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Today I finished a reread of Sylvester, which was one of the first Georgette Heyer novels I read when I started picking up her books on your recommendation a few years ago. I took it out of the library back then, so I haven't had it lying around my house for the past few years for me to pick up every so often and refresh my memory by paging over my favorite parts, and so I had completely forgotten the plot and was forced to reread from cover to cover. The experience was, as you might imagine, awesome, and has tempted me to impose on myself something like the Disney policy of releasing movies for public consumption - they should only be available for a few months, and then should disappear for several years, so that when they appear again I've just about forgotten the plot and can enjoy the book anew.

Sadly, I lack the self-control to put away Heyer novels, and the only ones that will stay off my shelves are going to be the ones that haven't been rereleased lately and whose out-of-print copies I haven't purchased for myself online.

But the point of my entry was supposed to be this: Sylvester was awesome. Even better than I'd remembered, and I'd remembered it as pretty wonderful. It's so rare to come across a book that isn't just fun, or funny, or involving, or entertaining - this was one of those books I itched to finish because it was so great to read, a book that I seriously considered reading as I walked out to my car after work, so desperate was I to get back to it after I'd had to put it down at the end of lunch.

Now that I think of it, I've been kind of indulging a Heyer resurgence in my reading habits over the last few months - a few new to me, most rereads.

Rereads Found to Be Totally Awesome:

-Frederica - One of the funniest, in my opinion, and Frederica herself is just so great.

-The Corinthian - I find Pen totally endearing.

-Black Sheep - Almost identical to Lady of Quality, and I enjoy Black Sheep a lot more.

New to Me, Also Totally Awesome

-These Old Shades - I took forever to read it because the subject matter sounded weird and unappealing - an old duke falls in love with a young girl masquerading as his page? Creepy! And yet when I read it, of course I TOTALLY LOVED IT!

-Devil's Cub - Took forever to read this one because it was a sequel to the above - and, of course, totally loved it. Mary Challoner is so great.

-The Talisman Ring - I had this lying around my house for a few years and never read it because it sounded adventure-y and not very funny and/or romantic, but when I finally gave it a good try a few months ago I found that it was really quite hilarious and sweet. It's also a good example of her talent in writing about and respecting a variety of character types - she treats both the melodramatic couple and the practical couple with affection and respect.

Books Whose Good Bits I Reread Too Often For Me To Ever Have A Satisfactory Rediscovery Of The Text:

-Cotillion - Possibly my favorite ending of all Heyer books.

-Venetia - No, this has my favorite ending.

New to Me, and Rather Disappointing

-The Black Moth - I couldn't even get to the end of this one.

Now the real problem: What do I read as a follow up to the greatness of Sylvester? Clearly the only option is a Heyer novel I haven't read in a while. I think I've got Arabella squirreled away somewhere . . .

Date: 2008-07-16 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1crowdedhour.livejournal.com
The Grand Sophy?

Date: 2008-07-17 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fearlesstemp.livejournal.com
The Grand Sophy! How could I have forgotten to list it?! It belongs alongside Venetia and Cotillion as a favorite I reread too often to ever become unfamiliar with - the scene between Charles and Sophy in Amabel's sickroom is one of my favorites of all of Heyer's books. And the ending! Love!

Date: 2008-07-20 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1crowdedhour.livejournal.com
Thank you for this post. Because I'm sure reading it was why night before last I dreamed I was reading a GH new to me. It had been misbound or something. Details vanished upon waking (aren't you lucky?) but I remember the joy of the dream.

And have we discussed False Colors?
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Date: 2008-07-23 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1crowdedhour.livejournal.com
I have hauled out my few GH detective novels (for reasons of purest altruism!) and will see how they hold up. It's been decades since I read them last. They're not a patch on her other books, but sub-par GH is better than no GH at all.


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