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Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (1988)

von Patricia C. Wrede, Caroline Stevermer (Autor)

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In 1817 in England, two young cousins, Cecilia living in the country and Kate in London, write letters to keep each other informed of their exploits, which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards.
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    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell von Susanna Clarke (fyrefly98, ThatArtGirl)
    fyrefly98: Both have the same "Jane-Austen-meets-Harry-Potter" vibe to them; "Jonathan Strange" is denser and more grown-up, while "Sorcery & Cecelia" is funnier and more of a romp.
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    Mairelon the Magician von Patricia C. Wrede (infiniteletters)
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    Magician's Ward von Patricia C. Wrede (amberwitch)
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    Flora Segundas magische Missgeschicke von Ysabeau S. Wilce (foggidawn)
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    Sorcerer to the Crown von Zen Cho (sandstone78, Jean_Sexton)
    Jean_Sexton: Both take place in a Regency England where magic works.
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    Shades of Milk and Honey von Mary Robinette Kowal (trollsdotter)
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    Kat, Incorrigible von Stephanie Burgis (keristars)
    keristars: These are somewhat similar - a Regency-era girl discovers that she has magic ability by accident and then gets into a bit of an adventure as a result. S&C is more of a mystery/romance/adventure while Kat is a do-gooder Emma type. In my biased opinion, the Burgis book is far and away the better of the two, but if you liked one, you're likely to enjoy the other.… (mehr)
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    Freedom and Necessity von Steven Brust (puddleshark)
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    Newt's Emerald von Garth Nix (rarm, Heather39)
    rarm: Sorcery and Cecelia was the first Regency-set fantasy I read, and still my favorite. Of the ones I've read since then, Newt's Emerald resembles it most, perhaps because they both draw on Heyer as much as Austen.
    Heather39: Another light young adult fantasy rendition of a Regency romance. Thoroughly delightful and fun.
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    The Magicians and Mrs. Quent von Galen Beckett (Anonymer Nutzer, MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For commonplace magic and properly brought-up young Englishwomen.
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    Die bezaubernde Arabella von Georgette Heyer (allisongryski)
    allisongryski: Let me preface this recommendation by acknowledging that Arabella does not have the fantasy element of Sorcery & Cecilia. However, I think many readers of S & C will enjoy this excellently written Regency story, following the impetuous, charming Arabella when she goes to London for the Season. There is some light romance, similar in tone to that in S & C, but the story is more focused on the characters and the humour in their interactions and misadventures.… (mehr)
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    wordcauldron: Same epistolary style and similarly entertaining
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    The Case of the Missing Marquess von Nancy Springer (cransell)
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    The Chocolatier's Wife von Cindy Lynn Speer (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For fans of epistolary elements.
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    Der galaktische Dandy von Alexei Panshin (joiedelivre)
    joiedelivre: Another fantasy of manners, but set in an interplanetary milieu.
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    Dark Mirror von M.J. Putney (foggidawn)
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    Silver in the Blood von Jessica Day George (carlyrose)
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    Snowspelled von Stephanie Burgis (Anonymer Nutzer)
    Anonymer Nutzer: Both light fantasy comedies-of-manners, combining Heyer-world with magical colleges

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I quit the book at around page 190. The setup is interesting: two authors, each writing in the voice of one of the two main characters, developing the plot organically through writing letters to each other. The two main characters are cousins who live in the early 19th century England, but in a fictional England where magic and wizards abound. Each cousin gets into an adventure with an evil wizard as her arch-enemy and sees a budding romance grow into bloom. This should all have been very interesting, but somehow I found the book boring to read. The magical world in which the story takes place was not explained clearly, and when explanation are put forth, they seem very simplistic and thus unrealistic. The development of the two romantic relationships was bland for me; I had little investment in them and did not care whether the two couples ended up together or not. ( )
  CathyChou | Mar 11, 2022 |
YA epistolary Regency fantasy (with magic), a fun read. Even more fun because it grew out of a "letter game", where the two authors started exchanging letters, staying in character, but with no coordination outside of the letters. Later, they started meeting for lunch and talking about the other characters, but not the plot. After the letters came to a conclusion, they realized they'd written a book, and went back to edit it into shape.

I read it straight through in an evening, while standing by to edit my son's high school English paper.

Negatives? There is some jarring invented slang, which young ladies would never have put to paper. Cecy and Kate tend towards being excepto-girls, looking down on typical feminine roles from a superior plane.

Minor quibbles, though. This is a fine confection, as satisfying as bon-bons and less filling. ( )
  wunder | Feb 3, 2022 |
This was an excellent book, and full of excitement and drama. All the strings were neatly tied up, and I loved Cecy and Kate. ( )
  et.carole | Jan 21, 2022 |
I read this book several times in high school and loved it, so I decided to do a reread in between new books. I still liked it, but I found the romance aspect considerably less charming than I did as a teenager (am I becoming bitter and old at 25? possibly) and thought the book had some technical issues. Some of the longer letters brought me out of the story a bit since they didnt seem like actual correspondence of events (do people really remember and dictate out long conversations like that?) and some of the characters melded together a bit in my mind due to similar or lacking descriptions. Overall still a fun book, and I really do enjoy the setting and world building. ( )
  mutantpudding | Dec 26, 2021 |
Despite my best efforts, I can't really progress with this. I didn't think this book would fall under the epistolary genre, which is one of the genres I am not too good at.
I guess I pictured it in a completely different way? To the point in which the actual book didn't tickle me fancy, sadly. ( )
  AngustiaCosmica | Jul 11, 2021 |
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Wrede, Patricia C.AutorHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Stevermer, CarolineAutorHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
D'moch, LydiaGestaltungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Eismann, KellyUmschlaggestalterCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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