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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell | Susanna Clarke
At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England's history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England-until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight. Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell's student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear."Time" Magazine #1 Book of the Year - Book Sense Book of the Year - "People" Top Ten Books of the Year - Winner of the Hugo Award - A "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year - Salon.com Top Ten of 2004 -Winner of the World Fantasy Award - Nancy Pearl's Top 12 Books of 2004 -" Washington Post Book World"'s Best of 2004 - "Christian Science Monitor" Best Fiction 2004 - "San Francisco Chronicle" Best Books of 2004 - Winner of the "Locus" Award for Best First Novel - "Chicago Tribune" Best of 2004 - "Seattle Times" 25 Best Books of 2004 - "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" Top 12 Books of 2004 - "Village Voice" "Top Shelf" - "Raleigh News & Observer" Best of 2004 - "Rocky Mountain News" critics' favorites of 2004 - "Kansas City Star" 100 Newsworthy Books of 2004 - "Fort Worth Star-Telegram" 10 Best Books of 2004 - "Hartford Courant" Best Books of 2004"
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Ubookquitous
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Great world-building, interesting, unique characters, and a slow-building but well-executed plot. My one reservation from giving this 5 stars was the narration - while Clarke endeavored to emulate that style of a 19C novel, this felt, on more than one occasion, strained and off.

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Aloisi_tribe
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One of the many, many books on my TBR shelf. There‘s lots of #magic in this one.

#chillingphotochallenge #scarathlon @Clwojick

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CodyWilcox
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve tried two times to listen to this book both of which have left me drifting off and not paying attention to the story. Has anyone else had this trouble with this book? Should I give it another go?

Avanders I think this is one of those that builds ... maybe watch the first episode in the tv series and if that doesn‘t interest you, let it go? If it does then you can switch back to the audio? 1mo
julesG I tried reading it three times, tried the audiobook, and, eventually, just watched the series. 1mo
CodyWilcox @Avanders thank you I will give it a try. I hate giving up on books. 1mo
CodyWilcox @julesG I‘ve been seeing it on my Netflix suggestions. Thanks for the help. 1mo
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jillrhudy
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#NameChallenge @aimesuee Ta-dahhhhhh! I don't love Lillian as much as the other three but I do like her an awful lot and I couldn't think of TWO L books right now. At 4 a.m. I'll come up with a hundred.

Aimeesue Ha! 4 AM is definitely when I come up with my best "Oh, I SHOULD'VE…" ideas! Great choices, though! (edited) 1mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue Brain, 4am: LORD OF THE RINGS?!?!?!? 1mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy I'd have still gone with Lilian. But I loathe Tolkien. 😂😂😂 1mo
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Aimeesue Look! I used an l-word! 1mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue I shall overlook it! 🤭🤭🤭 after all you also have no use for Dickens. 1mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy True. The way he treats his women characters makes me so MAD! Just ew. But I hate fantasy. I do like Tolkien‘s poetry and 1mo
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Rissreads
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Ok this book wasn't bad but I've already invested over 7 hrs and not much has happened. Jonathan Strange hasn't even been introduced to the story yet! I'm not prepared to give it another 24hrs! Maybe another time, there are too many more stories out there waiting for me to discover.

TheAromaofBooks Oh my gosh, I did NOT get this book! I kept almost giving up on it, but then thinking that surely, SURELY something interesting would happen! But the ending left me feeling very dissatisfied and not particularly inclined to ever find something by this author again. Bailing is definitely the course of wisdom if you aren't particularly enjoying it at this point haha 1mo
Rissreads @TheAromaofBooks You have made me feel much better about my decision! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks It's one of the few books I actually regretted finishing when I was done haha I had heard so many reviews raving about it, but it just wasn't for me. I read it a while back, so your post inspired me to reread my review on my blog, wherein I basically said this book could have been cut by 50% and lost none of the story so. Hopefully your next read will be more enjoyable!! 1mo
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shejustlovesbooks I agree! I bailed too! 4w
CarolynM Hi Nerissa, haven't seen you around for a bit. Hope all is well. I've just posted about giving away some books as I reorganise my library. If there's anything you want I'd be happy to post to you🙂 2w
Rissreads @CarolynM Yes I have not been on Litsy much at the moment. I'm actually struggling to even read alot at the moment. I'm not sure why! Too tired at the end of the day! 2w
Rissreads @CarolynM I will check the books out and let you know. That is very generous of you 😊 2w
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the-woman-who-read-everything

“He had a very young man‘s belief in the absolute rightness of his own cause and the absolute wrongness of everyone else‘s.”

