In my epic quest to find a decent fantasy novel, I came upon Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. I really really wanted to like this book. I’d read good reviews on Amazon, and when I read the preview chapter, the writing seemed decent enough.
Normally I’d add a bit of a plot summary here. One problem–there was no plot. The characters are alright, but they don’t actually do much of anything. I read about 500 pages of the novel before giving up; if an author can’t make something at all happen in 500 pages, it probably isn’t worth wasting my time.
The best way to describe this novel is that it is what would happen if Jane Austen tried to write fantasy. The biggest event in the first 500 pages was when Mr. Norrell (supposedly a magician, but there was no magic actually done in the novel) went to a party. Quite anticlimactic.