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A Modern Magician (original 1993; edition 1995)

by Robert Weinberg

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Title:A Modern Magician
Authors:Robert Weinberg
Info:Constable Robinson (1995), Paperback
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Rating:****
Tags:fiction, read, fantasy, urban fantasy

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A Logical Magician by Robert Weinberg (1993)

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A simply awesome fantasy/adventure story. While the story is fairly light, it is really well written and I found it hard to put down. And the bit about the succubus... well you will just have to read it.
  clstaff | Mar 29, 2011 |
I don't know whether I like this book or not. It's not bad - decently well-written, good characterization, story makes sense. But somehow it never quite transcends its roots. Despite being set in the modern age (well, relatively modern. A 486DX laptop is cutting edge…), and despite several comments from the protagonist about the difference between a 'real' hero and what he's doing, it remains a standard quest save-the-world story, complete with reluctant and underbriefed hero, random allies, and a last-minute save. Jack's coyness about what he figures out as the solution is both annoying and rather silly. He's taking his allies into a major battle, equipping them with odd things for weapons, and not telling them what he has or why? Sheesh. Simon's not the only one with a talent for annoyance. The blatant setting up for the sequel is annoying too. Not bad, but very far from a favorite. Oh - I had read it before, so maybe that's why, but the solution seemed blindingly obvious to me long before Jack figured it out - when he lost the illusion, that was a major clue. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Aug 25, 2009 |
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When Jack Collins answers an ad asking for a young man with a background in mathematics and fantastic literature, he finds himself working for the legendary Merlin and battling an evil computer hacker who has summoned an ancient demon to terrorize Chicago.
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