Georgette Heyer

Is there anyone quite like Georgette Heyer? I don’t think so, despite the plethora of Regency stories out there. She has been criticised, and with good reason, for some of her attitudes and depictions, especially her anti-Semetic tendencies. Without dismissing those concerns, she’s still a marvelous writer, full of wild plots and memorable characters. Fluffy in the extreme but almost always enjoyable.

A note: I strongly prefer her Regency books to her mysteries and contemporaries (…as of the 1930s). Her mysteries read as quite dire, and her contemporaries depressing. You may feel differently.

Favorite Georgette Heyer books
1. Sylvester
2. False Colours
3. Devil’s Cub
4. Arabella
5. An Infamous Army (which is something different entirely and quite harrowing)
6. The Corinthian
7. The Nonesuch
8. Cotillion

All of my Georgette Heyer reviews
An Infamous Army, briefly (2010)
April Lady, briefly (2010)
Arabella (2009), and again briefly (2010), and yet again briefly (2011)
The Black Moth, briefly (2008) and again, briefly (2010)
The Black Sheep, briefly (2010)
Charity Girl, briefly (2010)
A Civil Contract, briefly (2010)
The Convenient Marriage, briefly (2008), and again, briefly (2009)
The Corinthian (2009)
Cotillion (2009), and again briefly (2010)
Cousin Kate, briefly (2010)
Devil’s Cub (2010)
False Colours (2010)
The Foundling, briefly (2008) and again, briefly (2008)
Frederica, briefly (2008)
The Grand Sophy, briefly (2008), and again, briefly (2009)
Lady of Quality, briefly (2010)
The Masqueraders, briefly (2008), and again briefly (2010)
The Nonesuch (2009)
Pistols for Two, briefly (2010)
The Quiet Gentleman, briefly (2010)
The Reluctant Widow (2010), and again, briefly (2008)
Sprig Muslin (2009)
Sylvester (2009) and again, briefly (2008) and yet again briefly (2010)
The Talisman Ring (2009)
These Old Shades (2009)
The Toll-Gate, briefly (2010)
The Unknown Ajax, briefly (2010)
Venetia, briefly (2009)

Books I’ve read and haven’t formally reviewed
Instead of the Thorn (1923)—ugh. Skimmed, didn’t enjoy.

Pistols for Tworead. short stories, some lots of fun, some not as much.

The Transformatrion of Philip Jettan (later republished as Powder and Patch)—read. concerns the transformation of Philip Jettan from simple honest man to fop. Ugh.

Helen (1928)–I looked it up and it’s a modern romance. Since I’m 0 for 3 on the modern ones I’ve tried, I decided to skip it.

Pastel (1929)—skimmed Ugh.

Barren Corn (1930)—skimmed Another ugh.

Regency Buck (1935)—read. Judith and Peregrine Taverner and Lord Worth. Enjoyable but not my favorite.

The Spanish Bride (1940)—read. Similar to Infamous Army in examination of Waterloo but I liked IA better.

Faro’s Daughter (1941)—read. Eh. Girl raised in faro den falls in love with good man. It was okay but nothing great.

Friday’s Child (1944)—read. I remembered enjoying this one more than I did the second time around. The supporting characters are hilarious, but I got tired of Hero’s capacity to get herself into trouble plus general feebleness. The hero is swoony at the end though.

Bath Tangle (1955)—read. Eh. We all know who she’s going to end up with from the beginning and it’s one of those overpowering men again. But it’s okay.

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