R.I.P.: The Magician’s Tale

12 Sep



“In darkness, I like to think, I can see like a cat.”

The Magician’s Tale by David Hunt
Pub. 1997; 401 pages

A few weeks ago, I walked into my cubicle at work on a dreary Monday, and sitting in my chair was a copy of this book.  No note attached indicating where it had come from, I could only assume that the Book Fairy had left it for me.  And who doesn’t love it when the Book Fairy comes to visit??  It eventually came to light that a co-worker friend had brought it to share, thinking that it would be something I would enjoy.   After attempting, and failing miserably, to make it through House of Leaves, I decided it was time to try something new, to remind me of why I was participating in the R.I.P. challenge.  I look to my left, and lo and behold, The Magician’s Tale was just lying there, staring invitingly at me, just begging to be read.  Who am I to refuse, especially when it was apparent that it would meet the RIP  requirements?

Thus I began to devour the loveliness that is The Magician’s Tale.  At the heart of the story lies Kay Farrow, a photographer who is made all the  more intriguing by the fact that she has achromatopsia, a type of color blindness must more severe than the normal red/green variety.  Kay only sees in shades of black and white.  It is while working on a current photography project that she begins to frequent The Gulch, a seedy part of San Francisco full of hustlers, hookers and pimps.  She becomes friendly with a young man named Tim Lovesy, drawn in by his incredible beauty and mysterious talents.  When Tim is discovered murdered, his body cut into pieces, Kay’s life begins to spiral out of control as she tries to solve the mystery of his death.  Little does she know how the life of a street hustler could be so connected to her own, to her past, and the reader can only sit in amazement as the pieces fly in the air like scrambled puzzle pieces, and then somehow all fit together.

I’ve always gone through genre reading spells.  In the late 90’s, I read a lot of romances, with mysteries and thrillers interspersed in between.  I’m surprised that I didn’t encounter The Magician’s Tale at that time.   It was a sheer pleasure to enjoy it now, in a time when I needed a reminder of why I love reading.  I look forward to reading the sequel, Trick of Light, also featuring the charismatic, yet enigmatic, Kay Farrow.


Posted by on September 12, 2009 in R.I.P. 2009


6 responses to “R.I.P.: The Magician’s Tale

  1. Amanda

    September 12, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Today I started going through books on my book shelf to donate to the library and realized I have a ton in my room that I havent read yet. Why do I do that?? Ugh!! Oh well, part of simplifying right. None of this has anything to do with your post, I just felt like telling you lol

  2. Jessica

    September 12, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    LOL– it’s like a library in your bedroom. That can’t be ALL bad, can it?? 🙂

  3. fuzzycricket

    September 12, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Awesome! A photographer who can only see in black and white? That’s genius!

    • Jessica

      September 13, 2009 at 10:14 am

      I thought the same thing! The friend who lent me the book used to live in San Francisco and is a photographer, so I can really see why he enjoyed the book. It was like Kay was living his story, in a way, yet only in b&w. There’s a great part where Kay is trying to explain to her lover, Sasha, how she “sees” colors when they are together:
      ” It’s like a flowering. Objects take on a different dimension. There’s an unexpected depth, a richness…which is what I’ve always thought colors must endow.” *sigh* I loved Sasha, and just realized I didn’t include his role in the review.

  4. JennyMac

    September 13, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Book Fairy? I want one!!! I have the Kindle now so if there is a techy Book Fairy version of yours available, I am in. 🙂

    • Jessica

      September 13, 2009 at 7:53 pm

      I think that is going to be my Halloween costume this year…Book Fairy:) Thanks for stopping by my page, JennyMac. Hope you come visit the OB again sometime–now off I go to browse your page!


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