Friday, June 14, 2013

A "Jane-In-June" Review: Jane Austen's World by Maggie Lane

Vonze: 5 out of 5

Book Description: (from "It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of the world's most popular novelists, a sharp and witty writer whose stories enchant on their own and in numerous film and TV adaptations. Jane Austen's World takes a look at the woman behind the literature, revealing her private life and examining the world she inhabited—a time when England was developing into a colonial power, the Napoleonic Wars raged, and the Regency took hold. No other book truly captures Austen's spirit as well."

My Thoughts: Jane Austen's World by Maggie Lane is the perfect addition to your Jane Austen collection, as well as, the perfect gift for any fellow Jane Austen nut. I received this for Valentine's Day (from sweet Oshie), and immediately began diving in. Honestly, this one took a while to read. While I am very interested in Jane Austen as a person and a writer, the book reads a little like a textbook. It's broken down into different sections and topics dealing with Jane's life, works, and her legacy. I usually managed 3-4 pages a night because the information was a lot to ponder and take in. Overall, I learned a lot about Jane and a ton about the Regency era in general. It actually helped me out in a History class I took last quarter. I highly recommend this if your a Jane nut, or interested in women's history or biographies.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Review: Darth Vader and Son & Vader's Litte Princess by Jeffrey Brown

It's officially June and with Father's Day just around the corner, I think these books would make a great  geeky gift.

Release Date: April 23, 2013
Hardcover, 64 pages

Release Date: April 18, 2012
Hardcover, 64 pages

Vonze: 5 out of 5

My Thoughts: These books are super geeky cute. The illustrations, as well as, books' shape and size, look similar to a real children's picture book.

I was a little surprised to find that neither book has a plot or overarching storyline. Rather, both books are made up of funny and cute one panel comic strip situations. Similar to the cover, Darth Vader is doing funny and unrealistic stuff with his kids.

While a lot of reviewers thought "Darth Vader and Son" was funnier, I, personally, am biased for "Vader's Little Princess." To me the situations were so cute that they were funny, much like LOLCATs and all the other kawaii stuff on the Web. Since Leia has no screen time knowing that Vader is her father, 'Little Princess' is more ironic and asks a bigger "What If." And you know the saying, "Daddy's Girl" and "Momma's Boy" (although a book titled Padme's Tiny Jedi Man would be going a little far).

All and all, I can't wait till the day that I can give these to my Star Wars geek husband as a Father's Day Gift :).


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