Two book related things.

Last week Aadisht paid a surprise trip to Delhi, bringing with him a pile of books he’d borrowed from me sometime in July. These included Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness quartet (incidentally, Alanna recently turned 25). In the couple of months since he’d borrowed them, the space they occupied in my shelves had been taken up (by Elizabeth Bear, if you’re curious) and so the books have been perched on a pile of papers at the foot of my bed for a few days. Which is why for the last couple of days I have stayed up all night rereading the Alanna books, the Daine books (I’m on Emperor Mage) and will probably be rereading the Kel books after. This is the fourth or fifth time I’m reading these, and that they can still keep me up reading all night is, I think, impressive.

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A friend has been supplying me with hilarious and excellent Mills&Boon publications. I’ve been captivated by the Sheikhs and Desert Love books since Aadisht and I read King of the Desert, Captive Bride in Starmark in Calcutta back in March. In the last week or so, I’ve also gone through The Sheikh’s Defiant Bride, The Mediterranean Prince’s Captive Virgin (which does not feature a Sheikh. Or indeed desert love) and Wanted: Royal Wife and Mother.

These books sound outrageous, as do many of the titles they’ve been coming out with recently – Bedded at the Billionaire’s Convenience? (Reading the new M&B titles is a big part of my book-shopping routine) And yet they’re really not any more regressive or shocking than most M&B books I’ve read – nothing like as bad as the titles would lead you to expect. So I can only assume that books that sound like they’re about powerless white women being held captive and raped by rich, powerful, often brown men are selling well. Oh good.

7 Comments to “Two book related things.”

  1. Hmm, I wonder if these Sheikh books are available here in Dubai… must go investigate.

  2. The titles of the recent M&Bs annoy me so much I never got around to reading many of them. I did read a couple about (in general) rich, tall, irresistible businessmen and thin, fair, extremely beautiful and generally helpless women. The ones I read were as bad their titles. :)

  3. hey..my first time here..

    I am an avid reader…these days I am reading “one” by Richard Bach..and yeah I too dont mind reading Mills and boon from now n then…

    two weeks back..went to JanPath market in Delhi..bought a few second hand ones from there…:)

    they are a refreshing cahnge from serious reading sometimes..

    :)

  4. I think you and I should write an M&B. And make money of it. In the meanwhile, I don't know what to make of Manil Suri.. At one level I adore the insight, at another, I look for the point.

  5. Is Aadisht your boyfriend?

  6. oh, yes – i’ve re-read the tortall books many times! have you read the beka cooper books yet?

  7. Vishal – Surely they are.

    Sumedha – It's an attitude thing, I suspect. Personally, the more ridiculous the M&B is, the more likely I am to enjoy it. A hero who is merely mildly chauvinistic annoys me, one who kidnaps his virgin blonde makes me giggle.

    Mysticalme – I am not a book snob, I'm really not, but did you just refer to Richard Bach's One as “serious reading”?

    Neha – Haven’t actually read Suri yet! And you and I must indeed collaborate. Art will occur.

    Anonymous – Who wants to know?

    Nix – I haven’t been able to find the Beka Cooper books! Though now that you mention them I’m sure the collge library has them. More Pierce!

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