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Disappearing Nightly (Esther Diamond #1)

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I'm not a heroine -- I just play one.

Also psychotics, vamps, orphans, hookers, housewives and -- on one memorable occasion -- a singing rutabaga. It was never my ambition to utilize my extensive dramatic training by playing a musical vegetable. However, as my agent is fond of pointing out, there are more actors in New York than there are people in most other cities. Transl
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Published November 1st 2006 by Luna Books (first published December 1st 2005)
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Mar 12, 2015 Carol. rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one, really

Negative 40.5 stars

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If I’m being honest–and I am, because I have yet to write my dishonest review–this is not my type of book. And if I’m being very honest–and I am, because I don’t want to make the mistake of reading this again–this is only an okay book, a book serviceable for people who enjoy the genre, and who aren’t feeling picky about writing or characterization.

Esther is working as a chorus girl and understudy in a magic-themed Broadway pro
3.5 stars, but I am rounding up. Why is this author not getting more attention? Laura Resnick is a recent discovery for me Fallen from Grace Fallen from Grace suffers from a really bad cover and not enough buzz -- I think the cover turns readers away (it shouldn't, the story is great). Disappearing Nightly suffers similarly. Apparently The Esther Diamond series has quite a few books in it (5!) and she has an epic fantasy series also. But I never see Resnick's books turn up on my GR friends' TBR ...more
Lolly's Library
They often say it takes a certain mixture of acting and alchemy to make it on Broadway. In Esther Diamond's case, this is a literal truth. In a refreshing change of pace in the paranormal/urban fantasy genre, the lead character, Ms. Diamond, isn't paranormal. Nor is she supernatural, preternatural, or anything other than a hard-at-work actress, tired of waiting tables and ready for her big break, even if that break means she's the understudy to a bubble-brained pop princess in a magic-themed sta ...more
Olga Godim
This was my first Laura Resnick but it won’t be my last. I was wavering about this novel’s rating. Some chapters, I wanted to give it 5 stars. Others, my estimation slid to 3 stars. Average: 4 stars.
Mishaps of the disappearing acts plague the magicians of New York. Their assistants disappear. Seriously. Every time a magician performs a disappearing trick on stage, his assistant vanishes, never to be seen again. The magicians of the city are beginning to panic.
The protagonist Esther is a no-nons
Jennifer Crusie describes the series as "“A paranormal screwball comedy adventure. Light, happy, fantastically funny!" ... and I CANNOT AGREE MORE!! It has been awhile since I read a book that is so deliciously funny, I chuckle like crazy, even get stomachache because of it.

This book combines a feisty heroine, a bunch of over-the-top supporting characters (including a 350 years old magician and a bunch of drag performers), a sexy love interest, AND a crackling plot involving disappearances of p
This was a really fun read that kept me up WAY to late!
Cristina (a book away from an episode of hoarders)
This was a bit of a madcap jaunt through a paranormal mystery. Esther Diamond is a chorus girl, and understudy to Golly Gee, the main “star” of a production of Sorcerer! when havoc erupts (as it does). Golly Gee disappears as she’s supposed to during the magic musical live performance but doesn’t reappear. Getting a cryptic note about EVIL afoot, Esther is nervous about the role she’s now cast in. Not to mention the fact that Golly Gee, a charicature of female b celebrities, is not the first per ...more
This is a fun little urban fantasy book, the start of a series about an aspiring actress named Esther Diamond who lives in New York City and ends up pulled into some otherworldly intrigue, and making friends with a 350 year old Dr. Zadok who happens to have drank a potion for immortality and is stationed in New York in a quest to defend the world from evil.

This first novel tracks the mystery of people who actually fully disappear when they are part of magical acts were they are supposed to be p
I would love to rate this book higher, because it really was an enjoyable read, much more enjoyable than a lot of my other 3-star reads. But, the flaws are too great to ignore, and, while I enjoyed it, I recognize that there are aspects that turned me off, and would turn off other readers, as well.

