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What I've Just Finished Reading

I finished Post-Captain by Patrick O'Brian, so I'm now committed to the series! I'm continuing to enjoy them, and this one was probably less technical than the first, or I'm getting to be less of a landlubber. Highlights being the bear escape mentioned last time and when Stephen decided a hive of bees are a perfectly reasonable thing to keep on board a ship. (It's very satisfying to have made a small dent in my TBR pile as well, because I was rather beginning to think I would never read anything new again that wasn't a regency romance.)

Before I finished that, however, I found another Regency romance in a charity shop (well, actually I found two, but the other was the usual, complete with someone called Carolyn) - from 1972!

I complain all the time about the modern ones not being like Heyer, now let me be nothing if not inconsistent and complain about Clare Darcy's Cecily for being too much like Heyer! The blatant copying left me open-mouthed. Her plot is her own, but all the Heyer ingredients and descriptions are present and correct... and, alas, have nothing of the engaging liveliness of Heyer. I'm not surprised Heyer used to get angry about this sort of thing. Clare Darcy was only lucky that Ms Heyer was probably dead by the time this book crossed the ocean.

It was an interesting read, though, and would have been better had the hero and the heroine actually had more time together on the page. Probably. Actually, it would have been better if it had just focused on the heroine's aunt and the hero's mother and their disapproving alliance, because that bit was her own, and a little more enjoyable than the rest. Everyone else should just go home for being pale copies of Heyer characters. Charity Girl was published the same year, and even though that is not my favourite Heyer, it still has a lot more going for it than a copy of the real thing.

What I'm reading now

I am just a few pages into HMS Surprise. There has not been a bear so far, sadly.

I'm still reading and taking notes from Jenny Uglow's In These Times, which continues to be an excellent social history of Britain in the Napoleonic War era. (There are no people called Carolyn in it. So far.)

What I'm Reading Next

I still haven't read that Daisy Dalrymple mystery, because I found two Regency romances for my light-reading needs instead, so that needs to get read so it can go back to the library.

I don't know what else will be next, or if I'll even get to Daisy, but I did find the first of Frances Brody's series of Kate Shackleton mysteries in a charity shop, hurrah, so that'll probably get read sometime soon, because I do need to get to the one I found first with the tantalising title of Death of an Avid Reader.

Date: 27 Apr 2017 08:42 am (UTC)
persiflage_1: I Prefer Reading (I Prefer Reading)
From: [personal profile] persiflage_1
I spotted some Heyer in one of my local charity shops and was going to snag them for you - then didn't know if you had them...

Date: 27 Apr 2017 08:47 am (UTC)
persiflage_1: 10th Doctor Martha Hugging (10 Martha Hands Hug)
From: [personal profile] persiflage_1
Then I'll have a look next time I'm passing (when they're open, natch!) and see if it was.

*hugs back*

Date: 27 Apr 2017 02:57 pm (UTC)
liadtbunny: (Dragons)
From: [personal profile] liadtbunny
What was the avid reader a reader of? That's the mystery I want solved!

Regency romances: you can't win, best stick to a life on the ocean wave.

Date: 28 Apr 2017 03:26 pm (UTC)
liadtbunny: (Dragons)
From: [personal profile] liadtbunny
Aw! I'm glad it helped you read and didn't do the opposite, thought it sounds they are trying their best! It feels like an accomplishment to finish a book:)

Date: 27 Apr 2017 07:04 pm (UTC)
arnie1967: (Books)
From: [personal profile] arnie1967
How blatant was the copying? I looked at the reviews on Amazon and the reviewers didn't seem to think highly of Cecily (the character) at all!

Date: 27 Apr 2017 07:14 pm (UTC)
shannonsequitur: (Muppets - Costume Drama)
From: [personal profile] shannonsequitur
Well, I guess you're just going to have to write your own Regency romance.

(I'd read it!)

Date: 27 Apr 2017 08:24 pm (UTC)
john_amend_all: (shipping)
From: [personal profile] john_amend_all
I wonder how many Darcies there are writing Regency romance? I found one by Emma Darcy the last time I was collecting summaries for the generator. And whether any of them adopted the surname on purpose.

Date: 28 Apr 2017 12:33 am (UTC)
jaxomsride2: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] jaxomsride2
She is not the only one to imitate Heyer, even Cartland did it (Yes I have read some Cartlands, they are so unintentionally funny with her choice of phrasing. They are also obviously the origin of Mary Sues.)

I've read Cecily, though so long ago I can't remember what it is about, but do remember it as a pale imitation of a Heyer.

Stephanie Laurens is not a bad romance writer, if youcan find her earlier novels.Her later ones though show clearly she cannot write erotica at all.
Edited Date: 28 Apr 2017 12:36 am (UTC)

Date: 28 Apr 2017 02:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vilakins
I have the whole Master & Commander series, picked up at a jumble sale. Excellent and often very funny series; have you encountered the sloth yet?

Date: 28 Apr 2017 09:26 pm (UTC)
vilakins: (books with jasmin)
From: [personal profile] vilakins
You'd remember it. "Jack! You have debauched my sloth!"

Date: 28 Apr 2017 07:09 am (UTC)
swordznsorcery: (jack)
From: [personal profile] swordznsorcery
I must give the O'Brians another try. I wasn't able to get into them before, but then that was back when I was finding it hard to concentrate on reading. So many people whose opinions I trust seem to enjoy them. It does seem a shame that the bear appearances (real or costume!) are rationed though. ;) More bears, people! Always more bears.

Date: 29 Apr 2017 12:55 am (UTC)
hyarrowen: lancaster (lancaster)
From: [personal profile] hyarrowen
Hope you enjoy HMS Surprise! It's the one I usually rec as an entry point because the first two are fairly hard going tbh. (It's too long since I read the series but I'm re-reading Horblower atm so must not get diverted.)

Date: 1 May 2017 07:35 pm (UTC)
ravenskyewalker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ravenskyewalker
I can't remember if I ever mentioned how much I came to appreciate Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey and Maturin series. They're dense, as you mentioned, so I found that the best way to tackle them was to listen to them on audio. At the time I did that, 20 years ago, there was a wonderful collection of them only accessible through libraries (sadly not commercially available), read by Patrick Tull. He read with enthusiasm and seemed perfect for the job.

I've been told that the seagoing adventure genre's for men... well, that's nice, annoying customer, but a woman with a seagoing family history turned me on to it. *snort*


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