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Monday, January 12, 2009

Jane Eyre:The Graphic Novel by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel (American English, Original Text)
Publisher:Classical Comics
ISBN: 1906332479
Pages: 144 pgs
Genre: Graphic Novel
Challenges-Read’n’Review Challenge, 100+ Reading Challenge, Romance Challenge

 Synopsis from Publisher
Jane Eyre is a plain, determined and intelligent child. Orphaned and poor, she is adopted by her Aunt and Uncle Reed. The death of Uncle Reed allows her unpleasant aunt to send her away to a grim charity school, where she continues her harsh upbringing, but is given the education that finally frees her. Once old enough, she becomes a teacher and takes the role of governess in a large manor house, where she falls in love with her employer. But Rochester is hiding a secret that, when revealed, forces Jane to choose between following her head and her heart. Both critically acclaimed and immensely popular, Jane Eyre dealt with concepts of class discrimination, morality, equality for women, and freedom of choice. Designed to encourage readers to enjoy classical literature, Jane Eyre The Graphic Novel stays true to Brontë's original vision. The book includes 125 pages of story artwork (by the legendary comic book artist, John M. Burns) and fascinating support material detailing the life of Charlotte Brontë.

My Review:
I do not have any experience with graphic novels or comics beyond the random flipping through of my cousin's Batman comics. I found the Graphic Novel version of Jane Eyre to be completely interesting and engaging. The illustrations were magnificent. They really brought the story of Jane Eyre to life. The language was almost exactly the same as the novel. There was once jarring moment where Jane says "Huh?". It just didn't fit with the language of the rest of the comic.

This graphic novel and other graphic novels like it would be excellent in the school atmosphere where some students would be more likely to read and enjoy a graphic novel rather than the novel itself. These graphic novels are beautifully illustrated and remain true to the novels they are based on. I will definitely be buying more of them and hope and pray they make one for Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen: Volume III: Mansfield Park (Oxford Illustrated Austen)Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192547038
Pages: 584 pgs
Genre: Romance/Regency
Challenges-Read’n’Review Challenge, 100+ Reading Challenge , RYOB Challenge, Romance Challenge, 20 in 2009 Challenge

 Synopsis from the Publisher
The private and social worlds of the wealthy Bertram family are revealed through the eyes of Fanny Price, a ""poor relation"" living with the Bertrams, who has fallen in love with their son, Edmund.

My Review:

Mansfield Park is my absolute least favorite Austen novel. This is the only Austen novel that I have to force myself to read.

I cannot stand any of the characters. Fanny is too stodgy and morally upright. Edmund Bertram is an idiot. The Crawfords are so obnoxiously nice yet devious. The only character I like is Mrs. Norris because at least she has some form of personality. This is the only Jane Austen novel I can without a doubt admit that I hate it with a fiery passion. But Jane does write it well enough that I could finish the novel without clawing my eyes out.

*This book was bought by me by me. I am not making any profit from my review of this book other than my enjoyment.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen: Volume V: Northanger Abbey and Persuasion
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192547054
Pages: 348pgs
Genre: Romance/Gothic
Challenges-Read’n’Review Challenge, 100+ Reading Challenge , RYOB Challenge, Romance Challenge, 20 in 2009 Challenge

Synopsis from the Publisher
Featuring an introduction by the novelist Margaret Drabble, the classic novel tells the story of a naive young woman who is invited to a mysterious old country manor, where she imagines she is a character in a Gothic novel.

My Review:

I am not quite sure what to think of this novel. I liked it while I was reading it. Really liked it to the point of not being able to put it down. But it ended there. Once I was finished, I forgot everything. It seemed quite disposable after reading it. Something not worth remembering. I feel terrible writing that. Like I am disgracing myself as a Jane Austen follower.

The characters lacked the type of depth that Jane Austen was so famous for. Henry Tilney had none of the depth of Darcy, Brandon or Wentworth. Catherine had none of the spunk and intellect that defined Austen's other female leads. This is her earliest novel and it is obvious. She was still developing as a writer. It is nice to see her earliest baby steps but I am not sure I will ever pick this book up again. It is an enjoyable read but not as engaging as Austen's other tales.

*This book was bought by me by me. I am not making any profit from my review of this book other than my enjoyment.

Monday, January 5, 2009

20 Book in 2009 Challenge

I decided to join this challenge because I think I am capable of reading 20 books in one year barring a complete decent into laziness.

