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02 October 2008


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Kate F

Ooh. I read all the Peabody books while on an escapist kick ages ago, but never read any other Peters books. But the heroine is reminded of Lord Peter? *swoon*


Oh, I do luuuurve Sir John. I like his unscrupulousness, I like his hair, I like his contempt for Americans--I even like his mom. I go back and forth on whether I'm going to marry him or Ramses when I grow up. Except I'm already married. And (allegedly) grown up.


Question: do you have to read the books in order, or does each stand pretty well on its own? 'Cause you make it seem like reading the first book -- which has no Sir John - isn't quite as fun.


You don't have to read them in order. I certainly didn't the first time around. While the first one still holds a special place in my heart, and it is about Vicky and therefore awesome and is by Elizabeth Peters and therefore awesome, it does feel a little bit dated.


I think I started the series with Trojan Gold and had no problem following along. Street of the Five Moons would probably have been a better place to start, though. And if you haven't read a lot of Elizabeth Peters, you should probably read a couple of her Amelia Peabody books before you read Laughter of Dead Kings.


Sounds brilliant. Sigh. Another series to read. And I still have to find time for the rest of the Amelia Peabody series too as I've only ever read the first one.


Just finished the LofDK (hey, Elizabeth, do you think that's deliberate? What with Schmidt and the mysterious-lady-at-the-end's new obsession? There seems to be some kind of aural pun going on there). Ahem. Anyway. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it struck me as a little flat in places. But the last few lines makes it all worthwhile. The middle three are still my favorites.

But what I really want to know is: When are we going to get a new Kirby book?


@cc: Hah! Yes, I think it's deliberate. Usually I HATE it when author's do, umm, that. Well, Clive Cussler is the only one who's done it I can think of just now but, reading that, I rolled my eyes so much I think I pulled an eyeball muscle. I think the mysterious lady was really charmingly done, though. The whole second half of the book was a fangirl's dream. I think I squealed aloud on at least two occasions.


God, I'm glad you understood that. I did an "awww" rather than a "squeak" the second time (I'm assuming #1 was the A to Z business) but otherwise I agree completely about the MLATE.

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You should check-out Dorothy Dunnett's Francis Crawford of Lymond series. Apparently Lymond was the inspiration for John Smythe/Tregarth. The first book is Game of Kings, a little hard to get into but totally worth the effort!


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