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text 2017-07-17 05:58
Reading progress update: I've read 16 out of 232 pages.
The Incredible Crime (British Library Crime Classics) - Lois Austen-Leigh

I decided to read the book's Introduction, and a few chapters, before turning in for the night. apparently this book was written at the same desk that the author's great-great aunt Jane used to create her fictions; that's kind of cool! as for the start of the story: I like Prudence already, and it looks like we have a plucky amateur sleuth on our hands. feels a bit like a Patricia Wentworth novel, though if Prudence really does take over solving much of the impending Mystery, even with an agent of the law present--in this case, a Captain Studde(!) of the coastguard--I'm kind of hoping the book reminds me of what I think may be Rex Stout's best book, Red Threads, where Inspector Cramer, usually a supporting character (and annoyance), goes it alone because Nero Wolfe does not appear...but doesn't actually go it alone, instead getting help from a persistent and brave young lady. if Prudence outshines Captain Studde in The Incredible Crime, it will be a similarly entertaining dynamic (though, as I remember, Cramer did his bit too). anyway--all this and maybe a haunted manor.

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text 2017-07-16 19:36
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 232 pages.
The Incredible Crime (British Library Crime Classics) - Lois Austen-Leigh

sure, I'm game to read a Crime novel by the great-great niece of Jane Austen! though, I've only read one Jane Austen novel so far, and it wasn't a huge favorite of mine. still, I love neglected books that see the light of day via reprinting--and the longer the book has been in limbo, the cooler it seems to be, to my weird mind. we're not even in "out of print for 40 years!" territory, here; no we are in "has not been republished since the 1930s" rarified air, with Austen-Leigh's "Cambridge Mystery"! and that brings up another point: it turns out that the Cambridge Mystery, as a tagged and labeled subgenre, is really a thing! this may be my third or fourth Crime novel set at Cambridge this year, and I've got at least one more stashed away for Fall/Winter, if I wanna keep that music goin'. of course this one is from 1931! I wonder if it's the prototype?? well, I don't know about that.

 

final cool thing about reading this book: time sure passes, doesn't it! the back of this book mentions the "great-great-niece of Jane Austen" connection...and the Acknowledgements at the start of the book, as it's re-packaged in 2017, thank two great nieces of Lois Austen-Leigh for their help and support with this new edition. whatever this is...it's a great-niece thing! sort of a great-niece literary bucket-brigade extending through time. the next edition, probably around 2107, will likely be due to the latest batch of Austen great-nieces, taking the torch. they are fiery, and motivated these great-nieces!

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review 2017-07-06 18:34
Lady Susan
Lady Susan (Penguin Little Black Classics) - Jane Austen

This short novella has been a fun read. Mainly because the main character Lady Susan Vernon is a scheming, cunning, manipulating nightmare of a woman and she doesn´t mind one bit. She is the most unlikely Jane Austen heroine you could encounter in one of her books.

 

I did have some issues with it, though. I´m not particularly fond of stories told through letter (what this novella does) and the ending is so abrupt, it feels like Austen didn´t know how to proceed with her narrative at some point. 

 

I enjoyed reading this novella by Austen, it´s been a fun read but I´m not overly in love with it.

 

I´ve read this book for my Booklikes-opoly jail visit. 116 pages has been donated to the jail library.

 

 

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text 2017-07-05 07:58
Reading progress update: I've read 66 out of 128 pages.
Lady Susan (Penguin Little Black Classics) - Jane Austen

My pick for the jail visit.

 

I´ve recently watched the movie "Love and Friendship", which is based on this short epistolary novella. So far I can say that I like the novella more than the movie. Lady Susan really is a cunning and scheming character, horrible and entertaining at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-07-01 22:21
[REVIEW] Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

I finally finished this book! YAY! My goodness, it took me forever to do so. It's as romantic as I had expected but also very difficult to keep track of all the Miss Bennetts. Lindsey Duncan's narration was delightful and she infused it with a lot of emotion.

Before reading/listening

I have tried many times to read this but I have failed each and every one. Hopefully, an audiobook will make the experience easier on me.

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