The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book is tough to describe. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, except - this world runs by magic, not science. David Fisher, who works for the EPA (Environmental Perfection Agency), has encountered a leak at a toxic spell dump - and stumbles on a major conspiracy that endangers his life, the life of his fiance, and the world. The best part of this novel is undoubtedly the insane puns and fascinating descriptions of a modern magical world. If you live in LA, you MUST read this; you'll get some jokes the rest of the world will miss.
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A very strange piece of fiction. It is set on earth, in a society very similar to the United States. The difference? Everything runs on magic, not science. So for example, there are low-flying magic carpets instead of cars. Little imps function as telephones by speaking to eachother through the ether. But these technofantasy devices have their disadvantages. Magical pollution, like industrial pollution, can be very harmful. The protagonist, a paper-pusher for the EPA (Environmental Perfection Agency), suddenly finds himself caught up in a very nasty mess when a Toxic Spell Dump in Angel City (Los Angeles) starts leaking. Is it an accident or a conspiracy? If the latter, who is behind it? He knows he'll get in trouble for asking these questions, but what's a pulp fiction detective supposed to do? It may sound strange (well, it _is_ strange), but it's also lots of fun. If you like puns and word play, look no further. After all, where else is a spell checker used for checking magic spells?
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past    -   part earth & part fantasy world Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   unraveling a conspiracy    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement    -   finding a spy/saboteur Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   saving govt/kingdom from external overthrow    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   state secrets If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   subtle invasion (mind control, lookalikes) War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   guns Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book If enemy is a group...    -   drug dealers

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   description of breasts    -   descript. of non-breast female anat. How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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