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Friday, May 16th, 2014

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1:04p
30 Day Book Meme - Day 9
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

For this I can't think of a specific book. But I can think of an author--Georgette Heyer. celticdragonfly and other Bujold fans kept recommending her so I gave her books a try. Romances aren't my favorite genre. Aside from Heyer, I've probably abandoned more romance novels halfway through than I've finished. So I wasn't expecting to like hers. But I did. Black Sheep, Frederica, Venetia, The Nonesuch, The Masqueraders, all wonderful stories that I keep re-reading.

I think it does make a difference for me that they're Regency romances. I'm an SF fan because I like reading about strange and different situations. Regency culture is more alien to life today than most of the species on Star Trek. The rules of the culture also up the seriousness of the stakes for the hero and heroine. Missteps in the mating dance can be life-ruining in a very literal way. That tension keeps me more involved in the story.

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11:51p
30 Day Book Meme - Day 10
Day 10 – Favorite classic book

Thinking of classic books . . . which is to say anything published before 1900 . . . I'm not really coming up with a favorite book. I think I'm too steeped in the modern writing style (post-1940) and can't get into them. There are a lot of classic plays I love. So I'm going to go with Shakespeare for this one. Not that I love all of his plays, but most of them. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is my favorite, at least until I see a performance of another that beats out the one I saw in Topanga.

(This post is up early because I'm going to Dallas ComicCon with the kids Saturday)

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