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Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons

(Supernatural Jane Austen)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  35 reviews
From the author of Mansfield Park and Mummies... NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS

Dragons in the skies of Regency England!

Gothic horrors collide with high satire in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.

Young and naive Catherine Morland is constantly surrounded by angels only she alone
Paperback, First Edition, 346 pages
Published December 5th 2010 by Norilana Books
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Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy satire and classics
Recommended to Katy by: LibraryThing Member Giveaways
Book Info: Genre: Classical Literary Parody
Reading Level: Adult

My Thoughts: I will start out by saying that, despite having been an English major, I have never read Northanger Abbey, the book being parodied. I am not sure if that will affect my understanding and appreciation of this text or not.

I had a fun time reading this book – while I have no idea how it held to the original plot and text, I found the writing style to be amusing and full of humor, and there is nothing I like more than to l
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: retelling
I did not expect the book to follow the original so closely while pairing it with the paranormal. Truly, had I known it for what it is, I may never had read it at all. Blissful ignorance. I read it and enjoyed the retelling and was grateful it never utterly squelched Austen nor delved too deeply into the supernatural so as to make it grotesque. I enjoyed rather hearty chuckles throughout the book.
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Dear readers, leaving the comfortable realm of amiable and serene Austenesque novels, I have decided to take a brief sojourn into the terrifying, and sometimes violent, world of Jane Austen monster mash-ups. Having read and exceedingly enjoyed other Jane Austen paranormal creations (Jane Bites Back, Bespelling Jane Austen, and Jane and the Damned), I felt ready to jump into a true monster mash-up (I did read Emma and the Vampires, but didn't really find it to be much of a mash-up). And after rea ...more
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this at a first-reads on goodreads!

So I was definitely totally against the whole re-writing of Jane Austen's novels because I love them in their pure forms, and I still do! After reading another book called Pride Prejudice and Zombies, or something or another, I did not want to read another remake of a Jane Austen book with supernaturals.

But was I surprised! I thought to myself, give it a try, and I did!
Northanger Abbey is one of my favorite novels written by Jane Austen (surprising isn't
Nicol Legakis
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful novel, in which our heroine was more frightened of fiction than of the reality of ogres, demons, dragons, ghosts, and (of course) giant ferocious ducks. I loved the author's style. It was quite tongue-in-cheek, just as any novel Miss Austen would produce regarding such gothic horrors. I will definitely read Ms. Nazarian's other novels with great expectations of amusement. ...more
Sherwood Smith
Feb 21, 2011 added it
Shelves: fantasy
I added this book based on this review. ...more
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Let me begin by saying that I have read other works by both Vera Nazarian and Jane Austen, and greatly enjoyed them both. I have also read other recent Austen collaborations*, and I have enjoyed those as well. Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons is exactly as it sounds - an Austen parody/collaboration with the addition of Angels and Dragons. Austen's original novel, for the uninitiated, is the story of a country girl who spends a few weeks in society at Bath, taking the waters and attending ...more
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
First of all, this is the first Jane Austen monster mash-up book I've read, so I can't compare it with other books from that genre ; however, I think it was a perfect book for a first attempt! :).

In this supernatural parody of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, titled Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons we find the original characters, such as Catherine Morland, Henry Tilney, Isabella Thorpe, and so on, but with slight changes : Catherine can for example communicate with tiny guardian angels, a
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, own
Ages: 13 and up

Jane Austen purists beware! That great lady's masterworks have been snatched by that shameless harridan Vera Nazarian and dropped into absurd and wholly improper situations. The unfortunate heroine of Northanger Abbey has been placed in a strange world of angels, demons and one monstrous duck! Will Catherine Morland be able to resist the demonic wiles of the Thorpes with only the help of her angelic friends? Is the dragon that has been seen in the skies above Bath seeking a buried
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
This is my 4th Jane Austen mash-up and while I still liked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies the best (it tells us why Charlotte Lucas would marry the odious Mr. Collins) this book had it's good points too. It takes the satire that Jane Austen used in Northanger Abbey to make fun of the gothic novels of her day to a whole new level by adding angels, demons, and dragons, and a search for secret hidden treasure using the Udolpho Code. It was amusing and was a light read which I was looking for. Now, ...more
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was very hard to put down and I stayed up two nights reading this book. The main character's, Catherine, supernatural abilities brought a refreshing tone to the novel. I hated Catherine's so called friend, Isabella, and her brother, John. I was ecstatic when Catherine disassociated herself from the evil siblings.The innocence and supernatural abilities of Catherine made it hard to close the book. Nazarian's character development, imagery and plot development with a ...more
Nerine Dorman
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest. This is the first time I've gone near anything Regency-related, so I'm probably not going to be able to hold the novel up against the existing tales by Austen. What I will say is that the writing is a treat and I enjoyed the stabs at Dan Brown's clues, as well as gothic novels. As far as monster mash-ups go, Nazarian entertains, and not once did the story feel forced.

