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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Whoa, yes. Norrell/Strange is not exactly "high" fantasy, but it's one of the most original fantasy novels in the last 20 years or so.
    Norrell/Strange is very reminiscent of Moby Dick in its mode of storytelling (the asides, citations, footnotes and stories within stories). And I'm sure if Herman Melville was considering writing a fantasy epic devoid of allegory, then it might be set up like this. The novel itself started off promising, but I found I really disliked it by the end. There is a lot of dicking around and dawdling, with much belaboring of points, and the climax is...anti-climactic. But I heartily suggest reading the first few chapters, which are excellent. Then stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    ^ I was reading your description of the Susanna Clarke book and thinking to myself "That sounds a lot like Little, Big. Then I kept reading. I'm unfamiliar with the Clarke book, but will probably order it tonight.
    Hey, so my post was already worth writing! Based on your remarks in this thread, I'd be surprised if you did not at least like it.

    Regarding Little, Big, I just finished rereading Crowley's first three short novels (collected as Otherwise, and it's interesting to see how the accessability improves from book to book, while the ideas are brilliant right from the start. Have you already read Ka from 2017? I've got in on order, and really look forward to see how his return to more fantastic topics works out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaikH View Post
    Have you already read Ka from 2017? I've got in on order, and really look forward to see how his return to more fantastic topics works out.
    Superb book, though that's not surprising from Crowley.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaikH View Post
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    So, thanks again for starting this thread - for myself, the first recommendation I'll pick up from here is Patricia McKillip, who was a complete unknown to me but sounds right up my alley.
    My pleasure. The recommendations here have dominated my reading since my initial post. I did read The Wizard/The Knight by Gene Wolf, enjoyed the use of the "unreliable narrator". McKillip's Forgotten Beasts of Eld led me to her RiddleMaster trilogy. All thanks to the good folks here.
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    Have any of you read anything by Naomi Novik? "Uprooted" and "Spinning Silver" were both fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarplyrjvb View Post
    Have any of you read anything by Naomi Novik? "Uprooted" and "Spinning Silver" were both fantastic.
    Her Temeraire series was very good. The first three novels in the series were excellent.
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