I saw the excellent film of this first, and immediately wanted to read the book. I hoped I could still get the same amazement from it, already knowing the secrets behind the magic from the film. It’s written very well, and it is an absolutely marvellous story.
The book is quite different from the film in a lot of ways, especially the ending. Actually I think when it was adapted for the screen they did a very good job and came up with some good ideas for making the story better.
A lot of the book is in diary form, and I quite like that. Very often the book a film is based on will be better than the film itself — in this case, I think the film has an edge over the book. Good job the DVD is released in March!