The Books of Magic

The Books of Magic

Graphic Novel - 1993
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Random House, Inc.
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.

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Timothy Hunter is taken on a tour of the magical realms by a quartet of fallen mystics.

Publisher: New York : DC Comics, [1993]
Copyright Date: ©1993
ISBN: 9781563890826
1563890828
Branch Call Number: GN Gaiman, N 1993
Characteristics: 196 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm

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JDeyarmin
Jul 07, 2016

This was a great read if you are into the dark and unusual. I really enjoyed the artwork as well.

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vanilla_skie77
Sep 14, 2014

The boy, Timothy Hunter, reminds me of Harry Potter with over-sized black-rimmed glasses, dark hair, and an introduction to magic. It was neat with appearances from Sandman and Death and an unexpected ending...

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firered81
Jul 31, 2014

An interesting story with less than exquisite artwork.

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angeye87
Jul 03, 2014

I only checked it out because I read somewhere that Death of the Endless would make an appearance. It was pretty good though

theorbys Oct 12, 2013

Although the main character was not very appealing, I enjoyed this somewhat encyclopedic and panoramic transtemporal voyage through DC's occult and paranormal universe(s). The art work really was exactly right and added more than a lot to the experience. Definitely not Sandman level work however.

Erin_C_Carr Jan 07, 2013

Beautiful - story and art wise. It gives a beautiful feel of magic and what it can feel like in your life.

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Albertasaurus
Oct 15, 2011

Interesting premise - I must say that I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of story and language I've found in the "graphic novels" I've experimented with - these are not the comic books of our youth - I would recommend them to "reluctant readers"

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fleuve0styx
Jun 25, 2011

This was an amazing read. I think everyone should read it! Oh, and for those who have read Neil Gaiman's "Instructions" poem (which is lots of people 'cause it keeps appearing in Fragile Things, M is for Magic, it's own picture book...anyway) you can see hints of it when Tim goes to Fairytale land. :D

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neonchameleon
Dec 01, 2010

This is a must-read for anyone who enjoyed the Sandman. The magical worlds and creatures in this series are haunting and beautiful and Tim Hunter is full of wit and sass. There are also guest appearances made by other Neil Gaiman characters.

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