The Prestige by Christopher Priest
My friend Jason and I were recently discussing Christopher Nolan films and The Prestige came in at the top of my list—a terrific adaptation of a book I really loved.
In turn of the century London, two stage magicians are vying for prominence, each with show-stopping acts that give the illusion of teleportation. But as the competition between them grows, so does the bad blood, causing matters to culminate in unique and rather nasty ways. Add to that an atmosphere of old school Scientific Romance, and a cameo by Nicola Tesla, and you have a gem of Science Fantasy.
No wonder The Prestige was honored with the World Fantasy Award. Give it a read. The book’s ending is different—and vastly more haunting—than the one in the film (and that’s saying something).