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ปริศนาแห่งมนตรา (Magic or Madness #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,621 Ratings  ·  326 Reviews
ปฐมบทของหนังสือไตรภาคชุดปริศนาแหงมนตรา
... ถาเวทมนตรมีจริง งันทุกอยางทีฉันเรียนมากผิดหมด โลกนีไมไดอธิบายได ไมไดเปนเหตุเปนผล ไมไดเปนอยางทีซาราฟินาวาไวเลย ...
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242 pages
Published December 2010 by แพรวสำนักพิมพ์ (first published March 17th 2005)
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Kate
Aug 09, 2007 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't like fantasy
I’ve never been into books about dragons and fairies and whatnot (I don’t even care for Lord of the Rings), but Larbalestier’s magic is so suffused with real, temporal, relational implications that it was easy to overlook the unicorn-adorned fantasy sticker on the book’s spine. Magic, in this world, does not rely on the wand-and-spell clichés that make Harry Potter so endearing, instead finding inspiration in psychic energy that flows from humans to the natural world and back again.

The heroine,
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Lauren Giova
Sep 06, 2007 Lauren Giova rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want just a taste of the fantasy world.
I have to first start off with the point of view, or points of view i should say. Reason, the main character started the story off by narrating in first person. But as the story proceeded and introduced more characters the telling was twisted into third person with these new characters as the focal point. I found this more irritating than confusing and wished the story would have been told from one point of view preferably Reason's. I believe the maintaining of Reason's narration would have brou ...more
Res
Aug 14, 2007 Res rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, locus_poll
The one where Reason's mother goes mad, leaving Reason in the clutches of the grandmother she's been taught is a wicked witch.

I enjoyed this, though like many YA books it was more of a snack than a full novel. (It only lasted me a day and a half! I had to make a special evening trip to the library so as not to face a bookless night!)

I enjoyed spending time with Reason; unlike a lot of YA heroines, she's not whiny, nor are her problems trivial. She is exasperatingly unwilling to listen or ask qu
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Alisha Marie
I have alluded (or more like outright stated) in my previous reviews my love of anything to do with witches and magic. Even thinking about anything remotely to do with magic instantly brings me back to a much more innocent place in my life. Ever since this, okay I’ll say it, obsession with this type of world started, I’ve been searching for books about magic that would take me back to the wonderment I first felt by watching something about it (Charmed) and reading something about it (Harry Potte ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

Reason Cansino has always been taught to fear her grandmother, Esmeralda. Reason's mother, Sarafina, has taken them all over Australia, mostly to remote Aboriginal settlements. Reason has only been to a real school once, but Sarafina has taught her lots of things, mostly math and some science.

Reason has been happy with her life, but when Sarafina goes crazy--really crazy, as in trying to kill herself instead of her usual craziness consisting of thi
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Lightreads
Disappointing. Larbalestier's Liar -- when it impressed and when it didn't -- that book was interesting. It was thinking and messing with the boundaries of young adult fiction and just doing stuff.

This book is none of the above. It's just a couple hundred pages in which stuff happens. And I was frankly confused, because this is a universe where people -- women, mostly -- have a choice between the assumption of power and death on one hand, or eventual mental illness (unspecified) on the other. M
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Ithlilian
Jan 11, 2011 Ithlilian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A mother that drags her child from village to village running from an evil witch may not seem quite sane. That would be because she's not. Her child, Reason, the main character, seems to think her mother is perfectly ok even though she tried to kill herself twice. It really leads you to think that the evil witch grandmother can't be that bad. So when Reason is shipped off to live with the crazy witch, we assume the grandmother will turn out normal. Not quite. There is the cat with it's throat cu ...more
Margot
Aug 26, 2009 Margot rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. Not great either, but a very interesting concept. Magic exists, but it comes with a hefty price. One you can't avoid. Either you use your magic but you die early, or you ignore your magic and go insane. It's told from the point of view of several characters across the chapters, but the author does a good job keeping you abreast of who's talking without making it forced.

It splits the story between Sydney, Australia and NY, NY, with characters from both locations. So the English is either
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Anne Osterlund
Reason’s mother is mad.
Which means Reason has to move to Sidney, Australia. And move in with her grandmother.
The Witch.
Or rather, the woman who believes she’s a witch. And whom Reason and her mother have spent their entire lives fleeing.

But as soon as Reason arrives in Sidney, she makes plans to run away.
She just didn’t intend to run away through the back door. Using the hidden key.

And wind up in the middle of a snowstorm in New York.

