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Well, not a review, just a recommendation. I never know how to write positive reviews without spoilers. But: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare. It's funny, sexy, and just generally really good. It ends up being kind of a love letter to the idea of fandom. 

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 Did you know mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was already known to be useful and was widely-used by the late 18th century, particularly for drowning, almost exactly the same way we use it now? I didn't, but I am really excited about it because I get to use it in what I'm writing now. Also: yay, internet! 
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(Spoilers below if you're Beroli, who is reading the same series I am but is a few books behind. Also, this is a post on which I've chosen not to put warnings.)

So I hate this book I’m reading. 

But I can't seem to put it down )
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I doubt I will care about anything today except the fact that Stephenie Meyer just released a gender-swapped AU of Twilight. Because WHAT.

I think she is going to pull it off and will change how the world thinks about gender roles in romance novels and yeah you know I'm bullshitting. The thing is, because of EL James, I do not seem to have any anger left toward Stephenie Meyer. So I find this very, very amusing. Also, as many people have already mentioned, I wonder how long until EL James writes a gender-swapped 50 Shades. A month maybe?
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If I want to be lectured about things I already know, I'll go to social media. Yeah, some anvils need to be dropped, but I'd rather they weren't on my head. I doubt the audience for these books needs these anvils anyway. This isn't what I read fiction for. I need more sugar with my medicine; and when it's medicine I don't need, it's all the more annoying. 
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It is interesting to me how religion-less almost all the historical romance novels I've been reading are. I don't mean the writers are atheists; I mean the characters seem to be. Except without ever thinking about it somehow. In 18th-19th century England. They agonize endlessly about social condemnation re: sex, but their own personal morality regarding sex and how it relates to religion never seems to cross their minds. "Hell" is only a meaningless swear word. It's... odd. The same way so much fantasy is odd, with writers attempting to write what they imagine our world was like in the 15th century or whatever, but minus religion. Though I find this far more aggravating in fantasy than in romance, as the focus is different.

(Btw, this is one reason I love Dragon Age. It grapples head-on with religion, rather than pretending a society like ours could have happened without it.)
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Just saw an article saying the concept of zero is younger than Jesus Christ. Said article also said Aristotle didn't believe in zero. The first, I could roll my eyes at and figure she'd been misinformed. The first paired with the second -- no. Also, this article is by someone attempting to be extremely deep. She Informs the Reader about Dante and Galileo later in the piece. (You know what I mean by Informs the Reader: it's opposed to Sharing With the Reader.)

I have no idea if Aristotle believed in zero, and I do not trust the internet to tell me the truth about this. I do believe, however, that I have just reached my limit. It's been coming for a long time, but now it's very much here. I am tired of trying to bail out the sea with a teaspoon. Maybe this is what middle age is. 
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Also: photos that are obviously post-1920 don't really count as evidence for the 1700s I think. Somehow. I don't care if the intent is good, when you pull shit like this you make everyone who can make a similar point with REAL evidence look less trustworthy.

I am going to be stewing about this all day at least.
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 People who get their ideas of Victorian society from the most shallow of sources...

And then apply said ideas to the 1700s...

I just want to scream and scream and scream forever.

(Or, in other words, I should probably ditch Tumblr. But... pretty pictures.)

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I cannot wait until the yearly exaltation of #$%#@! Thomas Jefferson is over.
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I have read Pride and Prejudice a zillion times, but only noticed something on this re-read:

Miss Anne de Bourgh is about Darcy's age. So, 28. I had for some reason remembered Lady Catherine saying "since SHE was in HER cradle we planned the match," but it's "since THEY were in THEIR cradles we planned the match." And Darcy has been destined for his cousin "from his earliest hours." I had thought before that Lady Catherine told herself that Darcy hadn't proposed to Anne because Anne had been too young, and that when Lady Catherine said "now, at the moment when the wishes of both sisters would be accomplished in their marriage" yada yada the "now" was because Anne had just turned twenty-one or something. Or even 25, and maybe she wouldn't be able to inherit Rosings if she married before then. But, no. She's Darcy's age. And I've never heard of 28 being the kind of age 21, 25, or even 30 have historically been treated as by law and culture.

