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Tuesday, July 26

Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons: A Supernatural Jane Austen

Gentle Readers, When author Vera Nazarian asked me to read Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons, I asked her: "Will people laugh or cry when they read this book?" She answered:

I think at first the gentle reader can expect, giggles, guffaws, and some astonished chuckles and snorts that are very likely to turn into full-blown uncontrollable laughing fits – so it is highly recommended that one does not attempt reading this book with a full bladder, and for that matter, take extreme care while drinking liquids...

However, there will be a spot or two toward the middle and the end when possibly there will be a tug at the back of one's throat, and a slight glistening of moisture in the corner of the eye (which may easily be disguised and averted if you then burrow your face in the illustration of the Gentlemen and their Walking-Shovels). But eventually, in the very, very end, the desire to sniffle will be replaced with the overwhelming need to smile.
The descriptive jacket blurb cries out: Dragons in the skies of Regency England! And so I turned to the jacket cover, which revealed the plot:
Young and naive Catherine Morland is constantly surrounded by angels only she alone can see. Leaving her country home for the first time, to embark on a grand adventure that begins in fashionable Bath, our romantic heroine must not only decrypt the mystery of the Udolpho Code but win her true love Henry Tilney.

Meanwhile she is beset by all the Gothic horrors known to Impressionable Young Ladies—odious demons, Regency balls, elusive ghosts, pleasure excursions, temperature-changing nephilim, secret clues, ogre suitors, and a terrifying ancient Dragon who has very likely hidden a secret treasure hoard somewhere in the depths of Northanger Abbey.
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If you are intrigued, you can read the first chapter at this link. To order: Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian (Supernatural Jane Austen Series): Amazon. Kindle. Barnes & Noble.

Trade Paperback (First Edition)
Curiosities (an imprint of Norilana Books)
December 5, 2010
Retail Price: $14.95 USD - £11.50 GBP

This Delightful Illustrated Edition includes Scholarly Footnotes and Appendices.

Look for Vera's next edition of the Supernatural Jane Austen series: Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret. Read the first chapter here.


Trez said...

This is a novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was such a fun read. I will say, if you are one that is always plugged into cannon concerning Jane Austen this book might not be for you. But for those with an open mind who love to read anything that has been written well (with some hilarious thrown in) this book is a godsend.

I was delighted from beginning to end. I thank Vera so much for the entertainment!

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