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Magic Street Paperback – June 27, 2006
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Still, this is Card, and he keeps the story interesting enough to carry you through to the end--but I found myself hoping it would end sooner than it did. The character development was good as it usually is with Card, but the story was a bit slow getting started and overall it wasn't the usual "I can't put it down" kind of read I've come to expect from this author.
After turning the final page and closing the book, it all seemed just a bit offputting--like something was missing but I couldn't figure out what it was. Since I bought the book I'll leave it in my library, but I'm certainly in no rush to read it again soon.
That was probably my biggest problem with the book. Mack Street is simply uninteresting. He's friendly but friendless, tough but ultimately apathetic, likable but somehow bland in personality. I think Card does a good job of depicting an intelligent young man with an imaginative, clever nature, who's dealing with some seriously weird stuff. But I think the problem is that Mack has no drive. There's not enough conflict in the story to bring out the full rich potential of his character. Mack is no Ender, driven to excel under impossible pressure, or Ansset, who overcomes soul-destroying hardships. Mack finds Fairyland and basically goes, "Huh. Guess I'll explore." He has no reason to do it, other than boredom and vague curiosity. Elsewhere in the book he learns that he has a terrible power that can and does hurt people, but it never seems to really bother him all that much. His sarcastic, devil-may-care attitude only exacerbates the problem: ultimately, Mack has no passion. He doesn't seem to care much about anything, so why should the reader?
On top of this, I was annoyed by the structure of the book. The first chapter or two could've been left out altogether, since the story didn't begin until baby Mack was found. We're three or four chapters in before we meet the main character in a form we can interact with and start "getting to know".Read more ›
This is a slower building story than most of his work, but in the end very rewarding. If you enjoy fantasy with a modern twist this is a book for you. If you enjoy exploring motives and motivation of human nature, this is a book for you. As always love, honor and responsibility are the primary themes of this story. Definitely worth a read!
You can access the first five chapters of the book at hatrack dot com. That preview will give you a pretty good idea of what the book is like without having to buy it.
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Great story, with many unexpected twists and turns. I didn't see where the book was going until at least half way and even then I wasn't fully aware. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alcinnon
Unusual. Since I really enjoyed Ender's Game, I thought this might be a similar type Good read. It was more like a fairy tale and a very simple read.Published 17 months ago by Cynthia Souza
Great urban spin on some classic literary figures. I'll never think of that one Shakespeare play the same way again,Published 23 months ago by Joshua A. Risher
I read this book before reading any of the reviews. Big mistake. I assumed this was simply a magical tale and didn't need any prior knowledge before reading it. Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by Joyce
Another unique and entertaining story. I am hooked on Orson Scott Card. Now I just have to decide which book to read next!?!Published on March 3, 2014 by CF
that really want you can do is that a new phone so you have to get it from my house is that a yes you do it on Facebook is the only thing I really want me there was no I didn't get... Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Kindle Customer
As usual, Card delivers an unbelievable story in a believable way. I love the way he gets in the heads of the characters bringing them to life. Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
As always, Orson Scott Card takes you into the story and makes it real! This is one of those places that you never want to leave.Published on September 27, 2013 by Alice Braddy