Lady Catherine is certainly not rational about this, but I can't conceive of any way for her to be THIS deluded, or for that "now" to make sense. Unless Darcy was... at Oxford until he was 27? (Which would be a whole other kettle of weird.) Or maybe he was traveling Europe? 
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So I think I may have figured out what's been going on with me for years, the health problem that throwing out my back ended up distracting from. I haven't gone to the doctor yet, but I have almost all the symptoms of POTS (I haven't fainted yet, though it's been close, and I don't think my legs change color.) I've been bouncing around thinking maybe it's chronic fatigue, maybe it's some horrible neurological thing, maybe it's thyroid (this is still the second-highest possibility), but POTS fits best.

I'm just scared of going to the doctor again because all my experiences with them since throwing out my back have been terrible and caused me harm. Otoh it looks like drugs aren't necessarily recommended for POTS, since so many patients have more adverse reactions to drugs than the general population (hi me) so I'll dodge that fear if that's it. 
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I haven't read enough books with this exact issue to fully develop the theory yet, but...

It seems that a lot of books with Exceptional Woman Syndrome, Badass Variety, besides denigrating feminine women, have a very high number of male characters who are total cardboard cutouts. Their "personalities" consist of: hot and props up heroine. 

I guess lots of books starring Badass Men have female characters who are only hot and prop up the hero, so this is some sort of turnabout. But it's still damn boring either way. 
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Gah, clothing research. I have a really hard time with it because 1) there's contradictory info and 2) (the main problem, as there's contradictory info on everything) I don't care. I know it's important, I don't think it's some silly thing that doesn't matter, but I still can't care. Clothing is not one of my interests at all, whatever the time period. I like pretty colors and nice-feeling fabrics, but that's where it ends. And when I can't make myself care about something, I have a hell of a time keeping it in my brain.

The only thing I can think of to compare it to, history-wise, for my level of not-caring, is troop movements on the battlefield. But I don't have to think about that when writing historical romance. I kinda need to know something about clothing, though my books are still not going to satisfy people who love clothes porn. Though I do like jewelry, so I do dwell on that a little, so maybe that will make up for it.
ETA I think I know why this is an issue for me )
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 Is anyone else getting a lot of spam here lately?
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I have been reading the archives of Lazy Evaluation Ranch. This post is where I lost it completely. I'm going to do something else now because I like breathing, but one day my obituary will read, "Died tragically while having hysterics over goat poop and nymphomaniac peacocks."
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 I ranted a bunch about the last two books in this series by Miranda Neville, but I do recommend the first two. The second in particular (The Ruin of a Rogue) made me really happy. Obviously romance is a very personal thing, and what hits one person's happy place isn't going to do the same for another. But the first book, The Importance of Being Wicked, is (intentionally) hilarious, and the second has lots of funny parts and I found it incredibly sexy. I also identified strongly with the heroine, who wants to unearth Roman relics. 
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 I haven't been around because Dreamwidth stuff tends to take up a lot of brainspace for me, and I've been working on a novel. I hope everyone's doing okay!
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This is about fiction. It's because of the romance novel I just finished reading, but I've seen it in far more than just romance novels.

Number one peeve: when someone in a "hero" role has done terrible things doesn't have to acknowledge fully how terrible those things are, and is pronounced redeemed with very little effort.

Number two peeve: when someone in a "hero" role beats himself up his whole adult life for doing terrible things, and the author keeps hinting that he's done truly terrible things, but eventually we find out he did NOTHING MORALLY WRONG WHATSOEVER. 

Come on, when the title calls the hero a "Duke of Dark Desires", I expect some kind of actual darkness he's perpetrated in the past. I am deeply unsatisfied. 

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