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Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons [Paperback]

Jane Austen , Vera Nazarian

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Dec 5 2010 1607620588 978-1607620587
From the author of Mansfield Park and Mummies...

NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS

Dragons in the skies of Regency England!

Gothic horrors collide with high satire in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.

Young and naive Catherine Morland is constantly surrounded by angels only she alone can see. Leaving her country home for the first time, to embark on a grand adventure that begins in fashionable Bath, our romantic heroine must not only decrypt the mystery of the Udolpho Code but win her true love Henry Tilney.

Meanwhile she is beset by all the Gothic horrors known to Impressionable Young Ladies -- odious demons, Regency balls, elusive ghosts, pleasure excursions, temperature-changing nephilim, secret clues, ogre suitors, and a terrifying ancient Dragon who has very likely hidden a secret treasure hoard somewhere in the depths of Northanger Abbey.

Gentle Reader -- this Delightful Illustrated Edition includes Scholarly Footnotes and Appendices.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Curiosities (Dec 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607620588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607620587
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #758,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Spoof Feb. 19 2011
By Leigh H. Kimmel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
With Mansfield Park and Mummies: Monster Mayhem, Matrimony, Ancient Curses, True Love, and Other Dire Delights, Vera Nazarian began a new kind of classic mashup. Instead of just shoehorning in some outrageous new content, as did the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, she has been approaching the mashup genre with wit and style, creating affectionate parodies that leave the reader chuckling.

Northanger Abbey lends itself readily to this treatment, since Miss Austen herself originally wrote it to skewer the then-current fascination with gothic novels among fashionable young women. Ms. Nazarian adds another layer that skewers the current fascination with Dan Brown and his imitators who spin yarns of sinister conspiracies and secret codes buried in famous works of art and literature.

And she even manages to slip in some deeply metaphysical discussion about the nature of life and love.

What's not to love?
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars! A Charming and Comical Monster Mash-Up of Northanger Abbey April 12 2011
By Meredith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Dear readers, leaving the comfortable realm of amiable and serene Austenesque novels, I have decided to take a brief sojourn into the terrifying, and sometimes violent, world of Jane Austen monster mash-ups. Having read and exceedingly enjoyed other Jane Austen paranormal creations (Jane Bites Back, Bespelling Jane Austen, and Jane and the Damned), I felt ready to jump into a true monster mash-up (I did read Emma and the Vampires, but didn't really find it to be much of a mash-up). And after reading a three chapter excerpt of Northanger Abbey Angels and Dragons on Vera Nazarian's website, [...] I became enchanted with her tale of angels, dragons, and temperature-changing nephilim.

Through the pages of Vera Nazarian's Northanger Abbey Angels and Dragons, we learn that our heroine, Catherine Morland, possesses great metaphysical powers that enable her to see, hear, and talk to angels. In addition, we discover that John and Isabella Thorpe are strange nephilim creatures that inspire the whole town of Bath to search for secret hidden treasure. The clues of which they claim could be found encrypted in Mrs. Radcliffe's novels. Add to that mysterious dragons flying in the sky and ghosts dwelling in furniture and you have a supernaturally twisted version of Northanger Abbey that's quite diverting.

What an amusing and charming monster mash-up! I found Northanger Abbey Angels and Dragons to be a reverent and well-crafted homage to Jane Austen's original. I loved Catherine's little hosts of angels; the poor dears had the difficult task of trying to keep Catherine out of danger. In addition, I found it hilarious that the odious John Thorpe was akin to a repulsive ogre that rattles about hidden treasures and encrypted clues all the time. Moreover, I thought it quite apropos that his sister, Isabella Thorpe, is a nephilim with a truly cold heart, that chills everyone that comes within her vicinity. And what about Henry Tileny, you say? What type of supernatural creature is he? What metaphysical powers does he have??? I'm afraid I can't disclose that here, if you really want to know, you must read Northanger Abbey Angels and Dragons to find out!

