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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!
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