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The Books Of Magic by Neil Gaiman
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Mar 26, 2011

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Recommended for: young fantasy fans
Read from March 24 to 26, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: 5

I first read this series with some excitement when it came out in prestige format issues way back when. The combination of a favourite authour with favourite artists Scott Hampton & John Bolton would have been enough to get me going, but the addition of the remarkable Charles Vess and surprising Paul Johnson showed considerable promise as well. Having said all that, Books of Magic always disappoints me.
I'm not sure if it's the utterly lame final panel that lets me down, or maybe it's the seemingly dumbed-down dialogue, or perhaps just that it feels like what it is (a side project by a considerable talent in the midst of his most epic work). Whatever the cause, Gaiman's writing and the undeniably sterling painted artwork don't quite prop up this Hero's Journey for young adults.
This is not at all a bad book, I merely suspect that aging white males are not the intended audience so much as it is maturing young men. Had I read this at 13 or so, it probably would be a favourite book.

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