I picked this little meme up from S F Signal today:

Q: What book are you currently reading? Is it good so far?

I’m currently reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

It’s a book in three parts (at least the version I’m reading is a three volume box set) and I’m currently approaching the end of book 2. It’s quite an achievement in world building, with Clarke setting up an entire history (with extensive footnotes) for an England where magic once existed in plain sight and is going through a process of revival. The book is set in this alternate England during the Napoleonic wars, the first part of the 19th century. It’s written in a style that fits the era, almost Dickensian in places, using old spellings such as shew for show, sopha for sofa, chuse for choose and so on to add authenticity to the narrative.

I have to admit that in places the book is very long-winded, with some parts going on for far too long. Even some of the footnotes that are used to flesh out the history are several pages long! But on the whole it’s extremely enjoyable so far and something slightly different. Well worth a look. There’s an official website here.

I won’t hit up anyone by name with the meme, but there’s my effort. Consider yourself tagged if you read this far.