I absolutely loved this author's take on Austen's Emma. I have a full review posted (for both books) on my blog so I won't go into a very detailed bitI absolutely loved this author's take on Austen's Emma. I have a full review posted (for both books) on my blog so I won't go into a very detailed bit here.
I have been very skeptical of all Austen sequels, spin offs, etc, etc. They will always, in my opinion, just fall short of the brilliance that was Jane Austen. Emma is one of my favorites and the few spin offs or sequels I've found have been very disappointing and quite horrible. However I really enjoyed this version of Mr. Knightley's side of the story. We really get to see Mr. K going about his life, which we didn't see any of in the original. The author also throws in some wonderful humor in the way of a cat and the letters between the Knightley brothers. While lines and scenes from the original are, of course, included, the author does a good job of working it into the narrative and avoiding the feeling that things are just being quoted word for word...even if it was something Mr. K probably didn't see.
No, this is not Author Austen but it is a wonderful version of Emma. Make sure to pick up book two as well since book one ends before The Ball....more
I am not a big fan of contemporary fiction, but this book was interesting and a fun read. The fact that I live about 10 minutes from where the story iI am not a big fan of contemporary fiction, but this book was interesting and a fun read. The fact that I live about 10 minutes from where the story is set was amusing to me.
There wasn't anything too deep or surprising about the novel. It was kind of your typical "girl trying to figure out who she is and a catastrophe at the end makes everything clear to her" novel. Still, Nonny was an interesting character and it was fun to read about her life....more
**spoiler alert** So...I really love Gone With the Wind and when a friend suggested I read this story I figured I'd take a shot and read it. I did enj**spoiler alert** So...I really love Gone With the Wind and when a friend suggested I read this story I figured I'd take a shot and read it. I did enjoy Ripley's "Scarlett" since it went beyond "Frankly my dear I don't give a damn" and I was hoping this book would do the same with Rhett.
The story is very choppy, mostly due to the fact that it is told from MANY, I repeat, MANY points of view. The story line covers, basically in chronological order, from Rhett's childhood up to a year or so after he left Scarlett at the end of GWTW. Throughout all this you have all these different points of view from all the various people in Rhett's life - his sister Rosemary being one of the main ones. I would really have preferred this story being mainly from Rhett's point of view.
Another issue I had was the way the author seemed to recreate some of the well known characters from GWTW. Ashely didn't seem like Ashley; neither did Belle, certainly not Melanie, and even Scarlett to some extent. Rhett didn't even seem like Rhett. He just didn't have that cool, calm, devil-may-care attitude that we get from GWTW. I really, really couldn't stomach the new characterization of Melanie. I just can't see the Melanie we know from GWTW writing to someone about how she really wants to have intimate relations with her husband. None of the new characters introduced were interesting enough to care about.
Yet another huge downfall in this novel is that it completely skips over some of the major story lines from GWTW. Probably the biggest omission would be Bonnie death. Her death and how Rhett reacts to it is only mentioned briefly in a letter from Melanie to Rosemary. Bonnie's death was a huge turning point for Rhett in GWTW and it would've been interesting to see it through Rhett's eyes, but for some unknown reason, the author chose to completely skip over that. Even before that, there was no mention of the argument Scarlett and Rhett had when he brought Bonnie home, causing her fall down the stairs and miscarriage. That was another critical moment in Rhett and Scarlett's relationship and it wasn't even mentioned.
Probably the biggest thing that ruined the novel for me was the ending when the author, for some reason known only to himself, decided to have Tara burn to the ground. That did it for me. I was okay with the story before he tread into hallowed, GWTW ground (even though it was rather dull), and I kept reading to see what would happen after GWTW, but that ending really ruined the whole thing for me.
For someone who is a huge GWTW fan this is probably going to be a disapointment. I was hoping for much more insight into who Rhett was but the novel just didn't provide. Fans need to understand that this novel DOES NOT go along with the story presented in Ripley's "Scarlett." It is simply another author's telling of the story. As for me, I still prefer "Scarlett" over this telling....more
Stephen King books are scary in a creepy, bloody way usually. This book however...this one really scares the hell out of me to this day. Its not the fStephen King books are scary in a creepy, bloody way usually. This book however...this one really scares the hell out of me to this day. Its not the fight between good and evil that scares me. Its not the leader of the "evil" who apparently is the devil that scares me. It is the idea of a mass superflu bug that is accidentally released and kills 99% of the population that scares me. It scares me because that is so possible....more
I think this was my first Stephen King book and it really did freak me out. I think I was in middle school when I read it and I can remember being afrI think this was my first Stephen King book and it really did freak me out. I think I was in middle school when I read it and I can remember being afraid to walk in front of cars for a while!...more