JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL

JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL - Susanna Clarke I loved this book, both its subject (alternate British history and folklore) and Clarke's writing style (Austenesque).Discursive and scholarly, but fictitious, footnotes add to the sense of this being historical fiction rather than a fantasy. They often approach being stories-within-stories, like the Arabian Nights.The tone is dark, but not black; rather the grey of an overcast, drizzly winter's day in the North of England. Well, that's where I live, so this feels like it's written about my home.Yet, I can't quite give it 5 stars - I don't know why.