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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

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"[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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    William Carnegie, PA, USA 11-24-05
    William Carnegie, PA, USA 11-24-05
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    "Not Science Fiction, but fantastic story"

    This is not typical OSC, and I have read/heard most of his fiction. This story was fascinating. The narration (character portrayals) by Willis were superb. If you want science fiction, this is not for you probably, but if you like Koontz, as I do, then you will probably enjoy this book as much as I did. This is the first title in 3 years with Audible that I have listened to twice.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    james Hartselle, AL, United States 08-15-05
    james Hartselle, AL, United States 08-15-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Good, not great."

    Being a fan of both Orson Scott Card and urban fantasy, I had to listen to this title. It starts out well and, like every Card title, it has some very well-developed characters, but eventually it turns into something much less like what I've come to expect from OSC and much more like S.P. Somtow's Valentine books. The Shakespeare references, the portrayal of Christianity as a front, and the vagueness of the parameters and functions of magic all reminded me of Somtow.
    Worth listening, but not on the same level of excellence as his SF. Charles DeLint has little to fear.

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    Joseph Ashland City, TN, USA 09-01-05
    Joseph Ashland City, TN, USA 09-01-05
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    "When I got done I needed a nap"

    I like Card - always have. I like his dialogue and the pace of his stories till...he starts trying to define his story's version of the universe and the meaning of life or religion as very longwinded subplots. I also hate when writers try to redefine God and the nature of faith to fit their fictional landscape. There are times and ways in which an amusing read should just be an amusing read.

    In the end, the fact that a writer wants to figure out rules for his hypothetical unviverse simply doesn't mean I want to sit through the explanation. I think I'm not alone in this which is why the majority of us choose not to learn Klingon.

    See? Now I'm too tired to talk about the rest of the story. Next time I hope Orson just tells the story and lets us make our own observations about deeper meanings as we read or listen. The story should create questions and answers without so obviously trying. Night night.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda NAILLATFrance 04-09-07
    Wanda NAILLATFrance 04-09-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Enjoyable escape"

    This is the first Card I've listened to and I found it very enjoyable. A good escape from everyday life and not too 'heavy'.

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    Kisha waldorf, MD, USA 12-08-06
    Kisha waldorf, MD, USA 12-08-06
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    "Bravo! Well Done!"

    I really enjoyed this fantasy novel featuring a cast of African-American characters. I read the Author's comments on how he came to create such a wonderful tale. He stayed true to the concept, the characters and the plot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brianna fitchburg, MA, USA 08-23-05
    Brianna fitchburg, MA, USA 08-23-05
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    "Disappointing"

    I am a huge fan of Card's, but this was a very disappointing book. The story had a lot of potential but the dialogue was TERRIBLE.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Martinez St. Louis, MO 02-09-07
    Chris Martinez St. Louis, MO 02-09-07 Listener Since 2004
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    "Decent story"

    This wasn't quite as good as some of OSC's other stories, but I still enjoyed it and found myself wondering "What on earth is going on here?" It kept me guessing and was someone original.

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    Daniel J McConaughey 02-15-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Enjoyable"

    I'm a long time Card fan and found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable. Card's strength is developing characters that you like and admire and this book is no exception. I listen during my daily commute and found myself looking forward to the drive home each day to see what would happen next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Sherman Oaks, CA, USA 01-05-06
    Ginger Sherman Oaks, CA, USA 01-05-06
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    "Disappointing"

    After listening to Ender's Game I was ecstatic to get my hands on this. I was disappointed. The story is interesting, the narration ok (when I'm awake). The problem is I keep falling asleep during this thing. Not so with Ender's Game. I was always dying to get back to it. Listening at my house, in the car, whenever possible. This one, I've started to put on as a sleep aid. I've had it for months and am still not finished. Seriously, I'm usually asleep in less than 5 minutes . . . and I used to call myself an insomniac. It may be a good read, but I wouldn't classify it as a top listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan L. Stewart Commerce, TX 10-03-05
    Susan L. Stewart Commerce, TX 10-03-05 Member Since 2005

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    "Only okay"

    I've read numerous Card novels. As one might expect, some are better than others. This would be one of the "others." It's okay, but I wish I would've saved my book credit for something else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "enjoyable listen"

    Beautifully narrated, with an unusual story. This kept me very well entertained.
    In his afterword the author speaks of trying to write a book with a black hero.My impression is that he has caught the right voice

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