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From Neil Gaiman, the bestselling novelist and creator of the world-renowned comics title The Sandman, comes a mesmerizing tale of the dangers and opportunities of youth, and its endless possibilities. Illustrated by four of comics' most accomplished artists, John Bolton, Scott Hampton, Charles Vess and Paul Johnson, THE BOOKS OF MAGIC collects all four issues of the original
miniseries that introduced the character of Timothy Hunter and set the stage for his continuing adventures.

Timothy Hunter could be the most powerful magician in the world, but does he really want to be? Guided through the magical world starting at the begining of time by a group of DC Universe magicians, often refered to as the Trenchcoat Brigade (John Constantine, Phantom Stranger, Mister E, and Doctor Occult), they attempt to aid Timothy in his decision whether or not to embrace his gift. However, by the time Timothy makes a choice, it may have already been made for him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401239930
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Sold by: DC Comics
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 429,035
File size: 114 MB
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About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of AMERICAN GODS and CORALINE (illustrated by Dave McKean). His other novels include NEVERWHERE, STARDUST (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award as one of 2000's top ten adult novels for young adults), the short fiction collection SMOKE AND MIRRORS and the critically acclaimed comic book series THE SANDMAN. He is the author of the children's book THE WOLVES IN THE WALLS (illustrated by Dave McKean). Among his many awards are the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy Award and the Bram Stoker Award.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England


Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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The Books of Magic 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All four original issues of franchise are put into one. Possibly better known for his Sandman graphics but, when people ask how I've been introduced to Neil Gaiman, my answer is automatically this. It's about four men introducing a teen named Tim from a broken home into a world beyond our own. All four issues are done by four brilliant artists so each chapter of this story has it's own uniqueness.
JonathanGorman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book but much of it hints and shows aspects of the magical parts of the DC world. Never having followed the DC world, I'm sure there's a lot of references I didn't get. I liked the fairyland part of this collection the best, undoubtedly because of the references to Dunsany and also just to other fairytale icons.
soniaandree on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first book of the 'Books of Magic' series is not easy to read - the drawings and colours are very different, from one chapter to another, because there are different artists who participated in the narrative. The first chapter has strong colours, pastel-like, with splatters of colours as if done with an airbrush; the second chapter is definitely made with watercolour; the third chapter I like most, because it really reads like a more traditional comic - primary colours and mixed techniques, watercolour and inks; the final chapter has strong colours and strong contrasts between the light and darkness. The plot sets the first encounter of Tim Hunter with Constantine, Mister E, Doctor Occult and other characters that will be encountered in the series afterwards. The plot is nice, although the pace is different from one chapter to another. The philosophical discussions about the history of magic is well illustrated, but I prefer when Tim learns from experience, as he does in the third chapter. This is well worth a read if you want to know the origin of the series.
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Art was really cool, fairly satisfying ending (beginning?) considering the subject. Cool end of time. Bad guest appearances. I would rather it wasn't linked to other comic book stuff because that makes it seem less serious.
halcyondays on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman should have continued this series himself, though others have made respectable attempts.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Timothy Hunter, a young British boy, has the potential to become a great wizard -- perhaps the greatest the Earth has ever known. But will he accept his magic? And will he lead the side of good, or of evil? This is a re-read, but I enjoyed it even more this time around, because last time I wasn't familiar with John Constantine or the other magic users who act as Tim's guide.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
*Book source ~ Library From Goodreads: A quartet of fallen mystics dubbed the "TrenchCoat Brigade" is introduced in this first collection of the adventures of Timothy Hunter. John Constantine, the Phantom Stranger, Dr. Occult, and Mister E take Hunter on a tour of the magical realms. Along the way he's introduced to Vertigo's greatest practitioners of magic and must choose whether or not to join their ranks. The artwork is decent and the story is pretty good. Though I’m not sure I understood parts of it. Anyway, ever since I read about Constantine in The Sandman, he’s been a favorite character of mine. I’d love to read more about him. The other three guys are freaky weird. I’m not sure Timothy got what they were trying to tell him. He may be blinded by the new shiny…magic. I know he’s only 12, but I hope he uses his head. If I can find the rest of the graphic novels at the library then I’ll continue on. If not, oh well.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
a dark look at the history and future of magic. . for magic to be possible all you have to do is believe...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read it at least for times in a row now and it gets better every time. This is a riveting tale of magic and wonder in which a boy experiences different aspects of magic through adventures with for magical guides. Both the story and imagery are incredible. I also thoroughly enjoyed Roger Zelazny's introduction, a man who i consider one of the greatest fantasy and Sci fi writers of all time. It's a real shame they don't have more of his work on the nook app.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago