I loved it and when I described it to a friend of mine, I said "It's like Harry Potter meets Labyrinth meets Pride & Prejudice" Lol...great minds think alike.
Yes! Although I'd rather say it's more like Dickens (if you haven't seen BBC's Bleak House with Gillian Anderson and Charles Dance it's a must see!) because Jane Austen is much too light to compare this to - Dickens is appropriately dark
I knew I was hooked in the very first episode when they introduced us to the society of dusty old magicians that never did any magic but we're very proud of their tiny collection of old grimoires.
Hahahaha - exactly. A fantastic opening scene and I loved the ongoing feuds regarding what is "respectable magic" and what's just "not done"
I thought it was one of the most interesting fictional depictions of the "otherworld" that I'd seen....accessible through dreams and mirrors, madness & ritual....very relatable to a witch, though exaggerated.. Bargaining with evil fae, scrying and divining with tarot. The writer definitely knew her stuff. I've had the book sitting on my to-read pile for ages and now maybe I'll actually find time to read it.
I really loved how well researched (or perhaps known) the author's specifics on the Tarot and other things referenced were so that when you saw cards being drawn, it wasn't just randomness. I actually wrote down "Is Jonathan the King of Wands?" while I watched it the second time during the scene with Childermass in the yellow tent - not remembering any of the details from watching it the first time a few years ago - and I cracked up when I saw him ride up to the vagabond with his "weapon"
Yeah, I've had it in my library queue since I first saw the show. Normally if I start watching something and I realize it was a book (happened to me at the beginning of the 2nd episode) I'll stop watching it and won't resume until I've read the book - I'm a super nerd like that). But it was all just so damn good I couldn't stop watching! (ahhh, the pleasures of binge watching )
Edited by IslandBruja, 09 September 2016 - 01:01 AM.