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cjk
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This title isn‘t in Litsy‘s database yet so I tagged the next best thing. 2020 is going to be awesome! 😍

Aims42 Yesssss!!! 2mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit 🙌🙌🙌!!! 2mo
cjk @Aims42 @CindyMyLifeIsLit 💯🙌🏾💯🙌🏾 2mo
Redwritinghood Finally! I‘m so excited for this. 2mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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OMG OMG OMG OMG *happy dance*
WANT!

CoffeeCatsBooks I am so excited too!! 2mo
Zelma It sounds just as weird and good as Dr. Strange and Mr. Norrell. 2mo
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jillrhudy You get a follow for an appropriate level of enthusiasm 👏🏻 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @jillrhudy 🤣 Nice to find a kindred! 1mo
jillrhudy People who ever put this book down are incomprehensible! Another chunkster I adored was 1mo
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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All this talk of a new Susanna Clarke novel coming out next year is making me want to go back and re-read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.

I really liked it and, from the sounds of it, I'm going to really like this new book of hers too. 🤞

Aims42 I hadn‘t heard she was coming out with a new book 🤯 I loved this book so much, will have to check out our her new one 2mo
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Bookwomble
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I'm excited to hear that Susanna Clarke has a new novel coming out. That it's release date is next September gives me time to work it into my reading schedule! It sounds as enchanting and mysterious as JS&MN
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/30/jonathan-strange-and-mr-norrell-au...

Cathythoughts I never did finish JS& MN - but I really enjoyed the part I read. 2mo
Bookwomble @Cathythoughts It is a long book, and one of those which seems to sharply divide opinion. I loved it, but Mrs Bookwomble couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. I think that if you liked what you read, you'd enjoy the while thing if you gave it another go 😊 2mo
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DrexEdit
CoffeeCatsBooks Exciting! 🎉 2mo
batsy I was happy to hear that! 🎉 2mo
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veritysalter
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Moray_Reads
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TrishB I really disliked this book - but that cover is great! 2mo
batsy Love that cover. All of those editions are so pretty. 2mo
LeahBergen So pretty! 2mo
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the-woman-who-read-everything
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I love when books have illustrations, and this one is just so relatable!

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madamereadsalot1
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1. I've had commitment issues when it's come to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.
2. There are lots. I don't reread as often as I used to, but every year I reread at least one title. Different seasons in life, different headspace, creates a different experience. Gaiman titles are always on the reread list.
3. On Goodreads it says 605. That is inaccurate, it's much larger.
4. Dodge City, T. Calvin 3⭐
5. @vivastory @Eggs
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs #2!! Well said 🤗👏🏻📚🤗 (edited) 3mo
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Moony
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Good morning! Today I starts with an audiobook and my new blue tea the #24B4Monday Yesterday I only read 31 minutes. I hope today I'll have more reading time.

