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November 28th, 2011


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07:28 pm - As the Cold Draws In....
A cold front is rattling at the windows. I imagine long ice-fingers tapping, tapping away at the concrete-block walls, slipping into crevices, slipping in like daggers....

Of course I also could be being a bit over-dramatic.

Two quick things:

1) On April 3rd of this year I posted about a book I was reading: the first of CS Harris's Sebastian St Cyr Regency-set mysteries. At that point I was not entirely inspired, but I persevered (what with my insane Regency-setting love).

In all, the first three novels didn't much grab me, although I enjoyed them well enough. Part of it, I now realize, is that the love-interest for the first novels was rather too Emo!Angst!Transgression! for me, in manner of early Buffy/Angel or similar. (I found Buffy/Angel boring, too.) However, round about the midpoint of the now six-book series Harris decided to develop another character with love-interest potential. This other character is a blue-stocking polymath, a woman who combines empathy with her father's ruthlessness.

Is it any wonder that I am now much, much more engaged? ;-)

(Note to mystery readers: these are definitely mysteries first, with 'shippy elements round the corners. Just so you don't expect romances as such....)

2) And because it's cold here now, and because I just set the kettle on, a drabble with Guin and Jeffrey:


The kettle howled at its finish, not a whistle, not a scream, but a wolfish, meaningful howl.

Guin, her hands grasping the windowsill, her face against the cold glass, sighed, "Jeffrey."

"Yes, dearest." He didn't stop kissing her neck, just where the hair pulled tight against skin. He loved the restraint of her hair up. More, he loved taking it down.

"Tea, Jeffrey."

"Oh. Yes." But he set his hands over hers instead, tight.

As the howl lengthened, they looked out on the moonless night and thought of old sorcerers' pain instead of love or tea.

..............

A cheerful end of November to you all!

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From:paratti
Date:November 29th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
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Lovely:)
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
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Thanks, L! Thanks and good cheer to you!
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From:gwynnega
Date:November 29th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
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his other character is a blue-stocking polymath, a woman who combines empathy with her father's ruthlessness.


That does sound good. I found Buffy/Angel boring too, though I sometimes enjoy a good round of Emo!Angst!Transgression! :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
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For me, Jane Eyre is the exception that proves the rule of my taste. I am v. boringly predictable!

Cheers and hugs, Gwynne!
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From:anne_d
Date:November 29th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
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A lovely little jewel.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2011 11:37 am (UTC)
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Thank you, A, thank you. Happy Tuesday!
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From:janus_74
Date:November 29th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
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Interesting about the books. I'm not sure I would have stuck it out that long :)
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
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I must have known that good stuff was coming! ;-)

No, really, the writer is very good at plotting, and the books do move right along, with lots of intrigue and familial drama. (They can be a bit gory.) I just didn't love them until Hero (the blue-stocking polymath etc etc) took a more prominent role. :-)

Happy Tuesday!
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:November 29th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the rec. How does C.S. Harris stack up with Georgette Heyer? The only Regency romance I can think of right now is These Old Shades, which I love. I also picked up a Tor paperback at Writercon II, called Point Of Honour, but it's really more of a period feminist mystery.

I don't know who Guin and Jeffrey are, but in your hands, they're hot.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
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Harris's St Cyr mysteries don't feel at all like Heyer, which probably is also part of my dissatisfaction with the earlier entries in the series. We're not spending all our time with the Ton, for one thing, and the books are not at all invested in wit or comedy. It's a much, much darker world, owing more to Gothic traditions (without the supernatural) than to Austen.

That being said, the author really knows her history, and she plots like a demon. :-)

I'm glad you liked the drabble! [beams] I wrote a very short, 5-part serial story for Halloween this year which featured Guin and Jeffrey: it starts here.

Happy Tuesday!
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:November 29th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Damn LJ!: "Varnish Error 503 Service Unavailable."

**pouts**

I will try later...
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From:freixenet
Date:November 29th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
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Drive by hugs today, on this chilly morning!
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
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Stay warm, F! Hugs and good thoughts today!
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From:headrush100
Date:November 29th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
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Ahhh, a chilling ficbit! Very nice for this wet and windy November evening. :-)

And hurrah for bluestocking polymaths! How could they not be loved?

**hugs-pats**

Edited at 2011-11-29 06:25 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Head Rush! :-)

Hugs and good cheer for your wet and windy November, plus tea.
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From:mobile_alh
Date:November 29th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, a lovely little tidbit. Thanks!
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From:laurawise
Date:November 29th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
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I've been thinking about Guin and Jeffrey for some reason....

Anyway, thanks, ALH! Happy Tuesday!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:November 30th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for Guin and Jeffrey.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 1st, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Stevie! And Happy Thursday! :-)

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