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Just before going to bed, I decided to open this thread quickly - I had mentionned Amelia Peabody in the postcard exchange thread... which made other people curious.

Will be back to tell more about how I discovered this Victorian Lady and her adventures. :)

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All the glowing recommendations in the other thread have got me wanting to read this series!

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NYPL's ebooks catalog has them. There is small waiting list for them, but I have put in my requests for Book 1 and 2!

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Well I took the only book the library had; I think it's #19 in the series. Hopefully that will be okay! I started reading it last night and like it so far.

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What is the title, Lali?

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I've finished the first book in the series and thoroughly enjoyed the style of writing and the way the plot developed. Will try and get book two this afternoon from a branch library about 4 miles away. Having checked our County library service catalogue it seems quite a lot of the series is dispersed around the County in the smaller branches, so I'll either have to drive over or reserve each volume at 60p per book!

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How thick is the first book? I'm wondering if it would be a good choice to read on the plane...

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My paperback is 3/4 of an inch! (306pp)

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Ah - perfect for transatlantic flights, then.

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Well, I've read three books now - and started my fourth - although after the first two in the series I'm having to jump about a bit as they are not all available from my local library. I guess you could say I'm hooked!

Can't help imagining what a movie adaptation or TV series would be like - and who should play the main characters. Someone like Emma Thompson would have been ideal for Peabody a few years ago. Any suggestions from the current crop of actors? And for Emerson? Someone suitably imposing in stature, obviously, with broad shoulders and well-developed pecs... :D

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I stumbled across this video interview with Elizabeth Peters which was ostensibly to promote her most recent novel. It is presumably filmed in her home...take a look at what is on the wall at 1:12! :)

http://youtu.be/nGvnjnuJJGo

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Can't watch now, but I am guessing something Tolkien related? 8) I know Peters is a big fan of both Tolkien and Pratchett.

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Yep - but I won't spoil it for others who haven't watched it yet...

Cool lady! 8)

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So... chick lit? Or would I enjoy them? Are we talking Nancy Drew here or Indiana Jones?

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I've not read Nancy Drew, but according to a New York Times Book Review

"Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it's Amelia - in wit and daring - by a landslide"

Seriously, Peters herself was a great fan of H. Rider Haggard and these novels are her affectionate tribute to them - a blend of satire, mystery, romance, and comedy...at times they're laugh out loud funny, particularly in her portrayal of the (touching) relationship between Peabody and her husband and of course their precocious son.

The archaeology is accurate for the time (late 1880s-early 1920s) and the books give a commentary on the British in Eqypt in the Victorian era without being condescending. What is unusual is her portrayal of a woman as complete and not subsumed by the “mother” label.

But I'm sure Frelga and Nin can give a better write up of why you should read the books!

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Peters is miles better than Haggard, IMO. I just finished listening to King Solomon's Mines, so it's a fresh comparison. Later books, especially, evolve into historical novels set against the background of the World War.

And I love that the main characters are real people, even if they are larger than life. You don't often see a set of protagonists that form a loving family, quirky as they are. Weasleys, maybe, but most of them are supporting cast. Even Sybille Vimes doesn't often get the main stage.

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I would also add, don't be put off by the "romance" - that content really is handled in a light-hearted, often pragmatic manner - not sentimental or slushy at all, and yet the marital relationship is heart-warming and sincere...or, as Amelia puts it ""Marriage should be a balanced stalemate between equal adversaries..."


Of course, several of the books end up with secondary characters pairing off at the end - much to Emerson's chagrin:

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Emerson's fist came down on the table with a crash that made the crockery rattle. "Damnation! I knew it! Another pair of confounded young lovers"


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I just bought the first book and am having a delightful time with it.

I've read some of Peters' medieval (Cadfael) books and found them predictable and a bit sentimental. This protagonist, however, would never permit such a thing! I hope so, anyway; I would love to have a long string of entertainment stretching out ahead.

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Primula Baggins wrote:
I just bought the first book and am having a delightful time with it.

I've read some of Peters' medieval (Cadfael) books and found them predictable and a bit sentimental. This protagonist, however, would never permit such a thing! I hope so, anyway; I would love to have a long string of entertainment stretching out ahead.



An understandable confusion, Prim....the Cadfael books were written by Ellis Peters (the non de plume of Edith Pargeter). Elizabeth Peters is a totally different author who also writes under several other names...but glad you are enjoying the first book so much!

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Primula Baggins wrote:
I just bought the first book and am having a delightful time with it.

I've read some of Peters' medieval (Cadfael) books and found them predictable and a bit sentimental. This protagonist, however, would never permit such a thing! I hope so, anyway; I would love to have a long string of entertainment stretching out ahead.



An understandable confusion, Prim....the Cadfael books were written by Ellis Peters (the Nóm de plume of Edith Pargeter). Elizabeth Peters is a totally different author who also writes under several other names...

I'm glad you are enjoying the first book so much! :)

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