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Am rereading one of my guilty pleasures, Susan Carroll's The Courtesan. Even though it's found in in general fiction section, it is basically a dressed-up romance novel about the middle of three sisters in 16th-century France (unsurprisingly, this is a middle part of a loosely-connected trilogy about them. I read all three but seeing as I remember little-to-nothing about the other two, they didn't impress me).

The heroine is sleeping her way to power and riches and is fixated on her next target being Henri of Navarre (otherwise known to posterity as Henri IV - eventually). But she reconnects with her long-ago crush/admirer Huguenot captain she believed was dead and gets sort of derailed.

I was rather surprised to discover a non-virgin heroine, but of course she's never enjoyed sex ever before her OTP. In fact, she embarked on her power quest as a result of being traumatized by a horrid rape. Hmmmm. I can see how this may be all sorts of problematic, but tbh, I don't care because it gives me that deliciously trashy 'healing sex' trope. In RL it would likely not work but in fiction I slurp it up with a spoon. And at least I can buy that sex with someone you actually care for may wipe out the notion sex is unpleasant and boring, as opposed to the kind of comfort sex which makes me scream 'noooo way, no how,' perfect example of the latter being the bit when Ramses and Nefret finally get together at the end of He Shall Thunder in the Sky when instead of swooning for the two of them* all I can do is scream "b...b...but how can it work - there is no way - are you insane, he's almost been whipped to death and his back is cut to ribbons, there is NO WAY!"**

* In case you have no idea what I am talking about, Ramses and Nefret are two of the main characters of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series (a series of mystery/adventure novels set in Victorian and Edwardian England/Egypt). I love them enough to even overlook my hearing in person Peters' slag of Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom by saying it was unreadable when Ramses is basically a straight, non-masochism-obsessed Lawrence. Anyway, I liked the earlier books in the series which were all about Victorian feminist and adventure-seeker Amelia and her irascible husband, famous archeologist Emerson (who is rather based on Prof. Challenger of Arthur Conan Doyle's, IMO) but when I really got obsessed was when their son Ramses grew up and became archeologist/spy/sexy angst-muffin and the whole angst-fest and repression with Nefret (his adopted sister with whom he's been in love ever since he first saw her when he was 13) started. I should have known I would be a mad kdrama fan from how hard I shipped the two because it has fakecest and horrid misunderstandings and repression and evil marriages and everything. Mmmm. Anyway, I was sort of insane for them in college which was not made better through having to wait for books come out one by one. I still remember getting my Falcon at the Portal and getting to that scene (you know which one if you read Peters and if you haven't, it's too major to spoil - verrrry kdrama) and literally throwing my book across the room and cursing like a mad person for quite a while. I don't think I ever got my Nefret love back 100% after that, which is a pity. Before that I loved her but after it was basically "I like you and I sort of understand why you did what you did but you are insane for it and now I mainly ship the two of you because Ramses can't live without you." Anyway, I stopped following the series after Thunder (OK, OK, I fess up, I read the honeymoon book - judge me!) because I thought they wrapped up all the plots and loose ends and after that it all felt sort of unnecessary.

** My favorite part is actually not comfort sexing but the fact that Amelia is all concerned for Nefret because Nefret killed someone (she shot Percy as the man was in the process of torturing Ramses to death) and Nefret is all puzzled by the concern and is "huh? It doesn't bother me a bit, he had what was coming to him." LOLOLOLOL I fell in love with Nefret all over again for her attitude. Lady was brought up as a priestess of a really warrior society :)

Anyway, how did this turn into a Peabody post?
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Am rereading one of my guilty pleasures, Susan Carroll's The Courtesan. Even though it's found in in general fiction section, it is basically a dressed-up romance novel about the middle of three sisters in 16th-century France (unsurprisingly, this is a middle part of a loosely-connected trilogy about them. I read all three but seeing as I remember little-to-nothing about the other two, they didn't impress me).

The heroine is sleeping her way to power and riches and is fixated on her next target being Henri of Navarre (otherwise known to posterity as Henri IV - eventually). But she reconnects with her long-ago crush/admirer Huguenot captain she believed was dead and gets sort of derailed.

