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Hard Magic by Larry Correia
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Sep 18, 12

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Read from February 01 to 11, 2012

Probably some of the most enjoyable fiction I've read in a while. The "magic" in the book is interesting, because the author bases it in scientific principles, so it turns out to be more sci-fi than fantasy. For example, the lead character is a "heavy" who can alter gravity, then there are "movers" who have telekinetic powers, "cogs" who are highly intelligent.

The story is about a "heavy" named Jake Sullivan, and a secret society of "good magics" called Grimnoir who battle the "bad magics." It takes place in the 30's, is an alternate history where some people are born with magical abilities -- for instance, Einstein and Tesla were "cogs."

I'll steal a paragraph from a review I read on Amazon which convinced me to read it and with which I wholeheartedly agree: "Hard Magic can be summed up as epic-urban fantasy-steampunk-noir-detective thriller-alternative historical-fiction. Correia juggles so many genres and "Big Ideas" that a lesser author would fumble in an instant and mangle into some Frankenstein monster of failed literature. Not only does Correia manage to keep the story uncluttered but he does it with some serious style."
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message 1: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Rector Reminds me of what Arthur C Clarke said....

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

:-)


Breck Nancy wrote: "Reminds me of what Arthur C Clarke said....

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

:-)"


Yes, love that quote :)


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