Reviews and Blog Posts: magic

Locke & key. 1, Welcome to Lovecraft

by Joe Hill

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Locke and Key has been a series that has been getting a lot of acclaim over the past few months so I knew I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I finally got the chance to check it out and it does not disappoint. I've always had...


by Rachel Hartman

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Like many other governments, the kingdom of Goredd entered into a peace agreement with another very powerful dynasty in hopes of putting a stop to the senseless death and destruction brought on by war. It's provided four decades of peace between the two, but it's frail.  There are still fears and doubts....

The real boy

by Anne Ursu

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Eleven-year-old Oscar, a lowly assistant for a powerful magician named Caleb, is happy harvesting herbs and preparing them in a cozy cupboard surrounded by cats. Oscar is forced to leave his orderly world when Caleb’s apprentice is killed and other mysterious things begin to happen around the village. Caleb and...

The Tooth Fairy meets El Ratón Pérez

by René Colato Laínez

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This book is great for kids of ALL ages who believe on the Tooth fairy but is also great for the kids that come from two cultures.  Everyone can enjoy the Tooth Fairy in the United States and for kids of Latin America, they can believe in El Raton Perez...

The song of the Quarkbeast

by Jasper Fforde

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This the second book in Chronicles of Kazam series which follows Jennifer Strange, manager of Kazam, a House of Enchantment and her adventures in the kingdom of Hereford. The Chronicles cover a time period where magic is used to run items like microwaves and build things like bridges.  In this...

The name of the wind

by Patrick Rothfuss

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I grew up on high fantasy, but lately every time I see a 600+ page sci-fi or fantasy book, I just think "ain't nobody got time for that!" That may be why it took a while to get into this book (it took a few hours of listening before I...

Prepare to be Astounded: 'The Prestige' @ DPL's Steampunk Film Series

The Professor and Olivia onstage

With The Prestige (2006) -- the second installment of DPL's Steampunk Film Series -- Christopher Nolan paints a vibrant portrait of magic and science in the Victorian era that brims with historical detail while remaining thoroughly modern in its tone and themes. It's a complex and visually striking film that begs to be viewed on the big screen.

Adapted from Christopher Priest's 1995 novel of the same name, The Prestige features the kind of multi-layered, time-shifting narrative that has become a Nolan signature. At its heart is the epic rivalry between two stage magicians, Borden (Christian Bale) and Angier (Hugh Jackman), that subtly echoes the real life power struggle between scientific wizards Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. In the figure of Tesla -- played by an otherworldly David Bowie -- the fragile boundaries between science and magic collapse.

Princess of the wild swans

by Diane Zahler

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Princess Muriel’s happy and carefree childhood changes dramatically when her widowed father, the king, unexpectedly marries a beautiful but evil woman who Muriel instinctively distrusts. Shortly after the new Queen arrives in their home, Muriel’s six beloved brothers disappear.  The king, bewitched by his new wife, does not believe Muriel...

Happy Birthday, Harry Houdini


One of the first biographies I remember reading as a kid was of Harry Houdini. His escapes and life totally fascinated me, and his life of magic continues to lure people in today.

The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, William Kalush

Houdini: The Handcuff King, Jason Lutes

Final Seance: The Strange Friendship Between Houdini and Conan Doyle, Massimo Polidoro

Houdini! The Career of Ehrich Weiss, Kenneth Silverman

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