I'd really like a set of built -ins like this if anyone knows a good wood chistler. I would stock it with such classics as
A Complete Description of Dr Pale's fairy-servants, their Names, Histories, Characters and the Services they performed for Him by John Segundas, pub. by Thomas Burnham, Bookseller, Northhampton, 1799.
How to putte Questiones to the Dark and understand its Answeres
A Child's History of the Raven King
Oh, you've never heard of them? That's because they are completely invented by Susanne and referenced in David Foster Wallace-sized footnotes in Strange and Norrell.
Seemless woven the fantastic and the real together into this utterly convincing alternate history of England.
In Clarke's imaginative universe
attention to detail
the writing is scholarly in tone, it is written like a biography of two historical personages, but completely playful and instantly readable.
At the start of the book there seems to be debate as to whether fairies are naturally wicked creatures and should never be trusted as servants. To which A Complete Description of Dr Pale's fairy-servants, their Names, Histories, Characters and the Services they performed for Him by John Segundas is referenced, as Pale was, of course, the last English magician to venture into Fairie.
De Generibus Artium Magicarum Anglorum was reputed to be the dreariest book in the canon of English magic
The sheer imaginativeness of types of magic. The greater the imagination, the greater the magician. It takes imagination to fool the French navy into retreat by creating a fleet of 100 British ships out of rain, making all of the carvings on a cathedral speak,