“http://www.bscreview.com/2010/10/shades-of-milk-and-honey-by-mary-robinette-kowal-review/”BlueFoxFables wrote this review Saturday, October 16, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book reads like a Jane Austen novel mixed with a little magical realism...interesting.”Bronwyn M wrote this review Tuesday, October 12, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Think Jane Austen fan fic written by someone who loved The Enchanted Chocolate Pot. (The book jacket suggests a comparison to Jonathan Strange, but that's giving the magical underpinnings here way too much credit.)
Jane Ellsworth is a 28-year old spinster - plain and practical, but admired for her talent with "glamour." In this Regency-ish universe, women are taught the art of folding and weaving light to create illusions ranging from the appearance of a tidy room to movement in paintings to, on a more personal level, the effects of facelifts and cosmetic dentistry.
Jane's younger sister Melody is a cattier version of Marianne Dashwood. More of Austen's ingenues and villains show up as well but to say which ones would give away the story. There's a lot of potential in the set-up that gets tossed aside in favor of reusing familiar plots to claim the Austen comparison.”