Thumbs up for Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Romance/Literature.

And then to the Austen that is the favorite of very few people indeed. I can see how this book goes down hard for a modern reader. If pious, careful Fanny were a contemporary woman, she would be a complete stick-in-the-mud. Here’s my advice for this one: treat it like science fiction.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Persuasion by Jane Austen. Romance/Literature.

I’ve had more than one Austen fan tell me their favorite was Persuasion, and I was in an easy-reading-classics kind of mood. I think this one might be my new favorite, too.

She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! alas! she must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.

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Thumbs up for The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson. Fantasy.

If you’d said “Emma, you will stay up way too late riveted to this sword-and-sorcery (except actually science fiction) adventure/romance/tragedy about love, compassion and brotherhood told in a bizarre and somehow exquisite mishmash voice that bops around from sentence to sentence between fairytale, elegant classicism, and (inexplicably but gorgeously) African-American vernacular”…I would have shrugged and sighed because weirder things have happened.… >> Read more

Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Historical romance.

I should know better than to read exceptionally popular books; nine times out of ten I feel like I’m not reading the same book as everyone else. So I’m probably going to offend a lot of people by not giving this book a glowing review. But what the hell; I can only speak from my own perspective.… >> Read more