Book Reviews of Practical Magic

Practical Magic
Practical Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman
ISBN-13: 9780425168462
ISBN-10: 0425168468
Publication Date: 10/1/1998
Pages: 317
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 194 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 10
The title, alone, could describe Hoffman's enchanting way with words. Her descriptions and narration place you *right there* with the other characters in Massachusetts. I love the juxtaposition of the two sisters - both pursued different paths, yet are bound by a commonality of the mystical.

If you've seen the movie and liked it, do yourself a favor and read this. It's better than the movie, offers more depth, and if you ask me, a better ending, too.
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Helpful Score: 8
This will be one of the hardback favorites I will add to my permanent library. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book and could have easily finished it in a day.

Hoffman's descriptions are rich and captivating, intoxicating.
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Helpful Score: 7
Wow. This book is so far from the movie it is a bit difficult to see how they can even say it's the same story. There are a very few things that are the same, and beyond that is a different story. But, it is a wonderful story and I have enjoyed reading it very much. In my opinion, it is better than the movie, as most books are. The characters have more depth and a wider variety of emotions. The story covers a longer period of time. The story is even set in a different town and state than the movie. All in all, I highly recommend this book. And, if you like the movie, you will love the book!!
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Helpful Score: 5
This book has been into a movie- but the book is MUCH better then the movie.
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Helpful Score: 3
Loved the book---loved the movie! Hoffman's best book IMHO
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Helpful Score: 2
Simply heartwarming and magical.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book maybe just isn't my style or something. I found it very difficult to finish. This is one time (and I don't think I have ever said this) that I have to say Hollywood did the better job. Just wasn't happy with this book. I wouldn't recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 2
Very different from the movie but I enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 1
I couldn't get into the writing style. Really liked the movie, though.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a good book, Its not like the movie, except for maybe a few lines and parts of the plot. But otherwise completely different, yet still good.
For those who haven't seen the movie, Its about 2 sisters who are witches, but nothing alike, yet still close. They grow up living with their Aunts in a town where everyone doesn't like them, or fears them.
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A good read. Alice Hoffman has a lyrical quality to her writing and there were a lot of quotes that were noteworthy. The book seemed to end abruptly, however, with all the ends tied, but not the pleasant meandering that the rest of the book took. Suddenly, everything was finished and they all lived happily ever after. Also, it was not very similar to the movie at all. But still a good read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fun story, well written and interesting. This may be a sin to admit, but not as fun as the movie!
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Very well written, great imagery, an easy read.
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Exellent!
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very good book !
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Completely different than the movie. But in a good way. Writer sometimes a little too descriptive, and has a tendency to get off track but all in all a good read.
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Great book!
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Nothing like the movie, but it was a very good book. I would recomen that if you like the movie you should read this book.
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From the movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman...
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Just like the movie.
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yea i ordered this book n was told i would get it soon and have not. I have been told its a great book but once again i havnt received it . . . . . . . . . .