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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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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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This series is different. Esther has no occult powers at all- just a habit of getting herself into weird mystical situations. She tends to have a sense of humor about it, though, and that shows- these books have nice bantering. The secondary characters are usually lots of fun, too.
I'll admit that the on-again, off-again romance with Lopez is getting a bit repetitious... but Resnik writes it well, and I hope at some point there's a change from the current stalemate.
These books are a lot of fun, and great to read when life becomes fraught.
Each of the previous books has explored a different aspect of magic, and that's been fun as well. I'm hoping to see further development of the characters within the recurring cast as Esther's adventures continue. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick but enjoyable read.
How Esther manages to get arrested for prostitution is both squicky and ridiculously funny. Not safe for work - you might draw attention laughing.
This is the third book in the Esther Diamond series. I found it to be slow going at first but once the pace picked up it was filled with fun and humor. Unsympathetic Magic can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend starting with the first book. The other two books in the series are Disappearing Nightly and Doppelgangster.
The novel is not laugh out loud funny, but it is light, amusing and quite satisfying. I'd highly recommend it.
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Very good information on other beliefs. Characters who are not one dimensional. A must read for zombie fans.