Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

The SF Site Featured Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
The truth is, I adored this book. So much so that, even now, weeks after finishing it, I still have not been able to bring myself to read another fantasy novel. I am sticking to non-fiction for the time being. At the same time, I recognize that not everyone will love this book as much as I did.

Wondering when I will get to this…



  1. I read it (or, rather, had it read to me as an audiobook) during the trip to and back from GenCon this summer and loved every bit of it. It has the pseudo-historical form of, say, Fraser’s Flashman books down pat, plus a delightfully quirky and slowly dribbled out to the reader set of “secrets of magic” that make it a pure joy.
    But it is, at the same time, long and could be called ‘glacial’ in its pace. That serves the form, IMO. In some ways, it’s the sort of book that you read and are about to give up on, but then it hints something wonderful just ahead… and only toward the very end actually GIVES you what it’s been hinting at. But it’s well worth the work!

  2. I can’t say that it was a waste of time to read, but I can say that it was disappointing to me. It was fairly thorough, and I’m sure historians of the period were tickled pink, but over all I preferred “Freedom and Necessity” and several other similar books over this one.

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