Both books turned out to be really good, but The Prestige was certainly my favorite. Now I am in the midst of reading Neil Gaiman's anthology Fragile Things and I am enjoying it so far.
In terms of other entertainment, I watched the Death Note anime series. It turned out to be pretty fun. The premise of the story revolves around a notebook, the "Death Note". Any person whose name is written in the notebook dies. The protagonist is a guy who decides to punish criminals using this notebook. The police and a highly mysterious detective L are looking to stop the killer. So it's a detective story with some mystical elements to it. I enjoyed the first 2/3rds of it very much. It goes a bit downhill towards the end, but still it left a pretty good impression on me overall.
So, August was altogether pretty good, but I am looking forward to the return of the fall TV shows in September and hopefully a lot more reading between now and the end of the year. Adieu.