Friday, March 11, 2011

The First Post

So I guess my first post for this blog will be a book review. I could write a lengthy introduction for myself and my purpose for starting this blog, but I would rather not beat around the bush and just get strait in to what I want to write about.

One of my favorite historical fiction/fantasy books is by Susanna Clarke and is named Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. It was a New York Times Best Seller, so chances are you may have heard of it. In case you have not, it focuses on Napoleonic Era England in which practical magic has disappeared from public view. Magic is studied by uppercrusty gentleman but is considered something that only lower class individuals attempt to perform. When a couple of the York Society Magicians take it upon themselves to rediscover England's magic, they come across Mr. Norrell who almost begrudgingly brings practical magic back for the country's use. This book is filled with fantastic stories of wartime use of magic and mysterious beings from the land of Faerie. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that Clarke has filled the book with footnotes that reference a myriad of fictional texts that she seems to have created a whole library of for this particular story.  At 800 pages, it is an undertaking to read, but well worth it, especially if you are fascinated by the occult.

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