The Prestige - Christopher Priest


The first two thirds of this book are historical thriller; the final third is sci fi horror. It's a bit of an uncomfortable fit, and the modern interludes are unnecessary, but it's tightly plotted and well researched, and certainly not entirely predictable. The characters, especially the women, are somewhat inconsistent, but that doesn't really matter - it's a good old potboiler in the Dracula tradition, heavy with metaphor, double meanings and theatrics.

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