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Entries from Feb 2009

Carrie Bebris: Suspsense and Sensibility

25 Feb 2009 · No Comments

Suspense and Sensibility wasn’t without its charms, but I didn’t think it lived up to its predecessor, Pride and Prescience (a surprisingly successful sequel to Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in which Darcy and Elizabeth find themselves in a whodunnit with overtones of Jane Eyre).
Suspense and Sensibility ramps up the silliness considerably. It follows directly after [...]

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Charlaine Harris: Dead Until Dark

20 Feb 2009 · No Comments

I’m embarassed about it, but over the past few years I’ve read several books in the burgeoning “paranormal romance” sub-genre (and returned several more to the library when I decided they really weren’t worth my time). I’m perversely intrigued by the extent to which the genre has calcifyied around a single template, Laurell Hamilton’s “Anita [...]

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Tags: d-title · fantasy · h-author · mystery

Wen Spencer: Tinker

11 Feb 2009 · No Comments

I’m a big fan of artistic constraints as tools to help channel creativity, so much so that I often look at other people’s work and wonder what constraints they might have applied in its creation. In the case of Tinker, I can’t help but wonder if Spencer deliberately set out to write a fantasy employing [...]

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Carrie Bebris: Pride and Prescience

05 Feb 2009 · No Comments

Pride and Prescience has an audacious conceit: not only is it a sequel to Austen’s immortal Pride and Prejudice, it re-imagines Lord and Mrs. Darcy (née Bennet) as amateur sleuths. An interesting kernel underlies this (and perhaps lessens its outrageousness) — both Austen’s novels and traditional English “village” mysteries deliberately limit the scope of [...]

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