Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday: Books of Magic

Welcome to another Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by the Bionic Bookworm herself, Shanah!

I’m way behind on writing and posting this one today (because of my bright, shiny, distracting, new iMac—yes, I’m writing this one the old iMac). Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes, it’s Tuesday, so this week we’re talking books with Magic.

It’s only natural (or is that, obvious) to want to start this one with none other than Rowling’s Harry Potter series, or Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings but I’m sure everyone is going to mention them. I’m going to go with a few less obvious choices of book I’ve read over the years, that for me at least, have been a magical read.

#1. GLORY ROAD — Robert A. Heinlein

This one is older than me (I think) but was one of the first Heinlein books I read, and yes, while it is classified as SF, it also features a great deal of magic. Science-based magic Star is Empress of the known universes, and, eh, wields a very unusual magic as she and Oscar tread the Glory Road. An old classic that maybe doesn’t hold up well to today’s standards, but I still like it.

#2. THE CITY OF BRASS — S. A. Chakraborty

Oh, come on, I just read this one, and is up there on many people’s radar burning as brights as its cover. This one is brimming with intrigue, mystery, flying carpets, and Djinn magic. An excellent read if ever there was one.

#3. THE COLOUR OF MAGIC — Terry Pratchett

Yes, I know, I’ve mentioned Pratchett several times on this blog, and with good reason. His books are fun, frivolous, and full of magic and mayhem. Especially anywhere Twoflowers and Rincewind are. Magic and humour go well together, and Pratchett was one of the best.

#4. THE MAGICIANS — Lev Grossman

Grossman updates the Narnia tales ten-fold with his own twisted version of mayhem and magic, in a very visceral world where magic can be deadly and dangerous to wield! Even more scary than book one, is season one of the TV show. Creeped the hell out of me.

#5. PRACTICAL MAGIC — Alice Hoffman

I have to admit to seeing the movie first (which I fell in love with) before I went out and bought the book. The book too is an excellent read, and fills in a few of the gaps a movie misses. A delightful read and while it’s centred on a family of witches, is more about family, life and love lost than anything magical. And therein is part of the charm of reading this one.

So, there you go. Just a handful of books I’ve read featuring magic on one level or another. And you, what books have you read recently?


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  2. I’m so glad that you ended up loving City of Brass! I feel a little stupid that I completely forgot to add it to my own list! Face palm moment lol. Thanks for participating – added you to the list 🙂

    • It was a really fun read, thanks! And there’s always just way too many good books to list, right?

  3. Ha! City of Brass… on my list for the coming weeks because of your and Shanah’s reviews! Now my post will be up in a few hours as I am always late so you’ll have to wait LOL.
    Now one day you will have to use your shiny new toy you know?

    • Eek! I really hope you enjoy the read as much as we did, then. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure! Ha! You’re always late, Sophie, but we still love your posts anyway.

      Oh, don’t you know it. It just takes ages to put all the files and documents, and new shiny apps on. Never mind, caressing the unstained keyboard. 😀

      • I know each time I had a new computer it was my husband who had the pleasure to install everything again LOL

        • Alexandra says

          Oh, tell me about it. The other half spent four hours hogging the machine last night. Ha! Ha!

  4. Practical Magic always reminds me of my childhood best friend. We watched it together in the cinema, and we loved it and agreed it’s a shame we can’t be witches :D. Never read the book tho.

    Heinlein sounds good. Only read the Stranger in a Strange Land, but it was pretty good so i plan to read more of his stuff.

    • I think it’s that sharing of the movie with a good friend that adds to the enjoyment. There was a bunch of us saw that one together, which is why I read the books. It’s that kind of movie that makes us want to be witches, rather than the Witches of Eastwick. I guess it’s the author that evokes something in us.

      I read just about every Heinlein book written, but a lot doesn’t hold up to too much scrutiny these days. People complain this or that one is childish, sexist or some other ism, forgetting the era in which he was born and lived. But I have a fondness for him because he was a part of the happier moments of my childhood.

      • Yea, i think it’s important to read books in context. When he wrote those books i didn’t even exist, so i wouldn’t know better, but it’s true. For current standards, some things might appear outdated. Doesn’t mean they are bad.

        It’s like when people complain that a certain character in a book had a certain idea and how that’s bad. But if nobody ever wrote about people having questionable opinions, all books were the same. :/

        • Alexandra says

          Exactly! It seems so obvious and simple, but many readers don’t stop to think about it, especially when reading something written decades ago, let alone 5-6 years ago. It helps to read a book both in context to its era, and definitely with an open mind.

          Yeah, that drives me mad too. It’s called characterization people, we’re all different – this isn’t a McDonalds happy meal.

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