Unsympathetic Magic (Esther Diamond Series #3)

Unsympathetic Magic (Esther Diamond Series #3)

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by Laura Resnick
     
 

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"...gripping and enticing..." —Crash and Burn Reviews

Acting jobs don't grow on fire escapes, so struggling actress Esther Diamond is outraged when her guest role as a hooker on controversial TV drama The Dirty Thirty is jeopardized by zombies, angry spirits, and a voodoo curse. Meanwhile, the talented teens Esther is coaching at a Harlem

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"...gripping and enticing..." —Crash and Burn Reviews

Acting jobs don't grow on fire escapes, so struggling actress Esther Diamond is outraged when her guest role as a hooker on controversial TV drama The Dirty Thirty is jeopardized by zombies, angry spirits, and a voodoo curse. Meanwhile, the talented teens Esther is coaching at a Harlem cultural center are also being attacked by the sinister supernatural power that's spreading through Manhattan. Since the show must go on, Esther boldly helps her friend, the 350-year-old sorcerer Dr. Maximillian Zadok, combat the Evil forces at work—all while attempting to salvage her love life with her would-be lover, Detective Connor Lopez. But will Esther's courage backfire and end up leading her to become a human sacrifice on the altar of the sinister supernatural powers that are taking over New York City?

Unsympathetic Magic is the exciting third installment of the Esther Diamond series.

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"Plenty of humor, action, magic, and a bit of romance make this urban fantasy a sure favorite. Don’t miss this exceptional series." —SciFiChick.com "

"Unsympathetic Magic by Laura Resnick may be one of the funniest, wittiest, most intriguing books I’ve read in a while. Even if I weren’t fascinated by Vodou and delicious detectives, I would have fallen in love with this book." —Bitten by Books

"...a tightly woven, madcap dash of a story that manages to weave religious practices, seedy television, hilarious situational humor, snappy dialogue, mythical stinky creatures, and an utterly believable cast of characters into a tapestry that you’ll have a hard time taking your eyes off of." —Gravetells

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756406356
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Series:
Esther Diamond Series, #3
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
255,163
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Plenty of humor, action, magic, and a bit of romance make this urban fantasy a sure favorite. Don’t miss this exceptional series." —SciFiChick.com "

"Unsympathetic Magic by Laura Resnick may be one of the funniest, wittiest, most intriguing books I’ve read in a while. Even if I weren’t fascinated by Vodou and delicious detectives, I would have fallen in love with this book." —Bitten by Books

"...a tightly woven, madcap dash of a story that manages to weave religious practices, seedy television, hilarious situational humor, snappy dialogue, mythical stinky creatures, and an utterly believable cast of characters into a tapestry that you’ll have a hard time taking your eyes off of." —Gravetells

Meet the Author

Laura Resnick was born in Chicago, and when she was a teenager her family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up in a family of writers, daughter of SF writer Mike Resnick, she never thought she would end up in a writing career, herself. A cum laude  graduate of Georgetown University, where she studied languages and linguistics. Laura can speak French and Italian. After college, she moved overseas for a few years, where she studed acting at London Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Laura Resnick can be found at sff.net/people/laresnick/.

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Unsympathetic Magic (Esther Diamond Series #3) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Most of the story taken up with explaining voodoo/vodou I still enjoy the relationship between Esther and Lopez. The new characters are fun but I liked the ones in the first book better. I am looking forward to seeing Lopez develop.
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bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
Paperback: There's a point in Buffy the Vampire Slayer when Willow quickly summarizes to Oz, that not only are vampires real, but Sunnydale is on a Hellmouth. The wheels turn in Oz's head as he thinks of what he has just witnessed and he nods saying, "Actually, that explains a lot." It was time for Oz to learn the truth in the storyline. That did not happen in this book. Lopez is still in the dark about Esther's world. Let's face it, he's a smart guy, but has become a static character and very annoying. There was no sexy banter between the two. I waited, I read..... The book was slow. It was too politically correct. The book is about Voodoo and the author made too much of an attempt to sugarcoat Voodoo and race. There was a 100 page explanation of Voodoo history and practices. Other problems:You will figure out quickly who the bad guy is. Esther's mentor is getting stupid & careless and lets Nellie suffer. Esther lost any backbone she achieved in the first two books and can't even get a change of cloths. The book was more of a comedy of errors. The Dirty Thirty part of the story just stops. It is 60 pages too long. The next installment comes out later this year. Since it is about vampires, I am hoping it will be a funner read. If that book ends the way two and three did, I will not be continuing with the series.
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