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ENGLISH MAGIC REVIVAL

Advantages: interesting concept, well written, great imagery
Disadvantages: too long, lack of character development, fails to emotionally connect

Neil Gaiman said, apparently, that 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell' is unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last 70 years. That is possible, though it does seem extremely generous, even if by English we take 'coming fro ...

magdadh 01.04.2005 · Read full review
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Review of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke

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Strangely Compelling

Advantages: An enchanting story
Disadvantages: The footnotes can annoy and the language can be a bit tricky.

You can tell how far a book has reached into the public consciousness by counting the number of people you see reading it on the London Underground. It is relatively rare to see more than one person in a single carriage reading the same book and it's not ...

Soho_Black 30.07.2006 · Read full review
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Review of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke

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Mr Strange I presume...

Advantages: Good story, well developed characters,
Disadvantages: Very, very long

I have been waiting to write this review for a month - no lie, this is how long it has taken me to get through this book! To be fair I haven't had as much time to read as usual lately, and my reading has been confirmed to my 10 minute train journey befor ...

daisydaisym 28.11.2005 · Read full review
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An alternative, magical history of England

Advantages: Fiction and History linked seamlessly
Disadvantages: Longwinded at times and excessive footnotes

I received this book for Christmas after I read a review of it on Ciao. I'm a big fan of some fantasy and many magic based books, loving Tolkien especially. The main reason the book appealed to me was the historical setting. I hoped it would be a similar ...

maz2909 27.01.2006 · Read full review
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Are you a Strangeite or a Norrellite?

Advantages: Wonderful prose, very imaginative
Disadvantages: Rather long (and thus rather heavy in hardback!)

Inevitably, some sources described this book as 'Harry Potter for adults', but that's not really accurate. Yes, it has wizards in and is mostly set in the British Isles, but the similarity ends there. It is a fantasy story grounded in the reality of the ...

DavidBedford 13.07.2005 · Read full review
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Review of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke

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