There are many smaller routines that occur within the story but of particular amusement was the way Catherine dea
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book it was a fun twist on one of jane austen's classic novels.I will be reading more from this author.If you expect to get plain jane austen this book is not for you.I myself like classic mash up books I have read quite a few.I thought this writer held her own with the others I have read.If you want a comedy twist on a classic check this book out.For me it was a fun read and not a waste of time.I also loved the cover art of the book. ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have been obsessively reading all the horror and fairytale versions of Jane Austen books and this was one of my favorites. Well written!
Carla Roehl-steinhaus
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a very strange book but it was very funny and I quite enjoyed it
Margaret Eveleigh
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. A very silly read. After reading this I will be chasing down Ms. Nazarian's other Austen spoofs. “This volume stands as a cautionary tale to the young people of our fair isle. Disdain fashion and pursue fortune, but not treasure; and above all, stand clear of Bath and Brighton and its ducks”

Jenifer  Lavery
Sep 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not recommended

There are a number of good classic novels rewritten with supernatural involvement such as Jane Slater and little vampire women. This is not one of them. A rather mangled rewrite to be avoided
Brenda Moon
Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it
I can't help but bemoan this new genre and spurn the audacity of some who would reduce the immortal prose of a beloved novelist to mere silliness, for silliness it most assuredly is. Howsomever, I read the entire book and could not falsify self-righteous indignation when reading passages about the misapprehensions of Catherine's dialogue with her angels by her family. Or Catherine's transparent schemes to disguise same. Silliness, after all, can be effectively amusing and so I resolve myself to ...more
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons. I had previously read Northanger Abbey, and am a fan of Jane Austen's. The heroine is as charming as when she was initially created, but has become just so funny. It is also funny that is is a parody of a parody (as Northanger Abbey was a parody of the Gothic style in vogue at the time in England).
I think though that Nazarian should have believed more in the ability of the readers to catch the ironic parts of the book without having t
Literary  Chanteuse
I struggled with this one a little and having a hard time to decide if it's a 2 or 3 star so I'll say 2.5 stars. It was witty and there were moments that I got caught up in the story however there were also moments that lost my attention and they unfortunately were more often than not. Perhaps as this particular novel of Jane's was not my favorite and this being the first read into a fantasy/paranormal exploration of her books could be part of the reason I wasn't thoroughly engaged. ...more
Lynne - The Book Squirrel
Jan 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is not even worth a raiting! The worst book I have tried to read in ages - not worth the download even if it was a freeby! Any one can follow an old classic and add a few angels every now and then, but why do so when none of it makes sense within the storyline. Terrible waste of time.

Apr 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Just won this book-will be receiving a copy straight from the author-look forward to reading it & will happily give you a review!
May 25, 2011 marked it as will-never-read
Shelves: monster-mash
Not fore me, but it is free on Kindle today.
Jan 24, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Just grabbed this off amazon as a free download. Yay!
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
The end was cute. And we finally saw the dragons. Still just an okay story, but the angels and dragons definitely improved on the original.
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun tongue-in-cheek retelling of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Actually would give this 2 1/2 stars. Moves along well for first third with humor but loses steam, eventually slogging ahead toward the conclusion.
Melissa Li
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Marginally better than the one by Jane Austen.
Jan 23, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
And yet another free Kindle book (not sure why this one caught my attention, but it did!)
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Vera Nazarian is a two-time Nebula Award Finalist, award-winning artist, and member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a writer with a penchant for moral fables and stories of intense wonder, true love, and intricacy.

She immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and magazine

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