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Magic Street af Orson Scott Card
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Magic Street (udgave 2005)

af Orson Scott Card (Forfatter)

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Living in a peaceful, prosperous African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mack Street is a mystery child who has somehow found a home. Discovered abandoned in an overgrown park, raised by a blunt-speaking single woman, Mack comes and goes from family to family. But while Mack senses that he is different from most and knows that he has strange powers, he cannot understand how unusual he is until the day he sees, in a thin slice of space, a narrow house. Beyond it is a backyard--and an entryway into an extraordinary world stretching off into an exotic distance of geography, history, and magic.… (mere)
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Titel:Magic Street
Forfattere:Orson Scott Card (Forfatter)
Info:Del Rey (2005), 416 pages
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I did not really care for this book. It was recommended to me and I then recommended it to one of my book groups, but when I started reading it, I just could not get into it or get into the story. It just wasn't "my cup of tea" but it's been too many years to remember exactly why.

I've since read other Orson Scott Card books and I've liked them better. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
As with all of Card's books, this most recent of his is very well written.
It takes place in an upper-middle-class black american community. Card's afterword makes much of how he had his black friend vet it before sending it out - I think because he KNEW that he'd be taking a lot of criticism. The characters in this book don't just happen to be black, they make a Big Deal out of being black (or Card makes that deal). At times, his characterization works - but at other times I felt like saying, "Yo, you be Trying Too Hard, bro!"
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the first half of this book. It's a riff on the classic stories of wishes gone wrong. An adopted foundling, Mack Street, grows up in a tight-knit community... but he has dreams of his neighbor's dearest wishes - dreams that begin to come true in horrific ways.
And one day he discovers he can slip sideways through a house no one else can see, and into Fairyland... he is, of course, a changeling, and is pulled into the ago-old drama involving Puck, Oberon and Titania...
However, the second half of the book becomes overtly religious. (As opposed to being a book about religious people, which is fine.) But it got extremely moralizing, and, probably because I don't agree with Card's religious views, the story and plot really just stopped working for me. Card, I felt, was trying to overlay a black-and-white duality over a story of beings who have always been amoral (and are here specified as still being amoral), and eh.... it didn't work. There is also a very weird segment where for some very vaguely explained reason, Mack has to have sex with the 'hot motorcycle hoochie mama' who is Titania. But he won't do it before getting married. rolleyes.gif So Titania says they can be married only in the eyes of God (? A fairy says this?) but not the law, so Titania Hypnotizes the preacher into doing a ceremony (dude, I don't think that counts!), but this makes sex OK! And then, even more oddly, Card makes some comment about this being like a gay marriage where partners are "married in the eyes of God but not the law." Just trying to figure out if Card has changed his stance on homosexuality and gay marriage here, or not??? Anyway, it was all pretty ridiculous.
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
MAGIC STREET, by Orson Scott Card, is a little bit Alice in Wonderland and a whole lot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The character names are familiar; there’s Puck, Oberon, Tatania. But the main character is Mack Street, an abandoned (or maybe not) infant who grows up with certain abilities.
Mack lives in the Baldwin Hills area of L.A., and as he gets older, his life gets weirder and weirder. He finds a hidden entrance to Fairyland, and he is involved in subduing Oberon, the king of the fairies.
I really liked the weaving of Shakespeare’s characters into this story, but by the end the storyline had pretty much lost my interest.
~Stephanie ( )
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
All I want in a fantasy book. Us poor humans caught up in good struggling against evil. Quotable pronouncements which sound deep (tho I'll have to think on them to see how they hold up over time) on the nature of wishes, reality, power, and evil. ( )
  juniperSun | Feb 5, 2015 |
Substance: Mack Street is a changeling boy born in mysterious circumstances, who appears to be caught up in a war between Oberon and Titania, but is integral to ending it.
One of the best of Card's fantasies (perhaps influenced by some of Bradbury's early nostalgia-dream-boyhood work), the story is engaging and complex, but not convoluted.
The main characters exemplify friendship, courage, and the need for strong families, in a functioning middle-class neighborhood. Also shows how easy it is to gang up on someone who is different, and that intolerance is not the monopoly of any one segment of society.
Explores the concepts of good and evil, and how to distinguish their influences and consequences. Unusually for the genre, Christianity is neither omitted nor vilified, although the aspect of the Fairy King and Queen as ultimate Creators could appear to call its foundation into question.
Style: The effort to replicate a plausible black-American milieu and "authentic" characters has forced Card to jettison the more irritating aspects of his usual narrative style in favor of more dialogue, in the mode of his earlier work.
NOTES: (spoiler alert)

p. 216: This choice might look bad, but how do you know that the others are not worse?
p. 233: Explains why degrees from schools of divinity are junk (probably Card's real opinion).
p. 237: Authentic view of "personal" churches; see Nevada Barr's conversion biography "Seeking Enlightenment...Hat by Hat".
p. 242: How it feels to heal by faith - except it's a con by Oberon, who tailors the miracle to the prediction.
p. 242: Satan can appear to give good fruit, but it's a temporary part of his con game.
p. 284: Mack is the personification of Oberon's good qualities, and thus is the part that Titania loves (Shakespeare sort of got it twisted).
p. 353: "He came to the conclusion that Freud wasn't discovering things, he was creating them. There were no Oedipus complexes until Freud started telling that story and people started interpreting their own lives through that lens. (And nobody does unless a shrink invites them to; and the complex doesn't even match the story).
p. 390: Right makes might.
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  librisissimo | Feb 23, 2011 |
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Living in a peaceful, prosperous African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mack Street is a mystery child who has somehow found a home. Discovered abandoned in an overgrown park, raised by a blunt-speaking single woman, Mack comes and goes from family to family. But while Mack senses that he is different from most and knows that he has strange powers, he cannot understand how unusual he is until the day he sees, in a thin slice of space, a narrow house. Beyond it is a backyard--and an entryway into an extraordinary world stretching off into an exotic distance of geography, history, and magic.

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