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Lynn | 4070 comments Mod
This is the buddy read for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

It will start on January 10th 2014

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Annabel (kirbyland1986) Looks good I am in


Anima Miejska | 1698 comments I am in, I have thought of reading in for a long time, and hope to find a new motivation for it :)


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I'm hoping to join this one, but I'm not sure just yet. I'll let you know when it gets closer. :)


Karen ⊰✿ | 412 comments One of my all time favourite books. I'd love to re-read but not sure I'd be able to squeeze it in!


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Marielle Book has been collecting dust on my shelve for sone time now, so I'm in!!


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Rida Sajid | 195 comments its a pretty long book for me :) i am starting it early so i could cAtch up with u gys


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Sarah | 1467 comments Well I am still in - a lot of reading in January though - and it is a long one.


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Sarah | 1467 comments Well Rida are you the only one? I will plan to start on the 10th, just didn't know if anyone else is joining?


Anima Miejska | 1698 comments I plan to start this book as well, but most probably at the beginning of the next week, so somewhere near 12th.


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Sarah | 1467 comments Yeah Anima - it sure is a chunkster though. But I am ready. Unfortunately I do want you to know I am completely behind on The Dark Tower series - and don't even know when I will catch up. I have lost interest.


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Rida Sajid | 195 comments Sarah wrote: "Well I am still in - a lot of reading in January though - and it is a long one."

I started it but left it after 4 chapters. my teachers have given too many assignments and presentations :( hate this


Anima Miejska | 1698 comments Rida, I hear you, I have my exam session in three weeks time and huge amount of work to prepare properly, so I decided to start this book and have it on the go for next two weeks as my guilty pleasure to rest in between studying.


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Rida Sajid | 195 comments Lol, Anima good luck with your exams. But I find this book a little boring at start. Magic stories have always repelled me. May be thats the eason for i


Anima Miejska | 1698 comments Thank you, Rida. And good luck with your assignments :). I hope the book will get more gripping further on.


Karen ⊰✿ | 412 comments I love this book and have it on my kindle, but I just don't have time for a re-read. I'll be interested in all your thoughts though!


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Sarah | 1467 comments I heard it takes awhile to get into the book


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Rida Sajid | 195 comments Sarah wrote: "I heard it takes awhile to get into the book"


Then there's hope for me :)


Karen ⊰✿ | 412 comments That is true Sarah.


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Sarah | 1467 comments Ok hope to start in a couple of days.


Anima Miejska | 1698 comments I'm in 15% and it has started to be gripping. I read it slowly though, so it can be a reason why I'm not that well immersed into the world of this story. Still, I'm really curious what happens next.


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Sarah | 1467 comments I have read the first 50 pages. Hope to get some more reading time in tonight, then maybe over the weekend. I haven't read a chunkster like this for about a year - Les Mis and The Song of Ice and Fire series were about a year and a few months ago.


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Sarah | 1467 comments Chapter 4
I found the meeting of Mr. Norrell and Mr. Drawlight quite amusing when they met him behind the bookshelves quietly reading a book.


Anima Miejska | 1698 comments Yes, that one was funny indeed, Sarah. Only I would like sometimes that Norrell would be a little less naive ;)


Anima Miejska | 1698 comments I'm in about 40% now. And I finally start to find the story fascinating and intriguing. My favourite so far is Lady Pole's story.


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Sarah | 1467 comments Yes - he is a recluse, and quite scholarly. I am being patient for things to pick up - I am curious for the Jonathan Strange character to appear. In one of the footnotes it said a paper/book was written by John Segundus about Strange. I assumed Segundus was to become Jonathan Strange at first.

The footnotes are unique - and I was wondering if they are real citations? But I kind of like them.

CHAPTER 5
The faeries in this book so far - their realm or whatever has reminded me of the faeries on True Blood, but I need to learn more. It seems like it might have a dark side and maybe Mr. Norrell doesn't like that kind of magic? Need to learn more. Also seems like he thinks his magic can help in England's war with France?


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Sarah | 1467 comments Anima wrote: "I'm in about 40% now. And I finally start to find the story fascinating and intriguing. My favourite so far is Lady Pole's story."

Well you have made good progress - that long huh? - to get going? Well this book was best book of the year (2004) for The New York Times, long listed for The Booker Prize and shortlisted for The Hugo Award. Got a ton of rave reviews and I know both Karen and Cathie loved loved it. So I am excited.


Karen ⊰✿ | 412 comments Yes it did take me a while to get into it. It actually took me a few months to give it a proper go and then I just loved it. The footnotes I came to love too :)


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Sarah | 1467 comments Chapter 8
Ah oh. Mr. Norrell just raised the dead - I couldn't help but think of when Danny made a deal with Mag Dur to bring Drago back from the dead in Game of Thrones with her black magic. I have a bad feeling about this. And I think one of my fav characters so far is Mr. Lascelles - Mr Drawlight's friend) - he is so witty and I have found some of his comments quite humorous.


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