[DWJ] Which Heyer for Bettina...?

devra at aol.com devra at aol.com
Tue Dec 8 16:24:01 EST 2009

What excellent analysis!  I never could understand why I didn't particularly care for this one.  On the other hand, The Unknown Ajax is very good, and has some extremely funny scenes in it...

Devra, who has an elderly friend who made an excellent recovery from a broken hip, and wishes Our Fearless Leader a similar speedy one

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From: Minnow <minnow at belfry.org.uk>
To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion <dwj at suberic.net>
Sent: Tue, Dec 8, 2009 1:09 pm
Subject: Re: [DWJ] Which Heyer for Bettina...?

Bettina wondered:
>While I am asking for recommendations and opions, and whilst the mail is
getting a bit more OT: I've just read  - well, listened to - my first
Georgette Heyer (audio)book, and liked it a lot. It was "The Talisman
Ring" - based on my liking this (Sarah Thane and Sir Tristram
especially), which would the Heyer Experts on this list recommend to try
If it is the interplay between two people having a book-long mock-conflict
ith down-to-earth mockery of the Wromantic that has made you like *The
alisman Ring*, *The Reluctant Widow* has a similar jousting between the
wo main characters which *I* find wonderful, though it is only fair to say
hat members of the Heyer List have sometimes said they thought she was
hining and he was overbearing. It also has one of my favourite subsidiary
haracters, and I leave you to read it and guess which!  Likewise *The
rand Sophy* has fine conflict between two likeable people running through
t, and a seriously and gloriously convoluted plot, and possibly the most
emorable Hopeless Suitor she ever committed to paper.  Two of these, in
You may get offered *Regency Buck* for the Heyero/Heyeroine squabbling, but
 find it less fun because [1] it is her first True Regency and is full of
nfodumps from guidebooks she clearly had just encountered and couldn't
esist putting in verbatim disguised as one character telling them to
nother [2] it has Beau Brummel as one of the characters, and I found that
estroyed my suspending of disbelief because "real" people in fiction need
 surer hand than Heyer had at the time if they aren't to feel shoehorned
n for the quotes (and she has him saying *all* the ones everyone knows)
nd [3] the conflict in that particular book is rather nastier than I find
ntertaining, between two people neither of whom I could warm to.

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