...as a scientist and an explorer I have a duty to bear witness to the Splendours of the World. [...] The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.

Okay, that quote likely doesn’t mean anything to you but regardless of that, you just gotta read Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. I won’t spoil anything about it except to say that it’s the first book in a while that’s so thoroughly hooked me from beginning to end.

In fact I refuse to tell you anything about the plot, the characters, or the setting. And boy do I want to! I could ramble endlessly about how the central mystery of the story is never revealed, or how the novel is as concise as possible.

Piranesi is so very good. It made my head spin. You must read it.