Magic Street

Magic Street

Book - 2005
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Orson Scott Card has the distinction of having swept both the Hugo and Nebula awards in two consecutive years with his amazing novels Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. For a body of work that ranges from science fiction to nonfiction to plays, Card has been recognized as an author who provides vivid, colorful glimpses between the world we know and worlds we can only imagine. 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 at once surrounded by boisterous characters and deeply alone. But while Mack senses that he is different from most, and knows that he has strange powers, he cannot possibly 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 where time and reality are skewed, a place where what Mack does and sees seem to have strange affects in the "real world" of concrete, cars, commerce, and conflict. Growing into a tall, powerful young man, pursuing a forbidden relationship, and using Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night 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.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345416896
Characteristics: 397 pages ;c25 cm.


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Jul 27, 2016

quirky adaption of Midsummer Night's Dream - I really like this book. It was an enjoyable read.

Aug 14, 2014

I liked this book! The author brought the characters from Shakespear's "Midsummer Nights Dream" into a contemporary setting and seamlessly married the two very different time periods. It had intrigue, mystery, fantasy and elements of danger in a tightly woven story.

Jan 09, 2013

Disappointing considering how much I have enjoyed other books by Card. A very predictable end with undeveloped characters, I can suffer through one of these issues but not both. I much preferred Ender’s Game and Enchantment by this author.


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