I was rather surprised to discover a non-virgin heroine, but of course she's never enjoyed sex ever before her OTP. In fact, she embarked on her power quest as a result of being traumatized by a horrid rape. Hmmmm. I can see how this may be all sorts of problematic, but tbh, I don't care because it gives me that deliciously trashy 'healing sex' trope. In RL it would likely not work but in fiction I slurp it up with a spoon. And at least I can buy that sex with someone you actually care for may wipe out the notion sex is unpleasant and boring, as opposed to the kind of comfort sex which makes me scream 'noooo way, no how,' perfect example of the latter being the bit when Ramses and Nefret finally get together at the end of He Shall Thunder in the Sky when instead of swooning for the two of them* all I can do is scream "b...b...but how can it work - there is no way - are you insane, he's almost been whipped to death and his back is cut to ribbons, there is NO WAY!"**

* In case you have no idea what I am talking about, Ramses and Nefret are two of the main characters of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series (a series of mystery/adventure novels set in Victorian and Edwardian England/Egypt). I love them enough to even overlook my hearing in person Peters' slag of Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom by saying it was unreadable when Ramses is basically a straight, non-masochism-obsessed Lawrence. Anyway, I liked the earlier books in the series which were all about Victorian feminist and adventure-seeker Amelia and her irascible husband, famous archeologist Emerson (who is rather based on Prof. Challenger of Arthur Conan Doyle's, IMO) but when I really got obsessed was when their son Ramses grew up and became archeologist/spy/sexy angst-muffin and the whole angst-fest and repression with Nefret (his adopted sister with whom he's been in love ever since he first saw her when he was 13) started. I should have known I would be a mad kdrama fan from how hard I shipped the two because it has fakecest and horrid misunderstandings and repression and evil marriages and everything. Mmmm. Anyway, I was sort of insane for them in college which was not made better through having to wait for books come out one by one. I still remember getting my Falcon at the Portal and getting to that scene (you know which one if you read Peters and if you haven't, it's too major to spoil - verrrry kdrama) and literally throwing my book across the room and cursing like a mad person for quite a while. I don't think I ever got my Nefret love back 100% after that, which is a pity. Before that I loved her but after it was basically "I like you and I sort of understand why you did what you did but you are insane for it and now I mainly ship the two of you because Ramses can't live without you." Anyway, I stopped following the series after Thunder (OK, OK, I fess up, I read the honeymoon book - judge me!) because I thought they wrapped up all the plots and loose ends and after that it all felt sort of unnecessary.

** My favorite part is actually not comfort sexing but the fact that Amelia is all concerned for Nefret because Nefret killed someone (she shot Percy as the man was in the process of torturing Ramses to death) and Nefret is all puzzled by the concern and is "huh? It doesn't bother me a bit, he had what was coming to him." LOLOLOLOL I fell in love with Nefret all over again for her attitude. Lady was brought up as a priestess of a really warrior society :)

Anyway, how did this turn into a Peabody post?
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Am rereading one of my guilty pleasures, Susan Carroll's The Courtesan. Even though it's found in in general fiction section, it is basically a dressed-up romance novel about the middle of three sisters in 16th-century France (unsurprisingly, this is a middle part of a loosely-connected trilogy about them. I read all three but seeing as I remember little-to-nothing about the other two, they didn't impress me).

The heroine is sleeping her way to power and riches and is fixated on her next target being Henri of Navarre (otherwise known to posterity as Henri IV - eventually). But she reconnects with her long-ago crush/admirer Huguenot captain she believed was dead and gets sort of derailed.

I was rather surprised to discover a non-virgin heroine, but of course she's never enjoyed sex ever before her OTP. In fact, she embarked on her power quest as a result of being traumatized by a horrid rape. Hmmmm. I can see how this may be all sorts of problematic, but tbh, I don't care because it gives me that deliciously trashy 'healing sex' trope. In RL it would likely not work but in fiction I slurp it up with a spoon. And at least I can buy that sex with someone you actually care for may wipe out the notion sex is unpleasant and boring, as opposed to the kind of comfort sex which makes me scream 'noooo way, no how,' perfect example of the latter being the bit when Ramses and Nefret finally get together at the end of He Shall Thunder in the Sky when instead of swooning for the two of them* all I can do is scream "b...b...but how can it work - there is no way - are you insane, he's almost been whipped to death and his back is cut to ribbons, there is NO WAY!"**

