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10:54 pm
As I was riding up tonyish Huron St with its Edwardian behemoths that sell for a million and change, I discovered a Wee Free Library box. Wondering what the Annex provides in the way of cast-off reading, I investigated. Indeed, the books, though few, were a cut above what wanders into the WeeFree across the street. No 1960s physics textbooks or Doonesbury compilations here. (Even so, our WeeFree is better than the three or four others I randomly stop at, in that we rarely descend to chicklit or self-help.) No, Huron St (tonier than St George to the east but not nearly as tony as Madison to the west) has hardcovers by solid authors- no Oprah's picks or Heather's recs. With a ertain amount of foreboding I took out Anthony Burgess' A Dead Man in Deptford, which is about Christopher Marlowe. The language doesn't seem as asinine as Nothing Like the Sun, so I may hope.

(Googling about turns up this masterlist of historical novels, and poking about discovers there's a series of sequels to The Three Musketeers. But I poked further and lost the reference. Googling "musketeers sequel" or variations thereof gets me nowhere.)

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From:daegaer
Date:April 27th, 2016 07:57 am (UTC)
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It's been a long time since I read it, but I remember liking A Dead Man in Deptford (The language is good - there's a running bit of black and as it turns out ironic humour in it where Marlowe keeps slapping down one irritating character for being too familiar to him, saying, I am not thou to you. Marlowe seemed more like a 16th century person to me in the book than in some other versions of him I'd read).
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From:flemmings
Date:April 27th, 2016 02:11 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, that's encouraging. Shall get to it in the fullness of time then. Oh, and how I agree on the lack of periodicity in many a Marlowe. Elizabeth Bear, I am looking straight at you.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:April 27th, 2016 06:21 pm (UTC)
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The sequels are Twenty Years After and The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later. I really should go re-read the entire thing, but I really like Brust's, version and I think that's good enough for me.
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From:flemmings
Date:April 28th, 2016 12:24 am (UTC)
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Sorry- I meant a series of sequels not written by Dumas but by a 20th (or 21st?) century woman writer. I suppose that's 'further adventures' rather than sequels per se.

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