LADY SUSAN I haven't ever read a novel in this style before, at least of the 18th century classics, so it was a new experience for me. It was certainly...moreLADY SUSAN I haven't ever read a novel in this style before, at least of the 18th century classics, so it was a new experience for me. It was certainly a fun read, with me always wondering what would happen next and what the real truth was. I loved how it ended, with Lady Susan having the last laugh, in a sense anyway. And I can say for certain that Lady Susan is the naughtiest Austen leading lady I've encountered to date. :)
THE WATSONS This is probably the one I really wish had been finished, 'cause I think as the intro to this collection states that it could've been yet another Austen classic. I would have been very curious to see Emma encounter her favourite again, and just to see how it all played out in writing, and not just in the quick summary we were given in the notes based on how Austen herself claimed it would have gone if she'd ever finished it.
SANDITON This was another unusual read, and as the intro states it's different from anything else Austen ever wrote. It was sadly the last writing she did, and she died before it could be completed. I thought it was a verging-on-absurd (in a good way), laughable read, and I have no doubt it would have been fun to read on. I would have liked to see more of Sidney, and at the novel's end he's basically only just arrived, but as the intro says, there's really no way we can tell how this story might've ended, because it wasn't predictable like Austen's other works might be said to be.
All in all, I definitely enjoyed this read, but now I have the strange (not so strange?) urge to go and read P&P again.(less)
**spoiler alert** As I was reading this book I found myself getting worried that it would just all be sex and there wouldn't be much more to it. I gue...more**spoiler alert** As I was reading this book I found myself getting worried that it would just all be sex and there wouldn't be much more to it. I guess this book made me realise that erotica just isn't really my thing. I mean, sure, a well-placed sex scene is definitely agreeable but I guess if I am going to read anything steamy and sexy I'd prefer that it be a gripping romance. When most of a book involves sex scenes I guess I find myself getting a bit bored (which could well say something unfortunate about me :P ). There was also the fact that with this book, there wasn't any hard-won sexual encounter. It was basically straight into it, although I have read other books where the first sex scene comes along a lot more quickly than the first in this one did.
Anyway, none of the above is what made me take stars off the book, 'cause while I might not like a book I am still going to judge it on the writing quality and storyline quality. I think this book was written fairly well, and the author succeeded in making me totally jealous when the main character got swept off to Norway - I haven't ever ventured up into the fjords but someday I really hope to be able to do that and see the northern lights. To be honest, the Norwegian setting was probably the thing I loved most about this book.
I admit though that towards the end of the book, I was more and more hooked on the romantic element, which is only just developing toward the end. Yep, it's a book full of sex, but towards the end you start to see the more romantic 'feely stuff' developing, or at least a hint of it. And of course it ends on a total cliffhanger that makes a person want to read on and read about the showdown!! I would read on if only to find out how Lucien's loveless (or so he would have it) life clashes with Sophie's must-have-love existence, and how her hubby figures into the whole situation as well.
So all in all I had mixed feelings about this book, but it has tempted me to read on, even knowing that erotica isn't really my thing (only because I prefer stories with a bit of build-up and extreme tension before sex actually happens).(less)