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Fitzwilliam Darcy: Gentleman

Fitzwilliam Darcy: Gentleman (3-book series)
Books #8: An Assembly Such as This, 9: Duty and Desire, 10: These Three Remain
by Pamela Aidan

Alrighty, Austen fans, flock around. If you haven’t read this series you should have. Pamela Aidan has created this three-book series to be a re-telling of the well-known Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice, but in this series, the story is from the perspective of Mr. Darcy instead of (for the most part) Elizabeth Bennet.

Pamela Aidan has done a great job. She has broadened Mr. Darcy’s character to entices fans to fall in love with him even more than before (if that’s possible) and she also enlarges the reader’s view of Mr Bingley, his sisters Caroline Bingley and Mrs. Louisa Hurst,  and Darcy’s own sister Georgiana Darcy.

This review is short and late because I read the first two books of the series while I was in England a month or two ago, just know this, the books are great and any Austen fan will enjoy them immensely.  If you’re not an Austen fan, don’t worry, I’m sure your local library has a copy of Pride and Prejudice that you can take out and then you’ll be fully equipped to enjoy this lovely series. The books are a quick read and as they are written more recently than the original Pride and Prejudice, I find they are easier to read.

Spoiler-LESS summary.
The series is told from Mr Darcy’s perspective of his growing relationship with Miss Elizabeth Bennet. The story starts with Mr. Darcy’s friend, Mr. Bingley renting a house in Hertfordshire and the series ends with the infamous wedding… Whose wedding? My lips are sealed, you must read the story! =)

All in all, the series as a whole gets 8 1/2 our of 10 stars. All three books were equally well written, there was no lagging in the second book (as I find often happens in three-book series) and the story was well told. Recommended!

DFTBA!
–  Becky

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Book #7: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
by J.K. Rowling

I finally did it, I started reading Harry Potter! Everyone was telling m to for ages and the internet has loved the series since it first came out. I however had never read it, and never watched the movies. Being an avid internet-user however I knew the basic plot of the story, the main characters and a skeleton idea of how the series progressed because you can’t follow most video-bloggers or tumblr accounts without getting Harry Potter “spoilers”.

Well, I’ll just say it. I wasn’t blown away. I’m sorry avid fans, please don’t tear me apart or come murder me in my sleep! It’s just really not my type of book… I shan’t be finishing the series I’m afraid, but I can at least now say I’ve tried.
It my sound pious and get on your nerves, but I’m afraid I just couldn’t get over the whole aspect of witches and wizards being “good”. Witches and wizards are not good. They’re evil. Withcraft is evil and these books are glorifying it and making it look good.

Summary: (courtesy of the back of the book, Raincoast publication)

Harry Potter thinks he’s an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The reason: Harry Potter is a Wizard!

Sorry all, but that is my biased opinion. I won’t put a rating on this one because the reason I didn’t like it had nothing to do with the writing, but the topic. The writing style was fine but it was obvious that The Philosopher’s Stone was written as a children’s book and thereby didn’t grab my attention in the same way an adult book does.

DFTBA!
– Becky.

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