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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Thou surly hasty-witted horn-beast!

I'm reading DESPERATE DUCHESSES, the first book in a new Georgian series by the incomparable Eloisa James. (Book two, AN AFFAIR BEFORE CHRISTMAS, btw, is due out in November.) James' voice is simply fabulous! PEOPLE magazine says that 'romance writing does not get any better than this,' and they're right. James is delicious, sophisticated, fun...The duchesses James writes about indeed rival our own times' "Desperate Housewives" in their scheming and affairs of the heart and pleasures of the body...If you like the bawdy days of the Georgian period, a time when real men wore lace and heels, then you'll love this series. In real life, Eloisa James is a professor of Shakespeare, and her books include lots of Shakespearean references and quotes. I love Shakespeare, so when trying to track down where one of her quotes came from within the Bard's works, I came across this delightful site, a Shakespearean Insult Generator:


Need something to bamboozle the telemarketer with? How about 'come, come, you talk greasily; your lips grow foul!' Need a satisfying epithet for the guy who cut you off in traffic? Try
'Thou bawdy plume-plucked lout!' Is your boss on your nerves? 'Thou puny fen-sucked strumpet!' I suggest you only think this last one if you want to keep your job...



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