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The thing about The Scarlet Pimpernel is that it's a good book almost despite itself.

The writing is just so TEDIOUS. I mean I knew that already? But it's amazing how much difference it makes when listening to a book as an audiobook. You can't skim AT ALL; it's the worst.

The writing is repetitive, replete with cliches, melodramatic, and silly. extremely vague spoilers beneath the cut )
sophia_sol: drawing of Combeferre, smiling and holding up a finger like he's about to explain something (Default)
I accidentally reread this book within like half a year of last reading because I was suddenly in the mood for it. What makes me "in the mood" for a particular book at a particular time is always so mysterious to me!

But what I actually want to talk about is that I'm still obsessed with trying to figure out the details of spoilers from here on in )
sophia_sol: drawing of Combeferre, smiling and holding up a finger like he's about to explain something (Default)
I have to start by saying that that is a really unfortunate choice of flower name for one's secret identity, because at least in my experience the scarlet pimpernel is not a well-known flower name these days, and the only real association with the syllable "pimp" is, well, pimps. And "scarlet" doesn't really help with the pimp association. So the name sounds kiiiiind of sketchy instead of sounding like an innocent wayside flower.

ANYWAYS.

cut for spoilers )

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