[DWJ] Georgette Heyer (also "what this list has given me")
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Sun Jan 6 01:26:59 EST 2008
Try Cotillion! Try Cotillion! Or.. The Convenient
Marriage... Or... (Gets a grip and shuts up.)
Anyhow, you can't go far wrong with any of them.
Except Cousin Kate.
--- Jackie E Stallcup <jstallcup at juno.com> wrote:
> Oh, dear. It's so complicated!
> I suppose I just don't want to start in the middle
> of a series, where I'm
> supposed to know who everyone is already and what
> their inside jokes
> Also, romp and skulduggery and Twins Who Cannot Be
> Told Apart sound good.
> Melancholy and upsetting do not. (Let me put it
> this way: I love To
> Say Nothing of the Dog and re-read it fairly often.
> I ate up Doomsday
> Book, Lincoln's Dream and Passage, but have not
> wanted to re-read them
> yet--too upsetting. perhaps that tells you
> something about my pleasure
> reading preferences.)
> I also love Joan Aiken, both adult and children's
> books (though i like
> less the last few in the Dido Twite Chronicles,
> which get positive
> I haven't read many (any?) regency romances, but am
> quite open to such.
> Oh, I did read (and enjoy) Sorcery and Cecelia by
> Wrede and Stevener--is
> that a regency? (displaying my ignorance!)
> I'm in the middle of re-reading my Dorothy Sayers
> books (put back onto
> them again by all the discussion of 1930s detective
> novels in Dog). As a
> general rule, I like mysteries best when there are
> interesting people in
> them. For example, I love Dick Francis not for the
> mysteries, which are
> often not "true" mysteries (in the sense that the
> reader can work them
> out if sufficiently attentive), but because I find
> the people and places
> fascinating. I didn't like Agatha Christie when i
> first tried her for
> the same reason: I felt stupid because I couldn't
> work out the mystery
> and I found the people off-putting. but I tried
> again (again, nudged by
> Willis in Dog), with "The Mirror Cracked" and quite
> liked it because I
> found Miss Marple very engaging in her fight to
> regain her independence
> from a nurse who wanted to treat her like a child.
> There are a million other books that I like, but
> those seem most relevant
> to this discussion.
> I'm writing down all of the suggestions and look
> forward to getting
> Thank you!
> On Sun, 6 Jan 2008 00:36:46 +0000 Minnow
> <minnow at belfry.org.uk> writes:
> > >> Arabella or The Corinthian would be my
> > >> I'm also very partial to Venetia and for pure
> > silliness,
> > >> The Talisman Ring.
> > >I recommend The Grand Sophy -- it was my first
> Heyer, and it was a
> > fantastic
> > >intoduction.
> > I do love that question...
> > Five down, twenty-five to go, more or less, if one
> discounts the
> > modern/detective and the forsoothly ones. <grin>
> > I think it unlikely that *Cousin Kate* will be
> suggested, and
> > probably not
> > *A Civil Contract* for a *first* Heyer, but most
> of the other
> > Regencies
> > have their adherents, and quite a few of the more
> > before
> > that date do too.
> > The only other category is the historical
> Napoleonic Army ones, *The
> > Spanish Bride* (Peninsular campaign) and *An
> Infamous Army*, which
> > have a
> > lot of historical fact involved. The first also
> has historical
> > persons as
> > Heyero and Heyeroine (Captain Harry Smith and his
> wife Juanita) and
> > the
> > second has the fictitious descendent of a family
> that is in two
> > previous
> > books as its heroine and the H&H of another
> playing a major role. I
> > wouldn't start with either of those.
> > Do you want melancholy, romp, moral dilemma,
> > misunderstanding,
> > skullduggery, or a hot-air balloon and Dr
> Radcliffe's Restorative
> > Pork
> > Jelly? Are you partial to Terrible Dowager
> Grandmothers, or do you
> > prefer
> > Twins Who Cannot Be Told Apart? (One book has
> > Cross-dressing or
> > cross purposes?
> > One rode a horse and the other rhododendron!
> > Minnow
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