julesG Same here. Hardly any time reading yesterday. Enjoy your blue tea. And the book. 3mo
Buechersuechtling Curious about both, What do you think about the book❓ Last year or so I tried to read it but it wasn‘t for me, I gave in after only a few pages. But I‘m also curious about the blue tea. What does it taste after and what is it made of❓ 3mo
Moony @Buechersuechtling I like the audio book! The book I borrowed and I read it parrallel but it's harder to read than to hear 😆 3mo
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Moony @julesG thank you! 3mo
julesG @Buechersuechtling I gave up on the book. I bought it soon after it was published, because of all the good reviews and struggled to page 200+ It lay around for ages I tried it again and then -having found Litsy and learned that bailing is okay- I eventually bailed. I watched the TV show, which was quite good. 3mo
Buechersuechtling @julesG Until I read your comment it didn‘t even know that there was a TV show. But I also can imagine that it‘s like @Moony says, that the audiobook would suit me more/better. 3mo
julesG @Buechersuechtling six episodes, or so. I should have tried the audiobook, but now that I know how it ends, I'm not interested in going back to the book. 3mo
Buechersuechtling @julesG Oh dear, in my eyes it deserves applause 👏🏼 to having made it to page 200. I bailed way faster at about page 20 or 25, I think. I just couldn‘t cope with the writing style. – But, seriously, did you toil through all the books you didn‘t like before Litsy❓😯 3mo
julesG @Buechersuechtling Most, yes. But I often put them aside to read again at a later time. I had about a metre of shelfspace with books I've wanted to return to. It felt so freeing getting rid of those. I always thought that I had spent money on the book, I should read it. Glad I've learned that bailing is okay. 3mo
Buechersuechtling @julesG Interesting. I never do that. Putting a book aside because I don‘t like it, thinking that maybe I return to it later in my life. But I can understand that you felt uncomfortable bailing on books you spent money on. I think I‘d feel the same – but I‘m a library-books-kid which might (partly) explains why I don‘t have that kind of qualmish feelings when it comes to bailing. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
julesG @Buechersuechtling Having spent my early years basically being raised in a library, I consider myself a library patron by birth. Sadly, even our 300k inhabitants town library doesn't have a wide range of English books available. I keep using my friend's library card in the UK for ebook loans. 3mo
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mcipher
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When it rains in the first morning at the lake - back in bed with coffee and a book.

hermyknee That sounds lovely! 3mo
Lucy_Anywhere This is the perfect book for a rainy day - I read it during a very wet week away and loved it. 3mo
Crazeedi I hope your weather clears, but in the meantime enjoy the book and peace and quiet! 3mo
AmyRebecca Great way to spend a rainy morning! 3mo
Beholderess Perfect ambience 2mo
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Moony
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So today a little bit *hehe* #audiocleaning with the unshortened #audiobook of this #chunkster. 😊 I borrowed the book from a friend and I'm very happy that my library has it as #audiobook because for more than 1000 pages I need very very long. So I can hear and read it. 🤣

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love this book so much! How is the audio? 3mo
Moony @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled very good! It's bery funny to read and hear parallel. XD 3mo
Buechersuechtling @Moony Oh, I quickly bailed on this one so I‘m very curious what you post about it. If my library had an audio-copy I‘d be sure I‘d give it another try. But as physical copy – no. The writing annoyed me. 3mo
Beholderess I am curious - how does the audiobook handle all the footnotes? 2mo
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PumpkinSpicedAlpaca
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If you are scared of long books, then this may not be the book for you. But, if that doesn‘t deter you, prepare for a wonderful journey. I really enjoyed reading this book. I‘m torn on how I feel about the ending... without spoiling anything, I‘ll just say the journey of it was wonderful. And I‘ll be thinking about this book and the world of it for a long time. Definitely something to pick up if you want to drift into a magical place.

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PumpkinSpicedAlpaca
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It‘s a rainy afternoon, no better time to get cozy and be reading such a fantastic book! #fantasy #crossstitch

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edennugget
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“Get me a house that says to those that visit it that magic is a respectable profession - no less than Law and a great deal more so than Medicine.”

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Moony
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Next #audiobook beside "Berliner Journal" (Max Frisch). It's unshortened, so it's 38 hours long. Ufff.

julesG Can you turn up the speed? 4mo
Katerina I've had this on my shelf for ages, but didn't get around to reading it during the hype. I guess this would be a good time to finally pick it up. 4mo
Moony @julesG mhh I think no, but I don't if it would helps also. 4mo
Moony @Katerina yes and to hera it isn't so tiring 😂 4mo
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emz711
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Can we discuss?
I read it, watched TV series, now audiobook

-Multiple plots - strange vs norrell, theoretical vs practical magic, man with thistledown hair
-So much backstory as if there are so many other parts of this world
-Magic is obviously a big part of the book but it doesn't describe the mechanics like in Harry Potter

I feel like I'm reading a Jane Austen novel with magic instead of politics or a gothic novel with footnotes
Thoughts?

