Is anyone out there a Heyer Virgin? I suspect many of you aren’t, but just in case you’ve always been told you need to read some Georgette Heyer, but had no idea where to start, here’s a quick list to start you off.
These Old Shades has a hero who is actually a sort of nasty person instead of just pretending to be so, and a cross-dressing heroine who is…well, kind of violent. And that’s why I love them. Try The Black Moth as an interesting compare/contrast to These Old Shades.
A Civil Contract is a Marriage of Convenience story. And also very different from most of Heyer’s work. A friend once compared it to Persuasion. The closest to it among Heyer’s own work is probably The Quiet Gentleman, also a book I love.
Venetia is probably the best for witty dialogue (at which Heyer is very skilled), and also for a rake who really feels like a rake and isn’t actually sorry for it, and a heroine who doesn’t really mind.
Finally, Sylvester, or The Wicked Uncle. Not because of the great bits in which the heroine casts the hero as the villain of her Gothic novel, but because of some subtle characterization that really struck home for me.
And now I need to go and do some re-reading.
Here’s a post at Teach Me Tonight about the recent Re-reading Georgette Heyer conference.