Shades of Milk and Honey (NEW)


Thank you brian tanabeHave you ever slapped someone ood and hard I can still remember the one and only time I did the anger boiling up and over the near involuntary windup of the arm and spring loaded swing through the crack of the hand on the offender s cheek the numb and then sting in the palm the blipping rush of incredible satisfaction instantaneously followed by a Doomsday Men: The Real Dr. Strangelove and the Dream of the Superweapon gushing of fear anduilt Yeah It felt ood and solid before the last fear and uilt part I still remember all that from when I slapped the little brat who was bigger than me in preschool when I was four This book brought it all back because I wanted to slap every one of the characters Idiots All of themI think this is a YA novel in particular because of the large and well spaced font which seems to be characteristic of books for youths Is this a false impression It s like how crayonstext Whoops!: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay get slimmersmaller as youet older and then Michelangelo: His Epic Life graduate to colored pencilsPresented as being inspired by Jane Austen I think this book leans heavily on her than that The main character is named Jane fcol for crying out loud is that an acceptable abbr yet I m not up on txtmsg speak and she s a mush of all of Austen s main ladies that I can recall and my recollection is mostly from movies The sister character is a mush of all the other sisters the mother and father the dashing but shadyentleman the stiffly honorable Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gentleman with a sister the misunderstood but in the end very appropriateentleman the noble neighboring lady and her nearly silent daughter all mushed together from all of Austen s works The situation and plotline are also cribbed but with the detail and minutiae stripped away all the density of Austen s works Boy Soldiers of the Great War: Their Own Stories for the First Time gone It s Austen liteLittle magics are part of daily household life It s not well explained but it looks like magic is meant to be for peasants artists and women in this world Some men are described as working with their abilities to keep things coldand actually I think that s it Well bredentlemen didn t seem to take part in it But women and artists create beauty out of it and a lady should be able to create illusions for the home just as she should be able to make conversation and play the piano forteThe main character is such a damn pushover Making Sense of Leadership: Exploring the Five Key Roles Used by Effective Leaders gaaahhhhhh Too accommodating too polite too rug like There were so many moments where the whole mess could ve been cleared up with a few short sentencesgahhhh The character Jane has magical talent but it wasn t a story where her abilities make her a heroine Sheets her happy ending although the author seems to have otten tired at the end and wraps the story up too swiftly after the big climactic confrontation with a surpisingly curt last page And she did that thing like in The Princess Bride I automatically typed Bridge in there again where a potentially satisfying scene is skipped over like this Though he denied a skill at words everything Mr spoiler said in that tender moment brought Jane unbearable joy Nooooo Why can t you tell us what was said I think I loved Juliet Marillier when I was younger because she didn t cut away from these moments with cop out summaries of how wonderful it was too wonderful to write here Boo There are moments when the overblown is appropriate when you say forever and always and mean it Isn t this the kind of book where you d want to include that sort of speechThis is negative than I mean to be It s a very pretty story and a uick pleasant read Maybe I m cranky because I stayed up to finish it This very talented writer has written a Regency romance that features a few of Jane Austen s spellings adding in a truly nifty magical system Unfortunately the magic seems little integrated with the world having almost no impact on the culture The comparison with Jane Austen might sell books but that s also kind of a high bar This story feels like a Regency romance without much of Austenesue irony or complication of character on the other hand it is not a retread of Georgette Heyer which ains major points for me as a reader Not that I dislike Heyer or the re invention of the silver fork sub Gandhi Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age genre I just would like to see authors venture out from under Heyerian influence a tadThe story takes time to warm up and there are many periodlitches but I don t think those will be noticed by readers who aren t conversant with period literature but when it finally Les Innocents getsoing there i Full review now postedThis was absolutely delightful Fantasy of manners is a subgenre that I didn t realized I needed in my life I ve read books that technically fit the enre such as the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare and Alison Goodman s Dark Days Club but those both felt like YA than anything else Because