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I am going to try to do periodic reading posts because I do read a lot so it might be fun to blab about it.

Part of the reason there haven't been so many posts in the last couple of days is that I've been obsessed with Jilly Cooper's Wicked! and just finished it. Now I am reading Jump! (no, I have no idea why there are exclamation marks in the titles).

I've posted about her before, but in case you missed it, Jilly Cooper is the grande dame of those super-thick, deliciously snarky, melodramatic British novels which aren't really chick lit but are a somewhat trashy, R-rated delight. She's been writing forever and is still active.

I love some of her Rutshire Chronicles books more than others but they are all great fun:

A really long list of her books with summaries and non-spoilery thoughts )

OK, this is long enough for a dissertation. Anyone read this?
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
I am going to try to do periodic reading posts because I do read a lot so it might be fun to blab about it.

Part of the reason there haven't been so many posts in the last couple of days is that I've been obsessed with Jilly Cooper's Wicked! and just finished it. Now I am reading Jump! (no, I have no idea why there are exclamation marks in the titles).

I've posted about her before, but in case you missed it, Jilly Cooper is the grande dame of those super-thick, deliciously snarky, melodramatic British novels which aren't really chick lit but are a somewhat trashy, R-rated delight. She's been writing forever and is still active.

I love some of her Rutshire Chronicles books more than others but they are all great fun:

A really long list of her books with summaries and non-spoilery thoughts )

OK, this is long enough for a dissertation. Anyone read this?
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
I am going to try to do periodic reading posts because I do read a lot so it might be fun to blab about it.

Part of the reason there haven't been so many posts in the last couple of days is that I've been obsessed with Jilly Cooper's Wicked! and just finished it. Now I am reading Jump! (no, I have no idea why there are exclamation marks in the titles).

I've posted about her before, but in case you missed it, Jilly Cooper is the grande dame of those super-thick, deliciously snarky, melodramatic British novels which aren't really chick lit but are a somewhat trashy, R-rated delight. She's been writing forever and is still active.

I love some of her Rutshire Chronicles books more than others but they are all great fun:

A really long list of her books with summaries and non-spoilery thoughts )

OK, this is long enough for a dissertation. Anyone read this?
dangermousie: (Default)
I am reading Jilly Cooper's Wicked (short version - fancy prep school merges with worst school in the county, chaos ensues) and I have decided that Dora Belvedon pretty much wins the 'ballsiest 15-yr-old ever' award.

Consider:

She gets taken away by Mommy's creeptastic, child-molesting, rapist boyfriend (yeah, Mommy knows how to pick 'em). He tries to rape her and she manages to fight him off, so (because he's not the sharpest tool in the shed and an utter psycho), he tries to convince her to cooperate by showing her a video of her boyfriend being raped by a bunch of his pedo friends at a party a few years earlier (I am not sure if it's some sort of demented 'he's gay so you should get on with me' or 'it's futile to resist, girl, we've been doing it for ages' - I think both), so Dora manages to sic her dog on him and then after some more fighting gets her hands on a gun, holds him at gunpoint, finds his secret stash of coke and calls the cops. And she busts him AND his pedo friends, and as he's being led away in handcuffs, she tells him something to the effect of "and that's what you get for raping my boyfriend."

OMFG, she is so fucking awesome. I bet she's going to be a superhero when she grows up.

Seriously. DORA = MORE AWESOME THAN THE WORLD CAN CONTAIN.
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I am reading Jilly Cooper's Wicked (short version - fancy prep school merges with worst school in the county, chaos ensues) and I have decided that Dora Belvedon pretty much wins the 'ballsiest 15-yr-old ever' award.

Consider:

She gets taken away by Mommy's creeptastic, child-molesting, rapist boyfriend (yeah, Mommy knows how to pick 'em). He tries to rape her and she manages to fight him off, so (because he's not the sharpest tool in the shed and an utter psycho), he tries to convince her to cooperate by showing her a video of her boyfriend being raped by a bunch of his pedo friends at a party a few years earlier (I am not sure if it's some sort of demented 'he's gay so you should get on with me' or 'it's futile to resist, girl, we've been doing it for ages' - I think both), so Dora manages to sic her dog on him and then after some more fighting gets her hands on a gun, holds him at gunpoint, finds his secret stash of coke and calls the cops. And she busts him AND his pedo friends, and as he's being led away in handcuffs, she tells him something to the effect of "and that's what you get for raping my boyfriend."

OMFG, she is so fucking awesome. I bet she's going to be a superhero when she grows up.

Seriously. DORA = MORE AWESOME THAN THE WORLD CAN CONTAIN.
dangermousie: (Default)
I am reading Jilly Cooper's Wicked (short version - fancy prep school merges with worst school in the county, chaos ensues) and I have decided that Dora Belvedon pretty much wins the 'ballsiest 15-yr-old ever' award.

Consider:

She gets taken away by Mommy's creeptastic, child-molesting, rapist boyfriend (yeah, Mommy knows how to pick 'em). He tries to rape her and she manages to fight him off, so (because he's not the sharpest tool in the shed and an utter psycho), he tries to convince her to cooperate by showing her a video of her boyfriend being raped by a bunch of his pedo friends at a party a few years earlier (I am not sure if it's some sort of demented 'he's gay so you should get on with me' or 'it's futile to resist, girl, we've been doing it for ages' - I think both), so Dora manages to sic her dog on him and then after some more fighting gets her hands on a gun, holds him at gunpoint, finds his secret stash of coke and calls the cops. And she busts him AND his pedo friends, and as he's being led away in handcuffs, she tells him something to the effect of "and that's what you get for raping my boyfriend."

OMFG, she is so fucking awesome. I bet she's going to be a superhero when she grows up.

Seriously. DORA = MORE AWESOME THAN THE WORLD CAN CONTAIN.
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This is probably my favorite Jilly Cooper book, even if it isn't one of her most famous ones. It's just so funny and sweet and with a creeptastic undertone and I adore the protagonists.

