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Length: 158 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 623 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Modern Parlance (May 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D4BAFK2
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I'm your classic ADHD Gen Xer. Defense Analyst by training. IT Ops/Cloud Computing architect by profession. Spacenik (and Spacetweep). Sci-fi nutjob since age 6 or so. Private Pilot. In case it wasn't obvious from my first published book here, New Yorker by birth, upbringing and choice. Although I Did My Time in another city for 10 or 15 years, I finally managed to come home several years ago only to find the City had gone on without me, forcing me to go wander and relearn everything I thought I knew.

I've always written fiction to keep myself (relatively) sane. I inflicted my work on my friends, my family, my classmates, my colleagues - then I found other writers on the internet, and could finally avoid having those who knew me in real life run screaming when I started talking about story problems.

The New York Magician started out as a series of shorts and became longer and longer story arcs. It's my own small way of paying homage to the city that raised me, and I'm unbelievably tickled (and flattered) that my recollections and experiences, well stirred with tropes and dreams, are managing to bring fun to folks out there on the Net. Michel isn't finished - a second collection of stories and a unitary novel are on the way!

Spacelore is the result of my deep love of classic sci-fi story collections, and is my homage to those paperbacks which got me through high school and college. It is a collection of my shorts which share the common theme of space travel.

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This novel is not just a rousing urban fantasy that omits the buxom, lovelorn lead, but a lovesong to the city of New York in the style of War for the Oaks and Kip Manley's City of Roses. Zimmerman takes us through Manhattan with the keen eye of a native, setting us up with throwaway details that fall into place when one visits NYC.

One may get the sense of a serialized set of stories, but with that having been said, the stories flow into and build on each other seamlessly, giving us more insight into the worlds of gods and monsters that Michel inherited from his canny grandmother. Instead of taking the easy approach of leaning hard on American God tropes or the Lovecraftian meta-mythology Charles Stross built in his Laundry books, Zimmerman has built his own mythology. His protagonist, this hard-boiled man on a mission whose impressive arsenal, is almost, but not quite, a match for his inhuman adversaries.

Thus, we get the wit of a detective novel, the firepower of a good action movie, and a hell of a lovingly detailed city for the plot, protagonist, and characters to romp through. What's not to love?
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Though fairly short for a novel, this is the first book in what I hope will be a long and interesting series.
The book is divided into several parts and, within those parts, chapters. The initial several chapters are presented non-linear, as background and to set the scene. The remaining chapters are linear (in time).
Each chapter is presented as a vignette, almost a short story in itself, using descriptive words to display the physical background and to develop characters, though impressions of the primary character are gained more from his actions and related mental processes than deep reflection.

We initially see a youngster with his grandmother, the boy just coming into his talent, which is to see beyond what is normally seen (and heard). As the story develops, we see a young man, still able to see, who's magical talents are enabled by devices he has collected rather than innately.
The young man makes his way through this "world beyond" making deals and, in some instances, fulfilling contracts unknown, made before he was born.

The New York Magician is well worth reading -- it's presentation a bit different than the normal novel, but still very enjoyable...
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I had the pleasure of reading The New York Magician while it was still being written, and have not had so much fun with a piece of fiction in maybe a decade.

It's a great mix of action, noir, and the supernatural that will have you smiling to yourself every time you catch one of the many references to mythology, magic, and both contemporary and historical New York City, but not lost when something unfamiliar comes up.

Unlike a lot of books in the genre, it doesn't read like a fanfiction gone crazy, relying too heavily on outside works or a niche fan base; it's completely accessible to any reader who can make out the letters, but deep enough to hook longtime aficionados of magic and the occult.

The plot and pacing are interesting and elegant, and so finely tuned that you'll not want to stop for a break.
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J.B. Zimmerman's first novel -- well, really more of a collection of interconnected short stories -- follows the exploits of Michel Wibert, a lifelong New Yorker working in the finance industry. But his real job is in communications. You see, Michel is able to see and speak to the gods, spirits, and magical beings who call the Big Apple home. His grandmother taught him about the city's secret residents, and he now uses this knowledge to negotiate and bargain his way across New York, offering some of these beings their own lost possessions, some vital information, and many the one thing they crave the most -- a friendly, sympathetic ear.

So Michel ends up meeting everyone from Baba Yaga (dishing drinks in a trendy bar), Cthulhu (hangin' in the sewers), Malsumis (an evil Algonquian god), Hapi (the friendly god of the Nile), and Shu (Hapi's much less friendly brother). He also encounters plenty of other interesting characters, though a bit more mundane -- firemen with an unusual haunting, the Jamaican arms dealers who sell him guns, and Kevin, a big Irish immigrant who saves Michel's bacon when he gets in over his head.

Michel himself makes a pretty interesting, distinctive character -- almost always found wearing his custom enchanted Burberry coat, bandolier, pocket watch, ancient spearhead, and Desert Eagle handgun, just about his only special talents are his ability to see and talk to supernatural creatures and his lightning-quick wits. Even the few spells he can cast are tricky work-arounds using special magical items, along with the energy generated by a blast or two from his Desert Eagle.
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Fun, good take on magic. Sort of magic detective genera. A book in the same flavor as the Shamblers Guide to New York. A great first book.

Would be improved with a little high end editing (some sentences re-twisted for clarity) but nothing that gets in the way of the fun.

I like the use of kinetic energy for powering magic. Other original but consistent ideas about tying mythos together.
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