Disappearing Nightly (Esther Diamond #1)
Also psychotics, vamps, orphans, hookers, housewives and -- on one memorable occasion -- a singing rutabaga. It was never my ambition to utilize my extensive dramatic training by playing a musical vegetable. However, as my agent is fond of pointing out, there are more actors in New York than there are people in most other cities. Trans...more
Negative 40.5 stars
Review at https://clsiewert.wordpress.com/2015/...
If I’m being honest–and I am, because I have yet to write my dishonest review–this is not my type of book. And if I’m being very honest–and I am, because I don’t want to make the mistake of reading this again–this is only an okay book, a book serviceable for people who enjoy the genre, and who aren’t feeling picky about writing or characterization.
Esther is working as a chorus girl and understudy in a magic-themed Broadway pro ...more
The biggest turn-off was that there's rape in it. The villain, as punishment for his evil ways, suffers a horribly violent fate. In and of itself, that's not terrible, except that it seemed that the au ...more
Mishaps of the disappearing acts plague the magicians of New York. Their assistants disappear. Seriously. Every time a magician performs a disappearing trick on stage, his assistant vanishes, never to be seen again. The magicians of the city are beginning to panic.
The protagonist Esther is a no-nons ...more
To be fair, there were a few things about this book that I did enjoy. There were spots of zaniness (especially in the fairly large and colorful cast of secondary characters), and a few moments where I smiled, but Ms. Resnick felt the urge to wrap this wh ...more
This book combines a feisty heroine, a bunch of over-the-top supporting characters (including a 350 years old magician and a bunch of drag performers), a sexy love interest, AND a crackling plot involving disappearances of p ...more
Esthers Traum ist es, am Theater ganz groß rauszukommen. Allerdings ist sie für den Anfang dann aber doch ganz froh - gut, zumindest halbwegs -, die Zweitbesetzung der Hauptdarstellerin zu sein und solange, bis sie gebraucht wird, als Nymphe im knappen Fummel über die Bühne einer zweitklassigen Zaubershow zu hüpfen. Zumindest ist das so, bis besagte - übrigens ganz unausstehliche und talen ...more
Disappearing Nightly is an interesting book in the 'Urban Fantasy' canon. Like much such work it centers around a mystery and a 'hidden world' of supernatural. In this case a series of 'disappearing acts' have resulted in assistants actually disappearing without a trace. Ester, the semi-professional Actress who was the understudy for one of the disapperee's teams up with Max, a centuries old Magician, in order to figure out w ...more
The author crafted a well-done, swiftly plotted yarn that left me pleased as punch. The characters went bey ...more
This first novel tracks the mystery of people who actually fully disappear when they are part of magical acts were they are supposed to be p ...more
That said, the ending put a very sour taste in my mouth because of a scene in which the villain is raped. My perception is that the author set it up to be a scene of cosmic justice set against a laugh-track backgro ...more
Laura Resnick has written a funny paranormal mystery filled with quirky characters some of whom do have paranormal abilities. Along with a great plot th ...more
Esther is an aspiring actress who gets caught up in a bizarre mystery of disappearing people. In her quest to discover why and how these people are simply vanishing, she meets Maximillian Zadok and a host of characters whose names are as unique and memorable as their personalities.
The story has a slight paranormal edge and a magical twist. But there is nothing that you must ...more
Since I accidentally started with book two, however, the rest of the series is in fact rather fun. (Although I do tire of the lead finding herself scantily clad in inconvenient situations. That particular jest has grown rather tiresome).
I will not be continuing this series.
It is this premise which Laura Resnick draws out into a delightful romp in Disappearing Nightly, a Luna novel due out in December 2005. Set on Broadway in modern New York, Disappearing Nightly is a first-person tale that banishes all the darkness found in Luna's other mod ...more
Esther is a struggling actress in New York City working in a magic act/play as an understudy when the starlet disappears -literally. Soon she finds out other magic acts have ...more
I enjoyed the introductory chapters; I enjoyed learning how Esthe ...more
Esther becomes involved in the investigation of evil magic when magician's assistants start disappearing. Ms. Resnic has given us a colorful cast of characters and a very ...more
Other Books in the Series
"I lost the other. It upsets me to talk about it.”