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Absolutely fantastic. Wasn’t sure what to expect going in, judging by the length of the book, and the fact that Clarke basically knocked it out to help  with her writer’s block (I know her problems are far more serious than that), but this beautifully told tight story was pretty much perfect for me. I read most of it in one day, as I simply couldn’t put it down. It’s been many many years since I last did that.

 

Now reading The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories, as for some unknown reason I never got round to it at the time, and just started a rewatch of the brilliant BBC adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

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On 24/09/2020 at 11:16, Pete said:

A nice long read about Susanna from The New Yorker:

 

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/09/14/susanna-clarkes-fantasy-world-of-interiors?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en-GB

 

I'm surprised and not surprised lord of the rings was such a big influence on Johnathan Strange, it's nothing like it but it's nearly as good. And I don't say that lightly.

 

Cool, thanks for sharing.

 

Also finished Piranesi last week, also couldn't put it down and completed in just two nights. Couldn't recommend more.

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On 24/09/2020 at 11:16, Pete said:

A nice long read about Susanna from The New Yorker:

 

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/09/14/susanna-clarkes-fantasy-world-of-interiors?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en-GB

 

I'm surprised and not surprised lord of the rings was such a big influence on Johnathan Strange, it's nothing like it but it's nearly as good. And I don't say that lightly.

It's far better written, IMO. I'm not convinced Tolkein was actually a good writer (as in the way he put words together). I find his prose really dull.

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