I finished Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell not ten minutes ago. I already miss spending time in the universe. So many questions yet to be answered (excellent fuel for a Sequel!). I'm not sure who I'm more in love with--Mr. Strange or the elusive Raven King.
The hype was very nearly exactly right. This book is brilliant, not just for a first novel, but for any story.
Just. Just go read it.