#6degrees: from Sanditon to Caspian

Welcome back to #6degrees, the Six Degrees of Separation book MEME!


Each participant will take the same starting book and link it in any way they like to the next book, then the next… and see where the 6 degrees of separation ends up!

This month we’ll begin with Jane Austen’s unfinished manuscript, Sanditon.

Sanditon is an Austen book I haven’t read yet (though to be fair, I also hadn’t even heard of it before). Northanger Abbey is another book of Austen’s that I haven’t yet read. I’m guessing from the title, though, that it’s set in an abbey.

Another book set in an abbey is Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, which I’m still in the middle of reading. When I have the energy to devote to focusing on this book, I’m enjoying how much of its focus is on events that happen in the library.

And speaking of books (which I haven’t read) that take place in a library… Rachel Caine’s Ink and Bone seems to be a book that takes place in a library. It also involves alchemy, which can be a fun subject for fantasy novels.

The most recent book I’ve read that has alchemy as a major plot point is A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire. In that one, the alchemy plays a large part in determining the local kingdom’s rulers.

It’s hard for me to think about any story where something besides a line of succession is used to determine the ruler and not think of King Arthur. Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur is a book I’ve been curious about reading, since I love the Arthurian legend but never read this one, and that seems like an oversight.

One of the things I like about the Arthurian legend is the promise that Arthur will return some day to set things to rights. And that’s a theme I’ve read about most recently in Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis. I love how Peter and Susan and Edmund and Lucy all return to Narnia in this volume to help return order to the land.

And that’s my 6 links! Thank you again to Louise for alerting me to this meme and to Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest for hosting it!

3 thoughts on “#6degrees: from Sanditon to Caspian

  1. I have read Sanditon, but it was in with a collection of Austen’s other unfinished works, so the name didn’t ring a bell at first.

    Any plans to read Le’Mort de Arthur any time soon?

    1. “Soon”? Probably not. I’ve wanted to read Le More d’Arthur for ages and haven’t gotten to it yet. I can hope, though! I think I own a copy that used to belong to my grandpa, so maybe I will pull it off the shelf in 2020…

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