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Subject: June BOM - Chapters 1-9
Date Posted: 5/31/2009 9:05 PM ET
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Post your thoughts here on Chapters 1-9 of Frederica by Georgette Heyer.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 11:25 AM ET
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I have finished this book and will say that I thoroughly enjoyed it! I don't have it in front of me right this minute, so I'll refrain from talking about any particular scene or event that could end up being a spoiler if it's not in these first nine chapters. But some general comments ...

The book was a little slow getting started for me - too much - uhm, what - fluffiness, maybe? Until I got into the rhythm of the writing style, I kept thinking, "good grief, we've beat that point plumb to death, let's move on!" But, after the first 10 pages or so, not only did the overly verbose style cease to annoy me, but I found myself thinking in long, cumbersome19th century style sentences!

I love, love, love the descriptions of the clothing. Someone else can wear the hoop skirts & corsets of Scarlet's era, I'll take the Regency gowns & gloves & hats any day. There are some great sites for examples of the clothing. One of the easiest things to do is go to www.images.google.com & then search for regency clothing. This site also has some nice pictures: http://www.vintagetextile.com/early.htm 

Wikipedia also does a nice job with fashion styles through the centuries - I've gone to their pages many times to match a description to a picture. The pages covering fashion worn in Frederica is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1795-1820_in_fashion.

Lastly, I'm quite taken with all the characters ... even the ones we know we are not going to like. Ms. Heyer has done an excellent job of making each character completely individual & completely believable. And, of course, the most applause will go to Frederica herself & to Alverstoke, with her brothers coming in a very close second.

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 4:14 PM ET
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I'm halfway through this section, and like Kelly found it a bit slow going to start.  But I am getting more into it, and also feel like I'm easily getting to  know all of the characters.  I wish I could read it more quickly, but I've been really increasing my running now that the weather's nice, and haven't been able to keep my eyes open at night to get through more than 1 or chapters at at time!  Hopefully I'll be able to read more this weekend.  It does seem like it will go quickly once I dedicate time to it.

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 5:33 PM ET
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I'm about to start Chapter 9, and I'm really enjoying it so far. It's a light, easy read, and that's fun for me after several novels that required more time and care in the reading.

I was a bit dubious when I picked up my copy from the library. There was a pink sticker on the spine labeling the book as a romance, and the cover art def. didn't intrigue me.

But the story is a pleasant surprise. After about 3 pages, I was pulled into the story and loving the characters. Romance it may be, but so far there's nothing trite or formulaic (my usual prejuidices regarding romances) about Frederica. The characters are well-drawn and the story is zipping along nicely. I'm looking forward to reading more tonight!

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 5:44 PM ET
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Michelle & Arika, have you read Georgette Heyer before? This was just my 2nd novel by her, so her character development, writing style, etc., etc. is still fresh & new to me.

But speaking to your comment, Arika about being a bit dubious when first looking at the book, I'm quite sure I would have just 'walked on by' (as the song goes) if her books didn't command such an unbelievable & loyal following! From the cover & short synopses they just look like lengthier harlequin romances.

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 7:42 AM ET
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Kelly, this is my first Heyer. And ITA with you; I would've passed this book by without a second glance if not for this challenge. I'm so glad that didn't happen!

I always read Amazon reviews before picking up a book, and they were absolutely glowing for Frederica. That, combined with it being the BOM, sealed the deal for me. If I'm interested in a book, I try to give it around 50 pages to pull me in. If I'm not into the story by then, I stop reading. But with this book I only needed a few pages to get hooked!

What's funny is that I don't consider myself a literary snob at all. As long as the story sucks me in, I'll go along for the ride. But romance is a genre that has never interested me. (Okay, I read a few Danielle Steeles when I was 11 or 12! lol)

 



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Date Posted: 6/11/2009 12:34 PM ET
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This is also my first Heyer.  And agreed - I would never have read this one if not for BOM.