Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Sanditon Book Review

Sanditon: Jane Austen's Last Novel CompletedSanditon: Jane Austen's Last Novel Completed by Jane Austen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm glad I read this after seeing the butcher job on PBS. Shame on Andrew Davies for making it sound like Jane Austen actually wrote all the sex and nonsense he put on the screen. About the only thing he got right was the name of the characters and the location. Charlotte is as rational as Miss Lizzy and never speaks horribly out of turn. Sidney is charming and delightful and never scowls. Miss Lambe has nothing to do with Sidney at all, is shy and retiring, described as half-mulatto and "pale" at one point, and nothing about slavery is involved at all. Sanditon is not in financial crisis, though Lady Denham is very much the same rich and selfish character.

This version was finished in 1975 by "Another Woman," who did an excellent job of capturing Austen's style and how the rest of the story would have logically played out. I would love to see THIS version on PBS.

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Spring Book Sale Begins

My original plan for this post was to let you know that my online store has fully transferred from PayPal to Square, but life has gotten more interesting than that in the last week. Even in Arkansas, where we are pretty spread out in the first place, events are cancelling and theaters are closing. School locally is still in session because we have not had a COVID-19 case in the area, but that could change any moment. In light of all the families who are suddenly finding themselves at home with many normal events and activities closed, I've started my Spring Book Sale now and reduced prices as much as I can.

At my YouTube channel, I already have old videos of me reading all of the first edition of Why Kimba Saved The World, so maybe that can give parents and teachers a break along the way too. It's a little clunky to navigate because each chapter is a separate video, but it should all be there. If you have a newer edition of the book (with vocabulary in the back) you may notice some text is different here and there. See if you can find the changes!

As I mentioned earlier, shopping for autographed paperbacks and hardcovers should be easier now that I've updated to a Square store. All paperbacks are on sale right now at my lowest event prices through my store, though you will have to pay shipping. Amazon will not allow me to set prices that low (though I notice they have some paperbacks and hardcovers discounted on their own), so make sure you are going through the store link to find paperbacks for $7 or $8 for my kidlit and $11 for At the Corner of Magnetic and Main. 

If you'd like to pick up discounted copies of my ebooks, here's some links for you:

Why Kimba Saved The World  FREE  (sites other than Amazon)

All at 99 cents until May 16th at least:

Why Kimba Saved The World (Amazon has the hardcover for $14.08)

Vacation Hiro

Miss Fatty Cat's Revenge (Amazon has the hardcover for $7.68 right now!!)

Slinky Steps Out

Kimba's Christmas

Max's Wild Night

Dottie's Daring Day

Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess

And visit your library, if it's still open, and stock up on all the books you can. Anything by Sharon Creech or Natalie Lloyd is top on my list. Stay safe, and happy reading until the world gets back to a bit of normalcy.

Kimba thinks staying at home is the purrfectest way to live.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Book Review: Crossover

The CrossoverThe Crossover by Kwame Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After the first few pages I determined I was just too old and to WASPy to properly enjoy this book. Then I read a few more pages, to get to the end of the section. But that ended in a place I couldn't stop, so I read the next section. Then I finished it in one sitting and cried at the end. Not too WASPy after all.

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