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The Prestige

Priest, Christopher

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Prestige
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Publisher: New York : Tor, 2006
ISBN: 0765356171

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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The nature of the deep obsession with illusion and magic that drives the rivalry between the two magicians is spell-binding. It's so fascinating that I can forgive the author's departure into science-fiction toward the end. As good as the movie... but in a different way.

Mar 16, 2012
  • danielestes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I saw the movie version first, which is a stunning work of cinema by director Christopher Nolan, and that led me back to the source material by Christopher Priest. This novel is an engaging bit of storytelling even though most will agree it meanders when compared with the movie. Studying them together is a good master's class on the differences between the mediums.

The story of The Prestige is the story of the rivalry between two magicians, Borden and Angier, obsessed with the craft, and their journal entries often serve as the narration. The book has more room to explore and frame the story around the family legacies of the two men, and it also dives deeply into the turn-of-the-century interest in spiritism, which is absent from the film.

Apr 17, 2011
  • wildmorgan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What can I say about a book that made me yell out loud at the ending. I finished it in a public place and had to assure a couple of people that I was okay and that I had read probably the creepiest ending to a horror book ever! The movie they made was good but it leaves out an entire storyline that makes it even weirder. I definitely recommend it.

Mar 08, 2011
  • daymakerdave rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. The movie of the same title was good also but it took many liberties with the source. As usual, the book was better than the movie.

Mar 08, 2010
  • dunrobin rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Like his other novel "The inverted world" this is a mystery of sorts. It's not a who-dunnit but a how-dunnit. We meet Nikolai Tesla and travel from the world of Victorian England and stage shows to the isolated parts of America. The characters and settings are well portrayed and it's a pleasure to puzzle out the mystery that lies at the heart of the book.

Apr 21, 2007
  • KarenW rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This compelling story is not what I would normally pick up and read. But from the very first page, I was drawn in to a tale that spanned generations and it had me hooked like a kid seeing their first magic trick. It starts off on a train in the present day where Andrew, an adopted child who suspects he has a twin, receives a summons to an interview by a person he has never met before. This person may have the key to the mystery of his birth, his twin, and his past in a way that he never imagined. Ingeniously crafted, the story winds its way to its startling conclusion with all the precision of a well practiced magical act leaving the reader stunned. This is much better than the movie!

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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Audiences know well that a magician will practise his illusions for years, and will rehearse each performance carefully, but few people realize the extent of the prestidigitator's wish to deceive, the way in which the apparent defiance of normal laws becomes an obsession which governs every moment of his life.

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