I will track my progress here
1. Title::A Fortunate Age

Author(s):: Joanna Smith Rakoff

Genre:: Coming of Age Drama

Finished: 1/21/2009

Rating: ** Stars

2.Title::Mansfield Park

Author(s):: Jane Austen

Genre:: Romance

Finished: 1/12/09

Rating: *** Stars

3.Title::Northanger Abbey

Author(s):: Jane Austen

Genre:: Romance

Finished: 1/13/09

Rating: *** 1/2 Stars

4.Title::Houston, We Have A Problema

Author::Gwendolyn Zepeda

Genre::Coming of Age Drama


Rating:***** stars

5.Title::Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One

Author::Sharon Lathan



Rating:: **** stars

6. Title::Galway Bay

Author::Mary Pat Kelly

Genre::Historical Fiction/Romance


Rating:: ***** stars

7. Title:: Playing With Grown-Ups

Author::Sophie Dahl

Genre::Fiction/Coming of Age


Rating::****1/2 stars

8.Title:: Pemberley Manor

Author::Kathryn L. Nelson

Genre::Jane Austen Sequel/Fiction/Romance


Rating::***** stars

9.Title::The Traitor’s Wife

Author::Susan Higginbotham

Genre::Historical Fiction/Romance


Rating::***** stars


Author::Brad Gooch



Rating ***** stars

11.Title::Palace Circle

Author::Rebecca Dean

Genre::Historical Fiction/Romance



12. Title::Sundays at Tiffany’s

Author::James Patterson



Rating::***** stars

13. Title::The Four Corners of the Sky

Author::Michael Malone



Rating::***** stars

14. Title::A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy

Author::Charlotte Greig



Rating::***** stars

15. Title::Why Shoot A Butler?

Author::Georgette Heyer



Rating::**** 1/2 stars

16. Title:: The Talisman Ring

Author::Georgette Heyer



Rating::***** stars

17. Title::Who Do You Think You Are?

Author::Alyse Myers


Finished:: 5/24/2009


18. Title::The Cradle

Author::Patrick Somerville



Rating::**** 1/2 stars

19. Title::Life is Like a Line

Author::Cynthia M. Sabotka

Genre::Memoir, Non-Fiction


Rating::****1/2 stars

20. Title::The Only True Genius in the Family

Author::Jennie Nash

Genre::Fiction, Family



21. Title::Living a Charmed Life

Author::Victoria Moran

Genre::Self-help, non-fiction

Finished:: 5/31/2009

Rating::***** stars

Casual Classics

The aim of the challenge is to read four classics by the end of 2009. This list is very tentative. You never know when I may get bored. I am also going to aim for possibly 10 because I can't make myself shave my to read list. If anyone wants to join, here is the site:

1.Emma-Jane Austen
2. Sense and Sensibility-Jane Austen
3. Persuasion-JA
4. Pride and Prejudice-JA
5. Camilla-Fanny Burney
6. Cecilia-FB
7. Tess of the D'ubervilles-Thomas Hardy
8. Little Women-Louisa May Alcott
9. Vanity Fair-William Makepeace Thackeray
10. The Professor-Charlotte Bronte

Romance Challenge 2009

I am imagining Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle in the picture instead of Keira Knightley and whoever played Darcy in the newer version.

I picked this challenge because I am incapable of resisting a good romance novel. I also am planning on reading my Jane Austen (with sequels), Georgette Heyer, Barbara Pym and Mary Balogh.

I am starting with Jane.

1. Northanger Abbey-Jane Austen
2.Mansfield Park-Jane Austen
3.Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One-Sharon Lathan
4. Galway Bay-Mary Pat Kelly
5.Pemberley Manor-Kathryn L. Nelson
6.The Traitor’s Wife -Susan Higginbotham
7.Palace Circle-Rebecca Dean
8. Sundays At Tiffany's-James Patterson
9. The Talisman Ring-Georgette Heyer
10. A Gentle Rain-Deborah Smith
11. All of Me-Lori Wilde
12. The Darcys and the Bingleys-Marsha Altman
13. The Divorce Party-Laura Dave
14. The Plight of the Darcy Brothers-Marsha Altman
15. The Pemberley Chronicles-Rebecca Ann Collins
16. Wounded By School-Kirsten Olson
17. The Darcys and the Bingleys-Marsha Altman
18. One Deadly Sin-Annie Solomon
19. Hugh and Bess-Susan Higginbotham
20. Mr Darcy, Vampyre-Amanda Grange
21. The Women of Pemberley-Rebecca Ann Collins
22. Netherfield Park Revisited-Rebecca Ann Collins
23. Healing Luke-Beth Cornelison
24. Darcy and Anne-Judith Brocklehurst
25. The Ladies of Longbourn-Rebecca Ann Collins
26. Mr Darcy’s Daughter-Rebecca Ann Collins
27. My Cousin Caroline-Rebecca Ann Collins
28.A Match For Mary Bennet-Eucharista Ward, O.S.F.
29. The Other Mr. Darcy-Monica Fairview
30. The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy-Sara Angelini
31. The Second Date: Love-Italian American Style-Mary Lydon Simonsen
32. Angel Lane-Sheila Roberts
33. The Wildest Heart-Rosemary Rogers
34.Willoughby’s Return-Jane Odiwe

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