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The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman

The Books of Magic

by Neil Gaiman (Writer)

Other authors: John Bolton (Illustrator), Scott Hampton (Illustrator), Paul Johnson (Illustrator), Todd Klein (Letterer), Charles Vess (Illustrator)

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Series: The Books of Magic (Omibus)

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Two stars for the art.

JK Rowling did not get Harry from this. What a mess. Jumbled, confusing story that meandered all over the place. Also, incredibly boring. Normally, I love stories full of myths and legends, especially those that weave them through our world. Not this.

I thought that it could be my introduction to some of the characters from other comics, but they got lost when no design appeared from the threads. ( )
  authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
A great walk through all of DC Comic's major (and many minor) supernatural characters, captivatingly told and illustrated (though I personally am not too crazy about the style of the artist for the final of the four issues). ( )
  LokiAesir | Sep 26, 2017 |
Just have too much going on right now so returned to the library. I'll try again some other time. :)
  shaunesay | Jun 21, 2017 |
So, a 12 year old boy, dark haired, bespectacled, finds himself inducted into the world of Magic, picking up a pet owl on the way.....sound familiar? But Neil Gaiman's tale of the boy wizard, Timothy Hunter, was published seven years before JK Rowling's Harry Potter tales. While similarities exist it is more a case that both authors were playing with archetypes rather than out and out plagiarism.

Gaiman was asked by DC Comics to come up with a story that featured some of their mystical, magical characters. What he eventually produced was a four issue mini-series that explored the very nature of magic itself, through the eyes of Timothy, who has the potential to be the greatest wizard of his age. Four men serve as his guides : John Constantine, Mister E, The Phantom Stranger and Doctor Occult. Magic, past, present and future is explored as Timothy is faced with a choice between the magic world, and cold, rational science.

Gaiman's imagination is as powerful as ever, and there are the inevitable cameos from The Endless from the pages of The Sandman, his ongoing series at the time. The imagery is sometimes brutal, disturbing, the subtext that Magic is a very dangerous thing. Timothy's guides are enigmatic, ambivalent presences, and there is the added problem that someone wants Timothy dead.

Though well written and cunningly constructed, this is still a minor work in the Gaiman canon. Indeed the character was taken up by other writers after the initial four issues. But don't let that put you off. Minor Gaiman is still well worth reading. ( )
1 vote David.Manns | Nov 28, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gaiman, NeilWriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bolton, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hampton, ScottIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vess, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bolton, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zelazny, RogerIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Diana Wynne Jones, Jane Yolen, Ellen Kushner and Terri Windling: four witches
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I don't want ANYTHING to do with it.
Just what the world's been waiting for. The charge of the trenchcoat brigade.
Now there's a thing, Master Redlaw! EMpusa's Infinitely Extensible Chain, a-wrapped around an owl.
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Collects "The Books of Magic" parts 1-4, originally published in The Books of Magic #1-4.
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Timothy Hunter is taken on a tour of the magical realms by a quartet of fallen mystics.

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