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Subject: Favorite Georgette Heyer Novels
Date Posted: 5/10/2009 10:22 PM ET
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I've read a few, but not all. My favorites so far are A Convenient Marriage, Faro's Daughter, and Friday's Child. I'm told I can't miss Corinithon and Sylvester. Which ones have you read and loved?

Date Posted: 5/10/2009 11:40 PM ET
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Faro's Daughter and Friday's Child are two of my favorites as well. I would recommend Cotillion, The Unknown Ajax and The Nonesuch. (Not a big favorite with others, but I think it's hysterical.)

Date Posted: 5/11/2009 12:55 AM ET
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Licks pen and places to paper...

I've read the summaries of Cotillion and Nonesuch (but can't remember them from the top of my head.)

Not the first time I heard of Ajax but ahem cough grin it's still unknown to me. What is about what? (Yes, I know terrible! lol)

Date Posted: 5/11/2009 5:27 AM ET
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I've read all of her books, some only once and not for a very long time (since the 1970s or 1980s) - they may be due for a reread as they might "grab" me more now than they did then.

My favorite Heyers and ones I reread are ARABELLA, FREDERICA (both yearly rereads), SYLVESTER, BLACK SHEEP, and FARO'S DAUGHTER,  

Gail

Date Posted: 5/11/2009 5:50 AM ET
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I go back and reread GH every so often.  I think my favorite is These Old Shades, and then Devils Cub.  Faro's Daughter, Arabella are favs too.  Then there's Regency Buck.  I read most of GH way back in the '70s and go back to them periodically.

Date Posted: 5/11/2009 6:20 AM ET
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I've read them all repeatedly also- my favorites are Venetia, A Convenient Marriage, These Old Shades, Devil's Cub, The Masqueraders, A Civil Contract, The Talisman Ring,and An Infamous Army.

Date Posted: 5/11/2009 2:28 PM ET
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Yearly rereads? They must be good!!!

Date Posted: 5/11/2009 9:23 PM ET
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Same here.  I discovered Georgette Heyer while browsing at the library about 40 (ouch) years ago.  I bought them all (several times over the years) and have been rereading them off and on ever since.  The ones I've reread the most are Frederica, These Old Shades, Devil's Cub, Arabella, The Toll Gate, Black Sheep and The Spanish Bride.

Date Posted: 5/11/2009 11:26 PM ET
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Well, I have a bunch of them now, several that are mentioned here, but I haven't gotten around to reading any of them yet because I know there's no sex in them:P  Am I pathetic or what?

Date Posted: 5/12/2009 5:52 AM ET
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The dialogue in her stories make up for the no sex thing. She can have you laughing or make you flush with the conversations she writes, it's amazing. Her wit is dry and her writing is succinct.

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 5:33 AM ET
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There's more wit and conversation in the books that make up for no sex.  Maybe I'm old fashioned but with some of the more recent authors I've read, it sometimes seems feels like the non sex pages are just a filler until you get to the next sex scene.  With GH you get to know the characters and decide whether you like them or not and there is a definite plot, storyline that's thought out.

I'm going to have to go back and pick up some of the ones mentioned in this thread: The Toll Gate, Unknown Ajax, The Nonesuch :  I have a memory that i really liked the Nonesuch way back when I first read it; can't remember it clearly though.  I tend to go back to These Old Shades when I want a GH reread.  I know I've read the Spainish Bride but again can't remember it.

Has anyone read Marion Chesney?

 

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 5:54 AM ET
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I haven't yet Vandana, but I have a couple on my tbr. How is she? And can you recommend your favorites?

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 6:25 AM ET
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She's a light read. A gh wannabe maybe: not as much fun but cute.  Been a while since I've read them so can't think of  a fav. Good light reads.

Sometimes funny.  I've read Jean Plaidy as well but she' s not quite in the same vein as GH; can't think of an author quite int eh same style. Anyone have suggestions?

 

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 8:38 PM ET
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Isn't the Nonesuch where the heroine is a spinster?

Date Posted: 5/15/2009 10:43 PM ET
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Isn't the Nonesuch where the heroine is a spinster?

Well, most of her heroines are. :-) I can't think of any that are widows, except in the short stories.  And of course, some start out married to the hero or get married pretty quickly. The heroine of The Nonesuch is a governess, so might seem more spinsterly than others.



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Date Posted: 5/15/2009 11:20 PM ET
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Not a GH fan, sorry. Read them when I was young but tried to reread some a few yrs ago and found it excruciating with some of the TSTL heroine. I do like some of her more serious works like THESE OLD SHADES which is probably my fave of hers.

 

Marion Chesney is straight farce. Doesnt even try to be serious at all and I like that. Her SIX SISTERS series is probably her most famous and her best. I still keep 2 from the series on my keeper shelf

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 10:03 PM ET
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Excrutiaing b/c of the heroines (characters?) or b/c of the language?

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 5:30 AM ET
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I started reading Heyer around 1964 which was long before the historical romance and Regency romance became big business. Getting used to the language/cant took some time.  She made it easy to transition to the Regency romance that we know today; if I was just starting to read her now I'm not sure how I'd take to her.

It's like reading today's Linda Howard then going back to read her old category romances for the first time. I think some authors are just an acquired taste - I've never liked Laura Kinsale. I tried every single one of her books and each was a major wall-banger for me.

Heyer isn't for everyone. Once on a listserv someone posted that they disliked Loretta Chase's books, yet they couldn't understand why someone wouldn't care for Kinsale. It's no reflection on anyone's taste in reading material - there's an author out there for every reader. Unfortunately I like too many authors; sometimes I wish I was more picky.

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 8:52 AM ET
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I found one of her books at the library the other day - on the new release shelf! For some reason I thought these were those little regencies like harlequin but it was a fullsizse book! I haven't read it yet though.

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Subject: Favorite GH Novel
Date Posted: 5/18/2009 9:24 AM ET
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Oh, This is so hard, as I think they are all GREAT!  But my favorites are:  Friday's Child and Devil's Cub.  I think that These Old Shades is the precursor to Devil's Cub, if I am remembering correctly.  But you really can't go wrong with any of them.  Good Luck!



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Date Posted: 5/18/2009 2:21 PM ET
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I think I'm going to have to go back and read Fredericka and Friday's Child since they seem to be so popular.  I don't really remember them.  I know that with the Toll Gate, I didn't like it at all the first time I read it but really enjoyed years later when I went back to it

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 7:18 PM ET
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I've heard it doesn't matter about the prequels/sequels because each story is entirely self contained minus some character name mentions. I forget which they are and it might be Old Shades and Devil's Cub but three books are related by cousins, parents, and children or something like that.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 8:29 PM ET
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It's been so long since I read them, though I did re-read a few since then.  From what I can remember, I voted for Frederica, Arabella, Venetia, These Old Shades and The Grand Sophy.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 9:29 PM ET
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It's so weird that I had never heard of her until just a few years ago.  I used to read a lot of Victoria Holt & Barbara Cartland back in the day, but I can't recall ever seeing anything by Heyer.  Oh - and speaking of Barbara Cartland, have any of you guys seen Little Britain & Dame Sally Markham?  Watch that video in the link.  It's about 4mins and it's hilarious:P



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Date Posted: 5/19/2009 12:46 AM ET
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I never heard of her until 2008. Get this, I thought she was a current author with the fancy and pretty tradebacks on the bookstore bookshelves. I learned quick though! When I was younger (read 15-18, I'm 23 now) I read LaVyrle Spencer... Gamble, Hummingbird, Years, and Endearment = amazing. They're keepers and keepers and books I regularly reread.

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