If you’re currently going through withdrawals due to no Game of Thrones on TV, you might want to try Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, a seven-part BBC adaptation of the Susanna Clarke novel about the return of magic to early 19th century England. Over on Lawyers, Guns, and Money, I’ve done a bunch of work on this:
- Scott and I have done podcasts on Episodes One, Two, and Three.
- I’ve written one essay on the way that magic is treated as academics, and another about how the series brings the Napoleonic Wars and magic together.
(BTW, if you’re not into non-ASOIAF stuff on the blog, let me know in the comments. Haven’t decided on whether to create a second blog for my non-ASOIAF history/politics of pop culture stuff)