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Velia and the Magician (Books of Alexios)

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This novella tells of a tragic episode during the earth-bound life of Velia Gray.

The story begins in 1924, on a residential street in New York City. Velia was seven years old at the time, and had suffered for many years with symptoms of synesthesia. She befriends a street performer, known only as The Magic
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Published December 1st 2014
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Nov 29, 2016 Jacob rated it really liked it
Shelves: rev-req, fours
I really liked this strange little novella. It's a bittersweet period piece that's pretty hard to classify in terms of genre. I think I would call it Magic realism because there are definitely subtle fantasy overtones, but they're not really the focus. The pacing is fairly subdued, and there's a lot of political commentary. Certain scenes were very suspenseful, but this book is more about people and relationships than action.

The story deals with the friendship between a young girl with synesthe
K.A. Krisko
This is a very well-written novella, with excellent characterizations and often lyrical descriptions. I got a good sense of what the area looked like, and some inkling of what Harlem in the 1920s might have been like, though the scope of a novella doesn’t allow for much development in that regard.

At first I thought there might be a touch of the supernatural, but no, that doesn’t seem to be the case. This is simply a story of unusual people thrown together by circumstance, sometimes of their own
Sep 25, 2015 Kshitij rated it it was amazing
This novella about Velia, a seven year girl suffering from a strange disorder, Synaesthesia, is both interesting and heart warming. The feel of early twentieth century is all over the book and the dialogues are engaging and to the point. Although it looks a small part of bigger work, it could be read as a standalone story.
Velia is so sweet and adorable that you can’t help worry about her. The magician, a quirky young man, with an unusual talking style and dressing sense, develops an unlikely rel
H M Reynolds
Feb 05, 2016 H M Reynolds rated it really liked it
From the title, I had expected a fantasy novel. In fact the magician of the title is more of the conventional sort from our own world.
But this book does not need magic to grip the reader.
It is the story of a relationship that forms between a street performer and an eccentric young girl who has an unspecified mental disability and perhaps a hinted at gift. The friendship between the magician, the girl and her mother is well written.
There is a cumulation of trouble for the magician at the end of t
Claude Dancourt
Oct 03, 2015 Claude Dancourt rated it really liked it
‘Velia and the Magician’ describes the friendship between a young Afro-American girl and an English street performer. The Magician watches her go to school every morning. It takes a car accident for him to actually go to the girl, allegedly to save and protect her. Miss V seems to be fragile, an easy target for bullies of all kind. But as her bond with the Magician grows, you realize that maybe she is the one to teach him about the world, through ‘never give up’ lessons to ‘take Mona dancing’ ...more
Jay Mepps
Sep 17, 2015 Jay Mepps rated it really liked it
Velia is a neuro-atypical little girl in 1924 Harlem who befriends a street magician, who becomes a friend and protector to her and her work worn mother.

The two main characters make a very unusual pair and both of them are full of contrasts. Seven-year- old Velia can’t keep her pronouns straight but can see what’s behind the magician’s tricks (both staged and real life). The magician is endlessly kind and patient with Velia and her mother, but then he’s also a thief.

This darkly whimsical quick
Remesh R.
Sep 18, 2015 Remesh R. rated it really liked it
This is a brilliant overture. Chance knows how to weave a nest with words. This is a peculiar story with a tinge of paranormal shade to it.

Velia is a strange kid. She is bullied by the other boys in her city. One one fatal day, she meets with an accident and the magician comes to her rescue. The magician is also a curious personality who talks in a weird manner. The author takes us to another world where magic can happen. Is it the magician who is performing the magic? Or is it Velia? How is it
Dec 30, 2014 Bookbaby rated it really liked it
This is a difficult book to categorise, but I thoroughly enjoyed the tale of a quirk, lonely young man, a street magician with a heart of gold and his own odd sense of morality. He befriend's an odd little girl, and they help each other, leaning on each other for companionship and friendship. The author draws you into their world, one of poverty and discrimination in 1920's urban America, but the book isn't depressing in the least.
I'll be looking for more from this author.
Gisele Siegmund
Nov 27, 2015 Gisele Siegmund rated it it was amazing
This is a story about friendship developed from an unexpected situation. The characters are far from perfect; they are oddly likable even if there is a little "harmless" shadiness involved in some of the action that takes place (mainly by the Magician). There is still a sense of honesty and commitment that is developed perhaps because of both Velia and the Magician's loneliness.
George Saoulidis
Mar 16, 2016 George Saoulidis rated it it was ok
Received a free copy for an honest review.
This must be for a person totally opposite of me. I didn't like it at all. It's not badly written, I just found it uninteresting. There are POV shifts, characters make no sense, themes are thrown in for no reason.
Didn't resonate with me.
Kathy Golden
Nov 14, 2015 Kathy Golden rated it it was amazing
This novella was well written and engaging. It's an usual story, and Velia is a protagonist you'll enjoy meeting. The other characters were easy to care about and the story flowed well. Even though the author warns that it contains a tragedy, I still found the ending to be sad. It's a fast read.
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