A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

192 . Lady Susan by Jane Austen

Lady Susan by Jane Austen.
The Art of the Novella

Rating: (3/5)

(US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

1794 (1st written); 1871 (1st published)
2011, Melville House Publishing, 84 pgs

Age: 18+

"Thus high-spirited tale, told through and exchange of letters, is unique in Jane Austen’s small body of work. It is the story of Lady Susan, a brilliant, beautiful and morally reprehensible coquette who delights in making men fall in love with her, deceiving their wives into friendship and even tormenting her own daughter, cruelly bending her to her will.
Austen clearly delighted in her wicked heroine — tracing Lady Susan’s maneuverings to remarry yet continue on with her lover, and to marry off her young daughter, with great wit, zest and unfailing panache."

Received a copy as part of this month's Bookclub selection.  The publisher has given us two light-hearted books with purple covers for Spring time reading.  I read most of Austen as a teenager but am not a fan of her now.  I basically find her bantering between the sexes and stories of women looking for a man to be "fluff".  This story was no different in my mind.  I was delighted to see this short novella written in the epistolary fashion though, as that is one of my favourite forms to read and the letters helped speed along the read while also causing Austen's usual bantering between sexes to be told in a one-sided narrative that helped me to not become vexed with the characters so.  I did not like any of the characters in the book, but only felt sorry for the neglected and emotionally abused daughter Frederica.  An OK story from an author I do not appreciate, as the masses do.

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