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message 1: by Licha (new)

Licha Is that the fabulous Steve Buscemi?


message 2: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Yes, yes it is.


message 3: by Licha (new)

Licha Love me some Mr. Pink.


message 4: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Licha wrote: "Love me some Mr. Pink."

LOL! Yep.


message 5: by carol. (new)

carol. And thirty days later, still reading...


message 6: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Ha! At a page a day, I should be finished in a score of years or so.


message 7: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Ugh I hated the footnotes in this book! I think they burned me out so I only got to 400 pages before I quit lol


message 8: by Jeff (new)

Jeff I read every damn footnote in this book and I can honestly say that they can be easily circumvented and the story doesn't suffer at all.

The book with or without footnotes doesn't really gain a lot steam until Strange is introduced.


message 9: by Anne (new)

Anne This sounds like my personal version of Hell. I'm glad you took the proverbial bullet AND enjoyed yourself so much.
Question: Did you like the movie?
I hated it, so if the book wildly differs...?


message 10: by Jeff (new)

Jeff I think you'd like it, especially the ending with Strange's wife. As the kids would say, it kind of wrecked me.

As I was searching for pics I noticed the stills, but I thought they were from a mini-series. I can't see how they could shrink this book into a two hour movie - they turned the Hobbit into three movies and that book is a quarter of this one!


message 11: by Anne (new)

Anne Oh, maybe it was a mini-series!
(view spoiler)


message 12: by Jeff (new)

Jeff (view spoiler)

If you've seen the movie/mini-series, then it already been spoiled and you don't have to slog through 980 pages to get to it. Still, in the book it's resonating and tear jerking.


message 13: by Anne (new)

Anne You're such a softie...dawww.


message 14: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Anne wrote: "You're such a softie...dawww."

Yes, but let's keep that between the two of us...


message 15: by Adam (new)

Adam M Spot on. I really appreciate this review as it validates my personal feelings on this book and that's what social media in all shades is for, right?


message 16: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Yep, pretty much.

Checking the reviews this book was either a "love it' or "hate it" deal. There aren't too many reviews that take a middle ground. The length and the overuse of footnotes were the main detractions. I thought the story, the humor and the well wrought characters were enough to "like" it.


message 17: by carol. (new)

carol. Hmm, I don't remember that ending at all. I must have fell asleep again. I need to put more spoilers in my reviews.


message 18: by Jeff (new)

Jeff (view spoiler)


message 19: by Trish (new)

Trish I've seen the show, only then discovered the book. Planning on reading it in November and very much looking forward to it - footnotes and all. ;)


message 20: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Trish wrote: "I've seen the show, only then discovered the book. Planning on reading it in November and very much looking forward to it - footnotes and all. ;)"

I think you'll like this one Trish.


message 21: by Hanneke (new)

Hanneke Great review, Jeff. Your usual great pictures too! Damn, what a drag about the half page footnotes. I had no idea the book needed footnotes. Only saw the BBC TV serie which was splendid.


message 22: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Thank you, Hanneke! I don't know if the book needed the footnotes, but they were there anyway... ;)


message 23: by SSShafiq (new)

SSShafiq Great review. Made me all nostalgic for the book. I for one loved the footnotes. There were lovely tangents and provided history to the world in such a consistent manner. This was like a history book (which I love) and less a fantasy novel.


message 24: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Thanks, SSShafiq! I loved the mix of history and fantasy, but the footnotes, although strategically placed and not all a waste of reading time, eventually dragged the reading pace down.


message 25: by Stepheny (new)

Stepheny Nice review of a book I'll probably never read. :D


message 26: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Thanks, Mah Fah!!

It's sort of like Harry Potter, except there are no kids and there's a shitload of footnotes.

But...magic...


message 27: by Anne (new)

Anne If there are sexy men in kilts, I'll read it.


message 28: by Stepheny (new)

Stepheny Jeff wrote: "Thanks, Mah Fah!!

It's sort of like Harry Potter, except there are no kids and there's a shitload of footnotes.

But...magic..."



Yeah, I've heard the "It's like HP" argument before....


message 29: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Anne wrote: "If there are sexy men in kilts, I'll read it."

There are no Scotsmans to speak of, but Lord Byron is kind of a horny roué, so...sorry.


message 30: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Stepheny wrote: "Jeff wrote: "Thanks, Mah Fah!!

It's sort of like Harry Potter, except there are no kids and there's a shitload of footnotes.

But...magic..."


Yeah, I've heard the "It's like HP" argument before...."


Well, it takes place in England and there is magic...


message 31: by Trish (new)

Trish Stepheny wrote: "Nice review of a book I'll probably never read. :D"

It is NOT like HP, don't listen to him. But it HAS a wonderful magic system and endearingly quirky characters. Should you not be prepared to invest the time for the 800 pages of the book, I suggest the Amazon prime series that is remarkably well done.


message 32: by Jeff (new)

Jeff 800 pages? This tome is north of 1000.

Still Harry Potter -> magic stuff -> this book.


message 33: by Trish (new)

Trish Jeff wrote: "800 pages? This tome is north of 1000.

Still Harry Potter -> magic stuff -> this book."


My hardcover has 800. Maybe smaller lettering?


message 34: by Jeff (new)

Jeff I have the paperback so smaller pages would explain that one, probably.


message 35: by Trish (new)

Trish Definitely.


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