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Moonlight Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Reading progress update: I've read 22%.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke

So, I'm not quite done with Volume I, but I'll post my thoughts so far and come back once I finish. I'm on Chapter 19 - The Peep-O'Day-Boys - and there are 22 chapters in Volume I, which means that I have 4 chapters to finish before moving on to Volume II (Jonathan Strange).

I feel like this is a pretty fast read, in spite of the footnotes (which I love!) and the somewhat arcane language. It really does remind me so strongly of a piece of Victorian lit - either Collins or Dickens. So far, Clarke's idea has really succeeded with me. I find it immersive and enchanting, which makes sense since I am such a huge fan of lengthy Victorian tomes.

There have been a couple of magic set pieces that I really liked, the talking statutory in the cathedral, but even more so the British Rain Blockade. The necromancy really did surprise me, since I wasn't expected to see that type of dark magic in this book. And we're obviously involved with the Realm of Faerie at this point, with Lost-Hope and the midnight revels of Lady Pole and Stephen Black. I'm reminded of the Grimm Tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (one of my personal favorites).