Tag Archives: Jane Austen

The Austen Escape – Katherine Reay

My request for this book was followed by immediate regret, but it was predictable: another story about a woman taking an Austen-themed vacation, with the lagniappe of amnesia in her friend? It’s like catnip. I was a bit sorry to … Continue reading

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Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen – Rosalyn Landor

Like most fine books, there is something new here every time I read it – or listen to it. I don’t remember being quite so shocked at the characters before. Lucy Steele … wow. She is a nasty, scheming piece … Continue reading

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He Taught Me To Hope – P.O. Dixon, Pearl Hewitt

Jane Austen continuations or reimaginings are always problematical. Just like fan-fiction in general, or unheralded self-published books, or Star Trek novels, there is now and then a gem which makes the hunt somewhat worthwhile. Not too often, however. He Taught … Continue reading

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His Good Opinion – Nancy Kelley

His Good Opinion is, in brief, Pride and Prejudice from Darcy’s point of view. What exactly did he say to Bingley to keep him away from Netherfield? What was he thinking when he made that bone-headed first proposal to Elizabeth? … Continue reading

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Georgiana Darcy’s Diary – Anna Elliott

Let me start off by listing the strikes against this book. It’s apparently self-published (not, of course, an automatic guarantee of Bad, but it is a truth universally acknowledged that self-pubs are more prone to editorial quality issues). Its author’s … Continue reading

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A challenging 2013, part 2

The third challenge I signed up for for 2013 (the other two being mentioned in the previous post) is the Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge, sponsored by the austenprose blog: “If you have not read Jane Austen’s masterpiece (or would … Continue reading

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Mansfield Revisited – Joan Aiken

I’m not sure what made me read this when I did. It certainly wasn’t a deep devotion to either Mansfield Park or Fanny Price that made me long for a continuation of the story. I know I acquired the book … Continue reading

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Mansfield Park (1999 film)

I had read about this version of – no good things, really, with the main complaints focusing on the inclusion of drawings of slaves being raped. A few months back I listed to an audiobook of Mansfield Park, and I … Continue reading

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The Magicians and Mrs. Quent – Galen Beckett

In case you haven’t seen other reviews, or started the book yourself, one of Galen Beckett’s strong influences for The Magicians and Mrs. Quent is Jane Austen. Right from the first sentence the echoes of Miss Austen are blatant. The … Continue reading

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Mansfield Park – Jane Austen / Karen Savage

Some small spoilers lie below. As it turns out, I have never read (or listened to) Mansfield Park before, and somehow managed to know nothing about the characters or story – I don’t know how I managed to remain completely … Continue reading

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