Lysander Hawkley is gorgeous and ridiculously nice. He's also not the sharpest tool in the drawer, can't read or write in any coherent matter due to dyslexia, and is incapable of holding down a job or even function much in real world due to just losing interest and not keeping track of anything. Luckily, his fed-up friend finally finds him a job Lysander can hold down - the job of the title. A particular town near to London is a favorite living space for many of the England's rich and famous and, as it often goes, many of the rich wives are neglected by their husbands, either for work or for mistresses. So Lysander becomes the man who gets hired by these ladies to get their husbands back - by pretending to be these ladies' devoted admirer etc - as Lysander is naturally nice to people and very attractive, that is an easy easy job for him. (Sex is not included in the purchase package, but usually happens anyway).

And then he meets Kitty Ranaldini. Kitty is plain, chubby, Cockney and married to the most appalling man ever (I actually think he's the only monster in all of Cooper's books). Ranaldini is a famous conductor who married Kitty when his previous wife left - Kitty was his very efficient secretary and he didn't want to lose her services. He doesn't love her or like her, treats her like dirt, and so does everyone else in his entourage (Kitty is expected to book hotel rooms for Ranaldini's mistresses, etc). The same is true in town - her 'friends' pretty much use her to arrange their lives and make their parties more pleasant and never think about her wishes twice.

Lysander is not particularly interested in Kitty but he does feel sorry for the way she's being treated and eventually they become friends. Oh, and then one of his former clients hires him for Kitty to bring Kitty's husband back, etcetcetc I think it is no surprise to say they fall desperately in love?

It all sounds like a plot of a romance novel (well, perhaps a lot tawdrier version of one) but it's not really - it's cynical and funny and actually pretty biting, with a lot of spotlight on characters who are not the main two (various wives, Ranaldini and his entourage etc).

I think it's my favorite of her books because it's rather a character piece and also because I just adore the two protagonists, who are both ridiculously nice (Lysander especially reminded me of a puppy) and also total misfits - despite his looks and upper-classish background, he is just as much of an outsider as she is. They are both too naive for the creepy creepy games people play around them (the only scene in all of her books that freaked me the hell out was in this book and involved Lysander at Ranaldini's party and ugh) and rather unsuited for the real world alone (together, they do fill in each other's gaps - she is as impossibly nice as he is but very practical).

Basically, it's hilarious and darling and with some dark dark undertones that nonetheless do not overwhelm.
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This is probably my favorite Jilly Cooper book, even if it isn't one of her most famous ones. It's just so funny and sweet and with a creeptastic undertone and I adore the protagonists.

Lysander Hawkley is gorgeous and ridiculously nice. He's also not the sharpest tool in the drawer, can't read or write in any coherent matter due to dyslexia, and is incapable of holding down a job or even function much in real world due to just losing interest and not keeping track of anything. Luckily, his fed-up friend finally finds him a job Lysander can hold down - the job of the title. A particular town near to London is a favorite living space for many of the England's rich and famous and, as it often goes, many of the rich wives are neglected by their husbands, either for work or for mistresses. So Lysander becomes the man who gets hired by these ladies to get their husbands back - by pretending to be these ladies' devoted admirer etc - as Lysander is naturally nice to people and very attractive, that is an easy easy job for him. (Sex is not included in the purchase package, but usually happens anyway).

And then he meets Kitty Ranaldini. Kitty is plain, chubby, Cockney and married to the most appalling man ever (I actually think he's the only monster in all of Cooper's books). Ranaldini is a famous conductor who married Kitty when his previous wife left - Kitty was his very efficient secretary and he didn't want to lose her services. He doesn't love her or like her, treats her like dirt, and so does everyone else in his entourage (Kitty is expected to book hotel rooms for Ranaldini's mistresses, etc). The same is true in town - her 'friends' pretty much use her to arrange their lives and make their parties more pleasant and never think about her wishes twice.

Lysander is not particularly interested in Kitty but he does feel sorry for the way she's being treated and eventually they become friends. Oh, and then one of his former clients hires him for Kitty to bring Kitty's husband back, etcetcetc I think it is no surprise to say they fall desperately in love?

It all sounds like a plot of a romance novel (well, perhaps a lot tawdrier version of one) but it's not really - it's cynical and funny and actually pretty biting, with a lot of spotlight on characters who are not the main two (various wives, Ranaldini and his entourage etc).

I think it's my favorite of her books because it's rather a character piece and also because I just adore the two protagonists, who are both ridiculously nice (Lysander especially reminded me of a puppy) and also total misfits - despite his looks and upper-classish background, he is just as much of an outsider as she is. They are both too naive for the creepy creepy games people play around them (the only scene in all of her books that freaked me the hell out was in this book and involved Lysander at Ranaldini's party and ugh) and rather unsuited for the real world alone (together, they do fill in each other's gaps - she is as impossibly nice as he is but very practical).

Basically, it's hilarious and darling and with some dark dark undertones that nonetheless do not overwhelm.
dangermousie: (Default)
This is probably my favorite Jilly Cooper book, even if it isn't one of her most famous ones. It's just so funny and sweet and with a creeptastic undertone and I adore the protagonists.

Lysander Hawkley is gorgeous and ridiculously nice. He's also not the sharpest tool in the drawer, can't read or write in any coherent matter due to dyslexia, and is incapable of holding down a job or even function much in real world due to just losing interest and not keeping track of anything. Luckily, his fed-up friend finally finds him a job Lysander can hold down - the job of the title. A particular town near to London is a favorite living space for many of the England's rich and famous and, as it often goes, many of the rich wives are neglected by their husbands, either for work or for mistresses. So Lysander becomes the man who gets hired by these ladies to get their husbands back - by pretending to be these ladies' devoted admirer etc - as Lysander is naturally nice to people and very attractive, that is an easy easy job for him. (Sex is not included in the purchase package, but usually happens anyway).

And then he meets Kitty Ranaldini. Kitty is plain, chubby, Cockney and married to the most appalling man ever (I actually think he's the only monster in all of Cooper's books). Ranaldini is a famous conductor who married Kitty when his previous wife left - Kitty was his very efficient secretary and he didn't want to lose her services. He doesn't love her or like her, treats her like dirt, and so does everyone else in his entourage (Kitty is expected to book hotel rooms for Ranaldini's mistresses, etc). The same is true in town - her 'friends' pretty much use her to arrange their lives and make their parties more pleasant and never think about her wishes twice.

