and depressing towards the end. Not necessarily a cheerful read.

54: WARP. The Reluctant Assassin, by Eoin Colfer

I've grown tired of Artemis Fowl, so I didn't really follow that series anymore, but I love this fresh new YA Timetravel one of his. The first ten or fifteen pages require a bit of patience as you think you may be dealing with an outright Mary Sue, but it gets really fun and quirky after that. It's a fast-paced, quick read, I went through it in an afternoon.


Now reading Doomsday Book and loving it. It took me about thirty pages or so to really get into it but I was sold when I realised that Shrewsbury College was a real place in it and now I'm about a quarter into it and totally hooked!

Date: 2015-07-29 10:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sietske.livejournal.com
So... First a book about Henry VIII and then one written by Anne of Cleves, basically? Coincidence? Or subconcious nudging?

Date: 2015-07-29 11:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizzardgirl.livejournal.com
LOL, you might think so, but I've been reading both authors for a couple of years now :) Although I will readily admit a deep, long-time fascination with the Tudors, I'm certain this time it's just a coincidence. I do wonder though if Ann Cleeves is her real name or a cleverly picked pen name.

Date: 2015-07-29 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p00tigger.livejournal.com
*laugh* I had the same reaction!

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