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The Stranger's Magic

(Лабиринты Ехо #3)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,675 ratings  ·  20 reviews
In this new book, Sir Max once again travels to the enchanted parallel world of Echo, where magic is commonplace and where he fits right in. Plunging back into the astounding realm first portrayed in The Stranger ('s #1 Book of 2009) and continued in The Stranger's Woes, Frei's new work that blends fantasy, horror, philosophy, and comedy. Readers will welcome ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 19th 2012 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 1997)
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Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped-series
I've heard a lot of great things about this author and this series so I was very excited to check it out. I was quite disappointed by the repetitive writing and how the author tried to make every single sentence sound quirky and original. I got tired of it quickly and even though I liked some parts of the two stories in this book, I don't see myself reading more of this series.
Illia Olenchenko
После первой книги немного боялся того, что герой сильно простой и черезчур ребяческий, однако после прочтения этой книги приятно осознавать свою ошибку. Герой взрослеет как и его отношение к жизни, меняется мировозрение и его жизнь в общем, очень приятно за этим наблюдать и быть частичкой этого.
Tim Hicks
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This series continues to be engaging and fun.

Excuse me, I have to go and get some kamra, and feed pastries to the buriwok.

The book does expect you to have read #1 and #2, and lays more groundwork for future books, but there's nothing that leaves you hanging and frustrated.

I'll continue this review in a minute, but here is the courier from the Glutton Bunba with Third Dinner.

We have some further developments in Max's magic. You have to wonder if Frei plotted out all the books ahead of time so
Иванов Александр
Продолжаем путешествия по Ехо, волшебному и чарующему миру. Мы узнаем, что вещи, так же как и люди, которые попадают в подходящие условия могут измениться и стать во истину уникальными и великими. Даже что-то простое, вроде отвлекающей накидки, может стать плащом-невидимкой, особенно если попало в Сердце Мира.
Всеволод Рычков
This part shows more mysteries of the world, delivers on promises from the previous stories and keeps evolving characters.

This series feels like a sitcom, the main cast is the main attraction, team dynamics is what this series is loved for. The characters change over time, which makes it all the better.
Lumos Ktbspa
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detectives, fantasy
The more I read the more I get confident all the characters are quite the same. And the dialogues are all the same. But I still like the stories they tell.
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Įdomus ir įtraukiantis serijos tęsinys, puiki proga vėl sutikti pamėgtus veikėjus.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A master piece like always...
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Продолжаем читать про приключения Макса.

В этой книге всего два рассказа, зато каких! После небольшого разочарования во втором сборнике я боялась приступать к этому. Но, к моему счастью, оба рассказа оказались одинаково интересными и захватывающими. К концу первого я была так рада снова оказаться в Ехо и переживать приключения Сэра Макса и всей их честной компании.

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Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is mind blowing. It is a novel that took some effort for me to read because of the detail that Frei gave to his work. Max Frei’s world is thoroughly described. A maximum amount of detail is given to everything: characters, descriptions, language, and settings.

All this detail means that many readers will have an easier, more enjoyable experience if they start with the first book in the series. There is a lot of background that needs to be explained and because of the language barrier,
Another story in the world of Echo. It picked up right where the previous left off. Max's powers continue to expand. The format of this book was slightly different than the previous, focusing on mainly 3-4 characters instead of a large scene with all the members of the Secret Investigative Force. Melimori was barely mentioned. My favorite three were though. The only real problem I have with the stories: Ella and Armstrong were supposed to have kittens in the first book, or the second book at the ...more
Stephine Yoshikawa
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've said it before and I'll say it again; I really wish those interpreters could work faster!! (Three down, and six to go!)
Max is back in two humorous, engaging, and insightful tales, along with his beloved crew, to save The World once again from a nefarious ex- Grand Magician and Ordinary Magical Things :) Fans of Frei may agree that it was not as in depth as The Stranger, or even The Stranger's Woes, but it's a great addition to the series nonetheless.
No spoilers! But I will say this; I fel
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read the previous two books, The Stranger and The Stranger's Woes, it was impossible not to read this third one. It's funny, it's entertaining, it's thought-provoking. And when it ended I was disappointed there wasn't a fourth book available to read yet. Echo is a milieu that's richly imagined, where people live such long lives and where magic is in evidence in daily life. Sir Max's adventures can't end here! (I check Svetlana Martynchik's wiki and it shows there are other books in the La ...more
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silly, but quite entertaining

Silly, entertaining, at times inane, Max has a startling ability to sweep you up in a bubbling, joyful laugh at the absurdity and wonder of life even though her stories are set somewhere altogether apart from the modern world.

I waited years to read this third book in the series, and now all I want to do is read the next. Beware, fellow reader, lest you get sucked into the same whirlpool of fond enjoyment.
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I'm always thrown by the somewhat idiosyncratically flat feel of the translation, every Frei book captures me within a very few pages; this is no exception. Max's world and story is growing steadily more layered and complex, and his relationships with every aspect of his context (animate or otherwise) are fun and organic - genuinely evolutionary storytelling. More please.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Очередные приключения сэра Макса. Наряду с юмором и приключениями в книге полно серьезных мыслей. Простые Волшебные Вещи дейстивтельно окружают всех нас, мы просто их редко замечаем. Ждем дальнейших приключений в Ехо.
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This is the most engaging fantasy series I have read in a long time. I'm charmed by Max and Echo - can't wait for Book 4!
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f
Still no real overarching plot to the series, but amusing enough
Yuriy Chulovskyy
Laced story. Too much talk about food.
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Макс Фрай

"Max Frei" is a pen-name of Svetlana Martynchik. She has created the well-known Echo series. Svetlana Yuryevna Martynchik is a Russian writer and artist.

Martynchik studied at the philological department of Odessa State University, but dropped out without graduating. Martynchik lived in Moscow since 1993 and lives in Vilnius since 2004.

For more details see Wikipedia: Svetlana M


Other books in the series

Лабиринты Ехо (8 books)
  • The Stranger (The Labyrinths of Echo, #1)
  • Волонтеры вечности (Лабиринты Ехо, #2)
  • Темная сторона (Лабиринты Ехо, #4)
  • Наваждения (Лабиринты Ехо, #5)
  • Власть несбывшегося (Лабиринты Ехо, #6)
  • Болтливый мертвец (Лабиринты Ехо, #7)
  • Лабиринт Мёнина (Лабиринты Ехо, #8)

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