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Georgette Heyer makes for such good airplane reads. This time [personal profile] fahye told me I had to read Friday's Child, which is the one where two BABIES decide to get marriage-of-convenienced.

SHERRY: UGH! The most beautiful girl of the Season turned me down! I can't believe it!
HERO: That's rough, buddy. :(
SHERRY: I should just marry someone ELSE.
HERO: Yeah!
SHERRY: ...hey, buddy, how about I marry YOU?
HERO: ...well I am a sixteen-year-old orphan and I have basically never left this town so I feel like I will not make the best wife polite society has to offer.
SHERRY: On the one hand, yes. On the other hand, if we get married, I will come into my inheritance and we can buy SO MUCH AWESOME STUFF.
HERO: You make a compelling argument. LET'S ELOPE AND BUY ALL THE THINGS.

So in the first, like, two chapters, they elope and buy all the things, to the tunes of extensive facepalming from everybody they know.

GIL, THE SAGACIOUS FRIEND: Hero is a super sweetheart though. I wish ... Sherry had a clue in his head ...
FERDY, THE DECIDEDLY NOT SAGACIOUS FRIEND: Wait, why is Sherry getting married? I'm confused. Love hanging out with Hero, though, she's the greatest!
GEORGE, THE ANGRY FRIEND: Ugh, the woman I love won't SPEAK to me. Life is TERRIBLE. I would like to cry on Hero's shoulder and then fight a duel. With someone. Anyone. HEY YOU, WANT TO FIGHT A DUEL --
EVERYONE ELSE: Slow your roll, George.

The rest of the book is essentially a repeat of this exchange:

SHERRY: Hero! Why are you hanging out with those disrespectable personages!
HERO: Well, I mean, they are your friends so I thought it was fine? Is it not fine?
SHERRY: Hero! Why are you getting super deep into gambling debts?
HERO: Well, I mean, you do it, so I thought it was fine? Is it not fine?
SHERRY: No, it is not fine, it is STUPID. ...I am stupid.
HERO: I learned it from you, dude. I LEARNED IT FROM YOU.
GEORGE, THE ANGRY FRIEND: Hero, should I fight a duel with Sherry for you? I WILL DUEL HIM FOR YOU.
EVERYONE ELSE: Slow your roll, George.

It's a bit like The Convenient Marriage, except less annoying because the double standards are expressly pointed out; also, instead of being lofty and superior, the hero is as clueless and hapless as the heroine. OR MORE.

HERO: So you know how you said when we got married that we could both do whatever we want, that meant affairs, right? Does that still mean affairs?
SHERRY: NO IT DOES NOT STILL MEAN AFFAIRS OH MY GOD ;___;
GEORGE, THE ANGRY FRIEND: Sherry are you being mean to Hero because I am still totally ready to fight a duel! Any time! LET'S GO!
EVERYONE ELSE: Slow your roll, George.

Overall it is pretty charming and full of hijinks aplenty, although I will warn for two attempted Romantic Abductions about which everyone is just like "lol whatever." One is good-natured and probably deserves the "lol whatever" but the other one I feel deserves MUCH MORE CENSURE even though the abducted lady in question gets off a decisive victory and all the abductor gets is a bad case of sore shins, from kicking.

Date: 2014-04-02 11:26 pm (UTC)
sophia_sol: drawing of Combeferre, smiling and holding up a finger like he's about to explain something (Default)
From: [personal profile] sophia_sol
My opinions of books have been known to change drastically on reread! And the last time I read Friday's Child was quite a while ago I think.

The Unknown Ajax is OBVIOUSLY ONE OF THE GREATEST! Why do other people fail to acknowledge it as such? I just do not understand! I will admit to a great fondness for The Grand Sophy though. Which other Heyers are amongst your favourites?

Date: 2014-04-03 12:31 am (UTC)
sophia_sol: drawing of Combeferre, smiling and holding up a finger like he's about to explain something (Default)
From: [personal profile] sophia_sol
Mostly what your list of titles is reminding me is that I've hardly read any Heyer for years and I don't actually even remember my opinions on a lot of them....! But I do remember that COTILLION IS AMAZING and I love it lots. :D And I read Frederica recently enough to agree that I'm super into it too!