they are This was my first experience with an adult fantasy of manners and I loved itFantasy of manners is basically if Jane Austen had included magic in her writing And that is exactly what this book was So much so in fact that some people found the novel too derivative of Austen to merit enjoyment I beg to differ I picked this up because I wanted to see what an Austen novel would feel like with magic involved and that is exactly what I ot While there were a few variations that plot line and characters were involved and that is exactly what I ot While there were a few variations that plot line and characters were similar to the famous cast of Pride and Prejudice but it was so well written and the characters so well developed that it felt like an ode to Austen than a plagiarism That s my take at least The writing was perfectly lovely and felt exactly like it sprang from Austen s pen I ve never read a Regency inspired novel that felt this true to the original writings that inspired them and I ve read a ood many Regency novels The prose never felt too heavy or like the author was trying too hard to mimic her inspiration It was convincingly Regency yet felt fresh at the same time One of the loveliest aspects of this novel was the magic system In this alternate Regency era The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States glamour is another of the womanly arts that eligible bachelorettes in search of a husband are expected to deftly produce Thislamour is a weaving of the magical energy alive in the air Glamour can be applied to music allowing it to loop after being played or producing colors and shapes that complement the tune It can also be applied to paintings and rooms brightening them and adding life But the most impressive use of lamour is found in the production of lamurals living artwork that engages all five senses These Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth glamurals are usually attached to rooms and can remain as long as the room survives Working a convincinglamural is the epitome of success for an artist be they male or female However there s a catch working too much 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts glamour can leading to chills fainting or even death in extreme cases This makeslamour the most dangerous of the womanly arts but the respected as wellWhile this is the first book of a series Shades of Milk and Honey is a perfectly self contained story iving readers a full story with a satisfying conclusion It makes a wonderful standalone novel if you happen to be looking for something to provide a break from the trilogies and series that fantasy novels always seem to come in If you love Jane Austen and magic I can t recommend this highly enough And if you need a book that is hopeful and has a happily ever after ending this novel is a breath of fresh air Original review can be found at Booknest I love Jane Austen of fresh air Original review can be found at Booknest I love Jane Austen I love fantasy so you would think this book which mixes the two would be right up my alley especially since it was written by a Hugo Award winning author Can t miss and yet somehow it does Superficially it s a very Austenesue tale but it lacks most of the wit charm and complexity of Austen Jane is the plain older sister with all the talent in the family. Shades of Milk and Honey is an intimate portrait of Jane Ellsworth a woman ahead of her time in a world where the manipulation of lamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of uality But despite the prevalence of magic in everyday life other aspects of Dorchester’s society are not that different Jane and her sister Melody’s lives still

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 Shades of Milk and HoneyPelling instead of properly spelled in the British way as apologise Favorite is used instead of favourite There is no ends to the inconsistencies within this bookThe Characters Straight out of Austen with none of the details of personality that makes the original a classicOne could call Jane an PP s Elizabeth Bennett wannabe but I prefer to call her a motherfucking doormat Oh I know perfectly well that in that age women were expected to be docile There is such a thing as being entle natured without laying yourself flat on the floor and asking people to walk all over you Elizabeth and Emma are ood examples of how a Regency woman can be strong minded while not being a fucking incompetent nincompoop who does nothing but mope and whine all freaking dayJane is a martyr She is plaaaaaaaain Plain Jane Beloved by her daddy but plain and a spinster nonetheless She loves Dunkirk She s unwilling to do anything to Hello, Snow! get him She s half torn by his attraction to him and her desire to doood by her sister who is courting him so in essence we A Little Dinner Before the Play get a lot of internal wangst and emo and not a whole lot of action at all Jane is really really dull I would say that s a conseuence of her name but that would be an insult to all thelorious Janes worldwide Including our revered Jane Austen herselfMisters before Sisters Melody stopped and tossed her head eyes