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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

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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: #546,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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. That doesn't make this book any less readable or enjoyable. Even though I was not comfortable with the subject matter, I nevertheless was very impressed with the well-researched and well-represented ton of facts about the Vodou religion. That's one of the many things I appreciate about Resnick's writing. She informs as well as entertains. As to the story, poor Esther -- she and Lopez can't seem to get it together. They really are made for each other, and the book ends with them once again separated. I am very much enjoying how Resnick is fleshing out her fledgling characters in this new series and appreciate how very likable she makes the good ones and and you really want to boot the bad ones.That's how real her characters are.
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In "Unsympathetic Magic" the third book in the Esther Diamond series our heroine finds herself facing evil zombie magic and a still unbelieving would be boyfriend while just trying to get ahead in acting.

While filming a roll for a gritty police drama in Harlem she becomes embroiled in a fight with weird gargoyle like creatures and a zombie. Although almost all evidence disappears Esther, being Esther, can't help but shove her nose in and with her wizard friend Max, an old boyfriend and a couple of locals in tow she is soon teaching acting classes to kids at a local community center that seems to be at the middle of the problems.

I agree with a lot of people that her erstwhile boy friend Conner Lopez is getting too much. It's one thing to not believe in the supernatural. He's a detective and likely to be pragmatic so I don't mind that he doesn't believe her when she says she's seen ghosts or something BUT his assumption she's being drugged by Max and she needs drug tests or mental health counseling is way over the top and should cool off even the hottest desire.

I liked this story but not as much as the prior story "Dopplegangster." I found the mystery was way too direct and a lot of the humor was missing. It is funny and in a field of urban fantasy's dominated by wizards, werewolves, witches, vampires and who knows what, a girl who just wants to be an actress but can't help interfering is down right refreshing. Read this but only after reading one of the earlier books. You'll like it better that way.
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