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on January 17, 2000
The first half of this book contains the first Jeeves tales, as they appeared in periodicals. If you've read 'Carry on Jeeves,' there's a lot of overlap here, although the style was polished up a bit later. The second half features Reggie Pepper, Bertie's prototype. His stories are entertaining in their own right, although they can't hold a candle to later Wodehouse. Still, it's interesting to see the evolution.
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on February 26, 1999
Before purchasing this book I had only been aquainted with Wodehouse's most famous characters Bertie Wooster and his stalwart man servant, Jeeves; and I must say that it was a pleasant suprise to be introduced to Reggie Pepper. His stories frolic in as much fun as Bertie's and he is a man who can think for himself (althought I do miss the perspicatious Jeeves standing in a corner ever ready to solve all the world's problems). With a mixture of Bertie, Jeeves and Reggie you're sure to have a jolly old time.
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on August 11, 2011
This is a Dover Edition paperback, which typically means that the contents are out of copyright. You can get a lot of these stories for free on Kindle, but there were still several I had never read.

This collection of stories includes 8 Bertie Wooster/Jeeves stories, plus 7 Reggie Pepper stories. The seven Reggie Pepper stories constitute the entire series for Reggie Pepper.

I read somewhere that Reggie Pepper and his sometime valet Voules were the prototypes for Bertie and Jeeves, but I don't think this is true. Voules is in only one of these stories, and he is not the admirable and clever character that Jeeves is. Reggie Pepper is kind of a cross between Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, in that he schemes like Jeeves and occasionally blunders along like Bertie. Like Bertie, he is comfortably well-off and a member of the British leisure class.

Some of the elements in Reggie Pepper do re-appear in the Jeeves stories. Among these are the character of Florence Craye, who appears with the same name (and with a brother Edwin) in both series.

The Jeeves stories in this book are:
Extricating Young Gussie
Leave It to Jeeves
The Aunt and the Sluggard
Jeeves Takes Charge
Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest
Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg
Jeeves and the Chump Cyril
Jeeves in the Springtime

The Reggie Pepper stories are:
Absent Treatment
Lines and Business
Disentangling Old Duggie
Brother Alfred
Rallying Round Clarence
Concealed Art
The Test Case

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on October 26, 2003
Even darling P.G. Wodehouse had said it. He did no justice whatsever to the beloved man servant Jeeves in his first story. "Extricating Young Gussie". But Wodehouse had made up for it in every other Jeeves stories that he had written. Bertie Wooster on the other hand had been well developed from the get go.
Reading the Reggie Pepper stories is a gas. I feel in love with dear ol' misguided at times Reggie from the first sentence in "Absent Treatment."
There is no way you can book "Enter Jeeves" down without fistening the story that you are on. You would just want to read the entire book in one sitting, but you know that you just want to savor the witty P.G. Wodeshouse in the book for as long as you can.
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on June 20, 2014
Absolutely the best of wry British humor. Nothing like it exists any more. Easy and fun to read for people who need a little lift after a hard day's work. Chapters are short, interesting. The social dynamics between Jeeves and Wooster are amusing; and cause the reader to wonder just exactly who is the master and who the servant.
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on January 7, 2014
This book has 7 or 8 of the earliest Jeeves stories, as the title says. The remaining stories feature Reggie Pepper, who was a prototype Bertie Wooster. Wodehouse was still honing his style with these Reggie Pepper tales. I recommend readiing these first and finishing with the Jevves stories. Wodehouse reworked a couple of the Pepper stories as later Jeeves & Wooster entries, so some of these will be familiar to fans of his later books or the great PBS series.
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on May 10, 2013
If you like Wodehouse you will enjoy this book. It is interesting to remember that while the books are amusing, they were in part written to mock the entrenched upper class of the era. But still a good read on an endless airplane flight.
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VINE VOICEon March 6, 2008
When Wodehouse started writing, he began with periodicals for newspapers. It goes without saying that his well written, clever and very funny tales brought him to prominence and he later went on to write novels, most famously around Bertie Wooster and his "man's man" Jeeves.

It is delightful, then, to read these first early tales. For a true sense, it probably would be better to start with the stories of Reggie Pepper, the precursor of Bertie Wooster, and then read the stories in the first half which revolve around Wooster and Jeeves.

Wodehouse has an unmistakeable writing style which makes you feel intimately comfortable with the narrator (Reggie or Bertie) as if they were in the room with you, filling you in on their "real life" escapades as you sip brandy before a roaring fire. The tales themselves are usually convoluted, usually as a result of the main character being rather idiotic or wimpy enough to not say no to some foolhardy mission of mercy a friend or relative has put them up to. Both characters fit into the "nouveau riche" category - oodles of money and plenty of time to waste it on...and while most of us will never be in such luxury (or experience such laziness), you cannot help but laugh at the situations they find themselves in. Aside from crafting such believable characters, Wodehouse has a unique way of describing things which will often leave you laughing.

I highly recommend this book, especially to those unfamiliar with this great author who want to try him out before delving into his longer Jeeves novels.
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on July 6, 2009
As PG got his feet wet, so did reading this book, you will see the evolution of Jeeves into that solid character we love so much. Lots of humor and wit, farce and impossible situations to untangle.

You can't go wrong with this book - read it on the train and get to work with a smile on your face!

If you want another good Wodehouse, about a family and how a boy is the sort of 'Jeeves' character, try The Coming of Bill, The Coming Of Bill: A British Humor Classic

In some ways a better book then the early Jeeves, but all good, get both and be VERY happy at work!
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on August 16, 2007
It took me a couple of tries to get into this book - maybe the historical period isn't of particular interest to me. I kept after it and I really did enjoy the stories.

This isn't a novel - it's a collection of stories previously published in periodicals. Don't expect a 'flow' - each story stands alone, as was the intent of the writer in writing for periodicals. The good thing about it is that you can read them story by story and put the book down not wondering what in the world happens next. The stories are entertaining and fun and short enough to read in one of those 'boredom windows' we all have - at the doctor's office, on the bus, or whenever we have to sit and wait for something.
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