Of the eight stories in this book I enjoyed the following:
- The Ladies of Grace Adieu
- The Duke of Wellington Misplaces His Horse
- Mr Simonelli, or the Fairy Widower
- Tom Brightwind, or How the Fairy Bridge was Built at Thoresby
- John Uskglass and the Cumbrian Charcoal Burner
I listened to the audio version, and besides the first story, all of the above were performed by Simon Prebble, who I found to be a much better narrator (I admit to being biased, having listened to nearly 40 hours of him reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
). The other reason I like the Duke, Tom Brightwind and John Uskglass stories is that they capture the faerie absurdism that I enjoyed from Strange & Norrell
. Susanna Clarke's imagination shines in these tales.
The other stories were a bit of a slog (the narrator didn't help), but I rate on the side of positivity giving this 4 stars.