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The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things
3.97
Not too long ago there was an uproar in Jane Austen circles at the discovery of a drawing that was labeled Jane Austen, depicting an upright woman of ...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
 
Bitch In a Bonnet: Reclaiming Jane Austen From the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps and the Saps, Volume 1
3.86
What you get here is Rodi summarizing three of Austen's novels while occasionally making pronouncements upon literature and Austen fans. Unfortunately ...more
Dec 19, 2016
Dec 14, 2016
 
Longbourn
3.62
I usually avoid Pride and Prejudice sequels, prequels, mashups, and detective novels, because no one gets Austen's sardonic wit, no one. And that incl ...more
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Nov 09, 2013
 
Wondering Sight (The Extraordinaries #2)
3.76
This second book in Melissa McShane's series takes a different tone from the first, Burning Bright, as its heroine is a complicated, prickly person.

So
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Mar 30, 2017
 
Miss Eleanor Tilney: or, The Reluctant Heroine
4.04
Written for fun, as stress relief, and to exist in the world of Northanger Abbey. All these years I wondered about Eleanor's story, so I decided to gi ...more
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Sep 13, 2016
 
Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World
3.64

This is an immensely readable combination of biography, literary analysis, and personal essay, both exasperating and enlightening.

It is at its most ex
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Oct 23, 2014
Oct 11, 2014
 
Fair Winds and Homeward Sail: Sophy Croft's Story
4.35
I wrote this as practice, and for fun, and also to address one of the issues I've had with a book that I think Jane Austen never got to polish because ...more
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Oct 06, 2015
 
Jane Austen After
3.00
Because Jane Austen herself, according to her family, used to speculate on the future of her characters, I figure she might have liked fan fiction.

At
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Oct 13, 2015
 
The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation
3.87
Though the title promises an examination of the deepening divide between Washington and Jefferson after the revolution separated the colonies from Bri ...more
Mar 05, 2015
Mar 05, 2015
 
Josephine: Desire, Ambition, Napoleon
3.88
Though it was readable, I'm glad I picked it up used. Williams seems to be churning out popular biographies by the cartload, which might explain a sor ...more
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Feb 19, 2014
 
The Surgeon's Mate
4.38
This is one of my favorites, which partially brings an arc to a close. These arcs are intersecting, which is one of the brilliant aspects of Patrick O ...more
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Oct 18, 2008
 
The Reverse of the Medal (Aubrey/Maturin Book 11)
4.40
My history with this book serves as proof that I at least cannot do justice to a series if I don't begin at the beginning.

When I first heard of the A
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Oct 18, 2008
 
Congress of Secrets
3.52
Burgis takes on a complicated, fascinating period of history--the Congress of Vienna--as the backdrop for this dark historical fantasy romance, as a t ...more
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Mar 17, 2017
 
Desolation Island
4.38
By the time any reader of O'Brian's roman fleuve has made it this far, they know that the writing, the characterizations, the mix of history and ficti ...more
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Oct 18, 2008
 
The Fortune of War
4.38
One of my favorites, in which Stephen gets to be seriously badass.

There are two ship battles, both based on historical battles, complete to living com
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Oct 18, 2008
 
Captain Marryat: A Rediscovery
0.00
It is astonishing to me that I could not find any biography of Frederick Marryat except for this short one, only 210 pages, considering the fact that ...more
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Aug 02, 2014
 
The Cavalry Maiden: Journals of a Russian Officer in the Napoleonic Wars
3.55
I read this some years ago. While Durova finesses some of the personal details (presents herself younger and more innocent than she was, i.e. no menti ...more
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Aug 16, 2014
 
The Mauritius Command
4.35
On this fourth or fifth reread, it occurred to me that my memory of this book has been of a lighter story. It isn’t “lite” at all; there is quite a bi ...more
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Oct 18, 2008
 
The Sleeping Partner (Sarah Tolerance, #3)
4.07
I tried my best to portion myself out a chapter a night, but that good resolve only lasted three days, and here I am, nothing accomplished, having rea ...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
 
The Ionian Mission (Aubrey/Maturin, #8)
4.31
In this latest installment in the Aubrey/Maturin roman fleuve, Patrick O'Brian does some interesting things. As always on my first read I galloped thr ...more
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Oct 18, 2008
 
Dandyism
3.79
Every ten years or so I reread this little book, each time having acquired a few more of the references D'Aurevilly so carelessly tosses off.

He wrote
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Jan 29, 2014
 
Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna
3.93
Anyone interested in the Napoleonic era might enjoy this look at the personalities gathered at the Congress of Vienna over the latter part of 1814 thr ...more
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Sep 27, 2010
 
The Journals of Claire Clairmont
4.33
Like the letters, truly fascinating. There isn't much here during the Shelley time--and what there is might be somewhat in code. Apparently the women ...more
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May 06, 2009
 
Bernadotte
0.00
Like Duffy's bio of Talleyrand, this slim book is written by a career officer and diplomat, bringing to it that point of view. Russel sets out neither ...more
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Apr 18, 2012
 
The Rose of Martinique: A Life of Napoleon's Josephine
4.15
Things I loved: that Andrea Stuart concentrated on presenting Josephine the leader of fashion, without hagiography or excoriation. I loved that she ga ...more
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Mar 05, 2012
 
Jane Austen Caught in the Act of Greatness: A Diplomatic Transcription and Analysis of the Two Manuscript Chapters of Persuasion and the Manuscript of Sanditon
0.00
One of the many books on my shelves I haven't managed to review yet, fixing it now.

Part of the problem (if there is a problem) is that I don’t know wh
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Oct 31, 2012
 
A Peace Congress of Intrigue
0.00
One of the many delightful books I've gotten off the Sony library of classics. Sometimes the print in these things is so old the fs and s's are interc ...more
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Aug 16, 2010
 
Jane Austen, or the Secret of Style
3.89
This is a very short book, extremely well written, dense with fascinating thought. Disquieting thought, even, as I find myself wanting to explain, exc ...more
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Aug 10, 2011
 
The Heiress Companion
3.20
Madeleine Robins is reissuing the Regency romances that she published twenty or thirty years ago. This is one of them, offered through Book View Cafe. ...more
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Nov 01, 2011
 
The Reminiscences and Recollections of Captain Gronow : being "Anecdotes of the camp, the court, and the clubs at the close of the last war with France" and "Recollections and anecdotes."
3.88
Reread these for pleasure, after some years. Gronow was a professional dandy, who was quite young at the time of the Regency, so his reminiscences are ...more
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Feb 15, 2010
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