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Subject: New Gabaldon book has some surprises....
Date Posted: 9/6/2007 9:10 PM ET
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I'm reading the new Diana Gabaldon book Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade...I would recommend it.  She is most famous for her Outlander series ( found in the Romance Section ) which mostly focus on the relationship between a Scot named Jamie and his wife Claire who travels back in time from the 1940's to the time just prior to Culloden then moves forward....(there are something like 6 of them and they about 1000 pages each too much to go into for this post.)..anyway...all her books are really loaded with history -  and she just started writing a series based one of the characters, Lord John who is a gay British military officer.  I believe in the 1500's (I really suck at history)...anyway this new book is really good...gets into his relationships, how he needs to be discreet so he isn't imprisoned for Sodomy, prejudice etc...there is also a mystery involved - anyway...thought I would mention it since its pretty rare when you find a mainstream author who has a gay main character who isn't a celibate. 

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 9:29 PM ET
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I read the first one "Lord John & the Private Matter" and liked it a great deal.  The time frame is somewhere in the 1700's,I believe (I know that the last of the Outlander series takes place right before the Revolutionary War and Lord John is in that book).

Brotherhood of the Blade is on my WL, along with the next "Lord and the Hand of Devils".

 

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 6:26 AM ET
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This one is set early on before they went to America - Jamie is a slave and Culloden didn't happen all that long ago so I guess you are right the 1700's...you know I wrote that first then for some reason I changed it..........I can't remember which war it is but they are in Germany fighting France (when is England not fighting France though?)  This one really gets into how dangerous it was for him back then...The sodomy laws were unbelievable...they pretty much killed you in most cases...

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 11:12 AM ET
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thanks for the rec!

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 8:30 PM ET
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I picked up Lord John only because I saw it was written by Gabaldon. LOL I didn't even read the blurb to see what it was about. Now I gotta figure out where I put it.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 10:11 PM ET
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I have Drums of Autumn on my pile to be read. Sounds like there are more in that series. But, I do like Gabaldon a lot. Sometimes I skip over the book because of the size and I want something quicker. Is this new book as lengthy? Colleen
Date Posted: 9/13/2007 12:41 AM ET
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Her Lord John books are not as long. One is about 500 pages another about 370.

Date Posted: 9/13/2007 9:30 PM ET
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Its scary when we say that the Lord John books aren't that long at 500 page.  I mean I know her others are about 1000 but its just funny to read.