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It's the Mardi Gras/Valentine's Day reading thread!

Lily Fairbairn
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Feb 12 2013, 3:33pm


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Wow, it's party week. We can even observe Lunar New Year while we're at it. (And Ash Wednesday, but that's not an excuse to party.)

I finished Georgette Heyer's Cousin Kate. Since so many people I trust (including more than one TORnsib) have told me how much they love Heyer, I'll assume this particular novel isn't typical of her work.

It's set around 1820 and billed as a romantic suspense/Gothic, but is only mildly so---there are no supernatural elements, for one thing. It's written very smoothly. if rather slowly. But almost every line of dialog contains a slang term from the period. Most terms are intelligible from the context, but still, after a while it became a relentless slog.

Kate, the heroine, is an intelligent and charming protagonist, but she's hardly a heroine, since she's much more acted upon than acting, with the other characters' decisions deciding her course. The romance is pleasant enough but pretty much without conflict, and the ending was, to put it mildly, very convenient. The last page of the book left me with quite an unpleasant taste in my mouth, as one character dismisses the dire things that have happened....

Well. I definitely need to try one of Heyer's much more highly regarded books is all!

So what have you been reading?



Subject User Time
It's the Mardi Gras/Valentine's Day reading thread! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 12 2013, 3:33pm
    Slight jog in my usual smooth reading routine! Alcarcalime Send a private message to Alcarcalime Feb 12 2013, 4:36pm
        I love history too! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 12 2013, 5:03pm
        Getting distracted... Angharad73 Send a private message to Angharad73 Feb 12 2013, 7:42pm
            Other people have had trouble with the Sherlockian Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 12 2013, 10:02pm
                I don't like giving up on books... Angharad73 Send a private message to Angharad73 Feb 12 2013, 10:12pm
    The Annotated Hobbit Annael Send a private message to Annael Feb 12 2013, 4:37pm
        I've never tackled the annotated Hobbit Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 12 2013, 5:07pm
    Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles, by Kim Newman One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Feb 12 2013, 5:45pm
        What an intriguing idea! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 12 2013, 6:13pm
    The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin imin Send a private message to imin Feb 12 2013, 5:47pm
        Write as long a post as you like Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 12 2013, 6:17pm
    Phule's Company, and Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Feb 12 2013, 7:40pm
        Sounds like a good juxtaposition of "feels" Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 12 2013, 9:59pm
            Agreed NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Feb 13 2013, 1:21pm
        I recommend tissues Ciars Send a private message to Ciars Feb 12 2013, 10:33pm
            Will do NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Feb 13 2013, 1:23pm
    Coming to the homestretch on Anna Karenina Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Feb 12 2013, 10:15pm
        It's probably a good thing.... Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 13 2013, 2:58pm
            There's a sad little vignette Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Feb 13 2013, 3:33pm
                Not many second chances these days, either Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 14 2013, 3:00pm
                    These days, at least a person can be heard. Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Feb 14 2013, 3:08pm
                        Yes indeed Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 14 2013, 3:40pm
    The Snow Child Ciars Send a private message to Ciars Feb 12 2013, 10:27pm
        What an intriguing premise! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 13 2013, 2:59pm
    Still Storm of Swords... macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Feb 12 2013, 10:30pm
        There's a sign of a good story! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 13 2013, 3:00pm
    finished A Memory of Light finally (no spoilers) acheron Send a private message to acheron Feb 12 2013, 11:25pm
        Looks around Ciars Send a private message to Ciars Feb 13 2013, 8:12am
            Oh ok acheron Send a private message to acheron Feb 14 2013, 12:50am
                Double that! Ciars Send a private message to Ciars Feb 14 2013, 7:54am
        There's a recommendation Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 13 2013, 3:02pm
            the quick version of the story acheron Send a private message to acheron Feb 13 2013, 11:23pm
                That's great! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 14 2013, 2:58pm
        Oh, heck! zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 14 2013, 7:12am
    Nick Hornby's More Baths Less Talking zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 13 2013, 7:26am
        Have you seen the movie version of About a Boy? Starling Send a private message to Starling Feb 13 2013, 7:43am
            Yes :) zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 13 2013, 8:12am
        Oh my... Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 13 2013, 3:04pm
        "More baths less talking" is my goal for my kids. AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande Feb 14 2013, 4:18pm
            LOL! Too cute! :D // zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Feb 15 2013, 6:34am
    That's what I feared kiwifan Send a private message to kiwifan Feb 18 2013, 2:18pm
        Well.... Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Feb 18 2013, 3:07pm

 
 
 

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