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ISBN13: 9780452296299
ISBN10: 0452296293
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Jeffrey Bluhm, July 13, 2015 (view all comments by Jeffrey Bluhm)
This review will be for the series as a whole and, in short, it is simply outstanding. While clearly, sometimes explicitly, paying homage to the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter, there's more mature themes as are found in, for example, Catcher in the Rye and Less Than Zero. Yet none of those laudatory comparisons should in any way detract from the superlative originality of this series. Strong and interesting characters, ideal plot pacing, and dialogue that never strikes a false note. Magic, materialism, platonic and romantic relationships, introspection and thoughtful contemplation, and climactic conflicts and battles - I wouldn't have thought there were books that could comfortably sit on my shelves between Tolkien and Irving, but this series is worthy of that spot.
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clloop, July 10, 2015 (view all comments by clloop)
Part Harry Potter part Chronicles of Narnia. This fun book takes you through the years of magicians school and a good adventure post graduation. The only thing I found kind of odd about the book is the story feels like quality YA reading that adults can enjoy, but the inclusion of sex, drugs and depression makes it seem a little to heavy for some YA readers. If you are however slightly older YA or an adult it will keep you wonder what is up next for our adventurers.
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mccaly28, July 7, 2015 (view all comments by mccaly28)
This book rating is more around a 3.5 star for a number of reasons.

A lot of this book is setup for the series, it's some fascinating world building but the story reads to me as two books packed into one.

I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it hadn't been so hyped to me by other people. After being told that this book is an awesome example of strong women in fantasy...I felt like the characters fell a bit short, particularly the women.

Don't get me wrong, I'll at least read the second book since the story was certainly interesting, it has a grittiness and realness that Narnia and Harry Potter don't capture. But it also didn't read as easily as either
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mccaly28, July 7, 2015 (view all comments by mccaly28)
This book rating is more around a 3.5 star for a number of reasons.

A lot of this book is setup for the series, it's some fascinating world building but the story reads to me as two books packed into one.

I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it hadn't been so hyped to me by other people. After being told that this book is an awesome example of strong women in fantasy...I felt like the characters fell a bit short, particularly the women.

Don't get me wrong, I'll at least read the second book since the story was certainly interesting, it has a grittiness and realness that Narnia and Harry Potter don't capture. But it also didn't read as easily as either
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dtengstrom, March 18, 2015 (view all comments by dtengstrom)
Yes, you could say "if you liked the Harry Potter and Narnia books, this book is for you..." You could say that. And I would, if people asked me if they would like this book (or this series). But, and this is a big But, it's not like Harry Potter or the Narnia books. It borrows the ideas of what those books represent to kids and how, when you grow into a young adult, your views of the world, of magic, of reality and fiction, all blend into something a little more disconcerted and distorted. This is a book about the pain of growing up, of finding yourself and your place in the mix of things, struggling wildly to figure it all out...what makes you happy? And there is magic and adventure. But if you haven't read this book, beware - it's a beautiful idea with flawed characters and an ending you might not have seen coming...it's sad, thoughtful, magical, constructed with wonderful world building. Read it. But don't read it expecting Hermione and Aslan. You'll be disappointed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452296299
Author:
Grossman, Lev
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.54x5.50x.88 in. .82 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 416 pages Plume Books - English 9780452296299 Reviews:
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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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