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  • Title: Without a Summer
  • Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
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  • Up and coming fantasist Mary Robinette Kowal enchanted fans with award winning short stories and beloved novels featuring Regency pair Jane Ellsworth and Vincent In Without a Summer the master glamourists return home, but in a world where magic is real, nothing even the domestic sphere is quite what it seems.Jane and Vincent go to Long Parkmeade to spend time with Jane sUp and coming fantasist Mary Robinette Kowal enchanted fans with award winning short stories and beloved novels featuring Regency pair Jane Ellsworth and Vincent In Without a Summer the master glamourists return home, but in a world where magic is real, nothing even the domestic sphere is quite what it seems.Jane and Vincent go to Long Parkmeade to spend time with Jane s family, but quickly turn restless The year is unseasonably cold No one wants to be outside and Mr Ellsworth is concerned by the harvest, since a bad one may imperil Melody s dowry And Melody has concerns of her own, given the inadequate selection of eligible bachelors When Jane and Vincent receive a commission from a prominent family in London, they decide to take it, and take Melody with them They hope the change of scenery will do her good and her marriage prospects and mood will be brighter in London.Once there, talk is of nothing but the crop failures caused by the cold and increased unemployment of the coldmongers, which have provoked riots in several cities to the north With each passing day, it s difficult to avoid getting embroiled in the intrigue, none of which really helps Melody s chances for romance It s not long before Jane and Vincent realize that in addition to getting Melody to the church on time, they must take on one small task solving a crisis of international proportions.
    Mary Robinette Kowal
    Mary Robinette Kowal was the 2008 recipient of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and her short story For Want of a Nail won the 2011 Hugo Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov s, and several Year s Best anthologies She is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass Tor 2012.Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown CBS , the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions Her designs have garnered two UNIMA USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.Mary lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters.


    Commentaires:

    Bradley
    This is another easy read for anyone who likes a smattering of fantasy to grace their Regency Romance, tinged with a bit of the Luddite rebellion, other peaceful demonstrations painted as rebellion and used politically, culminating in a courtroom drama.It's fluff. Why do I say that? Because most of the novel is focused on the snap judgements of Jane and the misunderstanding and prejudices surrounding the Irish, or from outside her personal acquaintances, the similar theme of the general downtrod [...]

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Review originally posted on fantasyliterature:Without a Summer is the third book in Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories fantasy series set in an alternative Regency-era England where magic, or “glamour,” is used as an art form to create intricate visual illusions. *minor spoilers for first book* Jane and Vincent, a married couple who are both accomplished glamour artists, are visiting with Jane’s parents and younger sister Melody in the country. It’s an unseasonably cold spring [...]

    Anna
    This was my favourite so far in the Glamourist Histories, which just get better and better. True, I had to put it down for a day after it decided late in the game to bring in my least favourite plot ever (falsely-accused-must-prove-innocence) but after I picked it up again I enjoyed the trip into Regency legal customs. Kowal has done her research and it shows, she has Jane & Vincent settling in a London that felt vibrant and real, using real world issues such as anti-Irish prejudice, the str [...]

    snowplum
    Consensus seems to be that this series improves with each book, but I'm not entirely sure that I agree. This series changes with each book, but I can see how someone might prefer book 1 to book 3. It's all a matter of priorities. Book 1, Shades of Milk and Honey, is much smaller in scope. It's an intimate portrait of a couple and of the few closest friends, family members, and neighbors who are around while they are falling in love. The comparisons to Jane Austen abound, and are at least somewha [...]

    Nikki
    When I’m just reading this and not thinking too much about it, I love it. If I try and pick nits, I’m less enthused — like sometimes I just think about Jane’s behaviour for a moment too long, and want to slap her down. She jumps to conclusions, acts like Melody is brainless, dismisses her… If I think about it too much, my frustrations with Jane take the shine off things a little.So: why I like it — it’s so easy to read. I love the relationship between Vincent and Jane, at least as [...]

    Lisa
    Review from Tenacious Reader: tenaciousreader/2017/0In the third book of the Glamourist Histories, Kowal keeps the story and plot fresh and continues to give us more of that fantastical regency romance that works incredibly well. What can I say? Turns out that even with all the grimdark books that I love, I have a very soft spot for a well written regency period story with a splash of magic (or glamour) to spice it up just a tad.After a visit with her family, Jane and Vincent head to London for [...]