Lysander is not particularly interested in Kitty but he does feel sorry for the way she's being treated and eventually they become friends. Oh, and then one of his former clients hires him for Kitty to bring Kitty's husband back, etcetcetc I think it is no surprise to say they fall desperately in love?

It all sounds like a plot of a romance novel (well, perhaps a lot tawdrier version of one) but it's not really - it's cynical and funny and actually pretty biting, with a lot of spotlight on characters who are not the main two (various wives, Ranaldini and his entourage etc).

I think it's my favorite of her books because it's rather a character piece and also because I just adore the two protagonists, who are both ridiculously nice (Lysander especially reminded me of a puppy) and also total misfits - despite his looks and upper-classish background, he is just as much of an outsider as she is. They are both too naive for the creepy creepy games people play around them (the only scene in all of her books that freaked me the hell out was in this book and involved Lysander at Ranaldini's party and ugh) and rather unsuited for the real world alone (together, they do fill in each other's gaps - she is as impossibly nice as he is but very practical).

Basically, it's hilarious and darling and with some dark dark undertones that nonetheless do not overwhelm.
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I am clearly on a Jilly Cooper roll, as the newest book I finished is her Apassionata. This is yet another one in her 'Rutshire Chronicles' (books set in a fictional English county, following various people who know each other). Unlike Rivals, which revolved around various denizens trying to acquire a license to run a TV station, this follows a local orchestra and related shenanigans.

Did I enjoy it? Yes. Did I love it? Yes and no. I loved all the parts which involved the Campbell-Blacks - whether Rupert/Taggie (OMG I ship them as much as ever) and their adopted kids, or Marcus (Rupert's despised, frail, music-obsessed son who I ended up adoring) or even Rupert's ludicrous ex-wife Helen and her 'courtship' by the arch-bad-guy Rinaldini. The problem is all the rest - which was the majority of the book. I don't dislike Abby, the wunderkind violinist who struggles to become a conductor but I have zero interest in her. And even though my attitude towards classical music is more positive than Rupert's (I quite like listening to it), I have about his level of interest in the nitty-gritty of performing or orchestra life or management, i.e., none. So I ended up skipping all those sections. Give me more of Rupert and Taggie in a Colombian orphanage and less of boring secondaries bitching about violas.

To itemize:

1. Could Rinaldini be any more of a bad guy? Maybe if he devoured puppies. He's cruel, selfish, abusive to everyone, liar and possibly a wannabe pedophile. Seriously. Unlike Tony, the antagonist in Rivals, who may have been a bad guy, but has some good points and you can understand why people like him, Rinaldini is pretty much a picture of a sociopath so he's not even fun to read about. It just makes you wonder why everyone in the world doesn't just join into smacking him.

2. Related - I believe Helen officially has the worst taste in men it's possible to have. Let's itemize - she's had three husbands - Rupert, Malise, and Rinaldini. Each are about the biggest disaster ever from any normal point of view. Now, I adore Rupert as a character and he certainly made a wonderful husband to Taggy but not only was he way too wild and immature to be married to anyone when he was married to Helen, they are about as incompatible as two people can be. Her marriage with Malise worked out but I can't get over that he was 30 yrs older than her and she liked him because she had someone organize her life (she's just hopeless at doing things on her own). And then she picks the creepy sociopath Rinaldini who only marries her to piss off Rupert and possibly get his claws into Rupert and Helen's daughter Tabitha. Woman, have you no sense? You are going to start writing to serial killers in jail next! (Side note - wtf, bad guy! I haven't yet read "The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous" which sets out why Rinaldini hates Rupert so much, apparently, but surely marrying someone just to possibly piss off her ex is much too much work for too little effort. Especially since Rupert can't stand Helen anyway and Rinaldini doesn't manage to do anything too fucked up to the children. Well, I am sure Rinaldini would prefer to mess with Taggie but is a realist).

3. Was I surprised that Marcus turned out to be gay? Nope, not at all. Was I shocked that Rupert actually didn't disown him or even get pissed off but just accepted it and told the press he's proud of him? Yeah. But then I get the sense that with Rupert, if he decides he cares for someone, that's pretty much it, plus he's good in a crisis. I am sure his un-PC, reactionary views in general are still intact, but the fact that Marcus is his son trumps everything - it's like the thing with Taggie in Rivals when he voted against death penalty or didn't burn his fields as he usually did because she freaked out about possibly trapped animals (the fact that Rupert, of all people, is married to someone concerned about animal rights, cracks me up). I am glad Rupert and Marcus made up - the poor kid needed it all his life.

4. Abby Abby Abby was soooooo boring. I didn't care about her struggle or love life or anything else - too bad that was the bulk of the book.

5. Rupert/Taggie !!!!! !!!!!!!! I have no idea why they hit every shippy kink I didn't know I had but they do. They've been together for what - seven years now? And he still worships the ground she walks on (with his sort of personality, he needs to - she must get a bit light-headed from the lack of oxygen due to the height of her pedestal). And takes care of her when she's sick and freaks out when he worries about her and apologizes when he loses his temper (!!! the last one impresses me the most). Ahhhhhhhh...Also, he must really love her to go with her to some hellhole and stay there for weeks so they can adopt because she can't have kids, because he doesn't need kids for himself - he's got kids already and he had zero interest in this whole endeavor. AWWWWWWWWWWW. Also, I totally cracked up when instead of one kid (baby Bianca that they came to pick up), they also ended up with a boy, who was crippled, neglected and *gasp* non-white because Rupert, of all people, latched on to him because he liked the kid's pluck. The thing is, I can see why it's killing Marcus - Rupert is pretty much enjoying being a perfect family man - with a loving and loved wife, and two kids he adores and who adore him - but Marcus never got any of this perfect family or paternal love growing up due to his parents both not being mature and loathing each other into the bargain.

Plus, who knew that Rupert, of all people, could say things like this:

"I was such a wreck when I met you," mumbled Rupert, "Helen just reminds me how vile I was. You've taught me to love." He kissed her wedding ring finger. "You've twisted me straight. I've got a present for you." Rooting in his pocket he produced a silver locket. Inside were Daisy France-Lynch miniatures of Xav and Bianca.

So cheesy, so awwwwwwwwwwwww.

6. Also, I finally figured something out - all of Jilly Cooper's sex scenes are awfully sleazy - maybe that is why she never really has any explicit scenes between couples who are the OTPs, like Rupert and Taggie or Marcus and his bf or whatever. I don't think she's capable of writing a romantic sex scene :)
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I am clearly on a Jilly Cooper roll, as the newest book I finished is her Apassionata. This is yet another one in her 'Rutshire Chronicles' (books set in a fictional English county, following various people who know each other). Unlike Rivals, which revolved around various denizens trying to acquire a license to run a TV station, this follows a local orchestra and related shenanigans.

Did I enjoy it? Yes. Did I love it? Yes and no. I loved all the parts which involved the Campbell-Blacks - whether Rupert/Taggie (OMG I ship them as much as ever) and their adopted kids, or Marcus (Rupert's despised, frail, music-obsessed son who I ended up adoring) or even Rupert's ludicrous ex-wife Helen and her 'courtship' by the arch-bad-guy Rinaldini. The problem is all the rest - which was the majority of the book. I don't dislike Abby, the wunderkind violinist who struggles to become a conductor but I have zero interest in her. And even though my attitude towards classical music is more positive than Rupert's (I quite like listening to it), I have about his level of interest in the nitty-gritty of performing or orchestra life or management, i.e., none. So I ended up skipping all those sections. Give me more of Rupert and Taggie in a Colombian orphanage and less of boring secondaries bitching about violas.

To itemize:

1. Could Rinaldini be any more of a bad guy? Maybe if he devoured puppies. He's cruel, selfish, abusive to everyone, liar and possibly a wannabe pedophile. Seriously. Unlike Tony, the antagonist in Rivals, who may have been a bad guy, but has some good points and you can understand why people like him, Rinaldini is pretty much a picture of a sociopath so he's not even fun to read about. It just makes you wonder why everyone in the world doesn't just join into smacking him.

2. Related - I believe Helen officially has the worst taste in men it's possible to have. Let's itemize - she's had three husbands - Rupert, Malise, and Rinaldini. Each are about the biggest disaster ever from any normal point of view. Now, I adore Rupert as a character and he certainly made a wonderful husband to Taggy but not only was he way too wild and immature to be married to anyone when he was married to Helen, they are about as incompatible as two people can be. Her marriage with Malise worked out but I can't get over that he was 30 yrs older than her and she liked him because she had someone organize her life (she's just hopeless at doing things on her own). And then she picks the creepy sociopath Rinaldini who only marries her to piss off Rupert and possibly get his claws into Rupert and Helen's daughter Tabitha. Woman, have you no sense? You are going to start writing to serial killers in jail next! (Side note - wtf, bad guy! I haven't yet read "The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous" which sets out why Rinaldini hates Rupert so much, apparently, but surely marrying someone just to possibly piss off her ex is much too much work for too little effort. Especially since Rupert can't stand Helen anyway and Rinaldini doesn't manage to do anything too fucked up to the children. Well, I am sure Rinaldini would prefer to mess with Taggie but is a realist).

3. Was I surprised that Marcus turned out to be gay? Nope, not at all. Was I shocked that Rupert actually didn't disown him or even get pissed off but just accepted it and told the press he's proud of him? Yeah. But then I get the sense that with Rupert, if he decides he cares for someone, that's pretty much it, plus he's good in a crisis. I am sure his un-PC, reactionary views in general are still intact, but the fact that Marcus is his son trumps everything - it's like the thing with Taggie in Rivals when he voted against death penalty or didn't burn his fields as he usually did because she freaked out about possibly trapped animals (the fact that Rupert, of all people, is married to someone concerned about animal rights, cracks me up). I am glad Rupert and Marcus made up - the poor kid needed it all his life.

4. Abby Abby Abby was soooooo boring. I didn't care about her struggle or love life or anything else - too bad that was the bulk of the book.

5. Rupert/Taggie !!!!! !!!!!!!! I have no idea why they hit every shippy kink I didn't know I had but they do. They've been together for what - seven years now? And he still worships the ground she walks on (with his sort of personality, he needs to - she must get a bit light-headed from the lack of oxygen due to the height of her pedestal). And takes care of her when she's sick and freaks out when he worries about her and apologizes when he loses his temper (!!! the last one impresses me the most). Ahhhhhhhh...Also, he must really love her to go with her to some hellhole and stay there for weeks so they can adopt because she can't have kids, because he doesn't need kids for himself - he's got kids already and he had zero interest in this whole endeavor. AWWWWWWWWWWW. Also, I totally cracked up when instead of one kid (baby Bianca that they came to pick up), they also ended up with a boy, who was crippled, neglected and *gasp* non-white because Rupert, of all people, latched on to him because he liked the kid's pluck. The thing is, I can see why it's killing Marcus - Rupert is pretty much enjoying being a perfect family man - with a loving and loved wife, and two kids he adores and who adore him - but Marcus never got any of this perfect family or paternal love growing up due to his parents both not being mature and loathing each other into the bargain.

Plus, who knew that Rupert, of all people, could say things like this:

"I was such a wreck when I met you," mumbled Rupert, "Helen just reminds me how vile I was. You've taught me to love." He kissed her wedding ring finger. "You've twisted me straight. I've got a present for you." Rooting in his pocket he produced a silver locket. Inside were Daisy France-Lynch miniatures of Xav and Bianca.

So cheesy, so awwwwwwwwwwwww.

6. Also, I finally figured something out - all of Jilly Cooper's sex scenes are awfully sleazy - maybe that is why she never really has any explicit scenes between couples who are the OTPs, like Rupert and Taggie or Marcus and his bf or whatever. I don't think she's capable of writing a romantic sex scene :)
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I am clearly on a Jilly Cooper roll, as the newest book I finished is her Apassionata. This is yet another one in her 'Rutshire Chronicles' (books set in a fictional English county, following various people who know each other). Unlike Rivals, which revolved around various denizens trying to acquire a license to run a TV station, this follows a local orchestra and related shenanigans.

Did I enjoy it? Yes. Did I love it? Yes and no. I loved all the parts which involved the Campbell-Blacks - whether Rupert/Taggie (OMG I ship them as much as ever) and their adopted kids, or Marcus (Rupert's despised, frail, music-obsessed son who I ended up adoring) or even Rupert's ludicrous ex-wife Helen and her 'courtship' by the arch-bad-guy Rinaldini. The problem is all the rest - which was the majority of the book. I don't dislike Abby, the wunderkind violinist who struggles to become a conductor but I have zero interest in her. And even though my attitude towards classical music is more positive than Rupert's (I quite like listening to it), I have about his level of interest in the nitty-gritty of performing or orchestra life or management, i.e., none. So I ended up skipping all those sections. Give me more of Rupert and Taggie in a Colombian orphanage and less of boring secondaries bitching about violas.

To itemize:

1. Could Rinaldini be any more of a bad guy? Maybe if he devoured puppies. He's cruel, selfish, abusive to everyone, liar and possibly a wannabe pedophile. Seriously. Unlike Tony, the antagonist in Rivals, who may have been a bad guy, but has some good points and you can understand why people like him, Rinaldini is pretty much a picture of a sociopath so he's not even fun to read about. It just makes you wonder why everyone in the world doesn't just join into smacking him.

2. Related - I believe Helen officially has the worst taste in men it's possible to have. Let's itemize - she's had three husbands - Rupert, Malise, and Rinaldini. Each are about the biggest disaster ever from any normal point of view. Now, I adore Rupert as a character and he certainly made a wonderful husband to Taggy but not only was he way too wild and immature to be married to anyone when he was married to Helen, they are about as incompatible as two people can be. Her marriage with Malise worked out but I can't get over that he was 30 yrs older than her and she liked him because she had someone organize her life (she's just hopeless at doing things on her own). And then she picks the creepy sociopath Rinaldini who only marries her to piss off Rupert and possibly get his claws into Rupert and Helen's daughter Tabitha. Woman, have you no sense? You are going to start writing to serial killers in jail next! (Side note - wtf, bad guy! I haven't yet read "The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous" which sets out why Rinaldini hates Rupert so much, apparently, but surely marrying someone just to possibly piss off her ex is much too much work for too little effort. Especially since Rupert can't stand Helen anyway and Rinaldini doesn't manage to do anything too fucked up to the children. Well, I am sure Rinaldini would prefer to mess with Taggie but is a realist).

3. Was I surprised that Marcus turned out to be gay? Nope, not at all. Was I shocked that Rupert actually didn't disown him or even get pissed off but just accepted it and told the press he's proud of him? Yeah. But then I get the sense that with Rupert, if he decides he cares for someone, that's pretty much it, plus he's good in a crisis. I am sure his un-PC, reactionary views in general are still intact, but the fact that Marcus is his son trumps everything - it's like the thing with Taggie in Rivals when he voted against death penalty or didn't burn his fields as he usually did because she freaked out about possibly trapped animals (the fact that Rupert, of all people, is married to someone concerned about animal rights, cracks me up). I am glad Rupert and Marcus made up - the poor kid needed it all his life.

4. Abby Abby Abby was soooooo boring. I didn't care about her struggle or love life or anything else - too bad that was the bulk of the book.

5. Rupert/Taggie !!!!! !!!!!!!! I have no idea why they hit every shippy kink I didn't know I had but they do. They've been together for what - seven years now? And he still worships the ground she walks on (with his sort of personality, he needs to - she must get a bit light-headed from the lack of oxygen due to the height of her pedestal). And takes care of her when she's sick and freaks out when he worries about her and apologizes when he loses his temper (!!! the last one impresses me the most). Ahhhhhhhh...Also, he must really love her to go with her to some hellhole and stay there for weeks so they can adopt because she can't have kids, because he doesn't need kids for himself - he's got kids already and he had zero interest in this whole endeavor. AWWWWWWWWWWW. Also, I totally cracked up when instead of one kid (baby Bianca that they came to pick up), they also ended up with a boy, who was crippled, neglected and *gasp* non-white because Rupert, of all people, latched on to him because he liked the kid's pluck. The thing is, I can see why it's killing Marcus - Rupert is pretty much enjoying being a perfect family man - with a loving and loved wife, and two kids he adores and who adore him - but Marcus never got any of this perfect family or paternal love growing up due to his parents both not being mature and loathing each other into the bargain.

Plus, who knew that Rupert, of all people, could say things like this:

"I was such a wreck when I met you," mumbled Rupert, "Helen just reminds me how vile I was. You've taught me to love." He kissed her wedding ring finger. "You've twisted me straight. I've got a present for you." Rooting in his pocket he produced a silver locket. Inside were Daisy France-Lynch miniatures of Xav and Bianca.

So cheesy, so awwwwwwwwwwwww.

6. Also, I finally figured something out - all of Jilly Cooper's sex scenes are awfully sleazy - maybe that is why she never really has any explicit scenes between couples who are the OTPs, like Rupert and Taggie or Marcus and his bf or whatever. I don't think she's capable of writing a romantic sex scene :)
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Just finished this door-stopper of a book and so much fun! I really must read more Jilly Cooper - no doubt it's very trashy but the amount of fun I had was insane. In short:

1. STD tests for everyone! I have never seen that much sleeping around in a single novel before. And not just for AIDS as some of them did, but for every STD under the sun. The cast of characters is like one giant petri dish. Take the example of Cameron - she ends up with Patrick, but not before sleeping with (b) Rupert (her future brother-in-law if she and Patrick marry) (b) Declan - Patrick's father (!!!!) (c) Tony, whose son is Patrick's sister's bf. My God. Someone should do a study on patterns on disease with these people.

2. Speaking of Cameron, she was the one character I could not stand. Not because she'd be awful to deal with in RL (because this goes for the majority of the characters) but because she wasn't fun to read about when bitchy - screaming and combative clinginess is not fun. But mainly, I confess, because she was a bitch to Taggy - Taggy is, by far, my favorite character and any time anyone was horrid to her, I wanted to slaughter them (is it possible to be protective of a fictional character?) I probably would have overlooked it if it was due to jealousy but Cameron was being a massive bitch to her before she's even thought of hooking up with Rupert. I get the sense the author liked Cameron a lot more than I did. Oh well.

