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"Plenty of humor, action, magic, and a bit of romance make this urban fantasy a sure favorite. Don’t miss this exceptional series." —SciFiChick.com "

"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

About the Author

Laura Resnick was born in Chicago, and when she was a teenager her family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up in a family of writers, daughter of SF writer Mike Resnick, she never thought she would end up in a writing career, herself. A cum laude  graduate of Georgetown University, where she studied languages and linguistics. Laura can speak French and Italian. After college, she moved overseas for a few years, where she studed acting at London Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Laura Resnick can be found at sff.net/people/laresnick/.
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Product Details

  • Series: Esther Diamond Novel (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756406358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406356
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Laura Resnick is the author of the popular Esther Diamond series, whose releases include UNSYMPATHETIC MAGIC, DOPPELGANGSTER, DISAPPEARING NIGHTLY, and the upcoming VAMPARAZZI. She has also written traditional fantasy novels such as IN LEGEND BORN, THE DESTROYER GODDESS, and THE WHITE DRAGON, which made the "Year's Best" lists of Publishers Weekly and Voya. An opinion columnist, frequent public speaker, and the Campbell Award-winning author of many short stories, she is on the Web at www.LauraResnick.com.

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I'm a huge fan of urban sci-fi/paranormal/fantasy books but most nowadays are dark, morbid affairs that, whilst riveting, can also be a bit heavy if continuously read. Enter the Esther Diamond series to add some light-heartened humor and a few good chuckles to the pattern. I liked the other books and this one has definitely got me interested in the next, especially as I'm hoping for a happy ending for Esther and her almost-kind-of-not boyfriend, Lopez.

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.
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Esther Diamond has a brief role as a prostitute on a controversial new cop show filming on the streets of Harlem. While walking down the street to grab a quick bite to eat in between takes, Esther stumbles upon a man being attacked by monstrous creatures that resemble gargoyles. But instead of getting help from the police, Esther is arrested for soliciting. But with the help of her on-again-off-again love interest Detective Lopez, her wise-but-eccentric mentor Max, and a few other friends along the way, Esther discovers the truth behind the attack, a ring of body snatchings, zombies, and other evil forces at work.

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.
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My first shot at the Esther Diamond series; picked this one up because cover artist did a great job. I enjoyed the opening scene of the D30 television show with Esther the actress dressed as a homeless bisexual junkie prostitute, but she was still wearing the outfit on page 183. The jokes had been mined out, and the book felt slow.

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.
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Sometime actress Ester Diamond is back and again a magnet for supernatural trouble and the first paragraph gives hints of what's to come: zombies, voodoo, aborted human sacrifices... Unsympathetic Magic is all that and more - lots of magical mayhem with a touch of humor as Esther tries figure out who's responsible for raising the dead and for what nefarious reason.

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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