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Book Review: Death Comes to Pemberley, P.D. James

“They wanted dancing and merriment… They got murder” – Back cover

I have been tweeted and recommended this book by many people since (and before) it came out in December last year.  However, I was put off, expecting darkness to seep in, and “guilt and misery and such odious subjects” (as Austen herself said about her pen not dwelling on such) to become the focus. However, now I have read it, devoured it perhaps, I can safely say that this sequel is believable, faithful to Pride and Prejudice and an exciting, easy read. Continue reading

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Q&A with book cover designer, Leah Doguet

“I revel in the love-hate relationship that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy share” – Cover designer, Leah Doguet

For anyone that loves typography, design, words and books, these covers are absolutely perfect. All I can do now is dream that they get picked up and run with, because I would love these on my shelves as a series in hardback.

This beautiful Pride and Prejudice piece is the result of Leah Doguet, a 22-year-old who currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “I recently graduated from Tyler School of Art with a degree in Graphic & Interactive Design,” she told The Bennet Sisters, and it’s obvious, from the series of covers she has designed below, that she’s very talented.

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Book Review and Q&A: Mary Bennet by Jennifer Paynter

‘Pride, Prejudice and the forgotten sister…’ – cover of Mary Bennet

This book is a beautiful read, repackaging Mary Bennet from before Pride and Prejudice took place all the way through to after the novel ends, showing us the sisters and the scenarios through her eyes. It’s a refreshing look at the characters (Mr Bennet and Lizzy don’t always fare so well) and it’s written in a way that stays completely true to Jane Austen, but also gives us entirely new storylines and characters to enjoy.

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Book Review: The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman

The Darcys & the Bingleys: A Tale of Two Gentlemen’s Marriages to Two Most Devoted Sisters

Firstly, I must apologise for not having blogged in a while.  However, this is due to a new addition to my life- my Kindle! I have been ferociously reading and the first book I have completed reading is The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman. I downloaded this eBook for free from Amazon on Jane Austen’s birthday and have only put off reading it due to not having my eReader when planned. It’s available free on Google Books.  It was truly a joy to read this 400 page odd sequel.

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GAME Review- Matches and Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale

I had low expectations for a visual novel computer game based on Pride and Prejudice, but I was rather elated to play this somewhat elegant adventure.  Reflexive Entertainment has brought us this Russell Carroll game that you can download for a one hour trial (quite sufficient for a bit of light entertainment) or for $7.27 discounted price over at Big Fish Games.  While I thought it would be a virtual version of Being Elizabeth Bennet (and to some extent this is true) the different aspects and even the game play were all executed in quite a new way.

I have to admit, that screenshot looks a little daggy.  But combined with some beautiful music from Isaac Shephard and some elegant prologue/chapter dividers, and a role playing point-and-click style, it turns an amateurish production into a rather memorable gaming experience.  I now look upon the images as a bit more vintage style old school computer images, even if something that 2D is a little paperdoll painful.

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Book Review: Being Elizabeth Bennet by Emma Campbell Webster

This book managed to irritate and entertain in different parts.  Perhaps it was the lack of choices, rather heavy reliance on a point system and the often awkward inclusion of characters, but it left a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth.  If you’ve read a “Create your own Adventure” novel before, you will know what this book has in store when it subtitles itself “Create your own Jane Austen Adventure”.  For the others, I will explain in full.  Disjointed storylines are symptomatic of this book genre, a genre of which I am admittedly not a fan, and Webster did have a better attempt at it than most.

So, will you die a horrible death?  Marry Mr. Darcy?  Become a writer?…

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