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ISBN#9780670020553
BIB ID#1355414
Call# FIC Grossman

The magicians

1.5
Author
Publisher
New York : Viking, 2009.
Description
p. ; cm.
Summary
Haboring secret preoccupations with a magical land he read about in a childhood fantasy series, Quentin Coldwater is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and rigorously educated in modern sorcery.

Reviews and Notes

Summary/Annotation ->  The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world, soon to be an original series on Syfy " The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. . . . Hogwarts was never like this." --George R.R. Martin "Sad, hilarious, beautiful & essential to anyone who cares about modern fantasy." --Joe Hill "A very knowing and wonderful take on the wizard school genre." --John Green " The Magicians may just be the most subversive, gripping and enchanting fantasy novel I've read this century." --Cory Doctorow Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn't bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin's yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they'd imagined. Psychologically piercing and dazzlingly inventive, The Magicians , the prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the #1 bestseller The Magician's Land , is an enthralling coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world-where good and evil aren't black and white, and power comes at a terrible price. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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On the recommendation of a friend, I’ve just read Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. The book borrows familiar fantasy tropes, but the author applied his skill to create a work of ugliness. The characters are venal and unsympathetic. Unheroic characters might be a clever deconstruction of the genre, but the main character has no virtues at all: he is neither brave, nor loyal, nor generous, nor faithful, nor anything which would make me like him in the least.

The overall effect is as if the author has taken my mental picture of Narnia and drawn over it an obscene graffito. Bleah.

The sequels somewhat undo this and are quite enjoyable, but only enough to partially wash away the vile taste this book left behind, not enough for me to recommend actually reading the series.