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?