Sunita examined other Jewish characters in Heyer’s novels, and made some interesting discoveries.
I remembered that the heroine in April Lady had also visited a moneylender, “Jew” King, to obtain money for her lovable wastrel brother. I commented at Sarah’s post that this portrayal reduced:
A fascinating, complex man who was politically active and well connected politically and socially … to just a Jewish moneylender
Well, I was half right. The “Jew” King Heyer is referring to is actually the son of John King. He was also referred to by that nickname in the novel, but his treatment in April Lady is not the same as the depiction of Goldhanger.
In other marvelous things written about romances, Jessica Jernigan wrote a very thoughtful and thought-provoking article for Bitch Magazine about selkie romances, specifically Virginia Kantra’s Sea Witch, examining how the heroine of this selkie romance is a far, far sexually autonomous cry from the victim heroines of old-skool romances.
My favorite part, and Jane’s too:
Beauty and the Beast become a single character, and this allows for some wonderful inversions of gender expectations. When Margred alights on that moonlit beach and meets Caleb Hunter, her hand is on his fly before they even exchange names. While it would be an overstatement to say that the duo present a perfect inversion of the typical dynamic between romance heroes and heroines, they come awfully close. In Margred, the animal has long been awakened, and Caleb doesn’t offer her a sexual initiation; instead, he introduces her to such mundane phenomena as coffee, lobster rolls, and dishwashing.
Jessica interviewed me for this article awhile ago, and cites the Bosoms and our interview. I’m honestly flattered to be part of this article, as I think Jernigan did a kickass job examining her affinity for selkie romance.
Via Lynn, who saw it on Lois McMaster Bujold’s MySpace page (she’s on MySpace?): Jim C. Hines’ “Baby Got Books.”
I like big books and I cannot lie.
You other readers can’t deny
That when a kid walks in with The Name of the Wind
Like a hardbound brick of win.
Wanna swipe that thing
Cause you see that boy is speeding
Right through the book he’s reading.
I’m hooked and I can’t stop pleading.
Wanna curl up with that for ages,
All thousand pages.
Just TRY to get that song out of your head now.