Justine Larbalestier’s Magic or Madness is the first book in a
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Carole
Sep 25, 2015 Carole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reason is sent to live with her feared grandmother after her mother is institutionalised, not knowing that the magic her mother was trying to escape is alive and well in both her grandmother and in Reason herself. There is a bit of intrigue (why did all of her female ancestors die so young) to keep the plot moving along, while Reason is planning her escape routes. She is quite a resourceful 15 year old. The relationship between magic and power is examined, as is the inner battle between using po ...more
Mickell
May 09, 2008 Mickell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how I came across this book, but I'm glad I checked it out from the library & didn't buy it. It was really just ok for me (that sounded like Randy from American idol - dawg). Anyways, I wouldn't recommend it. I don't even think I will bother reading the other 2 books in the trilogy.
Kelly
Apr 18, 2009 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-sci-fi
I really was not a fan of this book. I thought Larbalestier's writing was just strange. Some of her sentence structure just made no sense and it got on my nerves. Then she jumped from first person narrative to 3rd, which made no sense to me either. I didn't add anything to the book only made it look unedited and just strange. I've never read a book that jumped back and forth like this. It would have been better had she just stayed with one style the whole way through. Also, you never start a boo ...more
Nikki
I loved Justine Larbalestier's Liar, and I think in a way it spoiled me for this book, which is equally readable but a bit less intricate, and requiring less thought. The basic idea is encapsulated in the title, which makes it very annoying that the main character, Reason, spends at least half the book not getting it -- it doesn't come as a big revelation to the reader, if they can put one and one together to make two.

My other problem with it was how prevalent the slang was. It's like Justine La
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Audrey
Sep 21, 2008 Audrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm just going to review all three of the books in this trilogy right here, because honestly, I don't think they should even be three separate books. One longer novel (with all the repetition edited out) would've been plenty for this concept, which was interesting, but that's about as far as I can go. The characters could be okay, but they're either too naive or annoying or just unrealistic, and they don't react to the novel's situation very believably AT ALL. Switching narrators also annoyed me ...more
Kelly Aley
I don't even know how to rate this. I felt like most of the book was a very long chapter one. You never really figure out what is going on until the last few chapters. Even then, more effort into world building needed to happen. Perhaps the author has it all in her head, but she does not share it with the reader. She also starts the book off in 1st person POV and then strangely switches to third, or really first of another character, but not an omniscient third. It needed some tighter editing. T ...more
Rachel
Feb 05, 2015 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-lit
Eh. This book was kind of difficult to get into. I probably won't read it again, but it wasn't HORRIBLE! I guess the hardest part for me was that there was very little character development; I never really connected with Reason, and her friendship with Tom, especially, seemed really rushed, which made it hard to understand why he was so desperate to find her in New York. There is also not much about Esmeralda, who I assume is a bigger character in the sequels, and I still don't understand how Re ...more
Laura Martinelli
So, I hadn’t heard much about the Magic Lessons trilogy until after I had initially read Liar—up until then, my only experience with Justine Larbalestier’s work was reading How to Ditch Your Fairy and giving up partway through because while that book had a cool idea, the concept was clearly not that all thought out. And I think I can say the same of Magic or Madness. There’s cool ideas, there’s definitely a strong story set up here, it’s just that Larbalestier spends so much time on the set up t ...more
Skye
Feb 22, 2011 Skye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.

Magic Or Madness was Justine Larbalestier's first YA novel. I've read Liar by her before, and it's one of my favorites. I enjoyed reading Magic Or Madness, but I wasn't wowed by it like I was her other books.

I recognised the writing style - simple, emotive, and captivating. The plot was tense, the characters were all realistic and dynamic, and the ending was satisfying. The premise was unique, and I liked how the book explored a downside t
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Mandy
Dec 08, 2007 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Magic lovers who like a twist
This book is about Reason Cansino and she lives in Australia. Her mother and her have been traveling the outback trying to escape her crazy grandmother. Although her mother becomes insane and is sent to a care place. So Reason is put in the care of her grandmother. Reason's mother, Sarafina, has told her of all of the bad things about the house and her mother. She believes her to be an evil woman who does evil deeds. But as Reason lives there more often, she is becoming to realize that her grand ...more
Laura
Feb 16, 2007 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this better than the other teen sci-fi trilogy I've been reading (Westerfield's Uglies/Pretties/Specials). And it is related--apparently Westerfield was a mentor for this author.

