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Tor, Dec 2004, 23.95, 288 pp.
ISBN: 0312878621

Most people are unaware of paranormal entities residing in this world, but those who do see the creatures of myths and legends quite clearly. Eight people want to eliminate those who cause suffering and pain in innocents. One of these individuals manages to remove strands of pain and takes it to his laboratory for study.
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This underground group comes to the attention of the Vulture Clan who wants to control the San Francisco human and non human population; the Vultures see this group of eight as a threat to achieving their objective. They send magical dogs to kill the enemy, but the group escapes, but not before one of them is turned into a werewolf. Using their varying magical skills, the eight plan to stop the Vulture Clan, but first must retrieve a jaguar from South America to use in a spell that will convert the werewolf back to a human. Then they will challenge the Vulture Clan.

Though a bit difficult to keep track of who's who amongst the champions as BAD MAGIC has eight heroic protagonists, each is eccentric in their own way.   There is plenty of humor as the heroes and the author looks at the upcoming altercation with a tongue in cheek attitude.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   unraveling a conspiracy Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Magically turned into another being Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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