I am pleased to report that A Place of Greater Safety is every bit as brilliant as I remember it from twelve years ago. I thought it would make a good transition book after Les Mis, both because I already know it's great and because it's very long (not Hugo long, but almost 800 pages) and it's about the French Revolution and it's full of EMOTIONS. Though not, unless I misremember, emotions about poop. Anyway everyone should read it, especially if you liked Wolf Hall (which I got stuck 2/3 of the way through due to ADHD problems, but adored and will be returning to if I can) and Bring Up The Bodies (which obviously I haven't read yet). A Place of Greater Safety is the same kind of brilliant historical novel that feels effortlessly historical without creating emotional distance from the characters, and it's epic and full of energy with a huge cast of supporting characters and I just love it so, so, so much. Also there is at least one really good fanfic.
Feb. 10th, 2013
I really should know by now that "maybe I should just scribble some crap and get it out of my system" always, ALWAYS turns into an actual story at which I can now fail. EVERY TIME. Still, I am having way too much fun writing in the most overblown 19th-century style I can possibly manage. And it's not like I ever planned to post this anyway.