Fridameetslucy I enjoyed it too. I didn‘t finish watching the movie but the book stayed with me. I would need to read it again to talk about it 4mo
Aims42 I loved the book and enjoyed the mini-series too. I need to re-read it again too 4mo
emz711 @Aims42 any way to categorize it? Or explain it because it's really hard for me to get anyone else into it 4mo
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cariashley How‘s the show?? I‘ve been meaning to watch it! 4mo
emz711 @cariashley good, a lot more plot driven. Not really the same as the book where you're trying to figure out wtf is going on and why she's going off in directions with the story 4mo
Aims42 @emz711 Hmm.... it‘s a tough one to catergorize 🤔 I‘d say your comparison to Jane Austen in terms of the time period and society is accurate. Then there‘s the magic aspect. It‘s definitely not Harry Potter meets Jane Austen. It‘s just a odd book to describe, haha! Some books just aren‘t for everyone. There‘s been plenty of hyped up books that I just didn‘t like. To each their own 😃 4mo
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Allietaylor16
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Here is my small #bookhaul for the day. I picked up these two at a local thrift store! $1 each!

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Caterina
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Short little #audiowalk with the dog before dinner to hit 10,000 steps for the day. 😊 Felt good to stretch my legs after working out so much in the morning and not moving much from 9:00 am-7:00 pm. 😂 @Emilymdxn I started this book finally and I'm loving it! I'm like 2.5 hours in, and it's just got such a great vibe. #newyearwhodis #BookFitnessChallenge #BFC @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 You have consistently crushed your step goal! 5mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 5mo
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jmtrivera
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emz711
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I need some encouragement to read this again. I liked it but not sure I loved it. I watched the BBC series and enjoyed it.

Please push me to reread! @Sarz
#reread #thistledownhair

suzisteffen So, I have read it twice, listened to it once, and watched the series. I liked it far more after listening to it than I did at any other time. I guess I‘d encourage listening! 😉 6mo
emz711 @suzisteffen ooo really? I try not to do long books on audio because i get them from the library but maybe you've convinced me 6mo
suzisteffen @emz711 I‘d be happy to send you an audio version if you want to send me your email addy and tell me what platform. It IS long! 6mo
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suzisteffen My email is my name at gmail btw 6mo
Moony Oh it's on my tbr too and I have to read it soon because I borrowed it from a friend. 6mo
Aims42 Re-read it! Re-read it! Re-read it! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 6mo
emz711 @Moony ha you're going to be a while! 6mo
emz711 @Aims42 yeah? Like will more things come together if I read it over? I feel like it was disjointed but still interesting 6mo
Aims42 @emz711 I‘m biased since I really enjoyed it, I wish there was a sequel to it. The ending had me wanting more 😆 6mo
emz711 @Aims42 have you watched the show? 6mo
Fridameetslucy I also semi enjoyed it - have you read Drood ? 6mo
Heatherfeather Have owned this book for a decade but still haven't read 6mo
emz711 @Fridameetslucy no what's that?! 6mo
Aims42 @emz711 yes, must‘ve been 2 years ago... I think? I remembered liking it 6mo
emz711 @Heatherfeather go for it! 6mo
emz711 @Fridameetslucy hey what's Drood? Who wrote it? 6mo
emz711 @suzisteffen started audiobook from the library, I'm definitely enjoying! 4mo
suzisteffen @emz711 Awesome! Sorry, we were dealing with travel and time zone changes, so I just now saw this. Glad you're enjoying! 4mo
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Christinak
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I have started this book again. Last time I tried reading this there was too much going along personally for me. I had to quit not because of the book but life events. I found that I would be reading for an hour and have no idea what I read 🤔so last month I decided to read (listen) to this while walking so I am slowly chugging along.

TimSpalding I also did the audiobook. It takes forever, but it is glorious. 6mo
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EmilieGR
Mehso-so

Very dense and long and it much of a story but beautifully written

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Megara
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#HelloThursday ! @wanderinglynn
1. Fanfic is a huge genre that includes Tolkien, Virgil, and Dante — so yes.
2. Tagged! Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
3. I read the news online. I‘m too broke to subscribe.
4. When I‘m completely engrossed in what I‘m reading, nothing can make me put the book down!
5. No, but there‘s one down the street from me. I think I‘ll donate some books soon. @TheBookDream @Mitch

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 👋🏻 7mo
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Sarz
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Came home to this amazing #SFFS package yesterday! Thank you @LapReader - you have outdone yourself as always. The tagged book is on my TBR list already because of your recommendation and I love His Dark Materials. I also love PKD but haven't read this one yet, and am super looking forward to Artemis Fowl and all the others. Thank you, thank you, thank you ❤

