Marketing and profit is also why I assume this is three books instead of one big book. It would have made a quite good Michener-sized novel. Cut out some of the explanations of the last book found at the beginning of the first book, add some "years gone by" exposition, and I think this could have easily made a 900 page saga. However, three 300 page novels make more money than a 900 page saga.
Long Live the King is more of the same. Habits of the House was more triangular and had sharp points; Long Live the King was softer, more humorous, a little less sexy (although not by much), more circular.
Long Live the King by Fay Weldon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Don't start Long Live the King first; pick up and read Habits of the House or you will probably be lost. Long Live the King is as fun and good as Habits of the House; Habits is more triangular, with sharper points and a little sexier; King is more circular, more humorous, softer (but not gentler). The characters are still all this strange cross of despicable and sympathetic. I didn't really like anyone in the book, but I certainly wanted to stick to the journey to see where they were going and where they would end up.
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