Genre: Fiction (Historical / 16th century / South American) Publisher/Publication Date: Harper Perennial (7/1/2007) Source:TLC Book Tours
Rating: Liked a great deal. Did I finish?: Yes. One-sentence summary: The life of a 16th century Spanish girl, who rose from poverty to riches following the conquistadors of Chile. Reading Challenges:Historical Fiction
Do I like the cover?: Yes but it's not my favorite among the various editions (the 2006 hardcover is stunning).
I'm reminded of...: Laura Esquivel, Sandra Gulland
First line: I am Inés Suárez, a townswoman of the loyal city of Santiago de Nueva Extremadura in the kingdom of Chile, writing in the year of Our Lord 1580.
Did... I feel a bit uncomfortable with the wholly pro-conquistador plot line?: YES, but the perk of these P.S. editions is the extras. This book includes an NPR interview with Isabel Allende who talks about keeping Inés' voice authentic to the era and having to, essential…
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Some Austen mashups....
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen & Ben H. Winters; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith and some gorgeous escapist fiction...
Windflower by Nick Bantock and Edoardo Ponti as well as some sexy escapist fiction...
Elizabeth's stomach churned. To be so ambushed, first thing in the day.
Austen's classic novel of manners, marriage, obligation, misunderstandings, poor judgments and well-founded ones is well-served by Maria Grace's imaginings of how society would respond to a world with dragons. It is not merely a retelling with lizards thrown in but a story with new threads of tension and complications that make Lizzie and Darcy's dislike of each other novel and real -- and something that must be urgently overcome.
Pemberley: Mr. Darcy's Dragon: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Jane Austen's Dragons, Book 1) by Maria Grace; Narrated by Benjamin Fife
Review copy for Audiobookworm Promotions Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
Pride and Prejudice isn't my favorite Austen novel which means I seriously love P&P re-tellings and variations. (Ayesha at Last is one of the best bestest, btw, so if you haven't read it, read it now!) I found myself inst…