@Avanders
#SciFiFantasySwap

LapReader So happy you like it. I actually bought you more stuff but it wouldn‘t fit. I‘m sure we will get matched again in the future so I will add it to the next parcel xo 7mo
Avanders 🧬🦄♥️♥️👏🏽 7mo
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Christinak
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#Magical #LiteraryLuck

I‘m going to give this another try. Last time I attempted to read this I bailed - my head was not in the reading zone. Of course I‘ll have to wrestle it from the bottom of this stack first. #LitsyExercise #BookishWeightLifting

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💪🏻❤️ 8mo
JazzFeathers Jonathan Strange in on my TBR too. Maybe this summer. 8mo
Theaelizabet I tried with both of those books and for some reason neither took. Good luck. 8mo
Christinak @Theaelizabet My librarian recommended the historian to me. I thought she was crazy and I would never finish that giant door stopper. Once I started I couldn‘t put it down. The best thing was I got BOTH For 25 cents at a yard sale. They couldn‘t get into either so yippee for me. #bookdeal Of course, now they are propping a significant stack of books in the corner of my living room. (edited) 8mo
vkois88 This one is on my list of maybe books... it intimidates me, but I'm curious. I tried to watch it on Netflix but was too distracted... 8mo
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charl08 Amen. 8mo
JHSiess I relate. 8mo
TK-421 Yes! THIS. 8mo
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MichaelK
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Pickpick

Quite a long read and at times a bit slow but I really enjoyed this book!

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teafetish
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Pickpick

This is my first review of a personal favorite...while long, no part of the book feels extraneous, as the two magicians spar, verbally at first, and then-but I've already said too much haven't I? What makes this a winner in my book is the Dickens/Austen savor to the writing, the rounded characters, and the wonderful proceedings which start on the first page and won't let up till the last (which contains a nice double take in the final line).gold!

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Squidapus
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Pickpick

At the end of the day, Squidapus gave this one a pick. Despite thinking the book had many flaws he still never thought about bailing or putting it down. The book picks up interest dramatically when Strange and the main antagonist show up but it takes 200+ pages to get there! And that's the book in a nutshell; stuffed full of meandering prose that inundates a good story. There's world building and then there's writing your own Wikipedia article.

imyril Well put. 9mo
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madamereadsalot1
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Squidapus
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I forgot to mention Squidapus started this book! Surprising that he hasn't read it considering it's popularity. He's enjoying it and breezing through it...even though he doesn't like the characters. Or the pacing. Or the completely extraneous chapters that add nothing to the plot. I guess it's the prose? Also, get your book names under control Litsy, this has like 10 entries. Side note, this made me remember why I never get Mass Market Paperbacks.

Tonton It will grow on you! 10mo
rubyslippersreads ❤️ how Squidapus coordinates with the book cover. 😄🦑 10mo
Squidapus @rubyslippersreads I noticed it after I took the picture and was like "Oh, huh. That worked out well." 10mo
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Squidapus @Tonton We're enjoying it, I'm just having trouble pinpointing why 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly That is a good book that is much too long to read in MMPB! 10mo
Squidapus @Clare-Dragonfly It's 900 pages lol 10mo
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perfectlywinged
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Pickpick

This took me a little while to get into but I really loved the descriptive regency-esque writing style. There are a lot of elements to this story but once it gets going they all start paying off. One of the better fantasy novels I have read!

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ErinSueMreads
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Totally counting this as my first birthday present! I‘ve also gotten bunches of cards from my amazing #jbmail group that I‘ll post tomorrow. My birthday isn‘t until the 29th but I‘m already totally feeling the love!!! Thank you @Soubhiville for passing this along!

scowler1 Need to read this again, so good! 10mo
kathleenaflynn Great book! 10mo
hwestfall I just finished it. I hope you like it! 10mo
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hwestfall
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Pickpick

It was a beast but I finally finished it. I listened to the audiobook and I think that was the best way for me to read this book. The footnotes would have overwhelmed me if I read a hard copy. The story was interesting and extremely detailed. I am glad I finally got around to reading this book.

