Why was it that we both felt Persuasion to be so new? In my mother's case, it was the language and mode of expression that appeared utterly of the moment. Perhaps she also meant that this was the way books now should be written...My own strong reaction to the novel stemmed from Austen's depiction of society...
While the premise of this book has potential, the many levels of manipulation that the characters inflict on each other are genuinely troubling, and their scars, both physical and emotional, are not dealt with in a way that provides closure for them or readers.
The author writes in such a way that I felt like I was sitting down with the main character listening to her while she told me her life story directly.
It moves at a fast pace and each chapter promises a new adventure, and lots of giggles, as you are lead up to an explosive ending. You’ll want to re-read this one.
Gold (The Scent of Flames) packs this story with a wealth of sensory detail, perfectly complementing the emotional and sexual development between the leads, creating a thoroughly satisfying tale.
...Beth is shy but also very clever although you might not realise it, and Amy is very girly and loves being the centre of attention, but if she try's hard she can be really kind especially to Meg. Overall this is a great read!!!
...I know I will remember this book for years to come and it will always feel as if it were almost yesterday that I read it, as it is a book to treasure and keep on a dusty bookshelf to pass on for generations.
Perhaps I’d have enjoyed the story more if I had left some time between parts two and three. I thought about it (I was beginning to recognised some of that “too much” fatigue) but I made a start when I was thinking about it and then it was too late. But I think it is regardless, for me, a weaker section than what went before.
The characters are what make Villette, in my opinion. There is Mme. Beck, who is controlling and possessive...Ginerva herself is a familiar but entertaining character. She’s a staple of 19th century English literature – the beautiful coquette who is appallingly self-centered and heedless in her treatment of others.
It's a story that many almost-adults would do well to read and take some life lessons from. Perhaps, however, it is one of those books that is best read by an adult who has lived some life and can easily relate to the situation of Ethan, Zeena and Mattie.
The Annotated Sense and Sensibiity is a lovely addition to any Austen-philes’s collection, and a wonderful way for readers to immerse themselves not only in the timeless story, but in the customs of 19th century rural England.
This is a book that celebrates the still transgressive world of gay leathermen and Tom of Finland's place in Los Angeles’ architectural history.
...Jacobs’s story is so dramatic, so vividly illustrative of the unthinkable horrors and trials of slavery – the sickening violence, the waste of potential, the unpredictability of lives lived according to a slave owner’s caprices – that it almost reads as a novel.
This last piece of the book is what downgraded Just This Night. As I said, the story was set up for me to enjoy. Unfortunately, as I neared the 75% mark, I watched Mac and Beth become less conscientious of the effects their behavior could have on Ashley.
The final section contains four speculative stories with unambitious but solid fantastical elements; the best of these is Jerry L. Wheeler's surreal and unsettling "Strawberries," the tale of a land developer's doomed encounter with local farmer who won't sell. This powerful anthology unambiguously marks Bright as an editor to watch.
The sex is again both creative and hot (even if I had a crisis of imagination at one point). I liked the way Geoff sought advice from an older, more experienced Dom and, how the trio spent time together as friends and not just having sex.
Readers who have been dismayed by the paucity of respectful erotic stories about bisexual and demisexual women who switch will be beside themselves with delight at Dryden’s tender portrayals.
What I liked the most about her is her heritage by her grandmother. How brilliant is Ms Showalter to make her one of the much-wanted artifacts, the All-Seeing Eye!
I made it a DIK because I missed the duo as soon as I finished their story, even though it felt perfectly complete. I thoroughly recommend everyone to read this novel - the first from what promises to be a wonderful partnership between these two authors.
It's as funny as it is touching, and in the end, it's about finding the love that challenges and encourages you to be your best self. Rock's happily-ever-after is bittersweet, beautiful, and deeply satisfying.