gentlemen's society

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I have recently become utterly smitten with the Society of Gentlemen book series by KJ Charles. The book covers are so disappointing and bland and do not do these characters justice AT ALL so I needed to draw the boys myself.


If you like Regency-era stories about gentlemen who like other gentlemen then you should check this series out; it’s got some lovely romance and friendships and supporting-each-other-through-hardship and era politics and scandal and drama and pining.  Not to mention bi and demi and trans characters, and none of the conflicts revolve around anyone being ashamed of their sexuality. Oh, and they all have HAPPY ENDINGS! Also people actually communicate and it avoids so many stupid misunderstandings that are so common in love stories. 

(Basically everything I’ve ever wanted in historical romance and more) 

RACEBENT Fancast for the Society of Gentlemen series by K.J. Charles

Julius Norreys - Ruslaan Mumtaz
Harry Vane - John Boyega
Silas Mason - Jason Momoa
Dominic Frey - Jang Hyuk
David Cyprian - Haruma Miura
Richard Vane - Idris Elba

I had actually considered doing this much later, but… meh.  The news has been rough & thinking about K.J. Charles novels is the most delightful distraction.  If I had to cast, say… a broadway play in the style of Hamilton about romance & sedition, this would be my cast.

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Silas humour (ft. Cyprian)

“The Society of Gentlemen And Also Some Non-Gentlemen Too” is a bit of a mouthful so I guess if you’re a valet or seditionist bookkeeper and your boyfriend happens to be a gentlemen, you count as well.

A followup to my Society of Gentlemen art (x)

This is how Seditious Affair went, yes?
  • Dominic Frey: We must protect Silas Mason at all costs.
  • Richard Vane: Are you fucking serious.
  • Harry Vane: HOW CAN I HELP.
  • Julius Norreys: This is making Richard burst a blood vessel. I am all for it.
  • Gabriel Ashleigh: Huh. What are we doing. I got distracted by something pretty.
  • Francis Webster: What. What's happening. I just won a pile of money and was rolling around in it.
  • Cyprian: I was on it six months ago. YOU'RE FUCKING WELCOME.
  • Silas Mason: WHO FUCKING ASKED FOR YOUR HELP, YOU ASSHOLES.
MM Book Rec - Society Of Gentlemen

SOCIETY OF GENTLEMEN SERIES - KJ CHARLES

So, after reading all of the Charm Of Magpie Series I basically fell in love with @kjcharleswriter (It’s alright, she knows.)  So naturally my next step was to devourer her other series Society Of Gentlemen, of which there are four books:

The Ruin Of Gabriel Ashleigh (Ash and Francis) (Short Story)

A Fashionable Indulgence (Harry and Julius)

A Seditious Affair (Dom and Silus)

A Gentleman’s Position (Richard and Cyprian)

This London based series centres around Richard and his like-minded friends in the early-ish 1800s, as they find love and face a number of social and political struggles along the way.  It is one continuous story, and each book focuses on each couple getting together.

They are exquisitely written, with fantastic attention paid to historical accuracy, especially in A Seditious Affair where several real-life events are incorporated into the narrative.  The characters are all so well developed and completely loveable (even Silas “FIGHT ME” Mason lol) that you don’t want to leave them behind when the books are done.  As with all KJ’s books, there is also a good representation of POC and even Trans characters as well, which I always appreciate. 

The plots are all very varied and keep you on your toes (and your heart in your mouth too!)  There are themes of PTSD, BDSM, as well as the ever present threat of the hangman’s noose if any of them get caught, but a lot of fluffy feels to keep you smiling as well.  Oh, and they all have that ever important HEA :)

These books are masterful and I promise you’ll love them, so get reading!!

(NB: The aesthetic is by me, though I own none of the images. Featuring Douglas Booth as Ash, Jonny Lee Miller as Francis, Dominic Cooper as Harry, Charlie Hunnum as Julius, Michael Fassbender as Dom, Rupert Graves as Silas, Rupert Penry-Jones as Richard and Simon Woods as Cyprian.

If you want to follow my mm recs, I’m using the hashtag “#helen juliet recommends” - I’ve got a whole bunch more AMAZING books to rec, and I’d love you to check them out!  I will also be saving them on my main page under “MM Book Recommendations”.)

Robin Williams

Robin Williams was…

A captain

 

A doctor

A genie

A penguin

An actor in animated studio

A hot dog

A housekeeper

A fruit bat 

A young boy who grow 

A young boy who was liberated by a 5

A science teacher

 A soldier

A robot 

And more…

But what we remember more about Robin Williams was his happiness. It’s been a month that Robin killed himself. It’s been a month that we lost one of the best person in the world. Robin Williams will always be an idol for me. I’ll always remember him.

Robin Williams : July 21 1951 - August 11 2014

Ruining me. Making me doubt, making me fearful—ah, fuck it.” Silas ducked his head and rested it heavily on Dominic’s shoulder. Dominic put his arms around him like an automaton. “Hell’s tits, what have we done?” He sounded despairing, and Dominic felt a moment’s panic. “What’s happened?” “Nothing. Nothing. Except, I can’t seem to…Rot it. I thought about giving up.” “Don’t do that,” Dominic said without thinking, and Silas’s head came up. “See? That ain’t what you’re meant to say, is it? Jack Cade tells you he wants to give it up, before these God-rotted bills even pass, and you say ‘don’t’? What kind of bloody useless Home Office man are you?”

