Sci Fi Sunday — I Need A White Flag
I just may have to give up on this one. Here’s what I’m currently reading:
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark. Please note that this isn’t a bad book — it passed my “50 page test,” meaning it was good enough after 50 pages to continue reading (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo flunked). However, it is really, really long. And really slow. Picture Lev Grossman’s The Magicians if it had been written by the love child of Dickens and — who was the guy who paralyzed me with boredom in college? — oh yes, Anthony Trollope. There are entire chapters of this book where nothing happens except PEOPLE TALK ABOUT MAGIC. Then they go visit each other and talk some more. On top of that, the main characters are mind-numbingly dull. All the exciting things happen to the secondary characters, so I spend most of the time wanting to scream at the author for not sticking with the secondary plot. After a week, this is how far I’ve gotten:
I’m oh-so-tempted to give up, especially since my library hold list coughed up two steampunk novels this week. I hate to do it halfway through the book, because sometimes the book haunts me and I end up having to go back and finish. However, I’m pretty sure the main characters in this one can haunt themselves just fine if I put it aside.
As I said, this isn’t a bad book. I can imagine it coming in useful…say, if one had a long illness or a particularly drawn-out pregnancy on bed rest. Or if you wanted to kill a wolf spider or needed a doorstop. Don’t let me dissuade you from the experience that is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.