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Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon
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Feb 02, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, historical, mysteries-thrillers-horror
Recommended for: Lord John fans
Read from January 26 to 30, 2010

I still don't understand why Gabaldon's Lord John books are not more popular than they are. Is the "gayness" of the main character really such a huge turn-off? Because I can't find any other reason to dislike these books. To me, "Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade" is another great historical novel, full of subtle wit and humor, details of 18th century London society and entertaining descriptions of military living during the Seven Year War, along with a nice mystery (this time directly involving Lord John's family).

It should be noted however that Gabaldon turns the gay sexy up here a notch. There are some man on man scenes, fairly explicit IMO, with generous use of words like "prick" and "arse." I don't think I enjoyed these scenes too much, but I have to admit, some of my curiosity was satisfied. I only hope I got the "logistics" right, it can be confusing when two he's are involved in the matter. But I digress...

Aside from that, I've learned many other curious things about the period: there were actually chamber pots located right in the dining rooms, just hidden my screens, and they were used during parties (!); officers used to sleep with curling papers in their hair, even during war time; the ratio of gay to straight men was quite high, based on Lord John's experiences. Who would have thought?

But joking aside, I really enjoyed this book (maybe not as much as the first Lord John novel) and will definitely read future Lord John stories. Gabaldon is definitely a special writer...

P.S. I partially listened to this book and the narrator is great!

Reading challenge: #21.
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Tatiana LOL:)

Have you heard of "Outlander" at least?

Tatiana I have to admit, I am a bit partial to "Outlander":) I don't read romance, but this one I enjoyed quite a bit. Can't guarantee you'll like it, but it's worth a shot IMO.

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Jeffrey Thomas Yes the "gayness" turned me off. Call me a homophobe, but I have no desire to read about homosexual men and the "tang of male desire". Sometimes I wonder what women see in men!
I too, have been liking the "Outlander" series, as silly as the premise is... It's a guilty pleasure.

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