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    Good follow up

    Well written. Good follow up from "cellist".
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    Whether or not this book is historically accurate (which it's not) I still found it to be an entertaining read. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to others, just as long as they don't dissect and really analyze it. Harry Houdini was a fascinating person - there is no doubt about it. And his career was only a small part of it. And I think that's what I wanted more of with this book. So much of it was fabricated (such as Martin Strauss) that I wanted maybe just a bit more reality. But on the other hand had I wanted all the facts I would have just read a biography. I liked the uniqueness of this retelling and learned a few things about Houdini that I didn't know before such as his involvement with the Romanov family and his strange relationship with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the spiritualists. But it did peak my interest enough that I gave it 4 stars because it grasped my interest and held it, I never struggled to keep going.
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    Spies, Magic, and Houdini

    Galloway fictionalizes the life of Houdini in this enjoyable novel about magic, death and communicating with the dead. Memorable scenes include the cameo by Arthur Conan Doyle and performing magic for Russian czars. The Confabulist and Us Conductors are novels of a similar type: fictionalized biographies of famous European performers (magic, music) who are also spies. Between the two, I prefer Us Conductors for its beautiful writing and well-executed story; to me, The Confabulist felt slow, even clunky at times, with plenty of skill but not enough art.
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    The Confabulist

    A different look at the world of magic and the master of magic himself. What is real, what is not and what we want it to be, all facets of a life we think we know. Well written, with an unique flow of events and histories unfolding within it's pages
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    The Confabulidt

    Very enjoyable read!
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