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Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
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Apr 22, 12

Read in April, 2012

I approached this book from the perspective of "hey, here's some Jane Austen fanfic." From that perspective, damn, this is a great book.

Seriously, though. There's so much bad literature flooding the market that directly draws on Jane Austen's work—P.D. James, I'm looking at you—that it's refreshing to read a story where the style doesn't get in the way of the plot, which is meticulously historically researched, and which actually adds something new to the world of Austen.

Is it perfect? Possibly not—in fact, I might not have given it five stars, if it were in isolation. But comparing it to every other attempt to ape Jane Austen out there, one realizes how difficult an Austen-flavored Regency story really is to write. Bravo!

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