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Das Meer der Lügen: Ein Lord-John-Roman…
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Das Meer der Lügen: Ein Lord-John-Roman (Die Lord-John-Saga, Band 1) (original 2003; edição 2005)

por Diana Gabaldon (Autor), Barbara Schnell (Übersetzer)

Séries: Lord John (1), Outlander (3.2)

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Lord John is in a difficult spot. His cousin Olivia is engaged to marry the Honorable Joseph Trevelyan, but he has just observed something of a rather personal nature that, if confirmed, might put an end to any talk of marital bliss. Determined to investigate further, Lord John is distracted when the Crown calls for his services. A comrade in arms has been slain, and to complicate matters, the victim may have been a traitor. Now Lord John has not one, but two puzzling mysteries to solve.… (mais)
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Título:Das Meer der Lügen: Ein Lord-John-Roman (Die Lord-John-Saga, Band 1)
Autores:Diana Gabaldon (Autor)
Outros autores:Barbara Schnell (Übersetzer)
Informação:Blanvalet (2005), 480 pages
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Lord John and the Private Matter por Diana Gabaldon (2003)

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This has the feeling of being 'side story' rather than just being a book starring a different character from the series. Quite a bit of the ending was just a long explanation of how events had unfolded off page as well. But overall it was fine. ( )
  JorgeousJotts | Dec 3, 2021 |
I started this series when it first came out because I kept hearing how great it was. And while I did enjoy the first novel I enjoyed it less and less with each subsequent book. Reading these books has become more habit than anything else. I really have not enjoyed the last few books and this one was no exception. I sort of feel obliged at this point to see the story to its conclusion so it would be nice if it would finally conclude. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
Not entirely a success - this book is neither meaty, complex and id-pleasing (like Gabaldon's Outlander series) nor witty and smart (like a successful mystery novel), and ends up mediocre.

I think part of the problem here is that Gabaldon's strength is in the epic full of anguish, love, and sex, and this book has none of the first two, and the third is entirely off-stage. She's stuck in part due to the fact that Lord John Grey, the protagonist here, is a secondary character in the Outlander books, and thus has much of his story pre-determined. Nothing too exciting can happen to him here, because it would undermine or undo those books.

Another issue is that Gabaldon stumbles in her dealings with the queer subcultures of 18th century London. She raises interesting issues and introduces potentially interesting characters - and then drops them, with their stories unsettled.

Lord John Grey himself, a highlight of the Outlander books, seems pale and cold here, close to boring. The best scene was his interaction with a Scottish whore halfway through the book. I think without the English-Scottish culture clash, Gabaldon can't manage to write compelling character interplay.

It's not an awful book, but it was a disappointment. I guess if I want to see really interesting (and sexy) things happen to Lord John Grey, I'll have to rely on fanfiction. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
Lord John and the Private Matter is the first full-length novel in the Lord John Grey series. Diana Gabaldon has taken Lord John, one of her characters from the Outlander series, and given him his own set of adventures. In this one Sir John accidentally sees a sore on the "privy member" of Joseph Trevelyan, the man who is betrothed to his cousin. Certain that Trevelyan is poxed, and with his older brother away, it falls to John to investigate the matter further to figure out if what he saw was accurate, and if it is, to somehow find a way to put an end to the betrothal without harming his cousin's reputation. Then there's the matter of another officer who's been found murdered and is suspected of being a spy. Before long the two puzzles intersect with one another.

Lord John is covertly gay in a world where that is completely taboo. He remarks, "Loss of position and social ruination were the least of it; imprisonment, public whipping, and the pillory were likely.” For readers who might be worried about any gay sex scenes, have no fear, there is only one brief, alluded to encounter.

This book seems to get a lot of bad reviews but I enjoyed it very much. Maybe, because I'm not an avid reader of the Outlander series, I wasn't filled with disappointment that Jamie and Claire are only referenced. The writing was good and I'm a big fan of historical mysteries just like this one. I plan to eventually read the other two full length Lord John novels and possibly the short stories as well.


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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
56 points/100 (3 stars/5).

Lord John Grey is on the case! Tasked with finding out who murdered a man, Lord John is also looking into whether the fiance of his cousin is Poxed and looking for a missing young man, as well.

Quite frankly, I have no idea who this book was written for. It wasn't for me. Perhaps she wrote it to Lord John? But, Lord John doesn't even feel like the person I came to know in Outlander. So once again I'm just left wondering why this was even written.

Mostly, this was just a historical detective novel, with a splash of LGBT thrown on top. And really, it wasn't all that interesting, either. The most interesting part of the story was how Lord John was going to go about trying to prove that the fiance did have Syphilis, only because it was really amusing. Gabaldon tried to make the murder of the army man interesting, but I really didn't find anything interesting about it, except that she tried to make it as complicated as possible behind the scenes.

The worst things about the plot, perhaps, was that everything is revealed in a single chapter at the end of the book and that they were all interconnected. It was 20 minutes of infodump about things we have already learned, as well as the true motives behind everything. This was perhaps the least interesting way to end this book I can think of. I didn't really care about any of the plot threads at this point, but what little interest I had in them died when they started becoming interwoven. There was no real need for them to have been connected at all, except that the author wanted them to be.

Perhaps most disappointing was the lack of romance or any real social ties. Lord John is alone in this book. The strongest part of Gabaldon's works are the relationships she weaves. This book really didn't have any of that, so it felt sort of lifeless. I came to really enjoy Lord John's presence in Outlander, but he doesn't even really seem like the same person here. There are hints of the person I came to enjoy, but that is it - hints. Perhaps there are only hints because most of the relationships I associate with him aren't actually established yet. Still, I was disappointed.

This was not the book for me. I like the character, I like Outlander. Not certain what this was trying to accomplish. I was bored pretty much the entire time, and while there was nothing overly bad about it, really, there just wasn't anything that kept me interested, either. ( )
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
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Lord John is in a difficult spot. His cousin Olivia is engaged to marry the Honorable Joseph Trevelyan, but he has just observed something of a rather personal nature that, if confirmed, might put an end to any talk of marital bliss. Determined to investigate further, Lord John is distracted when the Crown calls for his services. A comrade in arms has been slain, and to complicate matters, the victim may have been a traitor. Now Lord John has not one, but two puzzling mysteries to solve.

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