Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

This was a book club pick. It won the 2005 Hugo award. I liked it, but didn't love it. Book club ladies mostly hated it. The story of two magicians who, during the Napoleanic wars, brought magic back into practice in England. It's been described as Harry Potter (the magic part) crossed with Jane Austen (the understated British humor of the narrator). I thought it was a little bit like Wicked (social commentary/observation). Though long and footnoted, it's not a slow or tedious read. Some of the ladies thought it needed a good edit; I liked that it didn't have that standard commercial pacing that gets to an end by page 350.

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