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Seduced By Magic (Magical Seduction, #1)
Roger Cottrell's review
Dec 29, 2008
I never could write fantasy fiction myself. Too much gritty realism in all those crime thrillers, I guess, and even my (cyberpunk) science fiction has a realist edge. But I can appreciate what is good and bad in fantasy fiction's manipulation of symbolism and myth. While much less dark (it is a romantic fantasy after all) it is for me evocative of Slaughterhouse 5 and Clive Barker's Weaveworld. Why? Because this novel also works well through its shifts from the concrete to the fantastic worlds - and through its juxtaposition of the two. If fantasy is the escape from the mundane and alter ego to the mundane, this novel provides the route map like Alice into the looking glass or Dorothy to Oz. When you've had enough of corrupt cops, fascists, football hooligans, corporate gangsters, bent politicians, computer hackers, terrorists, flawed antiheroes and the usual stuff I write about, this book is the perfect anti-dote - and a very good read.
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