In This Life or the Next

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Of a New Persuasion

Before this month my favorite Austen novel was Sense and Sensibility with Pride and Prejudice being my second. Well, they have now both been shifted down a notch because Persuasion is now my Jane Austen number one. I love the fact that Anne Elliot is twenty-seven, making her the oldest of Austen’s heroines. It is her age and experience that lend her […]

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Preliminary Speculation Before Viewing I, Frankenstein

When Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus the tale ended with the nameless creature disappearing into the darkness near the Arctic after his final speech in which he states, “I shall ascend my funeral pile triumphantly, and exult in the agony of the torturing flames. The light of that conflagration will fade away; my ashes will […]

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Happy New Year Dear Readers

We’re off to a serious start with a return to an Austen classic: Persuasion.  Sarah and I have elected to break out our gorgeous annotated editions, the one edited by Robert Morrison. I do not anticipate this being a quick read as we will be discussing Jane Austen’s story and the additional information Morrison has included […]

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The Happy-Birthday-Jane-Merry-Christmas Giveaway!

You read that correctly. We are having a Happy-Birthday-Jane-Merry-Christmas Giveaway! December is a bursting month of reasons to celebrate. I would have added in Yule and Kwanzaa, but there’s only so much room in a title before it doesn’t even fit. We realize that we have quite a few international dark readers who keep up […]

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Digging Into December

As for this month we are revisiting Grave Expectations by one of our favorite literary mash-up artists Sherri Browning Erwin.

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A Review of This House is Haunted

What if you believed there was a ghost haunting the house in which you were living? How would you discover the truth? Who would you speak to about such a thing? How could you be sure you weren’t going insane? These are the very questions Eliza Caine wrestles with as the new governess at Gaudlin […]

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Review: Longbourn by Jo Baker

Any devoted Jane Austen fan knows every facet of the Bennet household, or do they? We follow the Bennets from the moment Mrs. Bennet announces with euphoric enthusiasm the arrival of Mr. Bingley to the neighborhood, then transition to sticking with Elizabeth as she visits friends and relatives. We have an intimate view of Elizabeth’s […]

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Interview with Jo Baker

Today we are pleased to welcome Longbourn author Jo Baker. We asked her about her novel, Jane Austen, and writing. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a copy of Longbourn courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher. Twelve (12) lucky US winners will be chosen! What drew you to shift the perspective of PRIDE […]

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Kafka and Kitty

Like all Quirk books, The Meowmorphosis is a mash-up which takes a classic tale and spins it into fun absurdity (not that the original The Metamorphosis was ever lacking in absurdity).

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Aw! Look at the Cute Kitty

Wait…is that kitty dressed as a man or a man with a kitten’s head?

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Why So Quiet

Just because we are not ladies of leisure that does not mean that we haven’t found the time for some reading and discussing and planning.

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