More happy reviews!

To paraphrase Keats: “More happy reviews! more happy, happy reviews!” Okay, it doesn’t scan, but it still makes me happy. MyShelf just posted an absolutely lovely review of Blood Lily, calling it “a fun frolicking adventure”. I am uniquely delighted that they found Blood Lily “uniquely delightful”. Thanks, MyShelf!

p.s. slightly off topic, I highly recommend the Keats movie, Bright Star. Warning: quotations may continue for several days after viewing. Other side effects include poetic abstraction, sudden urges to read The Eve of St. Agnes, and the wearing of flowy-sleeved shirts.


  1. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on October 11, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Did you see they did a companion book of letters and poetry for the film?

  2. Nicole Schauder on October 11, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    What a delightfully bubbly review!

  3. Teje on October 11, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Really nice review! I am eagerly awaiting the book.

    Thanks Miss Eliza for mentioning the companion book for Bright Star. It was a wonderful film, and although I have never been much for poetry, I now have to get my hands on some Keats poetry CDs AND that companion book.

  4. Tulip on October 14, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I’m very curious to see how you’ll portray the Hydrabadi court and if you’ll give any notice of the role women played in it. People don’t realise how active Muslim Court Ladies were in politics and administration and I wonder if that comes in at all? Also, Penelope is an amusing character. What will happen to her idiot husband so that she can hook up with a better man, I wonder? 🙂

  5. Lauren on October 14, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Hi, Tulip! That was one of the things that fascinated me the most about Hyderabad during that time period– the Nizam had a famous courtesan on his council (she gets a cameo in the book), women as his Masters of Ceremonies, and a female troupe of soldiers (apparently rather fearsome in battle). They make good role models for Penelope. : )

  6. Lauren on October 14, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    p.s. as for Freddy… I’m not telling!

  7. Tulip on October 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Haha, thanks, Lauren. Looking forward to this book. Just wish Mary and Lord Vaughn would suddenly turn up in it, but I expect that’s unlikely. 😉

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