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On with the motley! As in, motley collection of tomes mostly not sf or fantasy. A slew of historical, including the Dorothy Dunnet Lymond ones, and Jeffery Farnol; I am chucking the George Macdonald Fraser on the realisation that actually Flashman annoys me more than I enjoy the novels' agreeably warped view of history. The Robertson Davies is courtesy of a Jung-fancying aunt in early undergrad, and Jung really doesn't groove my ploons any more. I have absolutely no recollection of acquiring the Julian Barnes, it seems uncharacteristically highbrow of me - mother, if it's actually your book and I'm cavalierly disposing of it, please scream! (My mother's taste in literature is way more highbrow than mine, a point which probably wouldn't surprise my English department any). It is also something of a satisfaction to realise, lowbrow tastes notwithstanding, that I actually have no desire whatsoever to re-read Bridget Jones's Diary at any point. And apparently I've overcome the completist urge at least to some extent, I've kept the Couplands I actually enjoyed, and tossed the rest. The Chocolate Conscience is a history of the Quakers in the early chocolate industry, weirdly enough. It's kinda cute.

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Dorothy Dunnet Lyman? I've only read her Johnson Johnson. Is it all educationally historical? Otherwise I might be interested...
I didn't even know she did detective stuff. Her Lymond novels are about sixteenth-century Scotland and France. Her research is very good, but mostly she writes fascinating characters.
Jeffrey Farnol? Did I discover him in the local library in my teens? Or is my memory decidedly faulty?

BTW - The Chocolate Conscience sounds interesting!
I completely discovered Farnol in the local library in my teens, clearly it's a Thing :>. Rather a stilted but enjoyable historical voice, playful language, overdrawn characters. Like very early Georgette Heyer. They're fun, but I doubt I'll re-read them, and if I want to, there's always Project Gutenberg...
Oh the joys of a local library! I discovered a lot there in my teens. Mainly Victorian and Edwardian with a sprinkling of later stuff, but what price H Rider Haggard, Jules Verne and H G Wells?
I listed these books to my mum, who exclaimed " Jeffery Farnol! I read those in my teens! That takes me back." If no one else claims these, my mum would welcome them, as a blast from the distant past.