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A Wild Kind Of Magic [Paperback]

Stephen Elboz


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9 Jan 2003
The third in a series of books about Kit Stixby and his friend, Prince Henry, which began with A handful of Magic and continued with A Land Without Magic. The kidnapping of the visiting American president plunges Kit and Henry into another wild adventure. They have a race against time to rescue the president, and as if that weren't enough, there's a killer on the loose in London, vampires prowling everywhere, and a mysterious plant is coming to life... All three books in this series have been extremely well received with A Handful of Magic being picked as the Guardian's book of the month.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; First in This Edition edition (9 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192752650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192752659
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,763,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Jack the Ripper meets with the Magic Moonweed 18 July 2006
By Jacques COULARDEAU - Published on Amazon.com
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Magic has become very popular indeed since Harry Potter arrived on the scene - of the crime of course. Elboz is one of these authors who have been strutting on the stage for quite some time and have been boisted by the Potter's arrival though his own recipe is quite different. It is magic for children or young teenagers and what's more a simple kind of it at that. The originality of this book is that it situates the action in Victorian times hoping the time distance will permit any kind of distortion. It rewrites history by some backward going science-fiction : we are in a technically very advanced world in which everything even animals and plants are mechanical and work on steam : Prince Albert's dream world in a way. And Elboz rewrites history to have a Native American US president to avoid Indian wars, and there is no beating about the bush on the point. That backward going science-fiction is funny but unbelievable. That gives the novel a surrealistic touch that makes it nearly childish, definitely child-oriented. Entertaining though even if slightly primitive and somewhat funny ah-ah. Jack the Ripper is still laughing of it.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University of Paris Dauphine & University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne
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