WLW is a recurring blog segment in which I highlight a book I have on my wish list. Sometimes it's a new release, sometimes a beloved classic, and sometimes it's a hidden gem.
I may be a rabid reader, but there is an ungodly number of books that I should read that I have not yet gotten around to, and this is one of them. For as long as I've been lurking book blogs, Susanna Clarke and her historical fantasy novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, has been recommended as a must read.
Set during the Napoleonic Wars, two famed magicians from England join forces to fight against France, only to have their friendship strained when one explores the darker side of wielding magic in the pursuit of victory.
Ah, this does sound like the kind of book I'd go for. Though, there are some folks who have had unkind reactions to the writing, specifically a shared aversion to footnotes, which seem to litter the novel. I'm no fan of the footnote myself, but I tend to ignore them most of the time, so I can't imagine they'd be that much of a hindrance, especially in a novel. As long as the story is compelling, Susanna Clarke can pepper every page with footnotes for all I care.
What about you? Have you read this book and if so, were the footnotes or other idiosyncrasies too much of a distraction for you?