    Kaitlin
    This is a very enjoyable fantasy of manners series which is light, fun and filled with quaint witticisms. I definitely enjoy Mary Robinette Kowal's style of writing and she actually narrates the audiobooks too which is good (although I think a British narrator might have worked better as the setting is in England). This story followed Jane and her husband Vincent who are two prolific Glamourists working together in a time where women were generally looked down upon. Jane and Vincent are happily [...]

    Jennifer
    Mary Robinette Kowal's alternate-world Regency fantasies just get better and better. The magic is subtle and finely drawn, the characters are fascinating, and she doesn't flinch from conflict and honest resolution. When I reached the final scenes, I had to put my Nook down a few times and catch my breath, I was *that* worried about the people in the story. They've won my heart with their courage, and I can't wait to read more.

    Dyanna
    Book Couples VideoWithout a Summer is the best book in this series till now!As glamourists, Jane & Vincent receive a job in London and because Jane's little sister , Melody feels melancholic because of the cold weather but also because of lack of young gentlemen, Jane decide to take Melody with them.In the capital of England Melody starts to like Mr.Brian, the son of the employer of the Vincents. But Jane finds the young man not suited for her sister so she tries to distance Melody from Mr. [...]

    Hilary
    4.5 starsTheir honeymoon now over, Jane and Vincent are working together discovering minor issues as do all couples, and trying to work around them, but it's hard when the needs of family conflict - or when unwanted people keep making an appearance. Jane is trying to balance the needs of Vincent (both maritally and professionally) and Melody, without neglecting herself too much, and yet her concern for the coldmongers is growing as the unseasonably cool weather provokes increasingly dissident be [...]

    Wm
    I must admit to my own prejudices and note that I originally was going to give it three stars (which, as I have explained in the past, is still a good mark from me and a recommendation to read); however, as I peeled those away (those being the standard male adolescent prejudices against romance, lightness and talking rather than doing), I discovered that there is a steely elegance to this third entry in Kowal's Glamourists series. Her prose has improved -- there is a confidence to it that I foun [...]

    Darlene
    I've been enjoying Robinette Kowal's "Glamour" books set in an alternate Regency Universe. As much as I love Naomi Novik's dragon books set during the Napoleonic Wars, I think R. Kowal's worldbuilding holds up better under scrutiny.Sir David Vincent and Jane, Lady Vincent, are back in England after the Battle of Waterloo. They've taken on a valuable commission, but one that brings them back into contact with Vincent's estranged family and brings Jane's family into involvement as well.Regency fan [...]

    Delaina
    This series gets better with each book. Such a fascinating blend of Regency and fantasy, with great character development and storyline.

    QNPoohBear
    This is another thrilling adventure following Glamour in Glass. The author balances the magic, the history and the relationships nicely. I liked learning more about glamour, what it can do, who uses it and why. I knew about the volcano in Indonesia that exploded and caused a giant ash cloud that created freezing temperatures across the northern hemisphere, but the popular explanation as it appears in the novel is very creative. It makes sense from a historical perspective. Amateur historians wil [...]

    Sunil
    The Glamourist Histories get better and better with each book, as Mary Robinette Kowal allows her characters to grow and plays with history in new and inventive ways. In Without a Summer, Jane and Vincent take a job in London for a simple glamural but get more than they bargained for as they juggle Melody's marriage prospects and the country's political unrest.Without a Summer is the most daring, complex book in the series yet, and the last book had fucking Napoleon (offscreen, but still). We ge [...]

    Nina
    Without a Summer is an extremely well constructed book. There were hints placed all around the book about things to come and the mystery and romantic plotlines wove lovely patterns around each other in ways that managed in parts to surprise and always made for an enjoyable read that was nigh impossible to put down once started.To readers of the series, here is where Jane's sister Melody finally comes into her own as a character and starts blossoming as a woman and, as you can guess, finds a man [...]

    Lauren
    4.5This was my favorite book of the series so far, for many reasons. Jane and Vincent continue to be interesting characters, and I like the acknowledgement that neither romance nor conflict end with marriage. Most regency era novels (including Austen) are all about the courtship phase of a relationship, and see marriage as an endpoint to the story. I also enjoyed Kowal's use of elements from Emma. The borrowed themes and plot lines were well integrated and felt natural for the characters. Withou [...]

