Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Book Thief, The Fairy Godmother, Good Omens, and What Would Jane Austen Do?

submitted by KRO (knowing KRO and reading the reviews on three of these books, I suspect they're as quirky and fun as she is).

I've joined a book club.  And while I love that it is alternate books and happy hour (because I work and it's all crazy) I've been forced to read somethings I might not have done on my own.  I have really been enjoying The Book Thief even though it can be dark at times it's written in such lovely prose.  And She's such a thoughtful girl.

For days when you need mindless and a little hope I like The Fairy Godmother from Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdom Series.  A Girl who should have been Cinderella if the circumstances were right gets picked up to be a fairy godmother's apprentice.  She learns all about The Tradition and how to find her place in the world.  I love it when women rescue themselves.
If you have a sense of humor about religion and the apocalypse I recommend Good Omens By Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.  An Angel and a Demon become friends during the countdown to the Apocalypse  which may or may not happen because someone lost the anti-christ.  Don't you hate it when that happens?
Editor's note:  This book gets great reviews on Amazon:  "This is one of the, if not THE, funniest book I have ever read," and "Great story with twists and turns and laughing out loud."  Available as lowish cost Kindle book.

What would Jane Austen do? Was fun too, for when you want Jane Austen but something you haven't read.  A Costume Mistress is sent back in time to stop the ruination of two sisters.  Turns out Jane Austen's time isn't as wonderful as it's cracked up to be.


  1. Funny, I just picked up "Good Omens" today! And "What Would Jane Austen Do?" sounds right up my alley. Being a theatrical costumer myself, and having just worked on "Sense & Sensibility, the Musical". Sorry, don't know how to underline in this program.

    For more on how life in Jane's time wasn't what we think, get the PBS reality series "Regency House Party" on DVD.

    1. I just read my first Jane Austen novel ever courtesy of retirement with related TIME TO READ! Jane's time sounds bizarre--I should have a look at that PBS series.