I can hardly believe I haven’t written about this book/mini-series before, but a search of posts didn’t turn it up for me. So.
#4 Daughter, the amazing Sara Marian, borrowed the book of JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL from the store when she worked at Borders Bookstore, read it, and loaned it to me, upon which I read it, too.
So. Good. It’s not only a wonderful period piece, set during the Napoleonic Wars, it’s also a wonderful alternate history piece, in which magic is real, though in disrepute at the book’s beginning. The plot interweaves the story of a scholarly magician (Mr Norrell) struggling to “make English magic respectable”, an unschooled magician (Jonathan Strange) toying with dangerous and dark magic, the sinister and selfish Fairy King plundering the lives of helpless people, the indomitable courage of women, and the private agenda of … is it The Raven King of old?
So many good characters! My favorite is Childermass, Mr Norrell’s “man”.
Sara and I each decided we NEED to reread the book but, alas, she had borrowed and returned it. She said she was going to order a copy, but I ordered one last Friday. If she also ordered one, we’ll each have one, which will be all to the good. We’re each like Mr Norrell when it comes to lending books. “Books? You want to … take … my books?” And other people be like Jonathan Strange, “Certainly. Whyever not?”
My nails this week:
My base coat is MoYou London’s Dusty Blue. The fluid art is Dusty Blue, Twinkled T’s the-name-label-came-off white, and Baroness X’s Loco Unicorn fluid polish. The Autumn Days stamp and the pumpkin base color is Maniology’s Indio, the pumpkin lines are Maniology’s Straight Up Black, and the pumpkin stem is Maniology’s Lilypad. The stamping plate is MoYou London’s Fall in Love Collection – 09.
And remember: If you buy something from Maniology, use my discount code of MomGoth10 for 10% off your purchase.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: How do you feel about lending books?