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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
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Jan 02, 10

Read in December, 2009

Halfway through this book I decided that I needed to read more books by Susanna Clarke and looked her up on my library's website. I have now checked out a book of her short stories, unfortunately no other novels as of yet.

This book took me a while to read, but only due to a number of factors such as numerous family gatherings, ear surgery, throwing my back out, etc. I found the story of two magicians trying to restore British magic and using it to defeat Napoleon fascinating. I loved 90% of the footnotes, which would explain stories of historical magic that were referenced during character conversations. The only thing I didn't like was that 10% of the footnotes were references to fictional biographies of the characters. It seemed out of place in a novel, and should have been included only if this was supposed to be presented as a reference book.

I'd recommend reading it.

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12/09/2009 page 125
12.43% "good stuff so far."

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