In case you can't get enough Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell blogging, I forgot to mention Kip Manley's post from a few days ago.
Fella name of Jonathan left comments. He's some kinda academic lit guy. Has a blog that looks like it could get interesting, so let's encourage him. He has a post up about Gene Wolfe. Please go leave comments, if so inclined. (We'll have to get back into the Wolfe thing ourselves sooner or later.)
And I never link to the little professor. She's wondering whether to read Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle. Everyone else liked Snowcrash and I loved The Diamond Age. That's all I know. Anyway, I fell off the cycle halfway through Confusion, though not because I wasn't paying attention to where I was going. It's interesting to watch a supreme geek mind colonizing history in this imaginative way. The diminutive prof worries about the style. As Henry says, Stephenson is a Whig. And, as Ray wrote a while back, "outside a historical context, terms like "craft", "good story", and "experimental" are little more than Whiggish fertilizer." Of course, that doesn't help us here. It's quite interesting to watch such a rational machine-loving mind at work, conjuring ambitious historical visions for the sake of understanding humanity. I think Stephenson towers up there with H.G.Wells. His Slashdot interview is interesting and entertaining (Henry sent me the link.) His typology of writers; his fight with William Gibson.
Tonight I'm reading William Gibson's Pattern Recognition. What did you think of it?