Good Minds Suggest—Magnus Flyte's Favorite Gifts for Fantasy Readers

Posted by Goodreads on December 4, 2012
Mix together the mystery of Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved," the ancient lore of Prague, a Cold War spy, a family of alchemists, time-traveling drugs, and an honest-to-goodness prince, and you have the complex cocktail that is City of Dark Magic. This paranormal thriller set in the Czech Republic is the work of Meg Howrey, a former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and the author of two novels, The Cranes Dance and Blind Sight, and TV writer and journalist Christina Lynch. The two authors write under the pen name Magnus Flyte, a suitably cryptic appellation for the voice behind this book about a musicologist who spends the summer after her mentor's mysterious death cataloging Beethoven's work for an exhibit in Prague's Lobkowicz Palace and uncovering secrets. Howrey and Lynch offer their balanced holiday menu for fantasy fans.

Log of the S.S. the Mrs. Unguentine by Stanley Crawford
"A perfect literary appetizer, this very short and wildly imaginative novel chronicles a married couple's life at sea aboard a giant barge that becomes a canvas for their desires."

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
"The devil pays a visit to Moscow in the 1920s, and all hell breaks loose. A great Russian soup of comedy and tragedy."

Orlando by Virginia Woolf
"A brilliantly inventive novel, spread out over four centuries, about a boy who decides never to grow old, who becomes a man who becomes a woman who becomes a writer. Light yet substantial, like a fine Yorkshire pudding."

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
"As classic as a roast beef and just as satisfying. Poems, songs, animals, math, and satire. The original Tenniel drawings provide a whimsical sauce."

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
"C.S. Lewis meets Stephen Hawking, this fabulous novel about a girl who must rescue her scientist father explores interplanetary travel with themes of belief, loyalty, conformity, and mind control. Dessert and bedtime story all at once."

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message 1: by Hubert (new)

Hubert Excellent read! Magnus Flyte writes a nice fantasy novel, mixing historical facts with creative fantasy options. The story holds its tension, the events can be shocking, and the personal relations and sex scenes are a nice touch to the story.

François-xavier I definitely recommend A Wrinkle In Time and the following 2 or 3 books in that series. Really good reads, with unforgettable characters!

message 3: by Evan (new)

Evan Thomas I seriously didn't like this book. The main character was a brilliant college student but she was acting strange. Everything she discovered seemed to be on luck and she didn't seem like a good detective. At the end of the book I was confused and disinterested. For a book of 446 pages it seems to not have said much in all those pages. What I have learned from this book is sex from random strangers and taking drugs is cool.

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