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2.0 out of 5 stars Enough quirkiness for a trilogy, 12 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Magic for Beginners (Paperback)
I did not like this book. Try to imagine being stuck in a lift with the Mad Hatter. Yes it might be entertaining for a short while but imagine being trapped in there for several hours - with no hope of rescue.

If you like stories with clever ideas, this book has hundreds of them. If you want to lose yourself in endless flights of fancy, fun characters, wild adventures and fabulous fairy tale themes, place your order now!

But wait... If you value character development, some attempt at creative restraint, prose that doesn't threaten to overwhelm a good tale, and a sense that each individual journey has been satisfactorily completed, then this may not be the purchase for you.

I never got the feeling that these highly imaginative tales were ever going anywhere. It was all just too quirky. The book seemed to want to prove how smart it was in every single line. Consequently, the stories were given little room to breathe. If the phrase `style over content' applies to one book, and one book only, Magic For Beginners must surely be a contender.

I may have a curse put on me for this review. I only hope you're grateful.
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