‘Fun But Sometimes Annoying’
I enjoyed this book, mostly. The one bit that grated was the American exceptionalism bit - the American Dream and how it was literally magical. Things like that annoy me. I got just as annoyed at Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell and its talk of ‘the return of English magic’.
I’m not sure why that kind of thing grates so much with me.
Anyway, when reading this I got the feeling it was paced as if it was an action movie, like it’s trying to be a big-budget National Treasure adventure but with time travel. And maybe it will be.