Last week I finished Ombria in Shadow by Patricia McKillip (sp by memory, so I hope it's correct). It's a good book, if a little rough in places. Some of the writing was very nice, but some sections were surprisingly clunky. Also, the villain of the book needs to get herself some internet access so she can look up the Evil Overlord List--especially the part about bringing the hero into her secret inner sanctum. How does a power-mad Machiavellian villainess survive a 100+ years if she allows the people who hate her within striking distance of the one thing that keeps her alive?
Overall, though, it was a terrific book. It's a great way to end the year.
Right now I'm reading the Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke. It's another terrific book, but it doesn't have the power and appeal of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. The novel worked for me because of the voice, and the growing contrast between the voice and the strange, frightening things that were happening. The short fiction collection doesn't have that same build, for obvious reasons. Still enjoying it, though.