[books] An upcoming tome...

Bookmunch lists some 2004 Gubbins. I have no idea what "gubbins" means and a google / dictionary search revealed nothing helpful...

I'm mosting interested in Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Yes, I loved An Instance of the Fingerpost and The Crimson Petal and the White. I had never heard of Charles Palliser's The Quincunx and have now added it to my wish list.

There isn't too much in the way of a description over at Amazon, but there's more at and the book sounds pretty friggin' interesting:

"Centuries ago when magic still existed in England, the greatest magician of them all was the Raven King. A human child brought up by fairles, the Raven King blended fairy wisdom and human reason to create English magic. Now at the beginning of the nineteenth century, he is barely more than a legend, and England, with its mad King and its dashing poets, no longer believes in practical magic. Then the reclusive Mr Norrell of Hurtfew Abbey appears and causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. News spreads of the return of magic to England and, persuaded that he must help the government in the war against Napoleon, Mr Norrell goes to London. There he meets a brilliant young magician and takes him as a pupil. Jonathan Strange is charming, rich and arrogant. Together, they dazzle the country with their feats. But the partnership soon turns to rivairy. Mr Norrell has never conquered his lifelong habits of secrecy, while Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous magic. He becomes fascinated by the shadowy figure of the Raven King, and his heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens, not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he hold "

Everthing that he hold... what? That's where the synopsis ends. Verrrrry interestink.

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