The biggest turn-off was that there's rape in it. The villain, as punishment for his evil ways, suffers a horribly violent fate. In and of itself, that's not terrible, except that it seemed that the au
Frustration. This little pill of an urban mystery novel looked like such a good time when I read the blurb on the back. Magicians and disappearing assistants, goofy characters and wacky hijinks aplenty. What's not to like? A lot, as it turns out.

To be fair, there were a few things about this book that I did enjoy. There were spots of zaniness (especially in the fairly large and colorful cast of secondary characters), and a few moments where I smiled, but Ms. Resnick felt the urge to wrap this wh
First off, while this could technically be called an urban fantasy, it doesn't really have the atmosphere of one and I'd be more likely to call it a magical mystery. Disappearing Nightly is a charming, wonderfully intriguing tale featuring the logical off-Broadway actress Esther Diamond, who through no fault of her own stumbles into the world of magic, and the path of Dr. Maximillian Zadok.

The author crafted a well-done, swiftly plotted yarn that left me pleased as punch. The characters went bey
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Esther Diamond does not have a paranormal bone in her body. What she does have is a role in a play featuring magic. Everything changes when Golly Gee, the lead actress, disappears for real during a performance. As her understudy Esther has to solve the mystery before she has to take Golly Gee’s place and risk becoming another real disappearance.

Laura Resnick has written a funny paranormal mystery filled with quirky characters some of whom do have paranormal abilities. Along with a great plot th
Darcia Helle
This book made me laugh, kept me interested throughout, and allowed me to step outside of the "normal" world just a little.

Esther is an aspiring actress who gets caught up in a bizarre mystery of disappearing people. In her quest to discover why and how these people are simply vanishing, she meets Maximillian Zadok and a host of characters whose names are as unique and memorable as their personalities.

The story has a slight paranormal edge and a magical twist. But there is nothing that you must
This book was quirky fun. Review over... okay perhaps a bit more depth.

Disappearing Nightly is an interesting book in the 'Urban Fantasy' canon. Like much such work it centers around a mystery and a 'hidden world' of supernatural. In this case a series of 'disappearing acts' have resulted in assistants actually disappearing without a trace. Ester, the semi-professional Actress who was the understudy for one of the disapperee's teams up with Max, a centuries old Magician, in order to figure out w
i picked up this book to read on a road trip, and it definetely provided a few hours of entartainment while riding in the back seat of a car (while you are trying to distract yourself from the fact that you have car sickness). the story line is easy to follow, the characters are hilarious, and i couldn't wait to get to the end. i think it might be the first one in the series, and it is definetely a good start.
It took me a while but I finally found and read Disappearing Nightly, the first of the Esther Diamond series. I began reading the series with Doppelgangster first. When I read the fly, the series appeared to begin with Doppelgangster yet the story and characters often refer to prior adventures. My first thought was that maybe the series began as a short story. Goodreads showed me differently and I began the hunt for the first book.

I enjoyed the introductory chapters; I enjoyed learning how Esthe
This is the first book in the Esther Diamond series but it was published after several of the sequels by DAW since the original publisher had some issues. This made it interesting to read since I have read the other books which have references to what happens in this story, but that did not diminish the fun I had reading it.

Esther is a struggling actress in New York City working in a magic act/play as an understudy when the starlet disappears -literally. Soon she finds out other magic acts have
Bridgette Redman
As if low wages, tight costumes, long hours, demanding bosses, and diva stars weren't enough to plague an actress, Esther Diamond also has to worry about a plague of magicians whose magic is anything but mundane or explainable.

It is this premise which Laura Resnick draws out into a delightful romp in Disappearing Nightly, a Luna novel due out in December 2005. Set on Broadway in modern New York, Disappearing Nightly is a first-person tale that banishes all the darkness found in Luna's other mod
Esther Diamond, a sometimes-(off)-Broadway actress, and a not-quite-immortal wizard search for the magician responsible for a series of disappearances. Light in tone with a (sometimes overwhelmingly) zany cast of characters, this is a mostly enjoyable, slightly romantic urban fantasy.