3. Yup, Taggy is still my favorite character. By far. Also, if someone told me before I read this, that I would be obsessed about a 19-yr-old dyslexic cook and a 30-something ultimate-male-slut patrician politician, I would have thought they were insane. But here we are. Rupert/Taggy totally hit all my fictional kinks (minus having a sex scene - booo, every other permutation of people had a sex scene, why not the OTP?!). All the angst was beyond delicious. (Or as my daughter says 'deeeeeelicious'). I am a sucker for the whole "I am unworthy/too old/too around the block" stuff. And their personalities and needs and flaws and strengths really compliment each other. Plus, he won't care she can barely read as about the only thing he ever bothers to read is sports magazines :)

4. Adultery. See point 1. I tried to figure out if anyone hasn't committed adultery in this one and I think the only exceptions were people who weren't married :)

5. Reading about all the scrumptuous meals made me hungry.

6. I will never understand Declan and Maud's marriage but if all that drama and cheating works for them, good.

7. I want to read more about Billy Lloyd-Foxe and his swingerish wife. They are awesome. I believe he's one of the mains in Riders which I shall acquire forthwith (it also features Rupert as an utter cad in his wild young days, so that's a bonus).

8. Does the author have a thing for age differences? In addition to Taggy/Rupert, there is Patrick/Cameron (he's 21, she's almost 30), and Rupert's ex-wife who's in a happy mariage with a man 30 yrs her senior. Oddddddddddddddddddd.

In conclusion: I want to find a hot and loaded British aristocrat to buy me Faberge eggs and puppies and protect me from things. But not before a STD test panel results are out :)
dangermousie: (Default)
Just finished this door-stopper of a book and so much fun! I really must read more Jilly Cooper - no doubt it's very trashy but the amount of fun I had was insane. In short:

1. STD tests for everyone! I have never seen that much sleeping around in a single novel before. And not just for AIDS as some of them did, but for every STD under the sun. The cast of characters is like one giant petri dish. Take the example of Cameron - she ends up with Patrick, but not before sleeping with (b) Rupert (her future brother-in-law if she and Patrick marry) (b) Declan - Patrick's father (!!!!) (c) Tony, whose son is Patrick's sister's bf. My God. Someone should do a study on patterns on disease with these people.

2. Speaking of Cameron, she was the one character I could not stand. Not because she'd be awful to deal with in RL (because this goes for the majority of the characters) but because she wasn't fun to read about when bitchy - screaming and combative clinginess is not fun. But mainly, I confess, because she was a bitch to Taggy - Taggy is, by far, my favorite character and any time anyone was horrid to her, I wanted to slaughter them (is it possible to be protective of a fictional character?) I probably would have overlooked it if it was due to jealousy but Cameron was being a massive bitch to her before she's even thought of hooking up with Rupert. I get the sense the author liked Cameron a lot more than I did. Oh well.

3. Yup, Taggy is still my favorite character. By far. Also, if someone told me before I read this, that I would be obsessed about a 19-yr-old dyslexic cook and a 30-something ultimate-male-slut patrician politician, I would have thought they were insane. But here we are. Rupert/Taggy totally hit all my fictional kinks (minus having a sex scene - booo, every other permutation of people had a sex scene, why not the OTP?!). All the angst was beyond delicious. (Or as my daughter says 'deeeeeelicious'). I am a sucker for the whole "I am unworthy/too old/too around the block" stuff. And their personalities and needs and flaws and strengths really compliment each other. Plus, he won't care she can barely read as about the only thing he ever bothers to read is sports magazines :)

4. Adultery. See point 1. I tried to figure out if anyone hasn't committed adultery in this one and I think the only exceptions were people who weren't married :)

5. Reading about all the scrumptuous meals made me hungry.

6. I will never understand Declan and Maud's marriage but if all that drama and cheating works for them, good.

7. I want to read more about Billy Lloyd-Foxe and his swingerish wife. They are awesome. I believe he's one of the mains in Riders which I shall acquire forthwith (it also features Rupert as an utter cad in his wild young days, so that's a bonus).

8. Does the author have a thing for age differences? In addition to Taggy/Rupert, there is Patrick/Cameron (he's 21, she's almost 30), and Rupert's ex-wife who's in a happy mariage with a man 30 yrs her senior. Oddddddddddddddddddd.

In conclusion: I want to find a hot and loaded British aristocrat to buy me Faberge eggs and puppies and protect me from things. But not before a STD test panel results are out :)
dangermousie: (Default)
Just finished this door-stopper of a book and so much fun! I really must read more Jilly Cooper - no doubt it's very trashy but the amount of fun I had was insane. In short:

1. STD tests for everyone! I have never seen that much sleeping around in a single novel before. And not just for AIDS as some of them did, but for every STD under the sun. The cast of characters is like one giant petri dish. Take the example of Cameron - she ends up with Patrick, but not before sleeping with (b) Rupert (her future brother-in-law if she and Patrick marry) (b) Declan - Patrick's father (!!!!) (c) Tony, whose son is Patrick's sister's bf. My God. Someone should do a study on patterns on disease with these people.

2. Speaking of Cameron, she was the one character I could not stand. Not because she'd be awful to deal with in RL (because this goes for the majority of the characters) but because she wasn't fun to read about when bitchy - screaming and combative clinginess is not fun. But mainly, I confess, because she was a bitch to Taggy - Taggy is, by far, my favorite character and any time anyone was horrid to her, I wanted to slaughter them (is it possible to be protective of a fictional character?) I probably would have overlooked it if it was due to jealousy but Cameron was being a massive bitch to her before she's even thought of hooking up with Rupert. I get the sense the author liked Cameron a lot more than I did. Oh well.

