The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I didn't read this book until just a few months ago, and I could kick myself for not having devoured it sooner. Such a marvelous universe, this alternate world of circuses and magic and love. It actually put me in mind of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, in that sense of whimsical magic and a … Continue reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

I didn't intend to do a blog post this week for several reasons, the main one being that my dearest and only aunt - my dad's younger sister to whom I am very close - had an unexpected triple-bypass on Friday and that has been weighing on me. She came out of the surgery all … Continue reading The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

This is the third Neil Gaiman book I've blogged, loving as I do his writing and the way he so smoothly moves his characters between reality and the shadowy, mythic "other" world where things are never quite what they seem. Gaiman's books are universal no matter your age because he treats childhood with the same … Continue reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Thanks to JG for the photography. Set in a slightly alternate universe, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell has been touted as the Harry Potter for adults. It's far more than that, however. Set in England during the Napoleonic wars, its a lengthy book that delves deeply into the mythology of Faerie. One thing that has … Continue reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke