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Rational Creatures

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  58 reviews

"But I hate to hear you talking so, like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days." --PERSUASION

Jane Austen: True romantic or rational creature? Her novels transport us back to the Regency, a time when well-mannered gentlemen and finely-bred ladies fe
Paperback, 484 pages
Published October 15th 2018 by The Quill Ink (first published October 10th 2018)
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I've been one of the proofreaders for this collection, working on each story one-by-one over the past several months. What an honor and joy it has been to have a small role in this project!

Rational Creatures is an anthology featuring stories by 16 highly respected Jane Austen Fan Fiction (JAFF) authors. The content and writing is lovingly crafted to match Jane Austen's, delving into many female characters from her most famous works: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Pa
Another Anthology Coming from The Quill Ink
I am not a little proud to announce my third anthology in The Quill Collective series. Never heard of it? Aha! Likely because we have only coined the name when I decided to do another Austen-inspired anthology, and well, “series” would best indicate a number of books coming one after the other. You might better recognize the previous in the series as “The Darcy Monologues” and “Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues.”

When asked about
Mimi Matthews
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rational Creatures is a beautifully written anthology of Austen-inspired stories which gives one a glimpse into the rich interior lives of some of Jane Austen’s most beloved female characters. Here, Fanny Price contemplates the imbalance between the sexes, Harriet Smith martials her courage to face Robert Martin, and Charlotte Collins quotes from Mary Wollstonecraft while taking tea with Elizabeth Bennet. These are thoughtful women—rational women—with a quiet strength. Their stories feel both ex ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An “excessively diverting” bespoke short story anthology inspired by Jane Austen’s socially and romantically challenged female characters, who after 200 years, continue to reveal to us why being in love is not exclusive of being a rational creature.
Devoney Looser
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading this book pre-publication, in order to write the Foreword. Editor Christina Boyd has, once again, put together an impressive set of stories from the best JAFF authors writing today. The stories, which reimagine and expand on Austen's strong women characters, are moving and provocative, from start to finish. ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Women of Sense, Strength, and Substance


With two brilliant and beautifully-crafted short-story anthologies – one devoted to Mr. Darcy and one all about Jane Austen's bad boys – already under her belt, editor Christina Boyd has decided to create a collection that solely spotlights some of Jane Austen's female characters. And instead of focusing on just one character, like Elizabeth Bennet, or the main heroine of each tale, this collection spotlights sixteen different female characters fro
Sep 15, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Sixteen of Jane Austen's creations are brought to vivid life once more to tell their own stories of uncertainty, awkwardness, hope, triumph, love, but also of rational thinking in the face of the need and conflict in their various lives. Some are young and on the cusp of womanhood while others are in their maturity and prime, and still a few in their golden years look back on a life well lived. Whether witty and sparkling or sensible and staid, these ladies engaged the emotions, provoked thought ...more
Abigail Bok
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
An inherent tension lies at the heart of Rational Creatures, this fall’s collection of Austenesque tales assembled by Christina Boyd of Quill Ink. The stories aim to highlight the rational side of the heroines, yet most of them are romances, describing moments when their characters are in love—hardly the most rational time of anyone’s life! How the authors work within this paradox provides an additional fillip of interest to these stories.

Once again Boyd has assembled an impressive array of auth
This is a BRILLIANT collect of short stories examining the strong female characters from Jane Austen's novels. All of your favorite authors have contributed.
There is something for everyone. There are prequels, alternative versions and sequels. It is very democratic which each book getting about 2 characters receiving a new tale.

I don't want to play favorites so let me say they are all fabulous. I would love another book like this with perhaps more P&P characters like Lydia and Georgiana and Car
Elin Eriksen
An anthology containing stories about 16 of the ladies in Jane Austen's work,
filling in some blanks that Austen did not elaborate. There were moments that made me shiver in trepidation, some that tug severely on my heart strings while others made me laugh out loud. This exquisite collection of authors, allowed me to connect with the characters and provided hours of fabulous entertainment.

Heartily recommend this book!

