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Some gentle entertainment ... - The Bibliophile
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Some gentle entertainment ...
Have started re-reading R.A. MacAvoy's Tea with the black dragon so that I can next read, for the first time, its sequel (whose existence I only discovered recently) with the tale's beloved characters fresh in my mind. I swear, every read is just as, if not more, delightful as that very first time over thirty years ago and main characters Martha Macnamara and Mayland Long never lose an iota of their adorableness.

And they have such wonderful (and beautifully described) moments together:
His expression went blank--as blank as it had been when she teased him about the word "Oolong." Then Mayland Long laughed, a low rumble which ran along the walls of the room, echoed in corners and tangled among the legs of the wooden chairs.


Shame that the current edition of the book has such a boring cover ... I treasure my elderly paperback just because of its cover painting that perfectly matches the description of the dragon statue in Mayland Long's sitting room, right down to the teacup. :-)

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sealwhiskers From: sealwhiskers Date: 27th September 2015 15:39 (UTC) (Other places)
Ooh, I love that book, and had no idea it had a sequel!
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 27th September 2015 16:38 (UTC) (Other places)
Me too! and me neither, until, as I said, very recently (one of those discovered-while-looking-up-something-else things). I'm about halfway through "Twisting the Rope" now ... it takes place at least five years after "Tea with the Black Dragon", Martha and Mayland are still together and as delightful a pairing as they were in the first book. :-D

Do you have your copy of "Tea with the Black Dragon" with you there or is it part of your library-in-storage back in Sweden?
sealwhiskers From: sealwhiskers Date: 2nd October 2015 05:48 (UTC) (Other places)
I never owned that book, just borrowed it from a friend about 6 years ago or so I think...
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 2nd October 2015 06:13 (UTC) (Other places)
Guess what? ;-)
sealwhiskers From: sealwhiskers Date: 2nd October 2015 16:02 (UTC) (Other places)
Heh, you are incorrigible! But I'm just going to enjoy it. THANK YOU!
sealwhiskers From: sealwhiskers Date: 2nd October 2015 16:10 (UTC) (Other places)
Oh,and because you gave me Tea with... Twisting the rope was offered to me for only 1.99. I totally went for it!!
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 2nd October 2015 16:21 (UTC) (Other places)
I sent you both books ... you shouldn't have had to pay anything (have to order ebook gifts as separate transactions ... you should have an individual email for each)
sealwhiskers From: sealwhiskers Date: 2nd October 2015 17:33 (UTC) (Other places)
Oops, I missed that, and it looks like I inadvertently clicked on buying the audio book. Hm...not my brightest moment. But still, I'm only out less than $2.

And again, THANK YOU for both books!
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 2nd October 2015 20:24 (UTC) (Other places)
No prob ... I love that you were so excited by the thought of reading both that you got overeager. However please check which of the books you actually have. I received an email that you'd claimed "Twisting the Rope" and that's what my account also shows; "Tea with the Black Dragon" is still showing as unclaimed by you.
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