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'Johnathan Strange & Mr. Norrel - Book List update' blog discussion
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I just recently finished another book that took me some effort too - The girl with the dragon tattoo. Not sure if this was an artifact of the translation from the swedish, but the author seemed to spend interminable amounts of time describing actions of the characters, when in many cases those actions had no bearing at all on either the plot or the character development. What kept me going was the character of the eponymous lisbeth salander, whom i found at once both amusing and fascinating.
Then again, maybe that's because these 2 books fall ouside my normal genre. I tend to read scifi/fantasy/(occasionally)horror/humour so neither of the above really hit my sweet spot, despite rave reviews
I found this book quite difficult the first time I tried but as my friend really enjoyed it, as did 75% of her bookclub, I decided to give it another go. This time I took it on holiday and when I started to read it again - it "grabbed me". I read the whole thing on a lovely lazy day in sunny Spain! As soon as I was home I borrowed the 2 follow ups and devoured them as well.
There's a lot to be said for giving a book another chance when you're in a different mood, sometimes I find books are very much "horses for courses", hence I will have three or four on the go at the same time.
PS - I enjoyed reading Jonathan Strange.......... a while ago I found it fascinating.
And my wife and I, and our reading group, all enjoyed all of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novels too.
was 57 hours long
A fab book, i loved it. The kids used to get annoyed as I had it playing in the car and they missed big chunks of the book.
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To quote: “…witty, well plotted, vividly written and addictively readable.”
And for once I actually agree.