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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
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May 2017: 2004 > Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke - ★★★★★

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message 1: by Flo (new) - rated it 5 stars

Flo (matthewmurdock) | 145 comments Oh lord, this was a monster of a book. I can't believe I've finally actually finished! And just in time to make the May deadline for the theme this month too!

But it was definitely a wild ride and really amazing and I enjoyed almost every moment of it. I loved all the characters and the relationships between them, and the man with the thistle-down hair is so subtly sadistic (and not so subtle at times) and I don't know this book is just so amazing and original and I've never seen anything like it before. It's a whole alternate world that you could get lost in, and the made up footnotes just helped to round out the world and made it real. Also, the writing itself was amazing. Equal parts snarky and sarcastic and just delightful overall and basically I kept describing this book as "Jane Austen meets magic" to people who asked me about it because that's what it was.

Also I really liked the ending - I thought it was fitting for everyone, and it was just so satisfying. There wasn't a character's end that I felt like didn't work or that I wanted something different/more from. (Though now I just want more stories of Strange and Norrell doing magic together and being contentious buddies who work together despite their disagreements. Like buddy cops, but buddy magicians!)

Anyway, I guess this book was so long that there really isn't any way for me to organize this review in any way that makes much sense, so it's just going to stay as mostly incoherent thoughts and flail. I just feel so accomplished!


Jgrace | 2713 comments There is a book of short stories that mostly take place in the same world, but I don't think Strange and Norrell are in them. I did enjoy the stories, though.

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories


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Susie | 4488 comments This makes me feel like I should ditch the audio and start again with the print copy.


Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 5539 comments I listened to the audio ... love Simon Prebble! But I gave the book only 3.5*** (rounded up to 4). Fantasy really isn't my thing to begin with and this was just way too long for my tastes. I definitely see the appeal, however.


LibraryCin | 8029 comments Book Concierge wrote: "I listened to the audio ... love Simon Prebble! But I gave the book only 3.5*** (rounded up to 4). Fantasy really isn't my thing to begin with and this was just way too long for my tastes. I defini..."

Maybe if I'd listened to the audio, it wouldn't have taken me a year to read it! Also not a big fantasy fan (though that can vary, depending on the type of fantasy).


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Susie | 4488 comments I started the audio but after an hour I just couldn't get in to it so I gave up.


LibraryCin | 8029 comments Susie wrote: "I started the audio but after an hour I just couldn't get in to it so I gave up."

Sounds like, even if it didn't take me a year to listen to the audio, I wouldn't have enjoyed it any more, anyway.


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