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An outstanding, enigmatic literary masterpiece.,
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This review is from: The Prestige (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)After watching the movie, which i really enjoyed i thought i might try the book. I initially had doubts i would enjoy it because my kind of books are more like Michael Crichton, action, sci-fi adventure kind of books. However i kept an open mind and began to read.
Unlike the movie the book begins in the present and the story is almost a journal or diary of both the protagonists life. The book follows a fragmented but engaging story of two magicians in a fierce battle to outdo each other and to find out one anothers secrets. The victorian English setting is eerie but not depressing and the whole story moves along at a decent pace, it never slows and i found myself reaching for the book every spare minute of the day. Christopher Priest gets his characterisation spot on and the science fiction 'ish' elements really don't seem out of place.
Overall a brilliant and outstanding book. The flair with which Priest writes is uncanny and his ability to draw the reader into his protagonists life is very clever. Though i most likley will not read his other works i can't praise The Prestige enough.
And if anybody is wondering i did actually enjoy the movie more than the book, it seemed to fit together better and the twist at the end was much better handled than in the book where it seemed to fizzle out slightly, that's the only reason i didn't award this book five stars. But hey, i'm not a literary expert, i think i'll go back to Crichton and adventure novels.