Classic Fiction

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So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix

The best literary retellings take us to new places and bring new worlds to light.  So Many Beginnings does a beautiful job of applying the basic background of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and adding a whole new layer of emotions and experiences to it. I have read many retellings of the story, ...

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Jamaica Inn

I first picked up Jamaica Inn when I was fifteen, and it’s remained on my favorites shelf ever since. Certain parts of it haven’t aged well, but I read it again recently and still felt a claustrophobia and growing dread even though I knew what would happen next. In 1820, Mary Yellan’s dying ...

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Jane Eyre - Manga Classics

FINALLY, my beloved Jane Eyre gets the adaptation it deserves. I enjoyed this graphic novel so much that I picked it for my best read of 2016. The pacing of this long (324 page) novel is excellent. Jane Eyre is much bigger than the love story, a fact which seems to escape most adapters. Certainly ...

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Sense and Sensibility - Manga Classics

Janeites, relax. Your beloved author’s works continue to be in great hands with the talented folks at Udon Entertainment. I couldn’t put this book down, which was really awkward considering that I was reading an advance pdf on my laptop and I had to schlep the whole computer around the house whi ...

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Jane Eyre

As nearly every romance reader knows, Jane Eyre is the story of a young woman who is mistreated by her relatives, attends a dire school, becomes a governess, falls for the master of the house, has to leave when a marriage obstacle is discovered, and eventually finds her way back to the man she loves ...

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Captain Blood

The popularity of the historical novel has waxed and waned since Sir Walter Scott invented it when he published Waverly. In 1922, Rafael Sabatini published Captain Blood, the tale of a physician sold into slavery who becomes a pirate. The book was so popular, it spawned several sequels and cemented ...

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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is not a pure romance novel. It's a complex work combing elements of the coming-of-age story, the roman à clef, the gothic novel, and more. Despite its complexity, though, the heart and soul of Jane Eyre is the passionate love between Jane and her employer, Edward Rochester, and it's thei ...

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Cold Comfort Farm

Once upon a time there was a genre of English fiction called the rural novel. These books were set in the country, often featured sexual themes, and were mostly pessimistic about the human condition. Some critics referred to rural novels as Lust In The Loam, and they were fairly popular with readers ...

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The Hidden Hand

Romance readers look to Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte as writers whose books were ancestors to today's modern romance novels. In addition to these wonderful British ladies, I would like to propose a work by a 19th century American woman writer. This book features a character who was wildly popula ...

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A Girl Of The Limberlost

A Girl of the Limberlost is a book that I have read over and over and over again, despite the fact that no one could call it a great book. Even I, who love it to death, have to admit it is very sweet and just a little too sentimental sometimes. So, why do I love it so? Well, Gene Stratton Porter was ...