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Reis O'Brien
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I have read several fiction books that have dealt directly or inderectly with magic. But I want more. Anyone have any suggestions?

Here's what I've read so far....

Carter The Great by Gold
Adventures of Kavelier & Clay - Chabon
Blue Moon Circus - Raleigh
The Houdini Mysteries -
American Gods - Gaiman
Geek Love

There's probably others.
Not sure if this is the right forum for this topic, but, hey, it's about books.

Thanks all!

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The Vanished Man by Jeffrey Deaver is a detective novel about a serial killer who kills his victims by re-creating classics of magic from the masters. There's a cover story on it in Genii this month with an excerpt but I would just suggest buying it rather then reading a chunk from the middle.
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There was a good one written by Peter Straub, I think. I read it years ago but I cannot seem to remember the title right now. I will look it up and get back to you.

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Well, depending on how loose your definition is, we could include James Swain's novels (regarding a cheat catcher but..y'know...similar...hehehe)
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On 2003-08-07 23:41, ixnay66 wrote:
The Vanished Man by Jeffrey Deaver is a detective novel about a serial killer who kills his victims by re-creating classics of magic from the masters. There's a cover story on it in Genii this month with an excerpt but I would just suggest buying it rather then reading a chunk from the middle.


I do not not read many novels but I just finished reading this on vacation. Very good book by the author of "Bone Collector". Full of twists and turns and I was not expecting the ending. An easy read especially if one has an interest in magic. (Although two people in my office who do not do magic read it before me and found it very enjoyable). Does stretch the imagination here and there but still a good read. I would recommend it.
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The story by Peter Straub is called Shadowland! It is really good as I recall. I may even get a hold of a copy and read it again. It is in the category of a horror story, FYI.

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'52 Ways to Magic America' by James Flint is a magic fiction book ! - it's pretty good !! - there are a couple of parts that border on exposure though Smile Smile

Still ...... well worth a look !!
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James Swain, aside from his Tony Valentine novels mentioned earlier, wrote a book in '89 titled "The man who could walk through walls" you can find it at amazon. I believe it is about a made-up nephew of Houdini.
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Books of magic? Matt Wagner, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Joerges Borges... might even want to include the G. K. Chesterton mysteries to that list.
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Reis O'Brien
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I've read The Vanished Man by Deaver. It was ok, but didn't blow me away. And I've seen the Peter Straub book in B&N, so now I think I'll grab it.

Thanks for the input, gang!

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I would suggest you contact Michael Canick in NY. He's a book seller and also collects and sells Magic Fiction.( A Google.com search of his name will turn you on to his web site) He publishes a list of Magic Fiction titles that you may want to get your hands on. I have approx 115 to 130 titles on my shelves, and I haven't even scratched the surface. Canick's list contains hundreds, if not over a thousand books, and even he hasn't listed them all.
Have fun and as always,

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I own a book called "Sorcerers" by Jacob Needleman. It is about a Magician passing on his craft to a young apprentice. Very thought provoking. Smile
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Thanks John Smetana for the info on Michael Canick’s list. The list doesn’t seem to be on-line anywhere (please correct me if I’m wrong), but can be bought from him at $15 at his website: http://www.canick.com

This is what it says on his site:

3877. Canick, Michael (Comp). MAGIC IN FICTION: A SHORT-TITLE CHECKLIST. 1998, Volcanick, 1st Ed, Stapled wraps. A listing of authors, titles, & publishing info for over 700 non-magic fiction works in a variety of genres which feature magic or magicians. Incl works related to circus, gambling, hypnotism, ventriloquism and the occult. $15.00.
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Well, I'm writing a fiction novel. So, if it ever gets published I'll post about it being published. Smile
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Hey all,

Don't forget Robertson Davies, "The Deptford Trilogy".

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There are some listed on my website at http://www.markfarrar.co.uk/mbooks01.htm.
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On 2003-08-09 11:14, Firedice27 wrote:
I've read The Vanished Man by Deaver. It was ok, but didn't blow me away.


Are you kidding!? I read it a few weeks ago and I thought it was incredible! One of the greatest books I've read in a while!
Reis O'Brien
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Nope, sorry... just didn't like it. Blue Moon Circus slayed me though.
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