Self-composed, Christina Moreland, Elinor Dashwood's story: I instantly connect
Rational Creatures? Yes, even Miss Bates!

For this third anthology from the Quill Collective, Christina Boyd has drawn together another outstanding group of writers in the Austenesque genre. This time the focus is on an assortment of Jane Austen's female characters. The phrase 'rational creature' was used more than once by Jane Austen herself in her writings and I suspect (and certainly like to imagine) that Miss Austen wrote many of these characters as her way of protesting the lot of women in h
Olga Miret
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
. It was hard to be a woman in the Regency period and Austen knew it all too well! A must read for Austen lovers. I thank Christina Boyd for sending me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review and for offering me to the opportunity to join the blog tour for its launch.
I have read and reviewed one of the Austen based collections Christina Boyd has edited in the past (Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues, check that review here), and when she told me what she was
Kasia Burlakoff
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great anthology by some of the best JAFF authors, dedicated to beloved characters created by Jane Austen. I enjoyed all the stories, though before reading the book I had been surprised seeing some of the names of the female characters included. After having read the book I am not surprised anymore, the writers portraits of Harriet Smith, Mrs. Clay or Miss Bates as rational creatures were very convincing. I enjoyed different takes on the characters I believed I had figured out as either w ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
😮 ✒Austen's female characters from a new perspective💡📑
October 14, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
👍I have long been a Jane Austen fan and this compilation of stories based on her heroines and some secondary female characters kept the tone of Austen's era and was true to the general spirit of her protagonists. Imagine a Fanny Price, the sweet and obliging heroine of Mansfield Park, developing a feminist streak in the face of blatant macho talk from the Bertram men around the breakfast table! Or the ful
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are several of the stories that are beyond a 5.0! There is one story that might very well be "last word" on a relationship....and not just because it involves my favorite "rational creature". 11 on a 5 scale!! I was decidedly less thrilled by some of the stories of some minor characters... although I believe them to be thoughtful well drawn portraits. An unhappy marriage for a certain minor character was disappointing. And sadly my 2nd favorite "rational creature"only appeared in relation ...more
Anngela Schroeder-author
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an obvious labor of love for the 'Sweet Sixteen' authors and their dedicated editor. With the depth of character shown in every page, these writers did a masterful job filling in the 'what-ifs' to Jane Austen's most beloved female characters. I am honored to have been a part of such a wonderful undertaking. ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So far I've read "The Simple Things" by J. Marie Croft. I am in awe of this story about Hetty Bates. I couldn't put it down. It flowed and kept my attention. This was my first story I've ever read written by J. Marie Croft and it won't be my last! I highly recommend this book and story. ...more
J. W. Garrett
Book 3 in ‘The Quill Collective’: Rational Creatures: Stirrings of Feminism in the Hearts of Jane Austen’s Fine Ladies:

Rating: with a dozen stories, each has its own rating and they were conveniently posted so the reader had a choice as to whether they wanted to read it or not. That was pretty cool. They were listed as follows: 1) None: affection and possible kissing, 2) Mild: kissing, 3) Moderate: some sexual references but not explicit

These authors are the best and when they get together and
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Self-composed - 4 stars
Every last affliction - 4 stars
Happiness in marriage - 2.5 stars
Charlotte's comfort - 3 stars
Knightly discourses - 3 stars
The simple things - 3 stars
In good hands - 3 stars
Meaning of a wife - 3 stars
What strange creatures - 3.5 stars
An unnatural beginning - 4 stars
When the sky touches the sea - 4 stars
The art of pleasing - 4 stars
Louisa by the sea - 4 stars
The strength of their attachment - 4 stars
A nominal mistress - 3.5 stars
The edification of Lady Susan - 4 stars
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First, the authors write in a style reminiscent of Miss Austen, unlike current regency romance fiction that uses today's slang. Secondly, their characters are rational, making choices the best they can given their circumstances, unlike current regency romance writers that have their heroines determined to be independent and autonomous, whether as spies, or gossip writers, or running S&M bordellos, attracted to the hero (???if he is) but at any moment flouncing off because, well, we do need some ...more
Sheila Majczan
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rounded up to 5 stars

Reading any anthology makes it possible to pick up and put down that book without the anxiety of wanting to know what comes next in the story. With 16 short stories I did just that, spreading reading this book out over time as so many new books have been released and drew my attention away lately.

