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The hero and heroine of the book I'm currently reading have just taken a side trip to Wales. They are staying in 'the city of Rhondda' in order to visit the offices of several different mining companies. In the mid 1990s.
Epic fail. Homework, please, Ms Famous Romantic Novelist. (Mind you, I should have known. It's mostly set in a timeless Irish village -- you know the kind, with a musical pub, no television, almost no awareness of the outside world, filled with warm-hearted stereotypes.)

Skirt of the day: circular teal cotton.

Celts paper started. 200 words so far. Don't want to...


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May. 1st, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
I think, though, that you can develop a sense of a place by close study. This particular book gives the impression that the author has had a quick skim of a wiki entry on Wales.
May. 1st, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
Alternate history? Jan Morris rewrites the Welsh future in an interlude in her large book on Wales and places its future capital in Machynlleth, with the President occasionally appearing in Druidic robes.

If not alternate history - a big thumbs down.
May. 1st, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
It's a standard contemporary romance. Sigh. (Serves me right for reading it.)
May. 1st, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear. Maybe I should set the red lady on her? [Points to icon].
May. 1st, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Incidentally, I think I had a dream that belonged to you last night. At least, Jayne had started a rock band with the rest of the Serenity crew, and I was his groupie (in the squeeing sense).
May. 1st, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Does this author live in the US or some other place too far from Wales and Ireland to visit?
May. 1st, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
She's US-based, I believe. It's not a bad book: I quite enjoyed it. It was just Rhondda City. My mother's family come from the next valley over to the Rhondda and the idea of a city there was charmingly odd.
May. 1st, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Generic Irish Villiage! My favorite!

*headdesk* I do hope my Irish character doesn't come off as a generic fellow. It's very hard to know...
May. 1st, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
The main characters in the book are fine: it was just the walk-ons. Oh, and the English character. Why, she asked, do some non-British writers think we all have names like Rupert and Gwendolen and surnames like Cholmondely-Smythe and Carstairs? I think it must come from older films, because I've never met anyone with those types of names except in books.
May. 2nd, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
Yeah. O.o The only Brits I've ever met have last names like "Rees" and "Barry" and "Williams." *thinks* Huh. I have no British characters in my book, yet. Funny, that, considering how many other places are represented! (So far, France, Japan, Ireland, and ancient Persia. Amusing.)
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