Susanna Clarke is either both boring and interesting at the same time, or she is neither boring nor interesting. I’m inclined to think it’s the first. Her world – the world of Strange and Norrell – is an interesting one. Her books read like someone who has studied English folk history and fairy belief all her life and created a fiction which most closely resembles an academic conference on the subject, with the minor detail that all that is discussed is true. This makes it at once fascinating, and very also dull and dry. Pretty passionless.

Indeed, her characters are almost instantly forgettable and the plots unmemorable. Yet her writing style is such that the experience of reading her is not unpleasant. It simply is not compelling.

This is a meander. It is a stroll through her world. Don’t look for anything more. Just enjoy and forget.