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The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
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May 17, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: anthology, fairy-tales-folklore-and-mythology, 2010
Read from August 29 to 31, 2010

The first story is good, but sadly I through the next three. The last four of the collection, however are wonderful and kept me up WAY too late when I had to be at work the next day..

I don't think it's a coincidence that the ones I didn't like so much are straightforward fairytale retellings, with nothing much added other than being written in an old fashioned style.

I was really missing the style, sarcasm, and humor of the Johnathan Strange book until I got to the last few stories. Yay for footnotes! I particularly enjoyed the man looking for a spell to turn members of parliament into useful members of society.

However, even the last 3 stories doesn't compare to the wonderful Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norell.

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