Title: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Author: Susanna Clarke
Genre: Fantasy / Alternate History
Rating: 5 of 5!
This is just a quick book recommendation follow up to my last post. If you have a hankering for regency era character-driven fantasy THIS is how it’s done! For me, fantasy-wise this book ranks right behind LOTR and Narnia in my list of favorites. It’s been a couple years since I read it, but here’s a quickie review from the last time I did:
This reads like a fantasy novel written by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens after they had read “On Fairy Stories” by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is set mostly in England during the era of the Napoleonic Wars and has elements of alternate history (this England has a grand tradition of magic which has all but died out) and old fairy tales (where the fairies are neither particularly nice, nor sane). If you like fantasy and witty character-driven novels this is a must read!
Also, the BBC did a mini-series of this a couple years ago that was quite good (though, as always, the book is better).