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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell [Nov. 2nd, 2008|11:06 am]
I finally finished Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell last night.

Verdict: alright, but way too long.

I mean, I enjoy a nice, detailed story. But 1,000+ pages was way, way too many for this book. I think 400 tops would have been more than enough to get the story across, and might have made it better. It meandered through so much stuff, with main characters not appearing for hundreds of pages at a time, that the story really lost focus at time. I'm not a big fan of footnotes on every page, many of them irrelevant and often stretching for pages. Also, I think the sense of humor in the book didn't quite meld well with my own. (To be fair, I don't think I appreciate humor in my sci-fi or fantasy books all that well. I blame Xanth for burning out that part of my brain as a child.)

I'd still recommend the book, especially if you can appreciate the very British style of writing more than I can.

I can certainly see why it was nominated for the Hugo (it was very creative and had a great story), but I don't see why it won.

[User Picture]From: lordspaz
2008-11-03 01:25 am (UTC)
But did you think the book was too long? :)
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[User Picture]From: redlily
2008-11-03 04:13 am (UTC)
IT WAS AWESOME. I do not know what is wrong with you. I remember when I made my then-boyfriend read it, oh so many years ago, and he said . . . .


"When Arabella stepped out of that mirror, I'm not gonna lie, I teared up."


How often can a book do that to a regular American guy? Not often. It rules.
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[User Picture]From: vadius
2008-11-03 11:16 am (UTC)
I knew you were going to respond with a comment like that. :)

Actually, the scene with Arabella at the end (I think it was something she said right around then) did cause me to get a bit wet in the eyes. Didn't actually shed any, but it was emotional.

I do love it when a book can bring me to that level, which isn't that often.
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