For the Book Blogger Hop this week Jen says, "TELL US ABOUT THE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING!"
Sapphique by Catherine Fisher is the sequel to Incarceron. I loved Incarceron (my review here) and can't wait to see how things will play out in the sequel. I like how Fisher creates legend within a fantasy by starting chapters with "quotes" from a long lost hero. I'm giving away Sapphique to U.S. residents so check out my giveaway!
I'm also reading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen as part of a readalong. I'm through chapter 9 right now. As usual, Austen is witty and perceptive of her culture. There are several passages that address reading - reading people, reading novels and reading situations. I loved in chapter 7 how Catherine learns to read the obnoxious and exaggerating Mr. Thorpe. She gets confused by his contradictions and realizes that maybe this guy is more than annoying, his word is untrustworthy. Austen is rather bold about her thoughts on the merits of novel reading and about women reading and writing in particular. Her sarcasm is kicked in high gear as she discusses women writers and readers. Austen's crticical and feminist attitudes towards writing may have attributed to the fact that her "publisher" who bought the manuscript and advertised the book never actually printed the book, much to Austen's dismay, and Jane had to buy the manuscript back several years later so she could have the right to publish it somewhere else. What a fool that publisher was (p.s. he published Udolpho, so conflict of interest?)! Austen never did see Northanger Abbey published. Her brother, Henry, had it published after Jane died. How sad! Stay tuned for more thoughts on this gothic paradoy next week!
If you're stopping by from the Hop leave a comment and I'll visit your blog this weekend! Happy Hopping!