Bookish Matters

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Friday, April 1, 2011

Sorcery and Cecelia

Hank Green on Sorcery and Cecelia:

Adorable book! Like a mix between Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice... Two young women get caught up in a magical mystery that's dangerous and dreadful and all kinds of horrible things are happening. But what the story's really about are those infuriating boys in marvelous outfits.

For Hank Green's entire book-review vlog, go here. For my post on Sorcery and Cecelia, go... Oh, I never posted it. I wrote it up a year ago and didn't post it. Well, damn.

Here's what I said:

Sorcery and Cecelia is a bit like Jane Austen plus magic. Austen but more playful and slightly more risque. A Mysterious Marquis, a fake marriage, an enchanted chocolate pot: Could it get any better? And yes, it does have Lord Byron. I suggest you read Katie’s blog post on it.

Note: While a year ago I said that Sorcery and Cecelia is slightly more risque than Jane Austen, I don't know if I'd say that now—since I go to school to study sex jokes in Jane Austen. Indeed, that is what grad students in English do.

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