It was the perfect day here today - sunny and warm with a lovely breeze off the water. I walked on the Seawall this morning before it got too hot, then spent the afternoon reading - Scholarly Magics by Carolyn Stevermer. She combines two of my favorite subjects - Victorian life and magic - in a way I find very satisfying. Yes, it's an alternate universe, but it works for me.
It's amazing how many books I enjoy that do that same thing.
One of my favorites this past year was Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clark - a huge book, but I couldn't put it down. I loved the footnotes (which many people hated), I loved the fact that it was long and detailed and dense. I loved the characters and the setting and the magic.
Mercedes Lackey has a series of books set in the Victorian world - my favorite, I think, is The Fire Rose, but I like all those Victorian books.
Mary Jo Putney also has a series of books that are set in a magical England and I've enjoyed all of those, as well.
Charles Dickens might as well have included magic in his books - they're full of characters and magical moments - maybe that's why I like these particular books so well. Thanks to Mr. Dickens - who convinced me that magic was possible, even if it wasn't explicit, magic was implicit in his world and I believed in it. Without question.