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Unsympathetic Magic: Book Three of Esther Diamond (Esther Diamond Novel) Mass Market Paperback – August 3, 2010
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"Unsympathetic Magic by Laura Resnick may be one of the funniest, wittiest, most intriguing books I’ve read in a while. Even if I weren’t fascinated by Vodou and delicious detectives, I would have fallen in love with this book." —Bitten by Books
"...a tightly woven, madcap dash of a story that manages to weave religious practices, seedy television, hilarious situational humor, snappy dialogue, mythical stinky creatures, and an utterly believable cast of characters into a tapestry that you’ll have a hard time taking your eyes off of." —Gravetells
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Like the others, we return to Esther's life in which she's just trying to live day by day as a struggling actress. In true Esther-style though, she seems to stumble on another other-worldly event that she entangles herself in - this time it being voodoo. With trusty sidekicks like Max in tow, what ensues are many funny moments as she tries to solve it all and juggle her work and romance life too.
As a finicky person, I usually find glaringly obvious traits about protagonists that make the reading experiences less fulfilling than they could be. However, Esther is a character I fully like. She commits clumsy mistakes, makes the most of her unusual life, has a collection of possibly the most eccentric friends and partakes in quirky scenes that'll have you grinning in amusement. With a hunky cop to spice things up, the Esther Diamond books are light-hearted reads that are good for when you've been bombarded by the gory, gritty stars of the rest of the genre.
Esther is a brave woman and often selfless. Unfortunately, while trying to help someone, she always finds herself in the most unbelievable situations. Which is why Lopez thinks Esther is a bit crazy. Their chemistry is great, though Lopez never lets Esther make a full explanation, which can be a bit annoying. Of course, he's just in denial about magic in the world, ironic since Max is convinced that Lopez has hidden abilities. Resnick's characters are fun and eccentric, coupled with fantastic storytelling.
This latest Esther Diamond adventure has her pitted against a dark voodoo practitioner. With non-stop adventure and suspense, this series is pure enjoyment from beginning to end. Since this latest story dealt with zombies and possession, there was plenty of creepy excitement, ending in a climactic showdown that left me wanting more. Plenty of humor, action, magic, and a bit of romance make this urban fantasy a sure favorite. Don't miss this exceptional series.
Characters talk about Esther's outfit. They talk about Voodoo for like 100 pages (Resnick did her research, and it must be shared~). They talk about the mystery uncovered by Esther in her early escapade. They talk so much, it bored me. Around page 200ish the pace picked up, but still majority dialogue.
Everything does wrap up in the end... well everything except the romantic subtext between Esther and Detective Connor Lopez. Got the feeling the author was deliberately teasing her readership. The plot was predictable, though metaphors like 'the white darkness' were nice touches.
Overall, a talky urban fantasy offering toeing that 'chick-lit' line. Despite Esther's wit, I found her too accommodating to both her production studio and events. Don't think this series is for me, though the writing is professional.
I really enjoy this series, Esther is a lot of fun and not your typical kick butt tough UF herione - she's an actress who somehow always manages to stumble upon supernatural wierdeness and zaniness ensues almost as often as brushes with death. After three books there's also some reappearing characters who are on hand to makes sure things are even more muddled before they help Esther save the day.
Since Resnick series is more UF-ish, there's not much in the way of sex, but with resident skeptic and sexy police detective Lopez around there is a bit of steamy attraction - and even a few flames - so even though Lopez thinks Esther is deranged, I can't help but hope that their time will come.
Unsympathetic Magic was so much fun, I can't wait for the next one Vamparozzi.
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I've just started reading the Esther Diamond series, and have to say that it's fun to read some urban fantasy that's not dark, dismal, full of angst, and sex-ridden. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maryam
Resnick has definitely found her feet in the new genre she has undertaken. But up front? I'm not a real fan of the spirit world. I've seen too much and know too much about it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Curious
Laura Resnick entertains me with everything she's written (that I have read)!
How Esther manages to get arrested for prostitution is both squicky and ridiculously funny. Read more
I don't understand why, though I enjoyed the book (and the preceding novels) I found I could give this only three stars. Read morePublished 19 months ago by James K Motsinger
Great book. Very funny. Real!!!
Very good information on other beliefs. Characters who are not one dimensional. A must read for zombie fans.
This is a fun series on the whole and I like the main characters but this book could have benefited from losing about 75 pages. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Veronica 87
Struggling actress Esther Diamond has been cast as the understudy on an off broadway play that features some magic performance whose effect unfortunately becomes real, and the lead... Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by W. A. Kuehl
Zombies! Voodoo! Lower Manhattan! What more could you ask for? Esther Diamond has a tv gig on "Crime and Punishment: The Dirty Thirty", a police drama set at the Thirtieth... Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Michael Harper
I hope we have lots more Esther Diamond books in our future, because I really enjoy reading aout her adventures. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Joann Thompson