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Book Review: Jane Austen: A Beginner’s Guide

Jane Austen: A Beginner’s Guide, by Rob Abbott I am by no means a beginner to Jane Austen, having read her books and books about them starting in high school and continuing since then. Nevertheless, it is always interesting to … Continue reading

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Book Review: What Matters In Jane Austen?

What Matters In Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved, by John Mullen One of the aspects of Jane Austen as a reader is that you feel smarter as a result of reading what Jane Austen has written. Not only are … Continue reading

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On The Mysterious Appeal Of Haggadahs

One of the things that one notices if one does a large amount of religious reading, as I am prone to do, is that there are a lot of very similar books that one finds on certain subjects. There are … Continue reading

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A Novel About Ordination

One of the cryptic comments that Jane Austen made when she had finished the glorious novel that is Pride & Prejudice was that her next novel would be a novel about ordination. There are numerous ways that this statement can … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jane Austen And The State

Jane Austen And The State, by Mary Evans This book is a classic example of what happens when a writer fails to understand the importance of triangulation when it comes to worldviews. This sort of false dilemma problem is very … Continue reading

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Ordinary Villainy, Or How I Learned To Appreciate The Moralizing Of Realistic Fiction

One of the aspects of realistic fiction that is often appreciated by literary scholars is that realistic fiction is less moralistic than melodrama, which often explicitly punished those characters that transgressed moral and social codes. Yet there is still moralizing … Continue reading

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Strictly Amateurs Please

For a variety of reasons, I have often wondered what sort of ideal society I would create as a sort of thought experiment to ponder the effects of certain choices within society. When I wrote a recent collection of connected … Continue reading

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I Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Yesterday I read what was to me a deeply unsatisfying mystery from an author I generally enjoy but one whose worldview differences occasionally lead me to not appreciate her works as much as one might expect given the technical skill … Continue reading

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Book Review: Season Of Darkness

Season Of Darkness, by Cora Harrison This is the first novel of two (that I know of) in the Gaslight mystery series set in Victorian London where the author has Charles Dickens and his friend Wilkie Collins, and their bumbling … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Duke And I

The Duke And I, by Julia Quinn This book is where the Bridgerton saga begins, intriguingly enough with the oldest girl and fourth of the Bridgerton children, of whom there are eight, each of whom has their own novel where … Continue reading

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