Ended up giving this one a straight A at AAR.
Confession time When I picked up The Jane Austen Project for review, I really didn t expect it to be a book I couldn t put down I thought the premise two time travellers go back to 1815 to meet Jane Austen and secure a previously unpublished manuscript was interesting which was why I chose it but also fraught with potential pitfalls in terms of tone and characterisation I m happy to admit that my scepticism was quickly laid to rest and to say that this is a thoroughly entertaining, compelling and unusual story that hooked me in from the first page and kept me glued to it throughout.
Doctor and Austen devotee Rachel Katzman and Professor Liam Finucane, an actor turned academic, were carefully selected and rigorously trained by The Royal Institute for Special Topics in Physics for one particular mission The Jane Austen Project is a pretty entertaining read on the whole, very solid if unspectacular, for fans of Jane Austen, Regency England, and time travel books that focus little on the science andon the experience I d give 3 stars exactly I should start by saying though I ve read Longbourn enjoyed on the whole though it had an extremely different tone and sensibility to Austen novels, and also gave it three stars and plan to read Eligible A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice, in general I don t gravitate towards Austen adaptations or extensions her novels are always pretty neatly wrapped, and if I want to re create my emotional reaction to Anne Elliott s eventual triumph after her life of undeserved slights and constant, seemingly unrequited love for Dr Rachel Katzman has her mission travel back in time to 1815 London to save an unpublished Jane Austen manuscript from the dustbin of history If possible, she d also get a diagnosis for the mystery illness that, in less than two years, would lead to the author s premature death Rachel and her colleague, Liam, pose as brother and sister who have just moved to England from a sugar plantation in Jamaica Their first task is to ingratiate themselves with Henry Austen, Jane s favorite brother, and secure an invitation to the countryside, where Jane lives with her mother and sister They re at constant risk for both discovery and altering the future through their actions But it becomes difficult not to want to 5 starsWOW is truly all I can say about this book I loved every aspect of The Jane Austen Project I am a huge Jane Austen fan and have read and reread each of her books too many times to count I am not a fan of books that take Austen s stories and redo them making them about zombies, continuing the characters lives, etc.
, and I have mixed feelings about books that drop people into her stories Thankfully, The Jane Austen Project does none of these things Instead Kathleen Flynn creates an entirely new story that sends two time travelers, Rachel Katzman and Liam Finucane, back to Jane Austen s time to meet her, locate a manuscript that she never published and bring it back to their futuristic time period Trained and prepared by The Royal Institute for Special Topics in Physics, the pair successfully travel back to I found the main character completely uninteresting and kind of unlikable Why were people falling in love with her all over the place Why did Jane Austen like her so much Why in the heck would she have been chosen for the mission in the first place Character development was abrupt and emotional reactions rang false to me There was a lot of telling rather than showing, especially when it came to what characters were thinking and feeling.
I just didn t like this very much.
This was a weird one The focus wasn t on the tech needed to get the main characters Rachel and Liam to 1815 London the tech involves supercomputers that generate wormholes to other time periods, and hand waving This book is about fangirling Jane Austen, not there s anything wrong with that I love Austen s sharp witted and ironic humour.
Rachel and Liam are tasked with retrieving the complete manuscript for The Watsons to do this, they must insinuate themselves into the lives of Henry Austen Jane s favourite brother and eventually Jane Austen herself Rachel and Liam are colleagues who ve trained intensely for this opportunity I liked the historical details, and the difficulties Rachel and Liam encounter impersonating gentry raised in Jamaica who ve arrived in London to live proper, English lives The au Ô The Jane Austen Project ñ What kind of maniac travels in time I was thirty three the year I went to 1815, single and childless, a volunteer after humanitarian disasters in Peru, Haiti, and most recently Mongolia Between these, I worked in the emergency department at Bellevue Hospital in New York and liked vacations that involved trekking through mountains or swimming in very cold water, in corners of the earth where such things were still possible Love of adventure might seem an odd mix with devotion to the wit and subtlety of Jane Austen, but together they are me What Norman had revealed that night Jane Austen, time travel was nothing less than what I had been waiting for my whole life Unknowingly, of course, because who could imagine such a crazy thingA Jane Austen themed time trave Why does Goodreads let authors review their own books Of course I like it I wrote it It s entertaining, I think There are actually parts that still make me laugh, as many times as I ve read it I like the details about life in 1815, the shapely plot and the unlikely love story I like Jane Austenchokengtitiktitikchokengs I just listened to the audiobook A very strange experience to have someone reading your own words to you but really fun Saskia Maarleveld did a great job rendering the various accents and finding the humor in Rachel s first person narration If you like listening to your books, definitely consider the audio version.
S Byatt I will even quote the sentence A statue of the poet Randolph Henry Ash, which had long stood in a traffic circle in Hampstead, had disappeared overnight, along with all records of its creation The poet Randolph Henry Ash is one of the main characters in Possession and I thought this makes sense, someone has traveled back in time changed history so now we have no recollection of Randolph Henry Ash The reason I thought so is that I think Randolph Henry Ash is one of the best poets ever, and he has never ever lived Anyway, I got a bit sidetrac For Fans Of Jane Austen, This Engrossing Debut Novel Offers An Unusual Twist On The Legacy Of One Of The World S Most Celebrated And Beloved Authors Two Researchers From The Future Are Sent Back In Time To Meet Jane And Recover A Suspected Unpublished NovelLondon,Two Travelers Rachel Katzman And Liam Finucane Arrive In A Field In Rural England, Disheveled And Weighed Down With Hidden Money Turned Away At A Nearby Inn, They Are Forced To Travel By Coach All Night To À read Î The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A.
Flynn Ü London They Are Not What They Seem, But Rather Colleagues Who Have Come Back In Time From A Technologically Advanced Future, Posing As Wealthy West Indies Planters A Doctor And His Spinster Sister While Rachel And Liam Aren T The First Team From The Future To Go Back, Their Mission Is By Far The Most Audacious Meet, Befriend, And Steal From Jane Austen HerselfCarefully Selected And Rigorously Trained By The Royal Institute For Special Topics In Physics, Disaster Relief Doctor Rachel And Actor Turned Scholar Liam Have Little In Common Besides The Extraordinary Circumstances They Find Themselves In Circumstances That Call For Rachel To Stifle Her Independent Nature And Let Liam Take The Lead As They Infiltrate Austen S Circle Via Her Favorite Brother, HenryBut Diagnosing Jane S Fatal Illness And Obtaining An Unpublished Novel Hinted At In Her Letters Pose Enough Of A Challenge Without The Continuous Convolutions Of Living A Lie While Her Friendship With Jane Deepens And Her Relationship With Liam Grows Complicated, Rachel Fights To Reconcile The Woman She Is With The Proper Lady Nineteenth Century Society Expects Her To Be As Their Portal To The Future Prepares To Close, Rachel And Liam Struggle With Their Directive To Leave History Intact And Exactly As They Found It However Heartbreaking That May Prove