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Subject: Pride and Prejudice Sequels by other authors
Date Posted: 6/20/2007 9:31 PM ET
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I read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen a few years ago.  I enjoyed it but I found the older style of writing challenging.  I just read Mr. Darcy's Daughters by Elizabeth Aston.  It's a continuation of the Pride and Prejudice story based on their make believe daughters.  It was a wonderful story and I thought the author kept to the spirit of the original novel.

Have you read Elizabeth Aston's books?  Are their any other Pride and Prejudice sequels by other authors that you would recommend?

Date Posted: 6/27/2007 7:47 PM ET
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I just read Pride and Prejudice recently and fell in love. Have you read any others besides Elizabeth Aston? I was looking into Mr. Darcy's Daughters and the novels about Darcy by Pamela Aidan seem interesting as well.

Date Posted: 6/28/2007 9:34 PM ET
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I've only read Mr. Darcy's Daughters, but I have the rest of Aston's books wishlisted.  I haven't read any other authors as of yet.

Date Posted: 6/29/2007 4:03 PM ET
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I have several of Aston's books and some about Mr. Darcy but have not gotten to them yet.  There are mixed reviews form people that i have talked to about reading them.  I though am will to give them a try.

Date Posted: 7/1/2007 10:08 PM ET
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I read Pamela Aiden's books.  They follow Darcy during the whole Pride and Prejudice time period.  If you recall from the original classic, Darcy is only present about a third of the time, so Pamela Aiden tells a story of what he was doing during the other two thirds of the book.  There are three books in her series.  The second is a bit boring and the third has a cheesy storyline, but overall I enjoyed it. 

Date Posted: 7/2/2007 3:57 PM ET
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I just got An Assembly Such as This (the first in Aidan's trilogy). I'm also interested in Presumption, a novel that focuses on Georgiana after Pride and Prejudice. A friend of mine also enjoyed the Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife series, although those are somewhat adult in nature!

Date Posted: 7/3/2007 1:11 PM ET
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Wow, thanks for sharing this.  I didn't even know there authors that did that.  I have recently been looking in that.  This isn't Jane Austen, but i just read March by Geraldine Brooks that takes you through Mr. March's life from Little Women.  It made me want to check out other classis novels!  I will be looking into some of these!

Stephanie

Date Posted: 7/3/2007 4:09 PM ET
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There's plenty of sequels to P&P, actually! There's also a lot for other Austen novels (haven't read any others yet, but Sense and Sensibility and Emma are sitting in my pile!). Some of them are clunkers, but others are good, generally.

The Republic of Pemberley (www.pemberley.com) has a whole list of books that are Austen sequels and reviews of them, if anyone's interested.

Date Posted: 7/3/2007 9:58 PM ET
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One of my wish list books by Aston just came up "The Exploits and Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy".  I'll let you know if this one holds up to Mister Darcy's Daughters.

Date Posted: 8/7/2007 10:05 PM ET
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I like Darcy's Story by Janet Aylmer. ISBN 0952821028

It is Pride and Prejudice, but written completely from Mr Darcy's point of view instead of Elizabeth's. A great book.

Date Posted: 8/8/2007 1:14 AM ET
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I just finished Mr Darcy takes a wife, and it was great!  In fact, I had every intention of putting it up for trade once I'd finished, but it was so good I think I'm going to have to keep it...which is a shame since the wish list for it is so long.  But it was such a fun read, I can't bear to part with it yet!

Date Posted: 8/8/2007 10:05 PM ET
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Kathryn, Darcy's Story sounds interesting.  I might have to check that out. 

I'm about half way through Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy.  It's a really good story!

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 9:54 PM ET
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As a huge Jane Austen fan, I have been disappointed in the few "modern" sequels I've read. I did like the Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Fowler, though, which was about a group of people who gather to discuss Jane Austen books. It was great!
Date Posted: 8/11/2007 1:34 PM ET
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Came across this one at Barnes & Noble today - originally published in 1914. Amazon.com doesn't have many favorable reviews of it, though:

Old Friends and New Fancies by Sybil Brinton

Date Posted: 8/12/2007 10:33 PM ET
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Lynne, I'm reading the Jane Austen Book Club now, but I'm having trouble getting through it.  I might put it aside and try again later.

The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy was excellent.  I really enjoyed it. I've got the next one wishlisted so hopefully I'll like that one too.

Date Posted: 8/13/2007 9:39 AM ET
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I remember reading Presumption a long while ago, and I don't think it was outstanding or I would remember more of it.  There is a modern adaptation that I love by Melissa Nathan called Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field.  It made me laugh.  There is also Letters From Pemberly by Jane Dawkins, which was okay, but nothing outstanding  There is one to steer clear of, Emma Tennant.  I would suggest NEVER reading her books, they're horrible and she ruins the characters.

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 3:08 PM ET
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I've read some of the sequels to P&P and just couldn't get into Aidan's version. One that isn't listed that I truly enjoyed is The Bar Sinister, Pride and Prejudice Continues... by Linda Berdoll. She covers both Elisabeth's and Jane's lives after marriage. The book would have stood on it's own without being written as a sequel. Places are side-splitting funny and some places are heart-wrenchingly sad. Elisabeth has trouble conceiving then loses her first child. Bingley has a child out of wedlock and the perfect lady Jane forgives him. Wickham reappears and causes problems. All the characters from the first book are there and Berdoll captures their nature perfectly (to me). I just can't bear to part with my copy but do recommending it for a wish book. BTW -- In January '08 Masterpiece Theater is running the moving the movie with Colin Firth (be still my heart).
Date Posted: 1/8/2008 10:53 PM ET
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I like the third Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentlemen book by Pamela Aiden & the Linda Berdoll ones, although they do get pretty steamy!

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 11:47 PM ET
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I haven't read any sequels yet, although I would like to.  I recently discovered Stephanie Barron's Being Jane Austen Mysteries,  and I love them.  They star Jane Austen as a detective, and I think the author makes a nice attempt at Jane Austen's language.

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 5:31 PM ET
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has anyone read the Mr & Mrs Darcy mysteries by Carrie Bebris?  I havent but they look like good fluff reading, and the summary says they're like a regency version of Nick & Nora from the Thin Man series (which I love) so I was thinking about checking them out.

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 6:06 PM ET
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I recently read "Pride and Prescience," and enjoyed it a lot. The only P&P sequels I had read previously were a couple by Emma Tennant, which IMO were awful. No charm or wit, and not even really about Elizabeth and Darcy. This one, though, Ms. Bebris understands what we love about the originaly, and wisely keeps the Darcys front and center at all times.

It's not perfect. From time to time she slips up with the language and lets a word or phrase too modern, and American, creep in, so I would have to give it four out of five stars for that. The other thing is the inclusion of some paranormal aspects that, depending on the reader, might seem out of place. I didn't find it jarring, but of course mileage varies on things like that. The book is also pretty clearly inspired by the Colin Firth-Jennifer Ehle mini series, which is not a bad thing, but there are moments -- referencing Darcy fencing, for instance -- that share more in common with the mini series than the novel.

 

Date Posted: 2/28/2008 8:13 PM ET
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If you truly want to know of every single damned sequel out there... look at my wish list and books I've read list.  I'll admit I'm missing some I've read / own that I've not yet imputted... but I come close to having at least 80% in there.  LOL