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The Invitation (The Books of Magic Novels #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  401 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
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When four mysterious men -- John Constantine, Mister E, Dr. Occult, and The Stranger -- approach Timothy Hunter with a magical offer, the boy accepts but isn't sure what he's gotten himself into. Soon, with an owl created from his yo-yo, Tim is whisked to the beginning of time with John Constantine, lands in modern-day San Francisco (and into a
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Published (first published May 1st 2003)
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Feather Mista
Sep 28, 2010 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gaimanistas, nenes y magistas.
Recommended to Feather by: Val.
Aceptable adaptación novelada de la miniserie de comic escrita por Neil Gaiman y dibujada por verdaderos talentos del noveno arte. Claro que todo lo que aporta los espectaculares dibujos en el comic no lo llega a verse compensado literariamente con la eficiente pero lineal prosa de Jablonski. También quita puntos que no aparezcan varios de los personajes del Universo DC que estaban originalmente en el comic (por problemas de derechos, supongo) y que se infantilicen un par de escenas para no alte ...more
Aelvana
Oct 30, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thirteen-year-old Tim is out one day on his skateboard when four strangers in trenchcoats come up to him and ask if he believes in magic. Tim agrees to a tour, of sorts, that takes him from the beginning of the world to its end, from the slums of London to the clubs of California to the court of Faerie. But Tim's not alone on this tour: he's got a much stronger magic than he knows, and even if he doesn't know who he is yet, others do.

This book is the first of the series, and reads like an introd
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Tatra
Jun 16, 2014 Tatra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first time I read this book I really didn't have any idea about the world of comics. The characters were just characters that appear in the course of a book and they were all just as fresh to me as Tim Hunter was. That was several years ago and I've learned just a little bit more about the word of comics. Not a whole lot, but enough that I recognize some of these names. I also find it fun that I can now see Neil Gaiman in these books, where I don't think I saw him before.

Beyond that, I liked
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Ethan Bridges
Apr 07, 2016 Ethan Bridges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I first read this back in the seventh grade. It is very similar to Harry Potter, given the fact that the protagonist wears glasses and has scruffy hair. I only recently discovered that it was a Neil Gaiman creation, and it was his story idea for a new graphic novel series. I picked up the graphic novel and was amazed by the shear exactness between the written novel and the graphic one. This is one of the series that I would love to get back into or when I have children of my own to read this pro ...more
Karen Field
This story was apparently a novelised version of a former comic written by Neil Gaiman. I’ve never read (or even heard of) the comic so whether it does it justice or not, I have no idea.

I’ve also read other reviews on this book, which say this book is very Harry Potterish. In my opinion, the two books are totally different. I never once thought of Harry Potter whilst reading this book. Yes, there’s a young, dark-haired boy in both books, but that’s were the resemblance ends.

But I did think of o
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Anthony
Apr 24, 2011 Anthony rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy, ya
I wanted to love this. I really did. I am a huge Tim Hunter fan from when the original BoM mini-series was released by DC/Vertigo back in 1989, and I've followed most every iteration of the character since then. I love Harry Potter, but Tim will always be closer to my heart because I met him first. Somehow, this series of paperback adaptations of the Neil Gaiman, and then John Ney Rieber, comics made it past me when they originally came out. I tripped across this one in a used bookstore. I was e ...more
Juan M
Sep 23, 2013 Juan M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: infantiles
En este primer libro se nos presenta al protagonista de la saga, un niño inglés, Tim Hunter, que no gusta de su vida, pero no sabe que el destino le dará una sorpresa: él podría llegar a ser un mago muy poderoso. (Sin duda muchos buscarán semejanzas con el joven Harry Potter, ya desde ver las portadas, pero se sorprenderán al saber que los cómics fueron escritos varios años antes que Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone).
Y es así que se nos presenta la Magia en el mundo actual, actuando siempr
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Owlboyle
Mar 11, 2016 Owlboyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the novel form of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel. It is a wonderful tale of mystery and magic; about growing up and making choices. It is also about the consequences of those choices. The Trenchcoat Bridgade takes Timothy Hunter on a wild adventure through time, space, and magic worlds. I can't wait to finish book 2.
Jessica
So apparently this book originally was published as a comic book written by Neil Gaiman, then recently got "literized" and was written as a novel. I didn't realize this was the case until I read the forward. I picked up this one on a whim because I was in the mood for something a bit creepy and Gaiman definitely can deliver that. And as I started in on the book, I could totally see how this book would have made a good comic book. All of the characters would be visually appealing.
The story was a
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Brittney Bower
Jan 16, 2014 Brittney Bower rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
was not able to finish this book. was even able to read the 50% mark before I lost all interest in it abd the series.
Sapphire Pyro
This novel didn’t feel like an adventure, but more of a tour. Tim was just dragged to random places by several strangers. He gets excited on the sightseeing, exhausted on the travels, and gets into trouble when he’s separated from his tour guide.

~ Longer version
Heather
Jan 08, 2008 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any fan of the Potter books
These parallel the Potter books in a major way. The differences are enough that it is a very good book, though. It's a very quick read and only takes about two hours to read this book through.
Kika
Sep 23, 2013 Kika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No keď už to bolo na motívy komixu Neila Gaimana mohlo to byť aj lepšie. Čakala som fakt viac, nevedela som sa dočkať konca. Ako bolo to fajn, ale čítanie ďalších častí si ešte rozmyslím.
Dan4th
Feb 05, 2011 Dan4th rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Novelization of the comic, which I've never read. I'm assuming it didn't translate well, because I'm a huge fan of Gaiman, and didn't like it at all.
Hanna
Mar 24, 2009 Hanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comics
Wow! best stuff ever. very Harry Potter like, then again Neil and Rowling are both from England. Maybe Great writing comes naturally there.
Jie Hao
Jun 08, 2013 Jie Hao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
So amazing! Why can't meet people like that in real life? Where did the magic go to now aday?
Brittany Perry
Apr 11, 2013 Brittany Perry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read it so long ago. I loved the vocabulary used in this book. I really need to re-order them
Athena
Jan 15, 2015 Athena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-reread, favorites
Loved it want read rest of series
Camicita
Jan 06, 2016 Camicita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
2.5*
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Carla Jablonski is the author and editor of dozens of best-selling books for teenage and middle-grade readers. She grew up in New York City, where she attended public schools and the Bronx High School of Science. She has a BA in anthropology from Vassar College and an MA from NYU's Gallatin School, an interdisciplinary program for which she combined playwriting, the history of gender issues in 19t ...more
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