What do you like about Sylvester? I do remember not being particularly into that one.

Time for some Heyer rereading in my life, I think? Except my local library has extremely thin pickings, alas.

Date: 2014-04-04 01:05 am (UTC)
sophia_sol: drawing of Combeferre, smiling and holding up a finger like he's about to explain something (Default)
From: [personal profile] sophia_sol
I'VE REMEMBERED WHY I DON'T LIKE SYLVESTER. By which I mean it turns out my sister owns it so I read the first half of it last night when I was supposed to be asleep, but then I got to a part that gave me a sudden presentiment about where the plot was going and I went and looked up the plot summary on wikipedia. And YEP there's my problem: the plot of the book revolves a little too thoroughly around embarrassing misunderstandings and I can't handle it. Which is too bad, because the first half of the book is great fun! And the friendship between Tom and Phoebe is great, as is the trapped in an inn sequence! DAMMIT I hate my embarrassment squick.

I think I shall go reread The Unknown Ajax again instead as consolation.

Date: 2014-04-02 11:53 pm (UTC)
lnhammer: lo-fi photo of a tall, thin man - caption: "some guy" (Default)
From: [personal profile] lnhammer
You would think that because The Unknown Ajax is pretty much THE GREATEST. Or at least in a tie with The Toll Booth. (Both, I note, have Troll Heroes.)

---L.

Date: 2014-04-03 12:36 am (UTC)
lnhammer: lo-fi photo of a tall, thin man - caption: "some guy" (Default)
From: [personal profile] lnhammer
Er, that's The Toll-Gate. I ALWAYS mess up that title, dangit. It takes place in Derbyshire, and includes a hinky inheritance, smuggling, and the gate-booth upon a toll-road.

---L.

Date: 2014-04-04 02:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sienamystic
Aaah somebody else who likes The Toll Gate! I think we're rare on the ground.
Edited Date: 2014-04-04 02:30 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-04-04 02:12 pm (UTC)
lnhammer: lo-fi photo of a tall, thin man - caption: "some guy" (Default)
From: [personal profile] lnhammer
Rarer than I thought, certainly.

---L.

Date: 2014-04-03 12:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rachelmanija
The Unknown Ajax is fantastic. I need to re-read it.

Date: 2014-04-04 03:29 am (UTC)
lnhammer: lo-fi photo of a tall, thin man - caption: "some guy" (Default)
From: [personal profile] lnhammer
I just did.

Date: 2014-04-03 01:13 am (UTC)
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
From: [personal profile] kate_nepveu
Who _doesn't_ think _The Unknown Ajax_ is the greatest??!?!!!!

. . . admittedly I have a type in dudes, and it is tall funny smart and competent. So it is kind of highly relevant to my interests. But still, even without that, it has a plot with actual tension, which is not that common in Heyer.

Date: 2014-04-03 03:03 am (UTC)
bookblather: A picture of Yomiko Readman looking at books with the text "bookgasm." (Default)
From: [personal profile] bookblather
ON WHOSE LIST IS THE TALISMEN RING NOT NUMBER 1

Date: 2014-04-04 01:16 am (UTC)
bookblather: A picture of Yomiko Readman looking at books with the text "bookgasm." (Default)
From: [personal profile] bookblather
BUT

BUT

THE TALISMEN RING

LUDOVIC AND EUSTACIE HAMMING IT UP

TRISTRAM FACEPALMING

SARAH LOLLING

HOW

Date: 2014-04-03 03:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] percysowner
I've never been really fond of The Grand Sophy. Venetia is middling to me. I do put A Civil Contract at the top of my list. Cotillion is number 2, by a hair. I add in Sprig Muslin to my top Heyers along with Friday's Child, Sylvester, and Frederica.

Date: 2014-04-04 02:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] percysowner
I hope you post if/when you do read it. I'd be very interested in seeing your reaction.

Date: 2014-04-03 04:01 pm (UTC)
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
From: [personal profile] kate_nepveu
I feel the need for a poll! Which I will try to remember to do tonight, though feel free to run with it if you have time.

Date: 2014-04-04 01:34 am (UTC)

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