Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake. The language was amazing, the characters vivid (and brilliant Dickensian names – Professor Flannelcat, Irma Prunesquallor) and the plot (or at least the second half) was exciting. But I’m left with no real desire to read the other two books in the trilogy and I can’t put my finger on why. Maybe its the lack of a sympathetic central character. Maybe its the fantasy genre.