Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict

I randomly picked up this fun twist on the historical romance novel by Laurie Viera Rigler, while waiting for the next books in two other series* I'm reading to become available. It has the words "Jane Austen" in the title. The cover shows a Regency lady holding an iPod. Sounds fun!

And it is a darling book... one that anybody who has seen the British miniseries LOST IN AUSTEN would enjoy immensely, as it turns out to be the polar opposite of that story. In this case we have a young Regency woman who suddenly finds herself inhabiting the body of a young single woman in 2009 Los Angeles. Good clean fun all around.

Since coming late to this party, I just discovered that this is actually a sequel to Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. Oops! Well, this sort of concept won't really be spoilt by reading it backwards. :-)

*The two other books series I am reading are J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, a terrific panacea for anyone missing TRUE BLOOD during its long hiatus; and Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, which some eager BATTLESTAR GALACTICA fans urged me to try out (and which turns out also comes highly recommended by Stephanie Meyer). Both book series are immensely entertaining and filled with engaging ideas and variations on familiar themes. BTW: if you are a BSG fan with a jones for some good complex fantasy storytelling, look no further than The Song Of Ice And Fire (which, in case you haven't heard, is hopefully being turned into a smexy HBO show that we can all become obsessed with).

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