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ISBN13: 9780452296299
ISBN10: 0452296293
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Samantha Smith, December 21, 2014 (view all comments by Samantha Smith)
As a lover of fantasy, it was interesting reading this critique on the genre of fantasy and the obsession with which people read fantasy. I continuously found myself relating to Quentin as he wished to be away from his boring life and in the fantasy world of his childhood, Fillory. He encountered the world of magic and hoped, prayed even, that it would change his life for the better, but discovered that his life and his outlook on life, remained quite dreary. As the story continues, however, I, as a reader and alongside Quentin, discovered the "secret" to being happy, not in the escape into a fantasy world, such as Narnia, which the book mocks religiously, or Fillory, but in myself and in the situations in which I find myself.
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Jennie C, November 26, 2014 (view all comments by Jennie C)
This is easily the worst book I've read all year, and I read a lot of books. I almost didn't finish it, but I kept waiting for it to suddenly turn into the wonderful book that reviewers and critics have claimed it to be. JK Rowling and the estate of CS Lewis should be suing for plagiarism - except this interpretation of the two works is so completely flat and unappealing in every way that no decent author would want to admit to being its inspiration.

If someone held a gun to my head I might consider reading the other two books in the trilogy - emphasis on the "MIGHT."
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LitDoc, October 29, 2014 (view all comments by LitDoc)
I loved all three of the books in Grossman's trilogy. Just like everyone says, it's like Harry Potter and Narnia for adults, which is necessarily disturbing. The world Grossman creates is believable and the characters are realistically flawed. Quentin is not particularly likeable in this first book of the trilogy, but that too is realistic--what 18 year old narcissists are likeable? Dive in, and enjoy. You will be happy there are two more books following this one.
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luvagoodstory, May 22, 2013 (view all comments by luvagoodstory)
I am surprised this book got such great reader reviews. I do love fantasy, but this one did nothing for me. I was disappointed in the characters especially the main one. Quentin was... ugh... always feeling sorry for himself. It was all teenage angst in my opinion. Which is interesting because one of the reviews said it was an adult version of Harry Potter etc. Teenage angst is not an adult subject it is a reminder of all the petty stuff adults don't care about because they have grown up. Possibly since sex and drugs were added that may mean adult? -(which may have been the only appealing topic in the book) I wanted more magic and interesting characters to keep me turning the pages. I read this book because I heard it compared to other epic stories. I did not think it even came close. Unfortunately I did not care what happened to the characters. I felt the characters had no depth and were very shallow (except possibly Alice). I felt the setting was not very engaging. I like it when the author puts you into their world, but I did not get that from this book.
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Roseredd, August 27, 2012 (view all comments by Roseredd)
Lev Grossman's two books, The Magicians and The Magician King surpass fantasy genre tropes. In their detailed character texture they reminded me of Salinger.If he were writing an adult version of the Narnia books. Fabulous, engrossing Read.

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Grossman, Lev
Plume Books
Fantasy - General
Fantasy fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
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8.54x5.50x.88 in. .82 lbs.
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As a diehard Narniaphile and fantasy addict, I think it would have been impossible for me not to fall in love with The Magicians. Taking a page from C. S. Lewis, Grossman introduces Fillory, a charming and uncanny alternate world created by a fictional author, whose books play a role in the lives of Grossman's characters. At the same time, Grossman's Brakebills College seems a nod to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Yet, despite these allusions to children's books, this is definitely a story for adults, rife with sexual tension, deceit, and self doubt.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Harry Potter discovers Narnia is real in this derivative fantasy thriller from Time book critic Grossman (Codex). Quentin Coldwater, a Brooklyn high school student devoted to a children's series set in the Narnia-like world of Fillory, is leading an aimless existence until he's tapped to enter a mysterious portal that leads to Brakebills College, an exclusive academy where he's taught magic. Coldwater, whose special gifts enable him to skip grades, finds his family's world 'mundane and domestic' when he returns home for vacation. He loses his innocence after a prank unintentionally allows a powerful evil force known only as the Beast to enter the college and wreak havoc. Eventually, Coldwater's powers are put to the test when he learns that Fillory is a real place and how he can journey there. Genre fans will easily pick up the many nods to J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis, not to mention J.R.R. Tolkien in the climactic battle between the bad guy and a magician." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The Magicians is a great fairy tale, written for grown-ups but appealing to our most basic desires for stories to bring about some re-enchantment with the world, where monsters lurk but where a young man with a little magic may prevail."
"Review" by , "[A] very entertaining book; one of those summer page-turners that you wish went on for another six volumes."
"Review" by , "The Magicians is satisfyingly great fun. But it also reminds us of what we discover as adults: childhood fantasies are just that; perfection is elusive; the real, big world is unfair, filled with good and evil and shades in between; and happiness is unstable and depends on how we view life."
"Review" by , "Deep fantasy fans can't afford to miss the darkly comic and unforgettably queasy experience of reading this book — and be glad for reality."
"Review" by , "This is a book for grown-up fans of children's fantasy and would also appeal to those who loved Donna Tartt's The Secret History. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Very dark and very scary, with no simple answers provided — fantasy for grown-ups, in other words, and very satisfying indeed."
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