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October Books 15) The Duke and I

15) The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn

Gosh, two books cast aside in one day! This was one of the freebie e-books I got with my Palm T|X years ago (in fact I have read all the others, and enjoyed them). But two chapters of this is enough; it is romantic tosh, and insultingly inferior to Vanity Fair which I guess is one of its distant literary ancestors.

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nmg
Oct. 19th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
To be fair, you're not exactly in Julia Quinn's core demographic.

(ias notes that her stories aren't bad per se, but that the execution is poor. In particular, she needs a decent researcher and an editor who's willing to fix the more noticeable goofs, but that's something that the rest of the sub-Heyer American Regency romance genre also needs.)
doyle_sb4
Oct. 19th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yes - the couple of novels I've read of hers have been fun, but they're set in some sort of generic fantasy lords-and-ladies land rather than an actual period in English history. I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that someone living "a few blocks away" from the heroine was a peculiar but historically accurate idiom and not a gigantic Americanism, but then I repeated it to two history PhD students who went into spasms...
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