An American Girl in Washington

Book Review: The Prestige

Posted in Uncategorized by AGinDC on 10 May 2013

Image I read a lot. Obviously. Most of us do. I read a lot of everything, although in the last few years it’s mostly been business/enterpreneurship books and sci-fi. When I first read Isaac Asimov’s Prelude to Foundation (left in a cafe in a random small town in Cambodia) my life CHANGED. I read the entire Foundation series. I read the Second Foundation twice. I memorized the laws of Robotics. I was hooked. It was like nothing I had ever read before. Then came The City and The City by China Mieville and I fell in love. I am currently making my way through Mieville’s entire works. And then I will profess my love to him and propose marriage. Or at least that he keeps writing. HE IS AMAZING. For may reasons, but mostly because he writes like no one has ever written. The stories are different. The plots are different. The characters, the planets, the mystical elements, everything is different. And amazing. And mind blowing. It’s incredible.

So I’m always on the lookout for another mind-bending literary experience. Enter: The Prestige. I saw the previews for the film and wasn’t that interested. Hugh Jackman is way cuter as Wolverine. I knew there was a book but I really hate magic tricks (I wanted to punch the lights out of Penn and Teller when I saw them in Vegas) so I had no inclination at all to read it. But then, somewhere and somehow, I heard about how good it was and, because I am overworked and underpaid and needed a good book to read, I Amazon Marketplaced it (yes, that’s a verb) for 99 cents plus shipping and started reading.

And I couldn’t stop. Because this book is UN-BE-LIEVABLE. Seriously. It’s incredible. The subtlety of the story, the portrayal of the characters. The tension of the relationship. The way the story slips seamlessly from natural to supernatural before you even notice it. The ending. This book is EXTRAORDINARY. So incredible that as soon as I finished I lent it to my roommate and bought another Priest book, The Islanders, from my phone where I was standing. It was that good.

So obviously. I highly recommend it. Read the book. Read all of his books. And then read China Mieville too. Make your brain happy.

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