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Pride and Prejudice
4.23
Some years back in one of my APAs, someone castigated Jane Austen's books like this: "All those daft twits rabbiting on about clothes and boyfriends a ...more
May 07, 2012
Oct 18, 2008
 
Mansfield Park
3.80
Most Austen aficionados agree that Pride and Prejudice is a great book. Jane Austen thought it might be too "light and bright and sparkling"--that its ...more
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Oct 18, 2008
 
The Trouble with Kings
3.79
Wrote this one in my early twenties, around the time I wrote Crown Duel.

The initial idea was to write up what happened to an ordinary princess (back i
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Jun 17, 2009
 
The Goblin Emperor
4.09
It is said that Samuel Richardson, after being hectored by readers and critics following the runaway success of his novel Clarissa (a success, one gat ...more
Apr 04, 2014
Apr 01, 2014
 
Among Others
3.67
When I first finished Jo Walton’s to Among Others, there was this instinctive pang of hurt at being left out because when I met Walton in Tempe for Wo ...more
Jan 18, 2011
Apr 19, 2010
 
Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories, #1)
3.51
This very talented writer has written a Regency romance that features a few of Jane Austen's spellings, adding in a truly nifty magical system. Unfort ...more
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Jun 21, 2010
 
Sunshine
3.84
I've seen Robin McKinley accused of having only one plot: variations on "Beauty and the Beast." This kind of reductionism, of course, can be extended ...more
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Oct 18, 2008
 
Uprooted
4.26
Received from NetGalley.

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from
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Apr 28, 2015
Apr 24, 2015
 
Agnes Grey
3.61
My favorite of the Brontes is Anne. This is my favorite of her novels.

In this and Jane Eyre, we have governess-eye views of the gentry. In Jane Eyre,
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May 05, 2009
 
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
3.87
I suspect that many readers today have no idea that these three vicarage-raised spinsters took the English publishing world by storm in the mid-eighte ...more
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May 05, 2009
 
Stranger (The Change, #1)
3.88
This is a collaboration, but my "rule" still holds: my review only talks about the process of writing it. Actual reviews are up to readers.

Rachel Mani
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Nov 13, 2014
 
Little Women
4.01
There will be spoilers.

Now, if she had been the heroine of a moral story-book, she ought at this period of her life to have become quite saintly, reno
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May 10, 2013
Oct 18, 2008
 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
4.05
I know this is a best-loved classic, but I cannot express the profound hatred I had for it all my life.

I was given it at age ten. Books were too rare
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Oct 18, 2008
 
Danse de la Folie
3.99
Back in the seventies, I wrote a Georgette Heyer pastiche, but by the time I got it typed up to send around, the second wave of Regency romances had p ...more
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Aug 21, 2012
 
The Dream Lover: A Novel of George Sand
3.13
Copy provided by NetGalley.

There really needs to be a major work (fictional or non) about the remarkable George Sand, whose life spanned all the Frenc
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Mar 12, 2015
Mar 12, 2015
 
The Goblin Emperor
4.09
I read this novel in draft a year ago. I just checked to see when it would be published--April. So I will have more to say when I get the actual book. ...more
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Jan 02, 2014
 
Crown Duel (Crown & Court #1-2)
4.19
Well, I loved writing this story when I was in my very early twenties, and I loved typing it up when I was in my forties . . . if I were to write it o ...more
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May 04, 2009
 
The Pyramids of London (The Trifold Age, #1)
3.91
This book illustrates the best of indie freedom.

This is not to denigrate traditional publishing. I like traditional publishing! But it has its limita
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Mar 10, 2015
Jan 13, 2014
 
Crimson Bound
3.72
It's interesting that two fantasies have come out within a few days of each other that contain such similar elements that I wonder if we're about to s ...more
May 08, 2015
May 02, 2015
 
Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire
3.78
The separate spheres view of life in the 18th century in particular was probably necessary in order to shift perceptions of what was important to dig ...more
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May 07, 2009
 
Tooth and Claw
3.81
"She'd like me to bring a dragon home, I suppose. It would serve her right if I did, some creature that would make the house intolerable to her."

This
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May 07, 2009
 
Lhind the Thief
3.61
This one, releasing now, is sheer wish-fulfillment, written in spurts over the past bunch of years, whenever my life crashed and burned.

I finished it
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Aug 19, 2013
 
Banner of the Damned
3.58
This one stands alone, between the Inda storyline and the modern one.

Things that came and went in my head while I was writing it: the usual stuff I se
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Apr 03, 2012
 
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
4.02
I've always enjoyed stories about dragons, but that very enjoyment has caused me to find most somewhat predictable over the years--not the fault of au ...more
Aug 25, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
 
Death Comes to Pemberley
3.12
I hate to mark it 'read' as I did not finish it.

I found it painful to read--so many errors in period, errors in tone, errors in characterization, humo
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Oct 09, 2012
 
Greenglass House
3.99
What a lovely, lovely book! All my life I have adored books about huge houses full of secrets, and this one adds smugglers and mystery and a search, a ...more
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May 21, 2015
 
The Just City
3.75
I needed a second reading to begin to articulate why I love this book so much. Walton does something different with every story arc, sometimes writing ...more
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May 23, 2015
 
Paladin of Souls (Chalion, #2)
4.11
I have to admit my partisanship right up front. I am a dedicated fan of the Miles Vorkosigan books and I loved The Curse of Chalion, which serves as a ...more
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Oct 18, 2008
 
The End of Earth and Sky (The Eye of the Maker #1)
4.09
G.K. Chesterton observed in the chapter of Orthodoxy called “The Ethics of Elfland,” “In the fairy tale an incomprehensible happiness rests upon an in ...more
Jan 27, 2013
Dec 22, 2012
 
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things
3.94
Not too long ago there was an uproar in Jane Austen circles at the discovery of a drawing that was labeled Jane Austen, depicting an upright woman of ...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
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