Anyway, good stuff. Reason has been raised in the Outback by her mother, constantly running from an "evil" grandmother. The duo gets caught and mom is hauled off to a psychiatric hospital. Now, Reason finds that her grandmother doesn't seem that scary or evil, but she can't go against what her mother taught her
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Alesiab
Dec 12, 2012 Alesiab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magic or Madness

Reason Cansino and her mother Sarafina have been on the run in the Australia outback as long as Reason can remember. For fifteen years they have been running away from Reasons grandmother Esmeralda, this crazy woman that believes in magic. After her mother suffers a mental breakdown, Reason is sent to her grandmother in Sydney. Soon after arriving Reason finds herself in the streets of NYC, and she is forced to face the truth… her mother did lie.. Reason is magic! You will love t
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Everett
Jun 04, 2016 Everett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everett Brown
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Why Magic or Madness is a good book
Reason Cansino is a teenage girl who is faced with a decision that will either save or ruin her life. Reason has magic, a talent that few people have, and must either use it and die early, or not use it and go crazy. This is the plot of Magic or Madness, a book by Justine Larbalestier. Some of the things that make this such a good book is the plot, believable characters, and the world she sets up. Magic or M
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Luciana Darce
Jul 23, 2014 Luciana Darce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tenho uma confissão a fazer: não escolhi esse livro porque já conhecia a autora (até porque antes disso nunca tinha ouvido falar dela...) e nem por ter sido fisgada pela sinopse (que só vim a ler depois de já tê-lo colocado na agenda do Desafio Literário 2011). O verdadeiro motivo que me levou a escolher esse livro foi o seguinte: ele tem uma coruja na capa brasileira.

Felizmente, esse não foi um daqueles casos em que "quem vê capa não vê coração" (hum... acho que estou confundindo alguma coisa..
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ACS Librarian
I like the way this story mixes magic and real-world wonders. And how the magic itself can be good and evil, no matter who might attempt to harness it.

15-year-old Reason Castino has spent her entire life on the run from powers that threaten to tear her apart and drive her insane. She 19s eventually forced to join the modern world - all the action takes place in Sydney and New York City. She finds her first two teenage friends: Tom 13 who dreams of being a celebrity fashion designer; and JayTee
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Harry Brake
Jun 12, 2015 Harry Brake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darn, I'm hooked. Starting out in a book with a 3 or four start you never know how it will end, yet, Justine Larbalestier's Magic or Madness fuels up and just keeps gaining speed and momentum of interest until the very end. Definitely a five star, I started with a pretty interesting concept of magic that personalized itself in Reason. (If you have started this series you know some words and what they mean in that sentence without it being a spoiler.

Dancing between Australia and New York, this st
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Jamie
May 05, 2008 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 14-16, fantasy
This first in a fantasy trilogy is a very fast paced read. Reason's mother goes insane, so she has to go live with her grandmother, the source of her mother's insanity, or so she has been led to believe. Reason tries to avoid contact with Esmerelda, but decides she needs to run away. Little does she know running away will send her from Australia to New York. The book is full of action, a little violence, and is a good entry in the urban fantasy genre.
Kimberly Ann
Feb 14, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I found this book in one of my several TBR piles, and it is so old that the pages are yellow around the edges.

Reason and her mother, Sarafina, have been on a "walk-about" for as long as Reason can remember..... Now Sarafina is on her way to a mental hospital and Reason is on her way to live with her Grandmother (the evil witch), Esmeralda..... Reason refuses to speak, eat, or come out of her room.

Sarafina has spent her life running away from her Magick and her her mother..... She has filled Reas
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Heather


Reason has been taught from a young age to believe in numbers and logic. She has also been taught that her grandmother is a dangerous woman. But, when she is 15, her mother has a mental breakdown and custody is given to her grandmother.

While trying to escape the house like she has been trained to do by her mother, she goes through a door that opens into New York and then can't figure out how to get back. She's taken in by another girl who is magical and now Reason has to decide whose stories to
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Ling
Nov 17, 2008 Ling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who loves magic
If you are the one who have magic, you will choose magic or madness?
Reason was a teenager who had magic. Around her family, everyone who used their magic died early, but who didn't use their magic became mad around thirty years old.
What would Reason choose?
cindy
It's different kind of magic. It's magic or madness. Hanya itu pilihanmu. Kau bisa memilih menerima bakat sihirmu dan menggunakannya, dan kemudian menerima konsekwensinya bahwa sihir memakanmu, memendekkan hidupmu, membuatmu mati sebelum menikmati hidupmu.... atau jangan gunakan sihirmu dan kehilangan akal sehatmu, gila dan terkurung di rumah sakit jiwa.

Reason Cansino hidup dalam pelarian bersama ibunya Saraphina. Tapi sebenarnya ia sama sekali buta akan apa yang menyebabkan ibunya begitu ketaku
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Justine Larbalestier is an Australian young-adult fiction author. She is best known for the Magic or Madness trilogy: Magic or Madness, Magic Lessons and the newly released Magic's Child. She also wrote one adult non-fiction book, the Hugo-nominated The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction (Best Related Book, 2003), and edited another, Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentiet ...more
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