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Against the Day

By Thomas Pynchon, Congratulations on Getting Through This Book

“‘The fascination of what’s difficult,’ to steal from Yeats, is what first drew readers to Pynchon’s novels.” — to steal from this NY times reviewer, stealing from Yeats. As such, the best part about reading Pynchon is to tell others you read Pynchon. And the best part of reading Against the Day is to be …


Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

By Susanna Clarke, An Alternate History of Two Magicians During the Napoleonic Wars

I finally finished Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, which I really enjoyed. It’s about two magicians, set in England during the Napoleonic Wars. When the story begins, magicians are almost an anachronistic remnant of Britain’s past (according to the story, magic once abounded but has since disappeared). Instead, there are only theoretical …