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Linda Hilton

Reader, Writer, Merciless Reviewer and Incurable Romantic

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Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Nancy MacLean
Progress: 134/574 pages
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
Christopher L. Hayes
Progress: 17/304 pages
The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance
Northrop Frye
Progress: 43/200 pages
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Arlie Russell Hochschild
Progress: 96/454 pages
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
Progress: 22/750 pages
All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Progress: 73/383 pages
Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide (American Popular Culture)
Kay Mussell
Progress: 17/157 pages
The Looking-Glass Portrait
Linda Hilton
Really Neat Rocks: A casual introduction to the rocks & gems of Arizona and the lapidary arts
Linda Hilton
Progress: 61/61 pages
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer

Can I get a ruling on this, before I write a mean review?

Names have been changed to protect the innocent AND the guilty.


The setting is mid-18th century England.  The whole thing with the peerage -- because "marrying well" and getting heirs is the foundation of the story -- irks me when it seems totally wrong.


Henry Rocket, the seventh Duke of Zoom, has three sons.


Walter Rocket, the eldest son, is also the fourth Earl of Oz in his own right.  Huh?  In his own right?  Who was the third earl?  If Walter is the fourth, then he had to have inherited the title from the third.  I'm assuming this "in his own right" means Oz is not a courtesy title.


The second son Desmond and younger brother Charles are referred to as "the younger Zooms," with the three collectively as "the Zoom brothers."  (It's gonna be a trilogy, of course.) Huh?  Wouldn't the younger sons be the younger Lords Rocket, Lord Desmond Rocket and Lord Charles Rocket?