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ISBN13: 9780312858865
ISBN10: 0312858868
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In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent seance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose one another.

Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magicians' craft can command — the highest misdirection and the darkest science.

Blood will be spilled, but it will not be enough. In the end, their legacy will pass on for generations...to descendants who must, for their sanity's sake, untangle the puzzle left to them.

Review:

"Remarkably akin to the style of the late Robertson Davies...Priest has brought it off with great imagination and skill." Publishers Weekly

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"Hypnotic....The Prestige provides the satisfaction of an ambitious and well-told entertainment." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Extraordinary...like a dazzling magic act!" Entertainment Weekly

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"Just as a magic act should be: filled with haunting marvels." Time Out London

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"Nothing quite prepares you for the sinister complexity and imaginative flair off The Prestige....Magnificently eerie." The Sunday Times

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"Beautifully written....Priest masters the merging of SF and mainstream, and The Prestige is his finest novel to date." New Scientist

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"A taut, twisting, prize-winning story....An unexpectedly compelling fusion of weird science and legerdemain." Kirkus Reviews

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"As ingenious as it is suspenseful." Newsday

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"[A] marvelously scary entertainment with one of the creepiest final revelations in recent years. Don't miss the magic show!" Gahan Wilson, Realms of Fantasy

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"One of our most gifted writers." John Fowles

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"Extraordinary — like a dazzling magic act!" Entertainment Weekly

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"A dizzying show of a novel....Imagine Possession rewritten by Barbara Vine....A brilliantly constructed entertainment!" The Washington Post

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The winner of the 1995 World Fantasy Award

Synopsis:

In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose one another.

Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magicians' craft can command--the highest misdirection and the darkest science.

Blood will be spilled, but it will not be enough. In the end, their legacy will pass on for generations...to descendants who must, for their sanity's sake, untangle the puzzle left to them.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring HUGH JACKMAN, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, CHRISTIAN BALE, DAVID BOWIE, MICHAEL CAINE, ANDY SERKIS and directed by CHRISTOPHER NOLAN!

Synopsis:

This volume examines the integration of economics and moral philosophy, arguing that valuation and analysis in health economics and health programs should be based on recent innovative research.

About the Author

Christopher Priest lives in England.

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Michael Jung, November 5, 2011 (view all comments by Michael Jung)
I read this book after seeing the movie version -- so I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were sufficient differences between the film and the book for me to still be surprised several times during my reading.

The basic plot is the same -- rival magicians Angier and Borden begin a feud in the late 1800s that causes each illusionist to perform increasingly dangerous stunts to discredit and one-up the other -- until one goes too far.

Unlike the movie, however, which concentrated exclusively on the feud, the book shows how the magicians' actions had tragic consequences for their descendants, as the story is told through a frame narrative set in modern times. What these great-grandchildren learn about their past is just as (if not more) disturbing as the grotesque revelation at the end of Nolan's film version and says a lot about how old sins continue to punish future generations.
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Tara McDaniel, January 25, 2010 (view all comments by Tara McDaniel)
Forget the movie. Read the book instead! It's gothic and emerging modern science put together. Loved the narrative strands, the old time magic, the portals and seances and card trickery. There's some trickery in the narrative, too. I was totally surprised (and delighted) at the end. The story will keep you guessing.
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Guy Fandango, August 26, 2006 (view all comments by Guy Fandango)
Mini-review of: The Prestige by Christopher Priest.

If it were on tv it would be on: Sci-Fi

Summary: Amadeus for magicians. Two rivals struggle for prominence as the master of their art. One must work hard to perfect his technique, while the other has an innate ability.

Similar to: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312858865
Author:
Priest, Christopher
Publisher:
Tor Books
Author:
Priest, Christopher J.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
England
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Horror tales
Subject:
Magicians
Subject:
Magicians -- England -- Fiction.
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st TOR trade paperback ed.
Series Volume:
97-8
Publication Date:
20051231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.5 x 0.985 in

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Product details 368 pages Tor Books - English 9780312858865 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Remarkably akin to the style of the late Robertson Davies...Priest has brought it off with great imagination and skill." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Hypnotic....The Prestige provides the satisfaction of an ambitious and well-told entertainment."
"Review" by , "Extraordinary...like a dazzling magic act!"
"Review" by , "Just as a magic act should be: filled with haunting marvels."
"Review" by , "Nothing quite prepares you for the sinister complexity and imaginative flair off The Prestige....Magnificently eerie."
"Review" by , "Beautifully written....Priest masters the merging of SF and mainstream, and The Prestige is his finest novel to date."
"Review" by , "A taut, twisting, prize-winning story....An unexpectedly compelling fusion of weird science and legerdemain."
"Review" by , "As ingenious as it is suspenseful."
"Review" by , "[A] marvelously scary entertainment with one of the creepiest final revelations in recent years. Don't miss the magic show!"
"Review" by , "One of our most gifted writers."
"Review" by , "Extraordinary — like a dazzling magic act!"
"Review" by , "A dizzying show of a novel....Imagine Possession rewritten by Barbara Vine....A brilliantly constructed entertainment!"
"Synopsis" by ,
The winner of the 1995 World Fantasy Award

"Synopsis" by ,
In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose one another.

Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magicians' craft can command--the highest misdirection and the darkest science.

Blood will be spilled, but it will not be enough. In the end, their legacy will pass on for generations...to descendants who must, for their sanity's sake, untangle the puzzle left to them.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring HUGH JACKMAN, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, CHRISTIAN BALE, DAVID BOWIE, MICHAEL CAINE, ANDY SERKIS and directed by CHRISTOPHER NOLAN!

"Synopsis" by ,
This volume examines the integration of economics and moral philosophy, arguing that valuation and analysis in health economics and health programs should be based on recent innovative research.

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