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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Syrie James

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nebula61 February 4th, 2011 11:44 AM PST

Syrie James is touted as the "queen of 19th century re-imaginings" on her website and it's really an accurate way of describing her work. I've read many Austen spin-offs (many of them awful) but The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen is a stand-out: surprisingly funny, witty, entertaining and highly reminiscent of Austen!

Dracula, My Love is excellent as well. One of the few books last year that I made a trip to the bookstore on the launch day to purchase, it did not disappoint: many of the scenes are breathtakingly poetic, intense, and romantic in the old-world sense, with a satisfying denouement.

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