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Given that I only do it about once every three weeks, and I was due, I'm going to be a rebel and talk about reading on Saturday...

What I've Finished Reading

I mentioned elsewhere that I read my way through MC Beaton's Daughters of Mannerling series, but I think I have to mention the evil manor house one more time here, because that was the best and most unexpected concept I've come across in a Regency Romance series. I want to steal it and do other stuff with it, but that would be Wrong. (Although, I suppose that is what fic is for. I'm pretty sure there's a crossover there waiting to happen, but I'm not sure what it would be, and I have to return the series to the library this week.)

Otherwise, I have read Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian, as I have a the first few of the Aubrey-Maturin series sitting on my TBR pile and now was the moment, it seemed. I read it okay, even though it's quite dense! (I may have skipped over some sea-related detail, reading is hard work enough as it is sometimes). But I enjoyed it so far and liked the characters a lot, and am looking forward to attempting the rest.

What I'm Reading Now

I temporarily (I hope) abandoned Perdita because it was giving me a headache (which is all to do with me and not with it), but I'm currently re-reading The Foundling by Georgette Heyer. I rashly gave away a whole lot of books when I had 13 libraries of my own to play with and this was one of them, and on Thursday I found it in a charity shop and have replaced it! Naturally, I had to re-read it, and it is probably more entertaining than ever. I didn't like it anything so much as some of the others when I first read it, which I can understand, looking back, given that it's rather less of a romance than most of the others, but it is pretty much a book that can be described as "shenanigans" and that's never something to be sneezed at.

I've also started Post-Captain, the second Aubrey-Maturin novel, but faithlessly abandoned it for The Foundling. (They were on land for a bit, which involved actual women (hurrah!) and obviously necessitated Jack being disguised as a bear. Not because of the women, though.)

In historical note-taking, I'm still working my way through Jenny Uglow's In These Times, which continues to be excellent. (I'm over half-way now and kind of sorry to be in many ways.)

I realise this is all very 'Regency'-flavoured, but that was accidental.

What I'm Reading Next

I have a Daisy Dalrymple murder mystery that someone recommended, and it's due back at the library... on Tuesday. So maybe I'll read enough of that to see whether I want to renew it or not, or perhaps even finish it in time. (It looks fairly slight; I might do it!)

Otherwise, I think I'll be a while with Post-Captain.

Date: 8 Apr 2017 07:46 pm (UTC)
swordznsorcery: (sleepy team)
From: [personal profile] swordznsorcery
My father loves the Aubrey/Maturin series. I've never been able to get into them myself, for some reason. There are dozens of them, so they ought to keep you going a while if you keep enjoying them!

Have you ever tried Sharpe? Another hugely popular historical adventure series I've never managed to get into. Did quite like the TV series though. Hornblower is very good, btw, if you fancy more Naval adventure. Plus it was serialised on the telly, with Paul McGann as a sidekick. All of which reminds me that I must see if the next Matthew Quinton book is out yet. (Restoration-era Naval adventure series, which I'm really enjoying.)

Date: 9 Apr 2017 12:00 am (UTC)
swordznsorcery: (Default)
From: [personal profile] swordznsorcery
Yes, the Restoration era has been a bit overlooked, especially with the apparent Napoleonic fixation of late. It's a great fun series though. Matthew Quinton tells his adventures as an old man looking back, with frequent sarcastic asides. The only disadvantage is that, as a first person narrative, other characters tend to get short shrift, and there's a lot of good ones. Written by an actual Naval historian though, so the detail is good.

Date: 9 Apr 2017 12:41 pm (UTC)
swordznsorcery: (tardis)
From: [personal profile] swordznsorcery
History is written by the winners! Or those who manage to live the longest, as is probably more often the case.

Date: 8 Apr 2017 10:18 pm (UTC)
shinyjenni: Kitty Cobham, windswept, gazing into the distance (kitty cobham)
From: [personal profile] shinyjenni
I love the Patrick O'Brian books! I'm getting towards the end of the series now and have enjoyed them more and more as I've gone along. Definitely agree that they somehow manage to be dense but nevertheless surprisingly readable.


Date: 10 Apr 2017 05:54 pm (UTC)
singe: The word Singe with a backdrop of flames. (Default)
From: [personal profile] singe
I read the first three or so and enjoyed them immensely (a bear?!) I need to read the rest.

Re: O'Brian

Date: 11 Apr 2017 12:07 pm (UTC)
singe: The word Singe with a backdrop of flames. (Default)
From: [personal profile] singe
Amazon also sells 'em used. That's how I got all my Campion and Discworld books. (No charity shops in the cornfields of Iowa and Nebraska.)

Date: 13 Apr 2017 06:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] evelyn_b
I'm glad you got The Foundling back! I'd like to read another Heyer but feel slightly apprehensive that I'll never like another Heyer character as much as Freddy, which is a silly reason not to read a book, especially since it doesn't take much to make me like a character.

(I went to a talk last night that included a photograph of some Sumerian tablets being stored at the British Museum; I couldn't help but think how indignant Freddy would be if he could see them).

I think evil manor houses are enough of a trope that it wouldn't really be stealing to write a story about one.

Date: 13 Apr 2017 07:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] evelyn_b
Fair points, all of them! I'll get back to the Heyerverse eventually.

(It was a great talk! All about ancient Babylonian astronomical observations! Freddy would have hated it so much. <3)

The Regency has just as much right to evil manor houses as any other time period!


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