That said, the ending put a very sour taste in my mouth because of a scene in which the villain is raped. My perception is that the author set it up to be a scene of cosmic justice set against a laugh-track backgro
This, the first book in the Esther Diamond series, actually did disappear from shelves when it was first published. Then DAW, which printed the later books in the series, stepped in to issue a new edition. The downside to having read books 2, 3, and 4 previous to this one is that I knew what was going to happen, which did dampen my enjoyment somewhat. But it had me laughing out loud at the characters' antics, and I enjoyed spending time with old favorites again. This is the fictional equivalent ...more
Imagine if Stephanie Plum were involved in a supernatural plot...that's the feeling of this book. Esther Diamond is a struggling actress under-studying a B grade pop star in a musical about a socerer, when the pop star disappears for real in the disappearing act. Then Esther herself gets notes warning her not to do the same act.

Esther becomes involved in the investigation of evil magic when magician's assistants start disappearing. Ms. Resnic has given us a colorful cast of characters and a very
I had read the sixth book in this series and thought, "I don't need to start at the beginning." But then they became available at the library....
And this book was pretty good. Not as good as the first one I read but I have high hopes for the second which is ready to be picked up ;)
Esther Diamond is an actress who is about to get her big break. She's been understudy to a semi-famous star in an off-(off?)Broadway play featuring a magician. Golly Gee disappeared during a disappearing act. But, to q
Fun quick read. Just what I want when I don't want to think too hard .
Esther Diamond ist eine Schauspielerin die in einem Zauber-Musical eine Nebenrolle spielt und auf ihre Durchbruch wartet. Als die Hauptdarstellerin bei einer Vorstellung in einen magischen Glaskasten steigt und auf Nimmerwiedersehen verschwindet, scheint ihre Chance gekommen, denn sie ist die Zweitbesetzung. Mulmig ist Esther schon und die Polizei ermittelt wegen Gollys Verschwinden, allerdings nur halbherzig, denn niemand glaubt an Zauberei. Schließlich ist Esther bereit für Golly einzuspringen ...more
Straddles the line between chick lit and fantasy - but does it well. A spunky girl in the big city, trying to make it on (off-)Broadway, is suddenly thrown into the midst of magical events and given a warning to stay off the stage if she values her life. Esther must try to save both her life and her career... not to mention the world.
Tim Hicks
Stephanie Plum with magic, but a simpler plot.
This is a book for the beach, or poolside, or a long bus ride.

Lopez is a straight steal from Evanovich.

Diamond isn't an engaging character. Quite bland, really, and making her not-a-morning-person doesn't bring her to life.

The book develops slowly. Deductions are made even more slowly. I'm not sure Resnick knows what "transmutation" means.

There are perhaps too many colourful characters, even allowing for them doing magic as a living.

It doesn't
This was great! An absolute riot! Lots of fun to read. A really ridiculous magical mystery with crazy characters. Chuckles in every chapter. I can't wait to read the next one.
Bryan Brown
Cute, lighthearted and goofy. I couldn't read more than one in a row but a good palate cleanser between heavier fare. I will read the next.
Kat Holmes
ABsolutely stunning. I was so upset when Luna screwed up the publishing of the sequel. But, in just two days the sequel will finally be released!
A solid 3.5 stars. My snarky side never emerged despite some silliness. It was an easy but not too dumb, fun read.
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Laura Resnick is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author, the daughter of prolific science fiction author Mike Resnick. She was the winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction for 1993. She also writes romance novels under the pseudonym Laura Leone
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Esther Diamond (7 books)
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“I'm not a heroine, I just play heroines. Also psychotics, vamps, orphans, hookers, housewives, and ”on one memorable occasionâ ”a singing rutabaga. It was never my ambition to utilize my extensive dramatic training by playing a musical vegetable. However, as my agent is so fond of pointing out, there are more actors in New York than there are people in most other cities. Translation: Beggars can't be choosers.” 5 likes
“And I want you to know," Max said kindly to him, "I don't hold you in any way responsible."
Lysander frowned. "For what?"
"For sending me an assistant who wanted to take over New York with the help of a virgin-raping,mundane-eating demon."
Lysander stiffened. "I am not 'in any way responsible' for that!"
"You did authorize the assignment," I reminded him.
"Well, I— I—" Lysander cleared his throat. "The decision was made at headquarters. All I did was sign
the standard paperwork.”
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