Posted by: rearadmiral | June 5, 2013

One book good, another not so good(one on topic, one not)

Emma Watson: Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novel Completed by Joan Aiken

Badly done, Joan, very badly done indeed! I’m not talking about the whole book, just one
hightly unnecessary and dreadful occurrence. I was joking with a friend about throwing books across the room after bad things happen in the books. Had the book been mine…..As a reader of fan fiction, I understand you can do what you want with the plot/the author’s(Jane!) characters….to a certain degree. What happened in this book is nearly unforgivable. Had I not loved her book “Jane Fairfax”, I would never read Joan Aiken again. Rant nearly over….perhaps good (not so) Lord Julien took lessons(hint) from this story. GRRRRRRRR!! Of course, he has stated(in his condescending tone) he created those characters(alas, true)…I think Jane would have some choice words for Joan… 

It was interesting that this Emma Watson seemed to be alittle like Margaret Hale. Taking out the above awful awful awful thing….I still think Emma Watson should play….Emma Watson!

2 half empty teacups!



La nostra celebrity! Miss Austen 


“It’s not about men. It’s about women. Jane Austen was writing about women. It’s not about men. So, maybe Keira Knightley’s Pride & Prejudice is a little better along the line.” (Donald Sutherland via TVGN)Frank: The Story of Frances Folsom Cleveland, America’s Youngest First Lady

A charming short book(168 pgs) about a charming First Lady. The author was on C-Span’s series about First Ladies last week(online at That’s where I heard of the book. I especially enjoy the comments from the permanent White House staff about “Frank”.

“After forty-five years of service in the White House, Crook wrote in his memoirs, “I am an old man now and I have seen many women of various types through all the long years of my service in the White House, but neither there nor elsewhere have I seen any one possessing the same downright loveliness which was as much a part of Mrs. Cleveland as was her voice, or her marvelous eyes, or her warm smile of welcome that instantly captivated every one who came in contact with her”. -Colonel W.H. Crook pg, 31

4 Regency Teacups

On-line Registration for the 6th Annual Jane Austen Festival Begins June 1st!

I wonder what Jane Austen would think of the comment “A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. -Samuel Johnson

Monday: Happy Bday Penelope Wilton!

Sunday: Happy Bday also to Carol Shields and Cornel West!
Her 2001 bio of Jane Austen is one of my favorite books.
It is also Dominic Cooper’s bday. Not a fan. -Kirk

From Shirley:

My latest blog post. I’ll have to bring these to one of our meetings! Rosemary-Lavender Shortbread.
New post! My Rosemary-Lavender Shortbread is perfect with tea. Think it’s too hot for tea? I have mine with an iced strawberry oolong tea.
“Yesterday I had the agreeable surprise of finding several scarlet strawberries quite ripe;-had you been at home, this would have been a pleasure lost.” Jane Austen to Cassandra, June 6, 1811
The Hungry Mouse
{new post} SALT Kitchen and Rum Bar Review, part II. Check out the amazing take on bacon and eggs.

“Land Girls” by Angela Huth

I enjoyed the book for the most part. The ending for one of the main characters was not satisfying. Not an Austen ending. Lol, the front cover of the book has a comment that one could say that Angela Huth could replace Jane Austen in the school curriculum. Methinks not. There are certain sections of the book that are ummm “racy”. Thank you Shelley for suggesting this one!!

3.75 regency teacups

“Austen endowed her heroine with four admirable qualities, energy, wit, self-confidence and the ability to think for herself, and out of these qualities spring the most dramatic and characteristic moments of the book, when Lizzy is shown in action, running, laughing, teasing, arguing, contradicting and refusing to comply with others”. -pg160 “Jane Austen: A Life” by Claire Tomalin


  1. Yikes, the title seems to have disappeared for the Cleveland book.

    “Frank: The Story of Frances Folsom Cleveland, America’s Youngest First Lady”


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