"Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years. It's funny, moving, scary, otherworldly, practical and magical, a journey through light and shadow - a delight to read, both for the elegant and precise use of words, which Ms Clarke deploys as wisely and dangerously as Wellington once deployed his troops, and for the vast sweep of the story, as tangled and twisting as old London streets or dark English woods. It is a huge book, filled with people it is a delight to meet, and incidents and places one wishes to revisit, which is, from beginning to end, a perfect pleasure.</i>"
If you've not come across it, it's definitely worth checking out.
In other news, well, other news has mostly involved watching Hellraiser and its friends over and over, with directors' commentaries and things. It's been so interesting. And I like the second and third films much more now after listening to the directors talk about them, which is odd in its way. And, oh, stuff. Bounce. We like.