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Magic Street | [Orson Scott Card]

Magic Street

Living in a peaceful, prosperous African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mack Street is a mystery child who has somehow found a home. Discovered abandoned in an overgrown park, raised by a blunt-speaking single woman, Mack comes and goes from family to family, a boy who is surrounded by boisterous characters and yet deeply alone.
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Living in a peaceful, prosperous African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mack Street is a mystery child who has somehow found a home. Discovered abandoned in an overgrown park, raised by a blunt-speaking single woman, Mack comes and goes from family to family, a boy who is surrounded by boisterous characters and yet deeply alone. But while Mack senses that he is different from most and knows that he has strange powers, he cannot understand how unusual he is until the day he sees, in a thin slice of space, a narrow house. Beyond it is a backyard, and an entryway into an extraordinary world stretching off into an exotic distance of geography, history, and magic.

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

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Valerie Chevy Chase, MD, USA 07-07-08
    Valerie Chevy Chase, MD, USA 07-07-08
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    "Not what I expected"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Arlington, TN, USA 09-04-05
    Steven Arlington, TN, USA 09-04-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Different."

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Genevieve Bellingham, WA, United States 08-01-12
    Genevieve Bellingham, WA, United States 08-01-12
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    "Great listen.."
    If you could sum up Magic Street in three words, what would they be?

    Love the narrator too.. Harry Potter esque, but more grown up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Love Mack and Cease!! Two unique characters, loved their relationship.


    What does Mirron E. Willis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's a natural for this story and he does such a good portrayal of the various characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Had some good humor, but it was mostly the story line that I liked. I don't usually like scienced fiction.


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    Jonathan temecula, CA, United States 06-24-12
    Jonathan temecula, CA, United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    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.


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    William West Union, IA, United States 10-23-10
    William West Union, IA, United States 10-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Is this what OSC has come to"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Albuquerque, NM, USA 07-31-08
    Elizabeth Albuquerque, NM, USA 07-31-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Lots-o-plots"

    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.

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    A. Tuck 05-19-08
    A. Tuck 05-19-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Fun"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rubin Everett, WA, United States 05-24-06
    Rubin Everett, WA, United States 05-24-06 Member Since 2001
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    "This was fun!"

    I'm a Card fan so I knew I was going to like it. It was refreshing in a way because it was an planet earth. Well ? ? ? Sort of!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Santa Barbara, CA, United States 10-14-05
    Larry Santa Barbara, CA, United States 10-14-05 Member Since 2002
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    "out of control religion"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Beth New Windsor, NY, USA 09-20-05
    Beth New Windsor, NY, USA 09-20-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Card comes through again!"

    I have been a fan of Card since I first read the short story that was to become the novel Ender's Game twenty some years ago. His ability to create characters who will stay in your heart happens yet again in this novel. The narrator was also terrific - nailing the different voices so that one had no difficulty determining which character was speaking. I personally enjoyed how he intertwined religion, upper middle class African American culture, Shakespeare and a fairy tale.

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