sparkling And I thought better of you Jealousy is unbecoming on you dear sister It is not my fault he finds me beautiful You want PP s Jane and Elizabeth s loving sisterly relationship Fuck you says this book Melody is like Kitty and Jane is well PP s Jane without the beauty without the personality without the sweetness with all of the inaction with a truckload of internal pettiness piled onto her Why do we like Jane again Oh she s the main character Well alrighty thenJane resents her sister for her beauty She secretly relishes Melody s lack of intelligence compared to her own She secretly wants Melody out of the way so she can date pardon me la Dreamy Dunkirk She had not hitherto allowed herself to hope but if Melody s affections had truly transferred to Captain Livingston that would remove the most immediate obstacle to Mr Dunkirk It left her plainness and her awkward carriage but to a man such as him might these things be overlooked in favour of her talent Melody is beautiful but conniving and bitchy She is envious of Jane for her talents in Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies glaaaaaaaaaamour and constantly belittles Jane every chance she sot In front of all the boys That s just mean Melody is deceptive bitchy shallow Though she knew that she should aid her sister in making a match Jane could not stomach the Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch games that Melody played There s also a sick scene that was just pathetic Melody is a combination of PP s Lydia and Kitty Kitty s shallowness and brainlessness and Lydia s compulsion and idiocy And like Lydia it s only too easy to see where Melody will end upThe Rooooomance Jane is in love with Dunkirk but there s kind of not really a l This was an incredibly frustrating book The charm of Austen lies in the style of writing light witty insightful elegant and able to skewer Regency life at a moment s notice And while Shades of Milk and Honey makes sure to pack in plenty of Regency manners and swooning the writing style is so jarring that I ended up reading passages aloud to other people just to confirm that they really did make no damn senseThe author reuses words at an amazing pace freuently the same word is repeated in back to back sentences sometimes three or four times in a paragraph Worse sometimes the author uses words she clearly doesn t understand droll for instance is applied to a completely humourless character multiple times and appears to have been confused with a word that means curt or short instead of amusing Sometimes she uses the archaic spelling of a word chuse sometimes she uses the modern spelling Occasionally she ll use a word that is archaic and proceeds to misuse it nuncheon does not mean lunch repeatedly When you combine these bizarre word choices with laboured sentences that are borderline incomprehensible the experience is like thumping down a stretch of rapids instead of Austen s effortless babbling brookThe plot doesn t evenet started until halfway through at which point I already hate Brat and Doormat which might as well be the names of the central sisters Most of the characters in this book are so Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood glaringly based on well known Austen characters that it seems too obvious and I waited in vain for the twist that would make them new and exciting No such luck if anything they were stripped of all endearing ualities and hammered flat into one dimensional puppets The magic elements are explained in detail but are completely incidental to the story By the end we veiven up all pretense of being in an Austen novel and have stumbled into some sort of uasi Gothic adventure scene I was just so happy to have otten to the last pages I didn t even care anyI bought the book because I love Austen and many Austeny spin offs and because I thought the conceit of magic being a womanly art was pretty cool But now I m just wondering what the hell reviewers were thinking in recommending this read Having done a little digging it looks like Kowal is the VP of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America I can it looks like Kowal is the VP of the Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America I can help but wonder if the circles she moves in has caused her writing to be overrated as I have no idea why this particular book merited the sort of publicity push it s currently experiencing I wish I hadn t read it Romance and Regency o hand in hand but then so does ArtAll the most talented ladies are skilled in the art of subterfuge and seeming are they notWell not Jane She s conflicted about using Glamour and refuses to make herself seem pretty than she is while also being rather talented than the rest of her family Sure its a common thing to know and use Glamour in the Regency era Didn t you know Magic is real and no only can you create wonderful murals and play wonderful music without the A Northern Line Minute: The Northern Line gross aids of base paints or the piano forte but it alsoives us a tapestry to work out our own personal dramas How delightfulI ve always liked stories that bring up the conflict between lies