* In case you have no idea what I am talking about, Ramses and Nefret are two of the main characters of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series (a series of mystery/adventure novels set in Victorian and Edwardian England/Egypt). I love them enough to even overlook my hearing in person Peters' slag of Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom by saying it was unreadable when Ramses is basically a straight, non-masochism-obsessed Lawrence. Anyway, I liked the earlier books in the series which were all about Victorian feminist and adventure-seeker Amelia and her irascible husband, famous archeologist Emerson (who is rather based on Prof. Challenger of Arthur Conan Doyle's, IMO) but when I really got obsessed was when their son Ramses grew up and became archeologist/spy/sexy angst-muffin and the whole angst-fest and repression with Nefret (his adopted sister with whom he's been in love ever since he first saw her when he was 13) started. I should have known I would be a mad kdrama fan from how hard I shipped the two because it has fakecest and horrid misunderstandings and repression and evil marriages and everything. Mmmm. Anyway, I was sort of insane for them in college which was not made better through having to wait for books come out one by one. I still remember getting my Falcon at the Portal and getting to that scene (you know which one if you read Peters and if you haven't, it's too major to spoil - verrrry kdrama) and literally throwing my book across the room and cursing like a mad person for quite a while. I don't think I ever got my Nefret love back 100% after that, which is a pity. Before that I loved her but after it was basically "I like you and I sort of understand why you did what you did but you are insane for it and now I mainly ship the two of you because Ramses can't live without you." Anyway, I stopped following the series after Thunder (OK, OK, I fess up, I read the honeymoon book - judge me!) because I thought they wrapped up all the plots and loose ends and after that it all felt sort of unnecessary.

** My favorite part is actually not comfort sexing but the fact that Amelia is all concerned for Nefret because Nefret killed someone (she shot Percy as the man was in the process of torturing Ramses to death) and Nefret is all puzzled by the concern and is "huh? It doesn't bother me a bit, he had what was coming to him." LOLOLOLOL I fell in love with Nefret all over again for her attitude. Lady was brought up as a priestess of a really warrior society :)

Anyway, how did this turn into a Peabody post?
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I am currently rereading Falcon at the Portal, one of my favorite out of the Amelia Peabody books, a series of adventure-detective-picaresque-romance novels by Elizabeth Peters.

The AP books follow the adventures of the redoubtable Peabody-Emerson clan, from the late 1800s to World War I (well, they continue past that, but I really think ‘He Shall Thunder in the Sky’ should have been the last book. All the stories were tied up). Think those fun Victorian adventure novels, only somewhat tongue in cheek, but still with plenty of angst and action.

The characters are renowned Egyptologists, with a dash of crime-solving, a fair bit of adventuring, a lot of snark, and are, all in all, a family I’d love to be a part of. Not to mention that Ramses (Amelia and Emerson’s son) is one of my huge literary crushes.

So? Interested? Here are the main characters:

Amelia Peabody: our narrator (for most of each book) and heroine. ‘Awesome’ does not even begin to describe her. Decidedly opinionated (some would say ‘very very stubborn’), physically intrepid, and a great deal less observant than she thinks she is, Amelia is a little fond of purple prose, and is quite enthusiastic about (not necessarily in that order) her husband, her family, Egyptology (especially inside dark scary Pyramids), and collaring a criminal or dozen. How can you not love her?

Radcliffe Emerson: Amelia believes he is the most pre-eminent Egyptologist of any age. Emerson (no one calls him by his first name, or there will be LOUDNESS) pretty much shares this opinion. As notorious for his temper and his strength as he is for his discoveries, Emerson is also rather putty in Amelia’s hands and is also, very very secretly, rather sentimental. Think professor Challenger from Conan Doyle’s Lost World (book) only even more so.

Ramses Emerson: MINE!!!! OK, just kidding. Sort of. Ramses (given name Walter, but is never used, as he was nicknamed Ramses for his bossiness and the name stuck) is the only child of Amelia and Emerson. Ramses started out as a hilariously chatty, preciously intellectual and rather knows-it-all kid and grew up into a deliciously intense, rather reserved young man, with a love of Egyptology, occasional stints as a secret agent, a happy (for me) penchant for angsty hurt-comfort, and oh…yeah…biggest monomania in his life: Nefret. Ever since he first saw her when he was 10 (and quite prophetically, for the first time in his life shut up), Ramses has been hopelessly, steadfastly, and secretly in love with Nefret Forth. Who views him as a dear friend and brother. (Yes, she is insane). Pile on delicious angst and one of my favorite OTPs.

