The Magicians: A Novel


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Morgan from Babel Clash Im very pleased to introduce you to Quentin Coldwater and his misfit band of magicians. Theyre an unusual lot talented, clever and often dysfunctional.



They experience all the drama of college life, complicated by backfiring spells and unexpected attacks by arcane horrors. Imagine if Harry Potter went to magicians college, but with far more sex, cursing and disenfranchisement.



The Magicians isnt bashful about its influences. Besides the school for magic, we see a Narnia-like land of Fillory. Although the storys tropes are familiar, I believe Lev Grossmans craftsmanship sets The Magicians apart.



Grossman is a masterful writer, impressive with his turn-of-phrase and strikingly complex characterization. He transforms the familiar into something alien, strange and menacing. He turns dreams into nightmares.



I recommend The Magicians to fantasy enthusiasts, but dont underestimate this storys appeal to a diverse mix of readers. It is a work of literary craftsmanship that will also appeal to fans of Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, Carlos Ruiz Zafn and Neil Gaiman.



It possesses a melancholy dreaminess and a sarcastic edginess. It will leave its mark on you.



Check out our Babel Clash blog for a conversation with Lev Grossman!

Coyot21 The Magicians was recommended to me by one of the Borders Employees. She spoke highly of it and claimed that it had great reviews. If so, I sorely disagree with those reviews. This book was all over the place "borrowing" portions from so many books, it was difficult to keep track of them all. As one of the other reviews said, here, it was a very depressing book all about being unhappy with life in general and not being able to recognize how good the main character's life was.



When asked what it was about, I would say it is like "Harry Potter" with young alcoholics, lots of profanity and sexual content. Plus a token homosexual to be culturally relevant that pops in and out of the story throughout the book. Next, it became some kind of "VH-1 behind the music" special on "The Doors" ie sex, drugs, betrayal, alcohol, more sex, more drugs...etc. After that it drunkenly veered toward somewhere loosly resembling "Narnia," but a less interesting version (Fillory), blah blah blah, and then people die, and as previously mentioned the main character was always miserable chasing a perfect life.



The ending simply left me asking myself, "Why?" "Why this?" "Why that?" But most importantly, "Why did I bother to finish reading this book?"



The best thing I can say about this book, is that there were only three typo's that blaringly caught my attention, while suffering through this "Piece" of literature. Kudos to the proof reader.

DebbieB Intially I was excited to delve into Grossman's world - it was familiar (think Harry Potter and Narnia combined) without being predictable or ho-hum. The characters were well-developed and the style engaging. However, about half-to-three-quarters of the way through, the characters, especially the hero, stop developing. While the plot continues, the interior struggles stagnate. It seemed almost as if Grossman couldn't figure out what to do next. Ultimately, the hero never really finds what he was looking for, and the story concludes with him going off on another adventure without any real resolution -- good or bad. I was highly disappointed at the let-down.

adopheid Intially I was excited to delve into Grossman's world - it was familiar (think Harry Potter and Narnia combined) without being predictable or ho-hum. The characters were well-developed and the style engaging. However, about half-to-three-quarters of the way through, the characters, especially the hero, stop developing. While the plot continues, the interior struggles stagnate. It seemed almost as if Grossman couldn't figure out what to do next. Ultimately, the hero never really finds what he was looking for, and the story concludes with him going off on another adventure without any real resolution -- good or bad. I was highly disappointed at the let-down.

Jazzgirliam This book was the most depressing least satisfying book I have personally ever read. Yes the author's writing style is quite entertaining at times but the plot and premise of this book was just awful.

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Its about a kid who is unhappy with his life then goes to magic college and is still unhappy with his life. He gets a girl friend and is still horribly unhappy. Then he graduates and becomes a party maniac because he is unhappy and that also fails to satisfy him. He cheats on his girl friend then goes to this magical world that he had hoped had existed for his entire life. Guess what? He's unhappy in that world as well. His girl friend dies and hes unhappy, he gets a job that doesn't evolve magic and he is unhappy, and finally his friends find him and he decides to go back to that horrible world. THE END!



I really have never read such a depressing book in my life. The author was trying to make and point and he made it. If you are unhappy then nothing in the friggin world will make you happy. What ever....

Jesseja had high hopes for this but it was awful. if reading a novel about a pathetic, drunken harry potter wannabe dating a pathetic hermione and cheating on her with a vacuous idiot sounds exciting then go for it. he may have had a good idea somewhere along the line but he certainly didn't execute it at all. can't imagine why anyone would enjoy this.

Imirie Wow, this book really leaves an impression. Completely unlike what I was expecting, but I'm glad I read it. "Harry Potter goes to college" isn't really a good description for this book... It's much more dark and twisty, more human.



Heard there was a sequel in progress.. I will definitely read it.

magicians fan very good. the end was really a downer but i heard hes working on a sequel so maybe there is still hope for one of the characters.



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