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Sunday Salon

I’ve done a number of things this week:

I wrote reviews of:
The Mistress of Mellyn, by Victoria Holt
Queen Isabella, by Alison Weir
All This, and Heaven Too, by Rachel Field

This week I changed a few things around on my blog; most noticeably, of course, the design. I simply got bored of the old one. I also moved my inventory of books to the side and removed the archive. Not sure if I like the sidebar stuff over on the left-hand side in this format, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it. Let me know what you think of the new layout!

I’m currently reading The Eight, by Katherine Neville. I received an ARC of the sequel a while ago, but I wanted to read The Eight first. It’s set in split-time, in both the 1970s and 1790s France, and the plot revolves around a hidden chess set once given by Charlemagne to the owner of Montglane Abbey. When the Revolution starts, and the abbey is in jeopardy, the pieces of the chess et are scattered. In 1972, a young woman named Cat Velis is given the task of collecting the chess pieces. I’m only about 100 pages into it so far, but I like it a lot.

In totally un-bookish (but still historical) topics, lately I’ve been watching a BBC miniseries called Lillie (seriously, I don’t know what I did before Netflix!). It’s a thirteen-part series based on the life of Lillie Langtry, the “It” girl of the late 19th century. Born on the island of Jersey, she married at age 20, eventually becoming an actress and the mistress of several men, including the future Edward VII. She was close friends with numerous literary and artistic figures of the late Victorian era, including Oscar Wilde and the artists Frank Miles (who created one of the first postcard sketches of Lillie), Millais, Whistler, and Sir Edward Poynter. And, after dressing in mourning out of respect to her dead brother, the simple black dress became Lillie Langtry's signature outfit. In the 1976 miniseries, Francesca Annis played the role of Lillie, and her story has been completely absorbing (not to mention dramatic!) in the four episodes I've watched so far.


Literary Feline said…
The new layout looks nice! I get bored with my format from time to time and like to change things up. I've been thinking about mixing things up for awhile now. I just need to find a new template I like enough.

The Eight sounds really interesting. I am glad to hear you are enjoying it.

I don't know what I did with Netflix before either. It's been a great little service.

Have a great week, Katherine! Happy reading.
ORION said…
I noticed you were craving the book of unholy mischief- you can find ARCs of most any book on ebay-

That's how lots of readers got early copies of my book LOTTERY-
They get sold there by reviewers...
Lisa said…
I've been carrying The Eight around with me for YEARS. I should really get to it soon.
Danielle said…
I keep looking at that Neville book in the bookstore thinking I might like it but haven't gotten it. I think I may have to now. I agree with you when it comes to Netflix--I'll have to add Lillie to my list--it sounds right up my alley as well.

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