Thursday, June 11, 2009


Pirates and Heaving Bosoms, Ahoy!

If you have not yet gotten your copy of the hysterical Beyond Heaving Bosoms--The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels, get yourself to the nearest bookstore and settle in for some fun reading.

Not only is it a snigger fest analyzing the modern romance novel, the novel that dare not bare its cover, but it's also wildly entertaining and has some home truths about the genre that we love.

The Smart Bitches are Candy Tan and Sarah Wendell, who along with their followers (and I'm proud to count myself in that group) take aim at the worst and praise the best at their website, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

And most squeeworthy of all, there's this on page 108:

"Special Buttpirate Mention: In Darlene Marshall's Pirate's Price, the heroine is a cross-dresser, and her pirate ship is staffed entirely by gay pirates [italics theirs] (plus a gunner with an unhealthy attachment to his pet goose)."

One small correction though: I think Dr. Brown on the Tigress is straight. I'm not sure, because we have a firm "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

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