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Magic Street - Orson Scott Card
Magic Street
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Orson Scott Card has the distinction of having swept both the Hugo and Nebula awards in two consecutive years with his amazing novels Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead. For a body of work that ranges from science fiction to nonfiction to plays, Card has been recognized as an author who... show more
Orson Scott Card has the distinction of having swept both the Hugo and Nebula awards in two consecutive years with his amazing novels Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead. For a body of work that ranges from science fiction to nonfiction to plays, Card has been recognized as an author who provides vivid, colorful glimpses between the world we know and worlds we can only imagine.In a peaceful, prosperous African American neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mack Street is a mystery child who has somehow found a home. Discovered abandoned in an overgrown park, raised by a blunt-speaking single woman, Mack comes and goes from family to family–a boy who is at once surrounded by boisterous characters and deeply alone. But while Mack senses that he is different from most, and knows that he has strange powers, he cannot possibly understand how unusual he is until the day he sees, in a thin slice of space, a narrow house. Beyond it is a backyard–and an entryway into an extraordinary world stretching off into an exotic distance of geography, history, and magic.Passing through the skinny house that no one else can see, Mack is plunged into a realm where time and reality are skewed, a place where what Mack does and sees seem to have strange affects in the “real world” of concrete, cars, commerce, and conflict. Growing into a tall, powerful young man, pursuing a forbidden relationship, and using Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night Dream as a guide into the vast, timeless fantasy world, Mack becomes a player in an epic drama. Understanding this drama is Mack’s challenge. His reward, if he can survive the trip, is discovering not only who he really is . . . but why he exists.Both a novel of constantly surprising entertainment and a tale of breathtaking literary power, Magic Street is a masterwork from a supremely gifted, utterly original American writer–a novel that uses realism and fantasy to delight, challenge, and satisfy on the most profound levels.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780345416902 (0345416902)
ASIN: 345416902
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
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The Book Frog
The Book Frog rated it
2.0 Magic Street
A Midsummer Night's Dream transported to the twenty-first century and set with an all Black cast in Baldwin Hills, a "mixed middle-class" African American neighborhood of longstanding in Los Angeles, Magic Street exhibits many of Orson Scott Card's best qualities as a writer--soaring prose, strong c...
traciloudin
traciloudin rated it
1.0 Magic Street
OSC normally rocks. But this is the worst OSC book I've ever read. I think the main problem is that the plot isn't his (it's based on Shakespeare), so he had to work to get the characters to fit the framework of a story that isn't his to begin with. And the characters just weren't his normal style a...
Maybe Tomorrow
Maybe Tomorrow rated it
2.0
Not one of his best books, but I really appreciated the characterization and the effort he put into getting the "black" right, without making the character stereotypical.
altheaann
altheaann rated it
As with all of Card's books, this most recent of his is very well written.It takes place in an upper-middle-class black american community. Card's afterword makes much of how he had his black friend vet it before sending it out - I think because he KNEW that he'd be taking a lot of criticism. The ch...
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