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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell has been sitting on my bookshelf, in all its hardcover glory, since 2004, when it was first released. I bought it without having read any extracts, on the strength of its reviews alone (as well as Neil Gaiman’s flattering blurb). I did not, however, have the physical strength to hold up this 800-page doorstop long enough to read it and not concuss myself, so it’s languished and collected dust, ever since. Until, of course, I decided to download the Kindle sample and read a few lines, and was annoyed that I hadn’t gotten around to reading it sooner in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on February 13, 2011 in Author: Susanna Clarke, Fantasy, Literature


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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman

This is one of those cases where the movie may just be a bit better than the book. Of course, I may be biased as I’ve seen the movie more times than I care to admit and can be counted on to quote bits of the movie at random (I adore the clergyman with the speech impediment). I broke down and bought The Princess Bride Kindle edition (1) because it was cheap and (2) because I needed the literary equivalent of comfort food. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on January 4, 2011 in Author: William Goldman, Fantasy


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