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Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
2010 Answer: Several quotes from Barrayar

I could fill a whole book with quotes from the Vorkosigan Saga, because there's just that many.  Instead, I've opted to go for a line from Saved by Scandal.

Whoever said that every cloud had a silver lining ought to provide a looking glass to find it. And an umbrella in the meantime.

Even if you don't inhabit a Regency romp, this is a true line.

DV

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Days 1-19 )
 

Day 20 – Favorite romance book - After some thought, I'm going with Cotillion by Georgette Heyer.  It's a light-hearted romp, with a heroine who does stuff for herself to improve her situation, even if she doesn't quite think everything through.  The hero isn't exactly dashing and daring, but he comes through in the end because he does think.  She starts out in love with a guy she thinks is much better than he actually is, and ends up with quite a catch.  It's also another one of Heyer's dysfunctional families, which I love.
 

Days 21-30 )
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Days 1-4 )




Day 05 – A book that makes you happy - This one is actually pretty easy.  I love to pick up and reread Barbara Metzger's Saved by Scandal.  It's a Regency, and was my introduction to Metzger's writing, which is IMO some of the funniest in the Regency genre.  It's a book to pick up when you need to read about someone being in a way worse situation than you.  Plus, smart wealthy handsome heir to a dukedom with artistic talents - sign me up!  It never fails to make me laugh and feel better.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (by Seth Grahame-Smith)

As spoofs go, this one isn’t bad.  I didn’t feel like it was a waste of paper, but I’ll be leaving my copy on a bookshelf here in Iraq – not something I care to keep.  It delivered on what it advertised, and I'm pretty sure no one bought this for the serious plot or redeeming literary value.

1.      It has zombies, in scores.  I had to giggle a little at the idea of calling them “unmentionables”, but wondered if it was a deliberate choice.

2.      It has a weird Asian-martial-arts subtheme.  (Yes, they could have called it Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and NINJAS.)  I could have done without it – I mean, surely the sisters Bennet could have been schooled in some English ways to kill the undead?  There are muskets and such, as well.

3.      Lady Catherine de Bourgh is a zombie slayer.  Like, a famous one.  I must admit, the idea of a duel to the death between Lady Catherine and Elizabeth does spice things up, but unfortunately Elizabeth lets her live.  However, her character is intact enough to be snobby about where she was trained versus how the sisters were trained.

4.      The Charlotte Lucas subplot (getting the zombie plague, and SEEMINGLY NO ONE NOTICES.  Except Elizabeth, and Lady Catherine, who’s experimenting on her with some anti-zombie serum that only delays Charlotte’s collapse) actually made me sad.   I mean, Charlotte’s situation is bad enough – she’s a twenty-seven year old spinster (quite on the shelf) with no prospect for escape from her parents’ house other than marrying Mr. Collins.  And then, she doesn’t even get to snack on Mr. Collins’ brains.  (I know, probably impossible.)  He hangs himself, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear.  It was rather sad, and didn’t play well for me.

5.      Zombies do not get Mr. Collins or Lydia or Mrs. Bennett or Caroline Bingley – clearly, no justice here.

6.      There’s an unhealthy fascination with vomiting and soiling oneself.  Played for a laugh, didn’t get one from me.

7.      The male-reproductive-organ jokes were a little better, probably because they weren’t as overplayed.  Several references to Mr. Darcy’s balls (as in MUSKET balls, as well as during the infamous exchange at the ball at Netherfield), as well as describing “that most English part” of the men.

8.      The Lydia/Wickham bit was much better in the original.

9.      Mary Bennet does better for herself in this book.

  The absolute best part for me?  The “reading questions” at the end.  I have to admit, I think the whole idea of including “critical reading questions” at the end of something that isn’t a textbook annoys me.  If you’re going to discuss a book, just discuss it.  Talk about what characters you liked, and which scenes made you really FEEL something, rather than what theme you think the author is trying to invoke.  Talk about why you can’t put the book down, or why you rushed out and bought everything the author had written.

 These ones are funny.  They’re as much a part of the spoof as the rest of the book.  Like question #7, Does Mrs. Bennet have a single redeeming quality?  (Okay, I think a lot of us have asked ourselves THAT one.)

 All in all, not bad – but not worth space in the collection, either.

 DV

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 So, Northanger Abbey.  It was very good, much better than the 1986 one.  The actors who play Henry Tilney and Catherine Morland are very good, and Isabella isn't too bad either.  Henry is especially well-done, especially with his looks - he has address, as they say.

 The guy who plays John Thorpe is... creepy.  Like, he instantly sets off my creep detector.  And he seems to leer quite a bit.  He seemed a bit smoother in the book.

 The dream sequences are much better done, and there is no horrible electronic music.  The gothy bits are NOT overdone, they're just appopriately gothy.

 The end is sweetly done.  The dancing bits are quite nice, and they do a good job of conveying what a crush Bath is.

 The 2007 Masterpiece version is WELL worth picking up.

 DV

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 So, I was looking for something else, but I put together a list of Heyers coming out in trades over the next four months or so:

 

The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer (2/1/09)

Behold, Here’s Poison by Georgette Heyer (2/1/09)

The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer (3/1/09)

Sylvester by Georgette Heyer (3/1/09)

The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer (4/1/09)
Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer (4/1/09)

Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer (5/1/09)

My Lord John by Georgette Heyer (5/1/09)

Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer (5/1/09)


EDITED TO ADD:

The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer (6/1/09)


The only thing that is annoying is apparently Harlequin is releasing trades that look very similar to the Sourcebook Editions.  The only real difference is that the Harlequins all have forewords by prominent romance authors.

 Frederica is already out for this month, as is The Conqueror.

 I promise a real update tomorrow night.  I have a date with the Masterpiece Theater Northanger Abbey.

 DV

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