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Your Magic or Mine (2008)
Ann Macela

A math professor and botany professor, who happen to be a wizard and a witch, have an academic disagreement regarding the nature of magic. They also happen to be soulmates, though neither of them likes the thought of that.

The mathematician discovers a formula for the strength of a spell. That formula is:

(sT + Ls + LP) * Ep * R * I=S
The formula supposedly gives the strength S of the spell being cast in terms of things like "the spell and the talent of the caster" (the first term), the level of the spell (second term), etc. Even if these things were quantifiable, the usefulness of the equation is destroyed by the fact that the asterisks are not multiplication, but something else that he cannot identify. (Great!)

In any case, we are supposed to believe that this formula revolutionizes spell casting. Of course, this is the "male" approach to magic, in contrast with the more "artistic" female approach.

(quoted from Your Magic or Mine)

Their magics were totally opposite. Hers, the ancient, female, basic enchantments the witches of old must have used, literally grounded in the earth. His, the new, predominantly warlock, cerebral, flying in the stratosphere of the mind. They had nothing in common.

These cliches do not surprise me, and neither does the fact that they end up facing adversity together and fall in love. Many readers seem to really like this book, and so I cannot say it is not well written. But, I would suspect that it will appeal more to those who do not appreciate mathematics than to those who do.

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Works Similar to Your Magic or Mine
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Counting the Shapes by Yoon Ha Lee
  2. Threshold by Sara Douglass
  3. When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill
  4. Mathemagics by Margaret Ball
  5. Mathemagics by Patricia Duffy Novak
  6. Phantom by Terry Goodkind
  7. Voyage of the Shadowmoon by Sean McMullen
  8. Black Numbers by Dean Frank Lappi
  9. Matrices by Steven Nightingale
  10. The Gate of the Flying Knives by Poul Anderson
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Mathematical Content:
2.5/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
2.5/5 (2 votes)


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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.

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