Dominic choked on a laugh, felt Silas’s shoulders shake, but it wasn’t funny and they both knew it.
—  A Seditious Affair by Kj Charles

Fancast for the Society of Gentlemen series by K.J. Charles

Harry Vane - Ed Westwick
Julius Norreys - Jude Law
Silas Mason - Tom Hardy
Dominic Frey - Aidan Turner
Richard Vane - Henry Cavill
David Cyprian - Eddie Redmayne


This is only my first… because I’m already excited to try another one where the actors are aged up.  I’d also like to do a genderbent fancast (because who -doesn’t- want to see a lady version of Richard Vane played by Gwendoline Christie?)   I’m also well aware that Jude Law doesn’t fit this, age-wise… but I could NOT stop imagining him while reading.  Also, Richard was kind of Stephen Fry, in my head. *cough*  Don’t judge me.

Lessons learned:
Hollywood is full of impossibly tall people.
If you make Tom Hiddleston your Dominic, you’ll need literal giants for everyone else.
Tom Hardy does prison angst well.
Everyone I love is too old for this fancast.

Society of Gentlemen by K. J. Charles

hello yes it’s me with another book rec for y’all. so this is a series of 3 books + two shorts (link to goodreads) and it’s HISTORICAL M/M (18+ as usual on this blog my dears)

  • like listen the historical part is so well done bc the plot is deeply steeped in actual historical events and issuses (especially politics, FASHION, class, women’s rights, references to literature e.g. William Blake or Frankenstein - like this one character is like “a woman wrote this book???? what on earth?????” and the other (Silas aka the love of my life) is like //rolls eyes shut up why does it matter, it’s a masterpiece aye?)
  • + the langugage is just. so well done (accurate swear words are very important to me), those books are so well written, the plot gripping, the romance always so amazing (like, come on, it’s K.J. Charles after all) (when i was reading book 3 i wanted to highlight EVERYTHING i’m a sucker for K.J.’s writing)  
  • and it’s diverse. the characters are gay, bisexual, demisexual, trans, POC, there are hints of polyamory, D/s relations 
  • (alright but Will and Shakespeare deserve their own book) 
  • the women are all ♥♥♥  amazing, and honestly it’s so comofortable to read, an m/m book where women are valid and important and treated with respect (Zoe!! and Verona, and David’s mother aka my actual mom)
  • the Ricardians are my loves, all of them tbh, AND SILAS. i hope you’ll all love Silas, my gentle soft radical
  • and David Cyprian
  • ASH (GABRIEL BC HE’S HEAVENLY) my actual fave
  • and honestly all of them
  • i should probably mention it’s very hot (book 2…… my guys……… fire emojis x1000), A+++ sex scenes, very amazing, “I might have an apoplexy” 
  • and it’s just a delightful read. beautifully crafted, interesting, tender and romantic 
  • i’m in love 
  • (i know the covers are a bit ugly but please ignore and trust me)
  • READ THEM
  • thanks
  • maybe also check out this post which is hilarious but a bit spoilery (like it tells you who is the couple in book 2, but it’s such a delight to be getting hints and actually discover it for yourself while reading book 1) (well if you read the blurbs you’ll also know but shh)     

anonymous asked:

alternatively to being the m/m change u wanna see in the world: u should totally rec us some m/m books to read ;)

well first I’m gonna direct you towards a post on this precise subject by @lotstradamus, grand duchess of book recs. of the ones she listed, I’ve read carry on, maurice, a hero at the end of the world, and call me by your name. all worth reading! and her taste is pretty great so I’m sure the others are too.

if you want some thoroughly charming and well-written m/m historical/fantasy erotic romance, please check out everything k.j. charles has ever written; my personal faves are think of england (currently a standalone) and a gentleman’s position from her ‘society of gentlemen’ series (both of which are cunning schemer/noble doofus pairings, HOW SHOCKING), but I plan to read her other books as well. I am saving them up for rainy days.

I will also mention the charioteer by mary renault; I couldn’t get properly into it because I didn’t LIKE any of the characters enough, but it’s a decent wwii-era m/m story.

the next big one by derek des anges is a medical thriller with a bisexual lead and a male love interest; I was effusive about it on goodreads here and the author is a friend of mine so I will shamelessly say BUY HIS BOOK, IT’S GREAT.

six of crows and crooked kingdom by leigh bardugo are an enjoyable ya fantasy series which feature an m/m pairing within the main cast.

aaaaand that’s what I’ve got for you at the moment. 

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Corporal John Shaw of the 2nd Life Guards at Waterloo on display at the Horse Guards Museum in London

Corporal Shaw was already famous as a boxer who fought with brute force. In Lord Uxbridge’s cavalry charge at Waterloo, Shaw killed 10 French Cavalry soldiers before being cut down on the battlefield.

When his sword eventually broke, he continued to strike at the heads of the French, knocking them off their horses using the hilt. Shaw’s violent manner here was perhaps encouraged in the boxing rings set up amongst the Gentlemen Clubs of high society. In these rings he fought both common soldiers and officers at boxing and fencing.

Charles Dickens, in his novel Bleak House, refers to him as “the model of the whole British Army in himself.”

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.
—  Albert Einstein