Sunday, June 12, 2011
Houdini's Last Illusion, a novel by Steven Savile
Harry Houdini is a haunted man. Haunted by success; his emotions; and now by some of his compatriots: famed and feted illusionists like himself. The only problem is that they are dead. Houdini knows that time is running out, and before he is ready to die he must perform one final trick, the greatest illusion of his life...
"The story reads almost as if it might be a lost episode from the electrifying life of the world's most celebrated escapologist."
"Savile's narrative is deceptively low-key, showing a thoughtful (almost philosophical) aging Houdini as he calmly addresses his own mortality—knowing full well that his debt is indeed up for repayment... wallows in a realistic nostalgia—both the nostalgia Houdini feels for his glorious youth, and that which the author seems to feel for the period."
--William Gagliani, Chizine.
"The plot moved along, and the supernatural delighted and surprised. I find it particularly wonderful that someone gifted with real magical ability would still use illusion for shows and showing up spirits."
"I simply had to finish it in a single sitting.... There's no waste of words here. His has a knack of breathing life into his characters without having to explain every nuance. 9/10"
"It’s easily the best book I’ve read so far this year, and earns a 10 out of 10."
--The Horror Drive-In.
"I urge you to buy a copy of the book: you'll discover than even fiction, like the tricks performed by a skilled illusionist, can be magic. 5 Stars.
--Mario Guislandi, The Zone
Priced at 99 cents.
Find it on Amazon.
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