As you can see this is more of a mash-up of comedy and absurdity rather than violence and mayhem. Ms. Nazarian pokes fun at Northanger Abbey, her readers, and her own novel. By just reading the back cover of this book, readers can see evidence of Ms. Nazarian's subtle sense of humor and playful tone. Besides making you laugh, this tale will warm your heart. The ending is beautifully and surprisingly romantic.

Now the question remains: would I read another monster mash-up in the future? Most assuredly! Especially if it is a comical mash-up or parody! And especially if it is written by Vera Nazarian! I'm looking forward to the next installment in her Jane Austen Supernatural series, which is titled Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret. (I wonder what his secret could be...)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Austen Comedy Mayhem Nov. 3 2011
By DoskoiPanda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Let me begin by saying that I have read other works by both Vera Nazarian and Jane Austen, and greatly enjoyed them both. I have also read other recent Austen collaborations*, and I have enjoyed those as well. Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons is exactly as it sounds - an Austen parody/collaboration with the addition of Angels and Dragons. Austen's original novel, for the uninitiated, is the story of a country girl who spends a few weeks in society at Bath, taking the waters and attending balls, making acquaintances and learning of Mrs. Radcliffe's Gothic novels, The Mysteries of Udolfo, in particular. There are two love plots for the heroine to negotiate, and another involving her brother that could be considered an intrigue. Being both young, and rather foolish and romantic, the heroine takes leave of her common sense at times, and weaves elements of Gothic fantasy into her adventures. Vera Nazarian makes the addition of working angels and dragons throughout the text, as well as a number of minor additional changes to the sub-plots, and a number of annotations and illustrations.

The author's additions are in keeping with Austen's tone and word usage, so the text doesn't jolt you out of reading. Characters remained mostly as they were, even taking into consideration of Vera Nazarian's alterations; the depictions of the Thorne siblings were spot on to how I had thought of them when reading Austen's original novel. Austen's touch with poking fun at societal propriety remains intact, and is not exaggreated for additional comdic effect. There is also no gore or violence involved - which is much more in keeping with Austen's books**.

However, on the downside: appearances of the angels felt repetitive, and the additions to the plot made it a bit over-complicated. The footnotes were largely meant to be funny, but just as often fell flat; linking every mention of gay to Oscar Wilde was irritating, for example, as well as being temporally inaccurate. The footnotes also tended to tell you want a thing wasn't meant to convey, rather than what it was, which rankled. I think that this was an odd choice of Austen's novels to adapt, mostly because Auster herself had, in a way, already done so herself with the inclusion of Mrs. Radcliffe's Udolfo.

Overall rating: between 3.5 and 4 stars - Fans of the Austen-with-a-twist genre, but not delighted by the inclusion of the undead may well enjoy this more than its monster-ridden cousins.

Review copy supplied by the author as part of LibraryThing's Member Giveaway program.
* most notably the Quirk Classics' infamous Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series.
**For all the soldiers running around in Austen's novels, there really is an astounding lack of blood and violence.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing Nov. 9 2011
By E-chan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
There have been many "Austen and ..." works in the last few years, but I never seem to tire of them. Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons is an amusing piece of work that should delight Jane Austen fans (except the -pardon the pun- fanatical purists).

The writing style stays true to the book, and while I did wonder how the plot could be followed, it was actually followed quite faithfully, except for the additions which blended in with the book.

The only thing that kept this book from getting 5 stars were the footnotes, which felt a bit patronizing at times (and really, why are there so many references to Oscar Wilde?)

Disclosure: I got this book for free from the LibraryThing Member Giveaway. I was asked to write a review, but all opinions here are mine and mine alone.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I will be reading more by this author Nov. 8 2011
By amy2011 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed reading this book it was a fun twist on one of jane austen's classic novels.I will be reading more from this author.If you expect to get plain jane austen this book is not for you.I myself like classic mash up books I have read quite a few.I thought this writer held her own with the others I have read.If you want a comedy twist on a classic check this book out.For me it was a fun read and not a waste of time.I also loved the cover art of the book.

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