Nefret Forth: The Emersons rescued Nefret, at 13, from the land that time forgot (think a take on King Solomon’s Mines) and took her in, where Amelia raised her as her own daughter, which is just as well, as since Nefret spent the first 13 years of her life as a heathen priestess in a stone age culture, she has rather unorthodox notions and finds it hard to fit in. Well, perhaps she’d fit in OK anyway, being blonde, beautiful, and an heiress, if she also wasn’t so reckless, opinionated, and harbored the desire to become a doctor. I confess that while I like Nefret OK, I mainly like her because Ramses wants her, and Ramses should have what he wants. Plus, my favorite scene involves her Shippy spoiler )

Sethos: the mysterious nemesis of the Emersons, he has quite a thing for Amelia. And why not?

David Todros: The Emersons took David in when he was an abused kid, and he soon became Ramses’ brother in all but blood. David is Egyptian, and grandson of Emersons’ head of excavations. He is artistic and nice but I don’t have much interest in him.

So…the order of the books is this way (I am leaving all the books after Thunder out, because I don’t think they are very good):

• Crocodile on the Sandbank
• Curse of the Pharaohs
• The Mummy Case
• Lion in the Valley
• Deeds of the Disturber
• The Last Camel Died at Noon
• The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog
• The Hippopotamus Pool
• Seeing a Large Cat
• The Ape Who Guards the Balance
• The Falcon at the Portal
• He Shall Thunder in the Sky
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I am currently rereading Falcon at the Portal, one of my favorite out of the Amelia Peabody books, a series of adventure-detective-picaresque-romance novels by Elizabeth Peters.

The AP books follow the adventures of the redoubtable Peabody-Emerson clan, from the late 1800s to World War I (well, they continue past that, but I really think ‘He Shall Thunder in the Sky’ should have been the last book. All the stories were tied up). Think those fun Victorian adventure novels, only somewhat tongue in cheek, but still with plenty of angst and action.

The characters are renowned Egyptologists, with a dash of crime-solving, a fair bit of adventuring, a lot of snark, and are, all in all, a family I’d love to be a part of. Not to mention that Ramses (Amelia and Emerson’s son) is one of my huge literary crushes.

So? Interested? Here are the main characters:

Amelia Peabody: our narrator (for most of each book) and heroine. ‘Awesome’ does not even begin to describe her. Decidedly opinionated (some would say ‘very very stubborn’), physically intrepid, and a great deal less observant than she thinks she is, Amelia is a little fond of purple prose, and is quite enthusiastic about (not necessarily in that order) her husband, her family, Egyptology (especially inside dark scary Pyramids), and collaring a criminal or dozen. How can you not love her?

Radcliffe Emerson: Amelia believes he is the most pre-eminent Egyptologist of any age. Emerson (no one calls him by his first name, or there will be LOUDNESS) pretty much shares this opinion. As notorious for his temper and his strength as he is for his discoveries, Emerson is also rather putty in Amelia’s hands and is also, very very secretly, rather sentimental. Think professor Challenger from Conan Doyle’s Lost World (book) only even more so.

Ramses Emerson: MINE!!!! OK, just kidding. Sort of. Ramses (given name Walter, but is never used, as he was nicknamed Ramses for his bossiness and the name stuck) is the only child of Amelia and Emerson. Ramses started out as a hilariously chatty, preciously intellectual and rather knows-it-all kid and grew up into a deliciously intense, rather reserved young man, with a love of Egyptology, occasional stints as a secret agent, a happy (for me) penchant for angsty hurt-comfort, and oh…yeah…biggest monomania in his life: Nefret. Ever since he first saw her when he was 10 (and quite prophetically, for the first time in his life shut up), Ramses has been hopelessly, steadfastly, and secretly in love with Nefret Forth. Who views him as a dear friend and brother. (Yes, she is insane). Pile on delicious angst and one of my favorite OTPs.

Nefret Forth: The Emersons rescued Nefret, at 13, from the land that time forgot (think a take on King Solomon’s Mines) and took her in, where Amelia raised her as her own daughter, which is just as well, as since Nefret spent the first 13 years of her life as a heathen priestess in a stone age culture, she has rather unorthodox notions and finds it hard to fit in. Well, perhaps she’d fit in OK anyway, being blonde, beautiful, and an heiress, if she also wasn’t so reckless, opinionated, and harbored the desire to become a doctor. I confess that while I like Nefret OK, I mainly like her because Ramses wants her, and Ramses should have what he wants. Plus, my favorite scene involves her Shippy spoiler )

Sethos: the mysterious nemesis of the Emersons, he has quite a thing for Amelia. And why not?

David Todros: The Emersons took David in when he was an abused kid, and he soon became Ramses’ brother in all but blood. David is Egyptian, and grandson of Emersons’ head of excavations. He is artistic and nice but I don’t have much interest in him.

