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That sounds like Narnia, though I wouldn't want to say which one. Prince Caspian, maybe?
07-10-2014 at 04:15 AM
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I've tried to find something ungoogleable, but there's too many dodgy Russian sites with full (if horribly formatted) texts of pretty much any book you care to think of :( So, I'll just have to rely on the honour system, and go with something fairly straightforward.

"So I can look at the picture above my desk, of the young officer in Cardigan's Hussars; tall, masterful, and roughly handsome I was in those days [...], and say it is the portrait of a scoundrel, a liar, a cheat, a thief, a coward - and, oh yes, a toady."
07-14-2014 at 02:35 AM
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No takers? Another clue, then: the first book in the series, from which the above quote comes, is primarily set in Afghanistan, while later books are set in Borneo, Madagascar, Russia, and China, among other places.
07-21-2014 at 05:22 AM
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I'm going to guess the Horatio Hornblower series even though I have no idea how a navy officer could end up in Afghanistan. The first book in the series was titled "The Happy Return" in the UK and was titled "Beat To Quarters" in the US.

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07-23-2014 at 10:27 AM
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A good shot, and books I'd considered going with, but not the right answer, I'm afraid.

(Hornblower was in Russia in The Commodore, but I don't recall his ever visiting the other places I mentioned.)
07-23-2014 at 11:20 AM
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Then it must be "Flashman".

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07-27-2014 at 11:31 PM
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It most certainly is! I was beginning to worry that no one here had read the books. (If you haven't, they're well worth it; well-researched history, splendidly thrilling (and often hilarious) predicaments. Just don't expect Flashy to be the most... sympathetic of protagonists.)

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07-28-2014 at 12:52 AM
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"Normal?" she repeated. "Yesterday you fed me cake from Wonderland so we could ride your spider into a magical basement and fight a vampire."



That was from "Libriomancer" by Jim C. Hines.

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