and bringing forth truth from them Passion and the heart were always best served through fiction and not stark reality As an opener into the series it serves delightfully as a simple romance with silly Future Focus girlsetting into trouble and eligible men causing so much pain and ruckus sigh But this is the nature of reality sigh The novel isn t the most brilliant that I ve read and it s simplicity serves the magic than the other way around and that s fineStill don t trust the blurb that this is much like the books listed there Think Urban Fantasy meets Regency Romance and you ll be fine Good God I resent this book so much for not being awesome Georgette Heyer put me in the mood for another regency and combine that with fantasy SoldI want a refund The Heyer danced along sparkly with charm this book plodded leaving me with an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia and boredom at the shallowness and banality and insipidity of well to do country life The conversation didn t sparkle wittily it clunked And the heroine was frankly too stupid to keep breathingMostly though I resent the muddle The magic here is lamour a womanly art of illusion used largely for entertainment It is both dismissed and underestimated largely by men Hello metaphor for the entire practice of upper class female husband snaring existence But Kowal seems to have no real control over that and the overlapping stories of lies and truths are a mess With a vapid little lesson about how real art reuires passion plunked on top Feh. Hreatened she finds that she must push her skills to the limit in order to set things right and in the process accidentally wanders into a love story of her ownThis debut novel from an award winning talent scratches a literary itch you never knew you had Like wandering onto a secret picnic attended by Pride and Prejudice and Jonathan Strange Mr Norre. Art music and magic But at age 28 she feels like she s fated to become a spinster and she spends most of the book struggling with her insecurities Frankly it ot pretty tiresome Melody is her lovely 18 year old sister who doesn t have any particular talents They love each other but each is deeply jealous of what the other sister has that she lacks And they ve both developed a tendre for the same eligible A Sting in the Tale gentleman Mr Dunkirk who lives on a neighboring estateIt s interesting that the use of magic calledlamour in this world seems to be limited to creating visual illusions In most ways it s simply another ladylike talent like drawing singing or playing piano that well bred young women are expected to develop However there s a Mr Vincent who moves into the neighborhood who is truly an accomplished artist with his lamour illusions Jane wants to learn from his talent and magical works of art but the two of them et off on the wrong foot and develop a relationship that s prickly at bestThis struck me as simply a young adult novel or maybe a simple young adult novel I thought it was okay but on the shallow side I had no problem finishing it but I was hoping for so much Maybe I ll Devil's Red Nickel go re read Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell So there were many nice things in this book The Austin esue plot was interesting and the main character and her relationship with her sister was layered I really think the character was well drawn and the best thing about the book Her POV as the plain sister was written from a very real placeIuess I just ached for a bit complexity with the plot and romance and the world building There s some VERY interesting magic conceits here and I just wanted a bigger scope I think the author could build upon this world for and interesting books This one was a nice basic intro I think the plot just needed twists and there needed to be MORE characters to act as red herrings to make the ending a bit surprisingI will read another by her though def 45 starsPerfect for fans of Jane Austen that want the added flair of magic The characters fill the typical Austen tropes with their own spin A lovely story for any fan of the Regency period This book is like Jane Austen s works in the way that a Social Class in Contemporary Japan: Structures, Sorting and Strategies genetically modified out of seasonreenhouse tomato is like a cherry Sure they re technically both classified as fruits They re red They re juicy looking They re attractive The difference is that when you bite into said GMO tomato it tastes like mealy mushy tasteless crap This book is the euivalent of a limp tasteless slice of tomato on a McDonalds hamburger Why bother You re just Clubland UK: On the Door in the Rave Era going to pick it off and throw it away anyway Or maybe that s just me I hate raw tomatoesThis book tries way too hard The main character is a doormat Her love interest is not so much Darcy as he is Jane Eyre s Rochester yes I know they re not by the same author played by a 9thrade drama student with aspirations of playing Heathcliff whose inspiration for Heathcliff yes I know that s yet another book comes from The Simpsons Ned Flander s portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire I KNOW THEY