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Moony
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A friend of mine borrowed me that book. She loves the story and she pique my curiosity. Can I accomplish the 1020 pages???? #doorstopper #fantasy #filmadaptation #chunkster

Freespirit Wow that's huge! 10mo
Buechersuechtling Uh. Some months ago, I made an effort with this, too because I liked the idea of the plot. But the writing style wasn‘t for me – I was annoyed pretty fast, so I quickly put the book aside. 🤐 But I‘m pretty excited to hear from someone who _really_ reads it. So please post your thoughts and impressions often. 😘 10mo
Moony @Freespirit yeeees it the hugest book I ever read, 10mo
Moony @Buechersuechtling yes, of course. But perhaps I don't like it, too. ;) 10mo
Buechersuechtling @Moony Don‘t judge a book by the opinions others give you unsolicitedly. 😉 10mo
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hwestfall
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I found out today that there's a BBC show on Netflix! I am 100 pages into the book so I think episode one is safe to watch 😊

hwestfall Actually, only the first 30 minutes of the show are safe. I paused it and will watch the rest tomorrow after I get a few more chapters read. The show and the book are good! 10mo
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JLaurenceCohen

Clarke weaves her own history of magic into the history of Britain. The lore of the Raven King is one of the best parts of the book. While the protagonists are sometimes irrational, the dialogue is superb. One small downside is that the reader fully knows the villain's plans long before the characters, which leads to prolonged dramatic irony. I hope she writes a sequel.

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Allisontester
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Pickpick

Loveeeeeeeee

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Joriebooks
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I started watching this on Netflix today and almost binged the whole thing! I‘ll admit that I hated the book when I read it as a teenager. I thought it was boing with no action. But the show is so good, I think I‘ll give the book another chance. I‘ve put a hold on the book with my local library. 🤓📚🎥 #secondchance #booksintotv

ReadingSusan I can‘t handle that book. Soooo boring. My sister passionately loves it and keeps trying to get me to try again. 12mo
Joriebooks @ReadingSusan When I read it originally I thought it was boring because the title characters danced around one another for 600 pages without doing anything exciting. 12mo
Zelma I loved the book and was wary about watching the show. And then I finally gave it chance and adored it! So so good. 11mo
Dragon The first couple of times I tried I didn‘t like the book then one day I picked it and loved it. I definitely think it has to be the right mood for this chunkster. 😀🐉👍 11mo
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CallMeIshmael
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Today I stopped by my local habitat for humanity refurb store and grabbed this 1st edition for a dollar. So pumped

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I got the 26 CD audiobook of this from a library sale for $0.50! And it was sooooo good. 12mo
Soubhiville Nice! 12mo
DivineDiana Great find! Loved the Television Series! 12mo
danarail You lucky you! 10mo
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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

It took me a while to get into this one, but I‘m so glad I stuck with it, because once i started appreciating the pace and writing style it quickly became one of my favourite fantasy novels ever. This reminded me why I love fantasy so much. I‘ve read some bad derivative fantasy in my time, but this was so original, and so linked with the medieval magic I‘ve studied without being pretentious, I can imagine reading this again and again

Moray_Reads So glad you enjoyed it! Once you settle into the style it's such a clever, original book. 12mo
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Tianarose
Bailedbailed

I wanted to like this and I think I would at a different time. However life has been so insanely busy lately I have hardly had the time to pick it up and, when I do I feel like it takes me forever to read even 1 page. Hopefully I can pick this up again when I have more time.

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Emilymdxn
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I‘m finding this book quite heavy going and making slow progress with it - alarming when it‘s soo long. Other people have liked it so much and I feel sure I SHOULD like it. Maybe it‘ll improve. It just seems a bit like someone has said ‘what if we wrote a book about magic... but with much more bureaucracy‘

Moray_Reads It's an odd one but quite brilliant if you stick with it, I've never read anything quite like it . It does pick up, I read it in hard copy and did find the audiobook more of a slog for some reason. 12mo
Emilymdxn @Moray_Reads I‘m finding it more interesting as I go through 12mo
Bookwomble I loved it all the way through, but would agree with @Moray_Reads that it's a gradual build up. I love the discursions and footnotes. 12mo
Moray_Reads @Bookwomble I loved the footnotes. I wanted to read all the books mentioned 😅 12mo
Bookwomble @Moray_Reads Have you read The Ladies of Grace Adieu? I have it, but not got around to it yet. 12mo
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