Passing through the skinny house that no one else can see, Mack is plunged into a realm in which time and reality are skewed, a place where what Mack does seems to have strange effects on the "real world" of concrete, cars, commerce, and conflict. Growing into a tall, powerful young man, pursuing a forbidden relationship, and using Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as a guide into the vast, timeless fantasy world, Mack becomes a player in an epic drama. Understanding this drama is Mack's challenge. His reward, if he can survive the trip, is discovering not only who he really is but why he exists.
Both a novel of constantly surprising entertainment and a tale of breathtaking literary power, Magic Street is a masterwork from a supremely gifted, utterly original American writer, a novel that uses realism and fantasy to delight, challenge, and satisfy on the most profound levels.
©2005 Orson Scott Card; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"[Card's] prose is a model of narrative clarity; the author never says more than is needed or arbitrarily withholds information; yet even a simple declarative sentence carries a delicious hint of further revelation." (The New York Times)
This is the first book I have read by Card. I really enjoyed that it was different from other books that I have read; it was refreshing. I think most readers would enjoy this book. However, like I said, I have not read any of his other books and have no room for comparison where that is concerned.
I purchased this book because I loved Orson Scott Card's previous work, but I was definitely let down. Card says in the afterword that he had a friend keeping him true to the African American experience and dialect, but that friend must not have been paying much attention. The characters are flat, while the dialect is outdated and overpowers the story.
The plot is loosely held together by mythical characters adapted from "Midsummer Night's Dream," who advance the story through the use of magic. I love fantasy, and I have no problem reading about magical people and creatures and their adventures. However, in this story Card uses magic to distract us from the fact that nothing is happening and the characters aren't interesting.
I have read a number of Orson scott Card and this one simply missed the mark with me. Not to say it was a bad read, I certainly finished it. But it was different by far from his other books. The authors narrative explained some of the awkwardness I felt while reading the book.
Love the narrator too.. Harry Potter esque, but more grown up.
Love Mack and Cease!! Two unique characters, loved their relationship.
He's a natural for this story and he does such a good portrayal of the various characters.
Had some good humor, but it was mostly the story line that I liked. I don't usually like scienced fiction.
Strange twist of Shakespeare and a random story. I guess it was interesting enough because I finished it but not the best work by Card.
As I listen to this book I get the feeling that Mr. Card did not write this. As many books of his that I have read and listen to, I think I have a good feeling for his work. This is a good story and told well, but if OCS was a painter and I looked at this as one of his works I would see that it does not have the color and depth of field that I see in his other works. I hope this is not what fame and fortune has done. I look eagerly for anything that may be coming from him and I am constantly watching for anything new, I hope this is just a fluke of a story and not a glimpse of what is to come.
It sometimes seems that Mr. Card has a somewhat mechanical method to his writing: slice up a dictionary, toss the pieces in the air, pull out a few random entries and see what kind of unlikely drama he can cobble from them. Yes, Shakespeare is forced into the black box this time along with "I just been to L.A.". All this in Card's consistently strident, argumentative tone, signature since Ender's Game (I haven't read many of his earliest works). Magic Street is not among his best efforts. I have truly enjoyed a number of his other works, but I hope not to see any more of this derivative kind of stuff.
It was a fun listen and a welcome addition to the SF/Fantasy genre - a genre that sorely lacks African American characters. That said, for me, there really weren't any surprising twists in the story. It was a fairly predictable fairy tale. But, as I said - it was fun.
The Ender series is one of the best stories I have ever read. Lost Boys brings Orson's Mormon religion into the open and has great writing and wonderful observation. Magic Street must have been written by Orson's Bishop - all Jesus and evil and preaching and miracles. Don't waste your time with this book.
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