RE ALL BY DIFFERENT AUTHORS THAT S NOT THE FREAKING POINTSorry for all the literary references Not really I m just in a fucking bad mood right now after reading this book and I don t care The characters are extremely similar to Austen s with none of the complexity resulting in characters that are predictable and dull The language is both pretentious Shew Shewed Chuze Chusing and inconsistent There is no sisterly love Expecting Elizabeth and Jane Don t hold your breath It s like Fanny and Lydia I KNOW THEY RE NOT IN THE SAME BOOK1111 There s no fucking point to the magic None It s literally fucking window decoration There s no explanation Poof Magic sparkly dragon fairy dust everywhere and hidden lamour strings being pulled out of thin air like a used fucking tampon string within some invisible female unicorn What s the fucking pointThe Plot We re in Jane Austen era England Hooray Our main character is named Jane Hooray She has a sister a beautiful re in Jane Austen era England Hooray Our main character is named Jane Hooray She has a sister a beautiful beautiful sister named Melody the loveliest maiden in the fucking shire the English shire not the Middle Earth Shire although it would be pretty epic if were an Elven PP I would watch the shit out of thatJane has a doting father and a fussy mother who does nothing but whine and ossip and worry about her daughters marriage prospects I m shocked Their estate is entailed in favor of a male relative Such wonder Such surprise A new neighbor has moved in a Mr Dunkirk No He is a kind handsome young The Book of Tapas gentleman reserved and polite I never He has a young very shy little sister named Elizabeth 16 years old and not yet debuted Oh my whom he dotes on Said beloved sister is so beloved so protected because she HAS A DARK DEEP SECRET DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUN I WONDER WHAT THE SECRET COULD BEThere s a young charming handsome military man named Livingston whoambles and flirts who might or might not have a dark dastardly wascally wabbit secret There s a dark brooding man named Mr Vincent who does nothing but sneer ok he might belong in Jane Eyre instead if our beloved Rochester has the personality of a moldy potato and none of the ood looks and you might recall Rochester was never much of a looker to begin withIt depends on which BBC production you watch of course but I d rather not ive the dude in this book the benefit of the doubtSo the love fuckery I mean you could call it a love triangle but again I m in a pretty fucking foul mood right now You would be too if you read 300 pages of nothingJane admires Captain Livingston while secretly in love with Mr Dunkirk who admires Jane but shows all the attention to Melody who flirts with Dunkirk and flirts with Mr Vincent and flirts with Captain Livingston hell anything with a penis who s not her father oh right it s a Regency I m not supposed to say the word penis Or tampon now that I think about it Or curse Crap Vincent doesn t Love Is A Four Letter Word give a fuck about anyone and snarls at Jane while showing shewing attention upon Melody Livingston is flirting with Melody while choosing chusing chuzing Make up your mind fucking book to bestow his attention upon another SECRET YOUNG LADY WHO HE REALLY SHOULDN T BE SEEING I wonder who the mysterious very young very off limits lady could be11And in the middle of all this magiclamour is used to decorate everything and to make things pretty and sparkly and brightAch mein headThe Fucking Language Be fucking consistent It tries too fucking hard This book tries to use the antiuated language of Austen days which would work EXCEPT IT ONLY DOES SO WHEN IT FEELS LIKE ITShew shewed shewn AKA Show showed shown Here written as shewn for the entire fucking book except when the author forgets to do so SHEW SHEW SHEW SHEW GAAAAAAAAAAAH IT PISSED ME OFF SO MUCH Beth was out of sorts however and the enthusiasm she had shown before dinner seemed to be smothered under a layer of melancholy vs They were shewn to the library with Jane s mother accompanying them as chaperonChuse Choose is written as chuse chuse chuuuuuuuuuuse except when the modern form is used She would not have chosen to meet him
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in this mannerTeaze Really what was the fucking point The ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ makes it so much fucking authentic No It just ives me a fucking headache You may teaze me but Mr Vincent s praise is valuable for being rare To her surprize Mr Vincent had come to callHaphazard fucking use of British spelling vs American Sometimes things are spelled with an ou wherein the US we would simply spell it with an o The SAME FUCKING WORDS are spelled differently in the book Honor and honour Apologize is iven the American Evolve around vying for the attentions of eligible men Jane resists this fate and rightly so while her skill with lamour is remarkable it is her sister who is fair of face and therefore wins the lion’s share of the attention At the ripe old age of twenty eight Jane has resigned herself to being invisible forever But when her family’s honor is ,