So…the order of the books is this way (I am leaving all the books after Thunder out, because I don’t think they are very good):

• Crocodile on the Sandbank
• Curse of the Pharaohs
• The Mummy Case
• Lion in the Valley
• Deeds of the Disturber
• The Last Camel Died at Noon
• The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog
• The Hippopotamus Pool
• Seeing a Large Cat
• The Ape Who Guards the Balance
• The Falcon at the Portal
• He Shall Thunder in the Sky
dangermousie: (Default)
I am currently rereading Falcon at the Portal, one of my favorite out of the Amelia Peabody books, a series of adventure-detective-picaresque-romance novels by Elizabeth Peters.

The AP books follow the adventures of the redoubtable Peabody-Emerson clan, from the late 1800s to World War I (well, they continue past that, but I really think ‘He Shall Thunder in the Sky’ should have been the last book. All the stories were tied up). Think those fun Victorian adventure novels, only somewhat tongue in cheek, but still with plenty of angst and action.

The characters are renowned Egyptologists, with a dash of crime-solving, a fair bit of adventuring, a lot of snark, and are, all in all, a family I’d love to be a part of. Not to mention that Ramses (Amelia and Emerson’s son) is one of my huge literary crushes.

So? Interested? Here are the main characters:

Amelia Peabody: our narrator (for most of each book) and heroine. ‘Awesome’ does not even begin to describe her. Decidedly opinionated (some would say ‘very very stubborn’), physically intrepid, and a great deal less observant than she thinks she is, Amelia is a little fond of purple prose, and is quite enthusiastic about (not necessarily in that order) her husband, her family, Egyptology (especially inside dark scary Pyramids), and collaring a criminal or dozen. How can you not love her?

Radcliffe Emerson: Amelia believes he is the most pre-eminent Egyptologist of any age. Emerson (no one calls him by his first name, or there will be LOUDNESS) pretty much shares this opinion. As notorious for his temper and his strength as he is for his discoveries, Emerson is also rather putty in Amelia’s hands and is also, very very secretly, rather sentimental. Think professor Challenger from Conan Doyle’s Lost World (book) only even more so.

Ramses Emerson: MINE!!!! OK, just kidding. Sort of. Ramses (given name Walter, but is never used, as he was nicknamed Ramses for his bossiness and the name stuck) is the only child of Amelia and Emerson. Ramses started out as a hilariously chatty, preciously intellectual and rather knows-it-all kid and grew up into a deliciously intense, rather reserved young man, with a love of Egyptology, occasional stints as a secret agent, a happy (for me) penchant for angsty hurt-comfort, and oh…yeah…biggest monomania in his life: Nefret. Ever since he first saw her when he was 10 (and quite prophetically, for the first time in his life shut up), Ramses has been hopelessly, steadfastly, and secretly in love with Nefret Forth. Who views him as a dear friend and brother. (Yes, she is insane). Pile on delicious angst and one of my favorite OTPs.

Nefret Forth: The Emersons rescued Nefret, at 13, from the land that time forgot (think a take on King Solomon’s Mines) and took her in, where Amelia raised her as her own daughter, which is just as well, as since Nefret spent the first 13 years of her life as a heathen priestess in a stone age culture, she has rather unorthodox notions and finds it hard to fit in. Well, perhaps she’d fit in OK anyway, being blonde, beautiful, and an heiress, if she also wasn’t so reckless, opinionated, and harbored the desire to become a doctor. I confess that while I like Nefret OK, I mainly like her because Ramses wants her, and Ramses should have what he wants. Plus, my favorite scene involves her Shippy spoiler )

Sethos: the mysterious nemesis of the Emersons, he has quite a thing for Amelia. And why not?

David Todros: The Emersons took David in when he was an abused kid, and he soon became Ramses’ brother in all but blood. David is Egyptian, and grandson of Emersons’ head of excavations. He is artistic and nice but I don’t have much interest in him.

So…the order of the books is this way (I am leaving all the books after Thunder out, because I don’t think they are very good):

• Crocodile on the Sandbank
• Curse of the Pharaohs
• The Mummy Case
• Lion in the Valley
• Deeds of the Disturber
• The Last Camel Died at Noon
• The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog
• The Hippopotamus Pool
• Seeing a Large Cat
• The Ape Who Guards the Balance
• The Falcon at the Portal
• He Shall Thunder in the Sky

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