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Sense and Sensuality: Erotic Fantasies in the World of Jane Austen
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Fans of Jane Austen often imagine what her fiction would have been like if she was more of a romantic, or allowed herself to chronicle what went on behind closed doors during the Regency. Many, many, many authors have written sequels, spin-offs, and missing scenes of Austen's work before, and recently many authors have even explored the paranormal underside of Austen. But ...more
Published September 2011 by Circlet Press
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Too often books of this genre hide modern turns of phrase that just make you cringe like nails on a chalkboard. Not these folks. They know how to write well, and write within the time they're drawing from. In Lord Rigby I found shades of Mary Shelley's monster, and in Wickham, a bit of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray. Add to that, the non-hetero-normative sexuality makes this a unique, intriguing collection.
It wasn't that the writing was bad - it wasn't. And it wasn't that the concepts were bad - they weren't. But something was really lacking for me. The only one I even finished was the first one... and it probably wouldn't have mattered which was first had the order been changed. No, I finished the Lamia one too. I did want to know what happened to Wickham. I thought that was a cool premise, but the ending was... meh. I wanted to like it (I love Jane Austen), but none of it engaged me and I'm sad ...more