I just put up a review of 'Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell' by Susanna Clarke. I suppose I could really do without writing these little previews to my reviews, the reviews are right down there anybody can see them, but there are a few things I don't put into the reviews that I'd like to say about the books. For this one it's that a reader would almost expect something a little more dense and meaningful than what you find in Strange and Norrell. Not to say it's bad or anything, more that it's pleasantly surprising to find a book this long and this complex that is just aiming to entertain. I really liked the book, and I give Susanna Clarke my best wishes on completing the sequel to this novel. She worked on this novel for over a decade so I wouldn't expect anything too soon, and she's already mentioned some health problems so it might never happen. There were enough unanswered questions left over at the end of this book to warrant a sequel, I mention some of them in my review. I kind of feel like those questions only arise because I wasn't an astute enough reader. So much of the novel was revealed right at the end during the conclusion, I kind of raced through it, if anyone feels like they know more than me jump right in and tell me so.
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