Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel is a huge-ass book (just over 1000 pages), which my regular readers will know means I've been reading it for friggin' ages now.
Oh, I'm not done yet, either! But I'm getting close and it's getting rather interesting, so I thought I'd tell you about it. (This is me telling you about it.)
Set in England during the war with Napoleon, when behaviors were formal and people spelled normal words oddly, this book tells the tale of two very different magicians and how they bring about the "rebirth of English magic". I'm no Harry Potter reader, so I can't make any comparisons (if there are any to be made), but this is a fun story overall. Some parts are a bit slow and some parts are real page turners.
The books been around forever - I know I had my eye on it for a good long while. If you've seen it around and thought maybe you'd like to check it out, i can definitely recommend that you do.