    Stephanie
    I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the earlier two books in the trilogy, but I can't actually put a finger on why. There's nothing innately bad about the book at all - Jane and Vincent continue to be interesting characters, and I still love the world. Maybe it's more that the book focuses on the politics of the world rather than the domestic side of things?I love, love, love Melody in this. She was always one of the most vivid secondary characters for me - I love her voice (her little La! is g [...]

    Ruth
    I love this series so much. It is gentle and refined and delicate and still deals with issues of racism and xenophobia and bigotry and classism and industrial change. I love that the heroine is flawed. I love the diversity of the cast of characters - this is not an all white Regency. And while it would be great if more of the main characters were POC, at least we have here a more historically accurate London. I like the intersection of race and dangerous occupations, since that is historically a [...]

    Hollis
    Surprised to say I liked this one a lot more than the previous books in the series.Jane frustrated me as events and misunderstandings came to a head but it was well explained and rationalized in the narrative. There's also a lot less frustration in the interactions between she and Vincent and I quite love them as a couple. In general though I just found this story held up better than the ones before.I move on to book four with a little more hope for my overall enjoyment.

    Janet
    I thoroughly enjoyed this new installment in this Jane Austen-meets-magic-and-adventure series. The previous one, Glamour in Glass added espionage and warfare to the Regency/Austen world. This one has high stakes political machinations, issues with class oppression, and a more private eye element: tailing a suspect! Surveillance! Jane and Vincent's relationship just keeps getting more interesting, too.

    Nan
    While I liked the book well enough to speed through it in one day, I don't think it stood up well in comparison with the earlier two books in the series. I will have to mull it over more before I write a full review.

    Stephanie
    Best of the series so far.

    The Library Ladies
    (Originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.)I continue on with my reviews of this series! As I commented on in the first reviews, the books’ ties to the Jane Austen novels that the author attempts to mimic has been the difference maker between my enjoyment levels of the first two in the series. The first tried to tie it too closely to “Pride and Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility,” leaving original characterization and plot to suffer. While the second seemed to step away completely fr [...]

    Ali
    I'm conflicted about Without a Summer. I think the pacing is better here than in the previous two novels because for the first time, the conclusion didn't feel like a surprise and I didn't even notice that Mary Robinette Kowal borrowed the plot of Jane Austen's Emma. I love the honesty of Jane and Vincent's interactions. Though period-appropriate, I'm often uncomfortable with Jane's racism, ethnocentrism, and conservative opinions. I appreciate that Kowal gives her characters realistic flaws and [...]

    Olga Godim
    I enjoyed this quiet book. Like the previous novels of the series, it’s imbued with Jane Austen’s influence. Add to that love and hatred, family drama and laborers’ uprising, the magic of glamour and bad weather, and, of course, the Irish, and you get a perfect recipe for a rather piquant tale of alternate Regency England. The protagonist Jane is happily married to her beloved Vincent, a famous glamourist and a friend of the Regent. The war is over. Napoleon is defeated. Both Jane and Vinc [...]

    Bookworm
    Rather uneven entry So, Kowal's alternative history/fantasy continues on, with the adventures of Jane and Vincent coming together in service of the British Crown once again, this time with more romantic entanglements and family drama (a bit for both the main protagonists and Jane's younger sister Melody). This time the danger is on their own British soil with unhappiness abounding. The weather is cold, even into May and Jane wonders if this year will go without a summer (get it? It's nice to se [...]

    Heather Jones
    Back when I reviewed the first two books in this series, I observed "It seems implausible that no one is exploiting [glamour] on a grunt-level commercial scale. In such a context the physical cost of using the ability suggests some rather horrifying potential consequences of that exploitation." As was pointed out in comments to that post, the third book addresses exactly this topic, with the protagonists Jane and Vincent getting dragged into the resulting social and political upheaval. The "year [...]

    Audra (Unabridged Chick)
    This is the third book in Kowal's Glamourist series, a series of historical fantasies set during the English Regency, following glamourists Jane and her husband Vincent. (Here are my reviews for the first book and the second.)After their tumultuous run in with Napoleon's forces while in Belgium, Jane and Vincent are back in the UK with Jane's family. Commissioned by an Irish Catholic family to do some glamour, Jane and Vincent find themselves becoming embroiled in a political plot against the co [...]

    Danya
    3.5 stars

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