What happened at Novel Reaction? Why have there been no postings for weeks? I know that I posted I would be doing regular reviews and Books-to-Movie Challenges again, and I really meant to. But in addition to everything I shared on my posting titled “We interrupt our regularly scheduled postings“, I am pregnant. Which is fabulous! My hubby and I are both very excited to be welcoming a new book worm to the family in October (and yes, I have already started buying books for him). B-U-T in addition to being pregnant I have been suffering from nausea, which means the last thing I want to do is turn my computer on. I have joked with my hubby that lately I have become a bump on the couch, not moving much but the cat has sure been enjoying my inactivity.
So what does a bookworm do when she doesn’t feel good? She reads of course. But, I have found that when I am not feeling great I want to reread favorites. So while I have been flying through at least a book a day for the last month, they have all been rereads of old friends. Georgette Heyer, Betty Neels, Johanna Lindsey, Julia Quinn, Terry Pratchett, to name just a few. What about yourself? What do you read when not feeling fabulous?
Originally published in England in January 1813, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is one the most beloved and endearing classic novels of all time. Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United States in August 1832 as Elizabeth Bennet or, Pride and Prejudice. To date, the book has sold some 20 million copies worldwide and been made into numerous film and radio adaptations. Besides these adaptions, there have also been numerous other books written in the Pride and Prejudice world, everything from the story as seen from Mr. Darcy’s point of view to novels that continue the story after Pride and Prejudice ends, murder mysteries, graphic novels, children board books, and, one of my favorites, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
The anniversary made me start thinking about how many copies of Pride and Prejudice that I own, I am almost embarrassed to say I have three film versions (the BBC 6-hour mini-series starring Colin Firth on Blue-Ray that I just got for Christmas and let me say it is totally worth getting the digitally remastered Blue-Ray, the 2005 version starring Keira Knightly and Mathew Macfadyen, and the 2003 version set in modern-day Utah) and four print copies including a leather bound complete Jane Austen collection and an ebook copy.
Obviously I have a great love of this novel, I think Austen was spot on with her understanding of people and their relationships with one another. We have all known (or acted like) Lydia Bennet with a selfish disregard of others and the consequences of our actions. We have all been embarrassed by a sibling or parent like when Mr. Bennet stops Mary from singing at the party, or Mrs. Bennet with her fixation on superficial things and only caring about marrying off her daughters. Or been in a situation where we believe one side of a story (Mr. Wickham) only to find out what really happened was something completely different or found ourselves judging someone in a social gathering only to find out they are very different in a private setting (Mr. Darcy).
Times change, technology moves forward but at our hearts we are still individuals searching for our place in the world, wanting someone to love us for us, which Jane Austen portrays so well in Pride and Prejudice. Well done Jane, well done, and here’s to another 200 years of your stories being loved.
If you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice yet I highly recommend that you do so. All of Jane Austen’s works are in the public domain, meaning they belong to the public at large so you can get free legal copies of both the audio book and the ebook at the following sites (so no excuses for not having read them):
Free copy of the audio book at LibriVox
Free copy of the ebook at Project Gutenburg
I have to ask, how many copies do you own?
There are some AMAZING deals in ebooks going on right now and I decided I need to share with all of you. Christmas shopping always ends up being expensive for me, I have tendency to get myself gifts at the same time but with these deals I don’t feel guilty at all. Just remember that these deals won’t last forever so get them while they are still available. Let me know if I need to add any other deals to this list. Happy Reading!
It has been awhile since Novel Reaction has had an author visit so it is with great excitement we welcome Aubrie Dionne as part of the blog tour for her new release Haven 6. Haven 6 is the third book in the sci-fi A New Dawn series, which should be read:
A New Dawn Reading Order:
A Hero Rising (prequel)
Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in November 2012. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She’s a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.
Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.
Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be “A concert flutist” when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.
Novel Reaction is excited to welcome Eri, star of Haven 6 today. Eri, thank you for joining me!
Thank you for having me. I’ve had so much happen in the last few months, it will be good to talk about it. Our colony has had so much change, and a lot of it is because of me.
Let’s start with the beginning of your tale. Describe a day in your life on the Heritage.
I worked in the most boring job ever on the Heritage, my colony ship. I was a linguist, so I studied all of Old Earth’s dead languages. Why the commander had me do this? I have no clue. Maybe just to keep me busy, because they didn’t know what else to do with a product of an illegal pairing. Anyway, I’m over it. My linguist skills actually came in handy on Haven 6, because I was able to decipher the meaning behind the mysterious golden liquid that people have been disappearing into ever since the space pirates landed on the planet.
Why was it so important for you to report back to the commander?
When she assigned me to the exploratory team, I finally felt like I could prove to her I was worth something, even if I was illegally conceived. I wanted to make my family proud and do my job. Little did I know my mission would get in the way of the one person I’d come to love.
What were your initial thought/fears when you landed on Haven 6?
The “aliens” scared me the most. Who were they? Were they peaceful? Could I really use my skills to talk with them? As you read in Haven 6, the exploratory mission did not go as planned. I’m lucky to still be alive.
In one sentence, what were your first impressions of Striver?
Athletic, gorgeous, and determined. I can still picture him running to save my team. *sigh*
If you could exact your revenge on Weaver for what he did to you, what would it be?
Because of the way things went down, I have no ill will towards Weaver. He showed me his true self at the very end. I hope, wherever he is, that he finally finds happiness.
Thanks again for joining me, Eri! This has been a real treat!
Thank you for having me. Make sure you always have the courage to follow your dreams, however ridiculous they may seem and be true to yourself.
Eri thanks for stopping by and answering a few questions about what you went through on Haven 6. As part of the tour I am excited to announce that you can enter to win this beautiful necklace, you can enter the contest at a Rafflecopter giveaway. Check out Novel Reaction’s review of Haven 6 here.