3. Yup, Taggy is still my favorite character. By far. Also, if someone told me before I read this, that I would be obsessed about a 19-yr-old dyslexic cook and a 30-something ultimate-male-slut patrician politician, I would have thought they were insane. But here we are. Rupert/Taggy totally hit all my fictional kinks (minus having a sex scene - booo, every other permutation of people had a sex scene, why not the OTP?!). All the angst was beyond delicious. (Or as my daughter says 'deeeeeelicious'). I am a sucker for the whole "I am unworthy/too old/too around the block" stuff. And their personalities and needs and flaws and strengths really compliment each other. Plus, he won't care she can barely read as about the only thing he ever bothers to read is sports magazines :)

4. Adultery. See point 1. I tried to figure out if anyone hasn't committed adultery in this one and I think the only exceptions were people who weren't married :)

5. Reading about all the scrumptuous meals made me hungry.

6. I will never understand Declan and Maud's marriage but if all that drama and cheating works for them, good.

7. I want to read more about Billy Lloyd-Foxe and his swingerish wife. They are awesome. I believe he's one of the mains in Riders which I shall acquire forthwith (it also features Rupert as an utter cad in his wild young days, so that's a bonus).

8. Does the author have a thing for age differences? In addition to Taggy/Rupert, there is Patrick/Cameron (he's 21, she's almost 30), and Rupert's ex-wife who's in a happy mariage with a man 30 yrs her senior. Oddddddddddddddddddd.

In conclusion: I want to find a hot and loaded British aristocrat to buy me Faberge eggs and puppies and protect me from things. But not before a STD test panel results are out :)

Everything

Nov. 28th, 2011 07:21 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
1. Argh!!!! My big order from Amazon, full of Brit chick lit I was craving, was sent to the wrong address (my fault) and now I have to reorder and argghghghghghghghhgghhgh I want it now! I was never good at patience. I reordered from Alibris and now it will get here by Dec 14 but I want those books now! Especially Tash/Hugo ones. Boooo.

2. I went to see Immortals today and loved it. I can see why it had lousy reviews - it's a very idiosyncratic movie and the story is barebones, but I thought it was amazing - visually like nothing I've ever seen - like feverish paintings come to life - like those vivid nightmarish dreams you have that you half-remember when you wake up. Plus, huge bonus to anything that mentions Titanomachia. And somehow the vibe did remind me of the myths, or at least of the way they made me feel when I first discovered them when I was eight. Plus, I've never seen Henry Cavill in anything but that man is ridiculously gorgeous and masculine at the same time. Mmmmm.

3. I am behind on my dramas. I am just not in the mood somehow. No idea why. But have an Ouran cap dump.



From the last half and rather Haruhi/Tamaki-centric )

4. In news of American TV shows (where I am also behind), I've pretty much given up pretending I care for anything but Bridget/Andrew in Ringer. But they are so adorable together! Sure, there is the whole 'she is impersonating her sociopath twin sister who is his wife' complication, but whatever :)



5. To console self for book-shipping fiasco mentioned in (1), I went on kindle and got a Jilly Cooper book to fill my trashy British books quota. I only had two criteria: (1) it had to be on kindle and (2) not involve horses as K&T got me all horsed-out. So I got Rivals, which is set in a fictional English county and revolves around a fight for a television station license (not sure how it works in the UK but I don't particularly mind). The station is run by a horrible backstabbing guy named Tony something, and he finally pisses off enough people that they take him on and try to take the license away from him. It's full of amoral but hilarious people who gladly sleep around and backstab and is v.v.v.v. entertaining. I pretty much adore every character (as long as I don't ever have to meet them) but my favorites, in no particular order are:

* Taggy - the only really sane person in this whole thing (at least so far, I am a quarter in). She's 19, the daughter of a famous television interviewer (who is the one spearheading the takeover). She's dyslexic, has plans for a career as a chef, and as a result of growing up with brilliant but volatile father and self-absorbed, domestically-useless mother, she's pretty much the caretaker. I think she should get whatever she wants, which seems to be a chef career.

* Declan - Taggy's Dad. He's pretty awesome but his taste in women - yikes. Maud, his wife, is pretty much the most spoiled and useless thing ever, even if hilariously entertaining as a character.

* Rupert Campbell-Black - He's in his late 30s (I think), is a cabinet minister and is an unrepentant playboy. He gets involved in the takeover with Declan. I really shouldn't like him because he's got the morals of a cat and pretty much does anything in skirts, but in addition to being hot, he is ridiculously hilarious and entertaining. I mean, I cannot not love him after exchanges like this (Valerie is the resident social climber):

'Sharon's only allowed to watch [TV] occasionally at weekends,' said Valerie smugly. 'When I was young, my sister and I made our own amusements.'
'So did I,' agreed Rupert, 'until Nanny told me it would make me go blind.'


Ahahahahaahaaa.

Because I am a bad person, I peeked at the end and apparently Rupert and Taggy become a couple? (!!!!!!) I am madly curious as to how that would happen as where I am at, she cannot stand the sight of him and he's chasing everything that moves (though thinks she's pretty). Hmmmm. Ever since I read These Old Shades as a teenager, I've been a sucker for 'super-slutty older man falls madly for younger woman who he doesn't think he can have' trope so...anticipating this.

6. From now through New Year's, posting is probably spotty because of a lot of family events and travel. Sorry :)

Everything

Nov. 28th, 2011 07:21 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
1. Argh!!!! My big order from Amazon, full of Brit chick lit I was craving, was sent to the wrong address (my fault) and now I have to reorder and argghghghghghghghhgghhgh I want it now! I was never good at patience. I reordered from Alibris and now it will get here by Dec 14 but I want those books now! Especially Tash/Hugo ones. Boooo.

2. I went to see Immortals today and loved it. I can see why it had lousy reviews - it's a very idiosyncratic movie and the story is barebones, but I thought it was amazing - visually like nothing I've ever seen - like feverish paintings come to life - like those vivid nightmarish dreams you have that you half-remember when you wake up. Plus, huge bonus to anything that mentions Titanomachia. And somehow the vibe did remind me of the myths, or at least of the way they made me feel when I first discovered them when I was eight. Plus, I've never seen Henry Cavill in anything but that man is ridiculously gorgeous and masculine at the same time. Mmmmm.

