For Banned Books Week, I decided to do something special for my book review on WKAR’s Current State. This time I am taking on the classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, one of the most banned works of fiction out there. I’m really proud of this review, I hope you will check it out.
This is the second time I have been on WKAR around Banned Books Week. You can listen to my previous commentary here. If you would be interested in hearing/reading more of my NPR book reviews, you can do so via links on this page.
I am back on WKAR’s Current State with a new book review! This time I am reviewing a new collection of Michigan Upper Peninsula writers called The Way North. It was edited by Ron Riekki (who also contributes to it as well).
Recently, A Jane Austen Daydream was reviewed by Historical-Fiction.com! You can read it here. (You know you want to! Click away!) This is my favorite line from the review:
This marks the 35th Jane Austen variation I’ve read, and it stands out as one of the more well-written and thought provoking.
Here is a bigger excerpt from the review:
This novel, full of anecdotes, does not come across as a transparent retelling, but rather an emotional journey that fits in perfectly with the known facts of Jane Austen’s life. The inclusion of a completely fictional character, an American at that, ensures a uniqueness and the smart, humorous prose resonates the authors’ own beloved style. Jane’s experiences and thoughts are cleverly laced with phrases fans will recognize from her books, while character traits are obviously drawn from family and acquaintances unfortunate enough to make an impression on the young writer.
You can read the rest of the review on the site here. I hope you will check it out.
Published by Madison Street Publishing, A Jane Austen Daydream can be purchased in print ($13.46) or as an eBook for the outrageously low price of $3.99 for Kindle. You can find it on Amazon here (http://amzn.com/B00CH3HQUU).
A Jane Austen Daydream by Scott D. Southard is a story Jane could have written herself, about some other character. It captures the period and the style perfectly. Southard is clearly very familiar with Jane Austen’s novels as little phrases and characters from them pop up, and the characters of Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother fit the Bennet profile…
This is a lovely read, well written, with intelligence and humour, holding you from beginning to end, and lingering with a smile and a feeling of satisfaction at the happy ending for one of our favourite authors. How much nicer to think of Jane Austen living on for us like the characters she so cleverly created.
You can read the entire review on her site here. I hope you will check it out. Spoiler Warning!If you have not read A Jane Austen Daydream yet she does give away the plot as well as some of the big twists in it. Consider yourself warned!