It was interesting to read the various authors' interpretation as we went into the minds of major and minor characters from Jane Austen's works. I will not write about each but
I'm propably in the minority here, but I didn't like this anthology as much as I hoped I would. I think the 'rational creatures' theme took the romance out of a lot of the stories (not all of them, but a lot) and the words 'rational'/'rational creatures'/'rational person' started to grate on my nerves after I read a story or six. I get that's the overall theme, but does the phrase actually have to be at least two times in every story? There's also a lot of hopping in time in every story, which w ...more
Rational Creatures? Yes, even Miss Bates!

For this third anthology from the Quill Collective, Christina Boyd has drawn together another outstanding group of writers in the Austenesque genre. This time the focus is on an assortment of Jane Austen's female characters. The phrase 'rational creature' was used more than once by Jane Austen herself in her writings and I suspect (and certainly like to imagine) that Miss Austen wrote many of these characters as her way of protesting the lot of women in h
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am new 2 several of these authors, know a few ... I won this book thanks to a FB giveaway from these authors, even got a candle ... and a gift card 2 ...such a sweet giveaway ... so kind. i am loving all 3 items lucky me ... so gracious!! any who. if you are on Kindle Unlimited it is there ...check it out! i see this is book 3 ...not sure that matters??! or not??! wouldn't it be nice to write a book (meaning like Jane Austen and so many folks just be in love with it and look at it and sort of ...more
Clever Austenesque collection provides much enjoyment offering unique views of favourite characters of Jane Austen's timeless writing and imaginings of new situations and relationships. A special appreciative note for Canadian author J. Marie Croft's inclusion.

Audio interpretation of performer, Victoria Riley, adds character with British accents, creating brilliant personalities and authenticity. Recording is clear and well paced.
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rational Creatures edited by Christina Boyd offers so much in these short stories but at it’s heart is about women who are searching for their own love stories, even if they are ridiculed, hated, and ignored by others. Isn’t love the most redeeming for us all. Each of these characters is given new life by these authors and their stories are as beautifully engaging as the originals written by Jane Austen herself.

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Miriam Reeves
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Especially loved Anne's story!

This was a wonderful group of works written by some of the best Jane Austen variation authors. We got to dive in and take a look into many of Austens main women and see what might have been in their hearts and parts. I especially loves Anne of persuasion. It made me want to run and pick persuasion again and read about two of my favorite characters ever!
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars. Wonderful stories of the secondary characters as well as some of our favs. All rational creatures.
Lovely collection - Jane would be proud!
Tammy Buchli
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terrific collection of short Austenations.
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Christina Boyd wears many hats as she is an editor under her own banner, The Quill Ink, a dedicated reviewer, artist, and gardener. A life member of Jane Austen Society of North America, Pacific Northwest Writer's Association, and Regency Fiction Writers, Inc., Christina lives quietly in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her dear Mr. B, as her two busy young adults have gone off on their own ...more

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“In one section of the Vindication, Wollstonecraft writes that she’s disgusted with how her culture keeps women down. She sees females being most valued by power-hungry men, who encourage them to serve as weak, ignorant, pretty playthings. It’s a perpetuating cycle, because men, Wollstonecraft writes, “have increased that inferiority till women are almost sunk below the standard of rational creatures.” She concludes, “I think the female world oppressed.” We might say that, across this volume’s dazzling stories—and alongside the beyond-compare Austen herself—it’s a belief that must seem eminently rational. Fortunately, then, as now, such a cultural diagnosis precludes neither hope nor joy.” 1 likes
“ELINOR DASHWOOD After losing her father, home, and the gentleman she loves, Miss Dashwood’s altruism is nothing short of heroic.” 1 likes
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