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Pride and Prejudice
Some years back in one of my APAs, someone castigated Jane Austen's books like this: "All those daft twits rabbiting on about clothes and boyfriends a ...more
May 07, 2012
Oct 18, 2008
Mansfield Park
Most Austen aficionados agree that Pride and Prejudice is a great book. Jane Austen thought it might be too "light and bright and sparkling"--that its ...more
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Oct 18, 2008
In Other Lands
One of the aspects of the long conversation writers have been having with literature that I find most interesting is what some call deconstruction. We ...more
Aug 11, 2017
Aug 08, 2017
I've seen Robin McKinley accused of having only one plot: variations on "Beauty and the Beast." This kind of reductionism, of course, can be extended ...more
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Oct 18, 2008
The Goblin Emperor
It is said that Samuel Richardson, after being hectored by readers and critics following the runaway success of his novel Clarissa (a success, one gat ...more
Apr 04, 2014
Apr 01, 2014
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things
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
The Trouble with Kings
Wrote this one in my early twenties, around the time I wrote Crown Duel.

The initial idea was to write up what happened to an ordinary princess (back i
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Jun 17, 2009
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
I suspect that many readers today have no idea that these three vicarage-raised spinsters took the English publishing world by storm in the mid-eighte ...more
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May 05, 2009
Agnes Grey
My favorite of the Brontes is Anne. This is my favorite of her novels.

In this and Jane Eyre, we have governess-eye views of the gentry. In Jane Eyre,
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May 05, 2009
Crown Duel (Crown & Court #1-2)
Well, I loved writing this story when I was in my very early twenties, and I loved typing it up when I was in my forties . . . if I were to write it o ...more
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May 04, 2009
Received from NetGalley.

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from
Apr 28, 2015
Apr 24, 2015
Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)
Copy provided by NetGalley

There have been a plethora of fantasy-romances-in-the-Regency of late, not surprising considering there's a good chance that
Aug 28, 2015
Aug 27, 2015
Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1)

Short summary: badass nuns being badass.

Short reaction: wow!

Long version: Mark Lawrence opens the first book of a new series in a bleak, cold world th
Jan 09, 2017
Dec 17, 2016
The Dream Lover: A Novel of George Sand
Copy provided by NetGalley.

There really needs to be a major work (fictional or non) about the remarkable George Sand, whose life spanned all the Frenc
Mar 12, 2015
Mar 12, 2015
Lady Susan
I've noticed over the years that a lot of Austen fans (the ones who tend to want to confine Jane Austen to a tiny box of preciousness, or who only val ...more
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Oct 18, 2008
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
**spoiler alert**

About a third of the way into this book, it occurred to me that the genre I love best has in so many ways
Feb 09, 2016
Aug 10, 2015
Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories, #1)
This very talented writer has written a Regency romance that features a few of Jane Austen's spellings, adding in a truly nifty magical system. Unfort ...more
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Jun 21, 2010
Eligible (The Austen Project, #4)
Copy received courtesy of NetGalley

These days there seem to be a number of fictional conversations with classics, with varying degrees of success. I h
Feb 28, 2016
Feb 27, 2016
Wives and Daughters
My Jane Austen book group is reading this book, a great excuse for a reread, as it is one of my favorites of all time.

On this reread, I noticed how mu
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Oct 18, 2008
Little Women
There will be spoilers.

Now, if she had been the heroine of a moral story-book, she ought at this period of her life to have become quite saintly, reno
May 10, 2013
Oct 18, 2008
Captain Harville: "But let me observe that all histories are against
you, all stories, prose and verse... Songs and proverbs, all talk of
woman's fick
May 28, 2012
Oct 18, 2008
Among Others
When I first finished Jo Walton’s to Among Others, there was this instinctive pang of hurt at being left out because when I met Walton in Tempe for Wo ...more
Jan 18, 2011
Apr 19, 2010
North and South
Gaskell is at her best with the tiny details of life that make the characters and the setting come into sharp focus: Margaret sitting on the worn carp ...more
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Oct 18, 2008
Tooth and Claw
"She'd like me to bring a dragon home, I suppose. It would serve her right if I did, some creature that would make the house intolerable to her."

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May 07, 2009
Seven Surrenders (Terra Ignota, #2)
The short version is, Big Secrets Blow Up Bigger.

Long version: this is a gleefully, even triumphantly messy novel, which revels in the messiness while
Feb 20, 2017
May 13, 2016
Danse de la Folie
Back in the seventies, I wrote a Georgette Heyer pastiche, but by the time I got it typed up to send around, the second wave of Regency romances had p ...more
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Aug 21, 2012
Paladin of Souls (World of the Five Gods, #2)
I have to admit my partisanship right up front. I am a dedicated fan of the Miles Vorkosigan books and I loved The Curse of Chalion, which serves as a ...more
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Oct 18, 2008
Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)
I opened this ARC yesterday to glance at it (I have other books going) and absolutely fell into it. And a debut? What a stunning book!

I was going to a
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May 25, 2017
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
I looked forward to this book so much, as his Armageddon Rag is one of my favorites, and I think Martin is an intelligent, terrific writer. Sadly, I r ...more
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May 05, 2012
Stranger (The Change, #1)
This is a collaboration, but my "rule" still holds: my review only talks about the process of writing it. Actual reviews are up to readers.

Rachel Mani
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Nov 13, 2014
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