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Magic Street by Orson Scott Card
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Apr 19, 2009

did not like it
Read in April, 2009

Maybe my expectations are too high for Orson Scott Card, but I really didn't like this book.

Maybe it was having "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as the crux of the story. I never much liked Shakespeare, and if you have ever read Midsummer Night's Dream (or seen the play), you know THAT story is itself a mess: a mashup of fairies, mixed/mistaken couples, etc, etc.,

So... Bad enough to start, but then putting the whole middle-English fairy/fantasy farce into a black neighborhood of L.A.... Can two cultures be ANY further apart? Picture any Shakespeare play re-written in "Ebonics" and you might start to see the problem here. Speaking of which, the black lingo in the book, while presumably authentic, was completely unnecessary. I GOT that it's in a black neighborhood, I don't need to be reminded every time a character opens his/her mouth.

This might have made a tolerable five minute skit for "In Living Color" or "Saturday Night Live." But take my word for it, it doesn't work for a 400 page novel.

The story repeatedly makes the point that there is power in wishes. About 100 pages in, I just kept wishing it would be over. It took another 300 pages for my wish to be granted.


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