First off, while this is a great book, it is not an easy summer read. There are footnotes galore that must be read in order to understand the story, but to me that is part of the books appeal. This book completely immerses you into its world and the level of work Susanna Clarke did on it is amazing. The story is fascinating though I will admit there are a few spots it drags a bit. But the different story lines intersect beautifully and again the detail - especially the clever use of footnotes - makes this a must read.