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Old 01-20-2016, 12:29 PM   #16
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C'mon, Jon. Pimping your own contribution? Is that really your favorite book in the whole Mobileread library?
It's one of them from what I've read.
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C'mon, Jon. Pimping your own contribution? Is that really your favorite book in the whole Mobileread library?
And a book from the middle of a series.
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Old 01-20-2016, 06:02 PM   #18
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And a book from the middle of a series.
It's a sequel to the Star Trek movie A Voyage Home. So if you've seen the movie, then you are good to read.
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Nothing wrong with contributing a book you like a lot to the Library or with recommending it.
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I'd probably go with the iconic Under the Red Robe.
Thanks for the recommendation. This is a terrific read for those who like turn of the last century romance.

I hadn't realized that unlike The Prisoner of Zenda and Graustark, this was in The Scarlet Pimpernel vein of historical fiction. It's always nice to feel you've learned a bit while being entertained by a swashbuckler.
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There are several works by Thorne Smith in the library -- and all are very good!

You might want to start with The Jovial Ghosts. This is better known as Topper from the movie and television adaptations. Even today it remains very, very funny -- and somewhat subversive.

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It all begins when Cosmo Topper, a law-abiding, mild-mannered bank manager, decides to buy a secondhand car, only to find it haunted by the ghosts of its previous owners--the reckless, feckless, frivolous couple who met their untimely demise when the car careened into an oak tree. The ghosts, George and Marion Kerby, make it their mission to rescue Topper from the drab "summer of suburban Sundays" that is his life--and they commence a series of madcap adventures that leave Topper, and anyone else who crosses their path, in a whirlwind of discomfiture and delight.
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Thanks for the recommendation. This is a terrific read for those who like turn of the last century romance.

I hadn't realized that unlike The Prisoner of Zenda and Graustark, this was in The Scarlet Pimpernel vein of historical fiction. It's always nice to feel you've learned a bit while being entertained by a swashbuckler.
Weyman is good fun. I read several of them in my distant youth, and recently reread The House of the Wolf which is a corker! Also The Man in Black just because I remembered it so vividly from reading it as a kid.
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Weyman is good fun. I read several of them in my distant youth, and recently reread The House of the Wolf which is a corker! Also The Man in Black just because I remembered it so vividly from reading it as a kid.
it's a pity I missed out on Weyman (never heard of him! ) in my Orczy/Hope/McCutcheon/Sabatini adolescence, as I'd have loved him as I still love the The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Prisoner of Zenda and so forth. Some books benefit highly from being read at the perfect age. That said, far better late than never!

Thank you for the recommendations.
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You are welcome! Luckily my mother had rather a weakness for swashbucklers, so I had plenty of her books to read - Hope, Sabatini, Weyman, Orczy. McCutcheon is one I haven't read, so plan to remedy that.
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You are welcome! Luckily my mother had rather a weakness for swashbucklers, so I had plenty of her books to read - Hope, Sabatini, Weyman, Orczy. McCutcheon is one I haven't read, so plan to remedy that.
Perhaps worth noting that Delphi have recently released a "Collected Works" of Orczy. Includes lots of stuff that's not in the MR library.

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You are welcome! Luckily my mother had rather a weakness for swashbucklers, so I had plenty of her books to read - Hope, Sabatini, Weyman, Orczy. McCutcheon is one I haven't read, so plan to remedy that.
McCutcheon is the American Hope and he may not have gone abroad.

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Perhaps worth noting that Delphi have recently released a "Collected Works" of Orczy. Includes lots of stuff that's not in the MR library.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll have to check and see what I'm missing from my gleanings from Gutenberg et al.
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Kenneth Grahame: The Headswoman - a funny, romantic and cute little story about executions -- and suprisingly feminist, given that it's published in 1898.
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a funny, romantic and cute little story about executions.
Uh, ok!

This is one of the all-time great come-ons!
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Thanks for the recommendation! I read this last night and really enjoyed it.
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