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The Books of Magic, Volume 4: Transformations (The Books of Magic #4)

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Tim Hunter, teenaged sorcerer in training, turns 14, becomes a cat, finds himself transformed back to normal (with the addition of a magical tattoo) and encounters Death of the Endless in this latest Books of Magic collection.
Paperback, 127 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Vertigo (first published 1996)
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C.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
What I like most about THE BOOKS OF MAGIC Book 4: “Transformations”, is the beginning. In a lot of instances, you’d expect the aftermath of being kidnapped and taken to Hell to be minimal. The hero and his best girl escape the monsters and go on to live happy lives and when we see them next, it’s business as usual.

But writer John Ney Rieber didn’t fall into that trap. The next time we see our 13-year-old hero and his equally young girlfriend, she’s grounded and Tim isn’t allowed to see her. I th
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Derek
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
After the whole being kidnapped and going to hell thing, Tim and Molly get grounded by their parents who think they tried to run away. Being apart proves too burdensome for Tim and he decides to shapeshift into a cat and go see Molly. Only, when he gets to Molly's, she's not in, she's snuck out and gone to the Hyde Park to meet Marya, they're later joined by a mysterious lady in red. Tim, flies over to the park, and is captured and shapebound by this mysterious woman in red. who turns out to be ...more
Ravie13
Jul 12, 2007 rated it liked it
I read book one a while back and found it interesting so this time at the library when I found Book 4 I thought "eh... why not". Obviously there's a lot I've missed but it's good that I just read the Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes followed by Death: The High Cost of Living because I had some introductions to John Constantine, Death, Dream and the universe in which they reside. Of them all - The Books of Magic is the best and most interesting though still hard to follow. (Maybe that has somethin ...more
Kirsten
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a good installment in the series. I do really love Molly, Tim's sort-of-girlfriend; she's so much more adult than Tim is! I would read a series about her just as happily. One thing that consistently throws me about this series, though, is the feeling that I've missed issues. Do the collections skip issues, or something? I still haven't figured out where Gwendolyn (the woman who takes care of Tim while his dad's in the hospital) came from. It's really confusing.
Ian Drew Forsyth
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's getting better. Goodbye barbatos, I don't really like that character, he reminds me too much of the invisibles in a bad trashy nineties way. This book was much more Sandman influenced, thus making it more cohesive and interesting.
M.i.
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The charm and the fact this reads like a Gaiman novel is what keeps me coming back to this series. Much credit goes to John Ney Rieber for the way he has told this story of a boy with so much potential that often struggles with that fact.
Chris Westin
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
A tiny bit disappointed by this collection because it started a whole batch of new story lines, but didn't finish any of them. The previous collections tended to have complete arcs in them. Oh, well, on to volume 5....
Moth Pfunk
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Slower paced collection than previous books, but welcome. The characters continue to grow, even Death from Gaiman' s Sandman series came across quite charming and I normally dislike her.
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John Ney Rieber is an American comic book writer. He has written for the comics The Books of Magic, Captain America, G.I. Joe and Tomb Raider.
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