Thanks to @Joonces on Twitter for the heads up: What Matters in Jane Austen? is a nonfiction book that's marked down to $2.99 at BN and Amazon – that's 90% the normal price of $30. Joonces asked if anyone had read it, and Sofia Tokar replied that it's a “GREAT book” though not for the “casual Austen reader” as it is very “in-depth and scholarly.” That said, Sofia added,”I highly recommend for anyone who wants to go beyond the cursory Austen stuff. This book is SO well researched.”
Which important Austen characters never speak? Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call one another, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? In What Matters in Jane Austen?, John Mullan shows that we can best appreciate Austen's brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction. Asking and answering some very specific questions about what goes on in her novels, he reveals the inner workings of their greatness. In twenty short chapters, each of which explores a question prompted by Austens novels, Mullan illuminates the themes that matter most in her beloved fiction.
Readers will discover when Austen's characters had their meals and what shops they went to; how vicars got good livings; and how wealth was inherited. What Matters in Jane Austen? illuminates the rituals and conventions of her fictional world in order to reveal her technical virtuosity and daring as a novelist. It uses telling passages from Austen's letters and details from her own life to explain episodes in her novels: readers will find out, for example, what novels she read, how much money she had to live on, and what she saw at the theater.
Written with flair and based on a lifetime's study, What Matters in Jane Austen? will allow readers to appreciate Jane Austen's work in greater depth than ever before.
Soulless, the first book in Gail Carriger's much-loved Parasol Protectorate series, is $3.49 right now at Amazon and BN.
First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire – and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing?
Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
Red-Headed Stepchild is book 1 in the urban fantasy Sabina Kane series and it's $3.49 at Amazon and BN right now. Thanks to the magic of the alphabet, I often sit next to author Jaye Wells at booksignings, and her fans love this series. Like, bring baked goods for Jaye and everyone kind of love. The baked goods kind of love is a powerful love.
In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina Kane has the only profession fit for an outcast: assassin.
But, her latest mission threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races and Sabina must scramble to figure out which side she's on. She's never brought her work home with her—until now.
This time, it's personal.
Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.
Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new “friend,”
Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire. It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever rub the genie's lamp.