3. I am behind on my dramas. I am just not in the mood somehow. No idea why. But have an Ouran cap dump.



From the last half and rather Haruhi/Tamaki-centric )

4. In news of American TV shows (where I am also behind), I've pretty much given up pretending I care for anything but Bridget/Andrew in Ringer. But they are so adorable together! Sure, there is the whole 'she is impersonating her sociopath twin sister who is his wife' complication, but whatever :)



5. To console self for book-shipping fiasco mentioned in (1), I went on kindle and got a Jilly Cooper book to fill my trashy British books quota. I only had two criteria: (1) it had to be on kindle and (2) not involve horses as K&T got me all horsed-out. So I got Rivals, which is set in a fictional English county and revolves around a fight for a television station license (not sure how it works in the UK but I don't particularly mind). The station is run by a horrible backstabbing guy named Tony something, and he finally pisses off enough people that they take him on and try to take the license away from him. It's full of amoral but hilarious people who gladly sleep around and backstab and is v.v.v.v. entertaining. I pretty much adore every character (as long as I don't ever have to meet them) but my favorites, in no particular order are:

* Taggy - the only really sane person in this whole thing (at least so far, I am a quarter in). She's 19, the daughter of a famous television interviewer (who is the one spearheading the takeover). She's dyslexic, has plans for a career as a chef, and as a result of growing up with brilliant but volatile father and self-absorbed, domestically-useless mother, she's pretty much the caretaker. I think she should get whatever she wants, which seems to be a chef career.

* Declan - Taggy's Dad. He's pretty awesome but his taste in women - yikes. Maud, his wife, is pretty much the most spoiled and useless thing ever, even if hilariously entertaining as a character.

* Rupert Campbell-Black - He's in his late 30s (I think), is a cabinet minister and is an unrepentant playboy. He gets involved in the takeover with Declan. I really shouldn't like him because he's got the morals of a cat and pretty much does anything in skirts, but in addition to being hot, he is ridiculously hilarious and entertaining. I mean, I cannot not love him after exchanges like this (Valerie is the resident social climber):

'Sharon's only allowed to watch [TV] occasionally at weekends,' said Valerie smugly. 'When I was young, my sister and I made our own amusements.'
'So did I,' agreed Rupert, 'until Nanny told me it would make me go blind.'


Ahahahahaahaaa.

Because I am a bad person, I peeked at the end and apparently Rupert and Taggy become a couple? (!!!!!!) I am madly curious as to how that would happen as where I am at, she cannot stand the sight of him and he's chasing everything that moves (though thinks she's pretty). Hmmmm. Ever since I read These Old Shades as a teenager, I've been a sucker for 'super-slutty older man falls madly for younger woman who he doesn't think he can have' trope so...anticipating this.

6. From now through New Year's, posting is probably spotty because of a lot of family events and travel. Sorry :)

Everything

Nov. 28th, 2011 07:21 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
1. Argh!!!! My big order from Amazon, full of Brit chick lit I was craving, was sent to the wrong address (my fault) and now I have to reorder and argghghghghghghghhgghhgh I want it now! I was never good at patience. I reordered from Alibris and now it will get here by Dec 14 but I want those books now! Especially Tash/Hugo ones. Boooo.

2. I went to see Immortals today and loved it. I can see why it had lousy reviews - it's a very idiosyncratic movie and the story is barebones, but I thought it was amazing - visually like nothing I've ever seen - like feverish paintings come to life - like those vivid nightmarish dreams you have that you half-remember when you wake up. Plus, huge bonus to anything that mentions Titanomachia. And somehow the vibe did remind me of the myths, or at least of the way they made me feel when I first discovered them when I was eight. Plus, I've never seen Henry Cavill in anything but that man is ridiculously gorgeous and masculine at the same time. Mmmmm.

3. I am behind on my dramas. I am just not in the mood somehow. No idea why. But have an Ouran cap dump.



From the last half and rather Haruhi/Tamaki-centric )

4. In news of American TV shows (where I am also behind), I've pretty much given up pretending I care for anything but Bridget/Andrew in Ringer. But they are so adorable together! Sure, there is the whole 'she is impersonating her sociopath twin sister who is his wife' complication, but whatever :)



5. To console self for book-shipping fiasco mentioned in (1), I went on kindle and got a Jilly Cooper book to fill my trashy British books quota. I only had two criteria: (1) it had to be on kindle and (2) not involve horses as K&T got me all horsed-out. So I got Rivals, which is set in a fictional English county and revolves around a fight for a television station license (not sure how it works in the UK but I don't particularly mind). The station is run by a horrible backstabbing guy named Tony something, and he finally pisses off enough people that they take him on and try to take the license away from him. It's full of amoral but hilarious people who gladly sleep around and backstab and is v.v.v.v. entertaining. I pretty much adore every character (as long as I don't ever have to meet them) but my favorites, in no particular order are:

* Taggy - the only really sane person in this whole thing (at least so far, I am a quarter in). She's 19, the daughter of a famous television interviewer (who is the one spearheading the takeover). She's dyslexic, has plans for a career as a chef, and as a result of growing up with brilliant but volatile father and self-absorbed, domestically-useless mother, she's pretty much the caretaker. I think she should get whatever she wants, which seems to be a chef career.

* Declan - Taggy's Dad. He's pretty awesome but his taste in women - yikes. Maud, his wife, is pretty much the most spoiled and useless thing ever, even if hilariously entertaining as a character.

* Rupert Campbell-Black - He's in his late 30s (I think), is a cabinet minister and is an unrepentant playboy. He gets involved in the takeover with Declan. I really shouldn't like him because he's got the morals of a cat and pretty much does anything in skirts, but in addition to being hot, he is ridiculously hilarious and entertaining. I mean, I cannot not love him after exchanges like this (Valerie is the resident social climber):

'Sharon's only allowed to watch [TV] occasionally at weekends,' said Valerie smugly. 'When I was young, my sister and I made our own amusements.'
'So did I,' agreed Rupert, 'until Nanny told me it would make me go blind.'


Ahahahahaahaaa.

Because I am a bad person, I peeked at the end and apparently Rupert and Taggy become a couple? (!!!!!!) I am madly curious as to how that would happen as where I am at, she cannot stand the sight of him and he's chasing everything that moves (though thinks she's pretty). Hmmmm. Ever since I read These Old Shades as a teenager, I've been a sucker for 'super-slutty older man falls madly for younger woman who he doesn't think he can have' trope so...anticipating this.

6. From now through New Year's, posting is probably spotty because of a lot of family events and travel. Sorry :)

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