April 19th, 2006

Macmillan aryballos

BPAL: Belle Époque

ewitching Brews:
Belle Époque

Sweet opium, Lily of the Valley, vanilla, mandarin and red sandalwood.

Vial: Mandarin, vanilla, Lily of the Valley--sweet with a citrus tang.

Wet: The sandalwood came out almost immediately. If the mandarin is still there, it's blended in.

Dry: More sandalwood and possibly the opium, whatever that smells like; it's a darker scent. The vanilla seems to be gone, unless it's a mellowing agent, because the sandalwood is not at all harsh or overpowering. Very nice, complex.


daedala sent me a copy of Suzanne Robinson's Lady Gallant, which I am hugely enjoying so far. I'm about halfway through.

I don't know if I would have picked this up on my own, since I don't often venture into the Elizabethan period (well, this is Queen Mary, with Princess Elizabeth, so close enough), but when it arrived in the mail I was primed for it, and started reading the next morning.

My first thought, after a few pages, was that Robinson very likely read the Lymond Chronicles and ate them up with a spoon. My second thought was that some of these characters had wonderfully wacky names ("Anthony Now-Now"). My third? My goodness, the heroine was not spunky when captured by highwaymen! And this annoyed the hero! Usually in romance novels, he's annoyed because she's spunky!

Their conflict continued, intertwined with spying and danger of the heroine being married off to someone awful. I've reached the point where both characters have realized they are in love, but haven't discussed it (this is not a spoiler, it's a romance novel!). And I wanted the book to last. So today I brought The Great War and Modern Memory to (re)read, instead. I will finish Lady Gallant tomorrow, I think.