The Magicians

The Magicians A thrilling and original coming of age novel for adults about a young man practicing magic in the real world Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable A senior in high school he s still secretly p

  • Title: The Magicians
  • Author: Lev Grossman
  • ISBN: 9780670020553
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A thrilling and original coming of age novel for adults about a young man practicing magic in the real world.Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable A senior in high school, he s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a verA thrilling and original coming of age novel for adults about a young man practicing magic in the real world.Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable A senior in high school, he s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery He also discovers all the other things people learn in college friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom Something is missing, though Magic doesn t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery Fillory is real But the land of Quentin s fantasies turns out to be much darker and dangerous than he could have imagined His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart At once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing, The Magicians boldly moves into uncharted literary territory, imagining magic as practiced by real people, with their capricious desires and volatile emotions Lev Grossman creates an utterly original world in which good and evil aren t black and white, love and sex aren t simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price.

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      My novel The Magicians was a New York Times bestseller So was the sequel, The Magician King The third book in the trilogy, The Magician s Land, will be published in August 2014.There s yet information about me and my books on my website.

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    • This book has been hard pedaled as an adult Harry Potter and it is but with a soulless little git like Draco Malfoy as the main protagonist Grossman doesn t get to the genuine transformative joy possible in books about other worlds and magic, the metaphorical kick one can bring to the reader This is a cold and sterile book for people who think themselves too sophisticated for genre fiction, a sub section of the reading public that, I suspect, includes the author.To be fair there are certain thin [...]

    • You can t just decide to be happy No, you can t But you can sure as hell decide to be miserable Is that what you want The answer to this, as far as Quentin Coldwater is concerned, is a resounding YES At any stage of his life He makes Holden Caulfield look like a bundle of sunshine He makes Charlie Brown resemble an embodiment of optimism and positivity Eeyore the Donkey is brimming with life force compared to our perpetually unhappy hero You couldn t have everything Or at least the available evi [...]

    • If you will, for just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life Stop waiting This is it there s nothing else It s here, and you d better decide to enjoy it or you re going to be miserable wherever you go, for the rest of your life, forever You can t just decide to be happy No, you can t But you can sure as hell decide to be miserable Is that what you want Do you want to be the asshole who went to Fill [...]

    • The story of a quasi sociopathic high school cretin who mouth breathes his way into an exclusive fantasy club of anhedonic wizards replete with bad writing and worse story telling Enjoy.

    • I know this is a thing us bibliophiles really shouldn t say EVER, but I think the show is way better.Don t hurt me.When I started watching the SYFY version of The Magicians and actually really liked it, I made a quick mental note to go back and read this book first before I got too far into it Because the book can usually be relied on to be better, I wanted to experience it in written format first In this case, though, the book makes the story boring, the characters downright insufferable, and [...]

    • Pretend Harry Potter was a bit of a narcissistic douchebag, and all of his friends were whiny a holes who drank too much.Now pretend that they crammed 5 years worth of their Hogwarts adventures into one book Except most of the adventures are fairly mundane, with a few exceptions sprinkled here and there.Then pretend at the very end of said book, they all took a trip to a warped version of Narniawith mixed results.Now, if you re the type of reader who absolutely has to like the main character, or [...]

    • I have a Goordreads friend who likes this book He expressed a thought that I might not While not wholly correct about my take he came pretty close Well, first Stephen, you re right in a way, I don t like stories that are downers just to be downers The nihilistic attitude you see so often I don t like the as I ve said before life is crap and then you die story So many today seem to think that for a story to have any depth it has to be deeply depressing On the other hand if there is a reason for t [...]

    • Quentin Coldwater is an unhappy teen, eyeing up an uncertain future in college He s secretly in love with his friend Julia Nothing else really matters to him except the Fillory and Further series of books he s loved since childhood Imagine how he feels when a seamingly routine college interview drops an undiscovered Fillory book in his grasp and leads him to Brakebills, a college of wizardry, and worlds beyondFirst of all, this isn t Harry Potter for adults, no matter how much people want to sla [...]

    • Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally UPDATE After reading other reviews online, I realized that I could ve made my point even succinctly by simply saying the following Oh, wonderful another dour academe writes another fussy, joyless genre exercise, designed specifically for MFA circle jerks who consider themselves above such silly frippery Yeah, that [...]

    • I was ready to love this book, it s supposed to be Harry Potter like but gritty, realistic, substantial, and I guess it is and I still like the idea of it And yet this book did not work for me I was really patient with it, I downplayed the initial irritation of incorporating the entire Potter premise It s one thing to borrow bits and pieces, it s another to rip off a whole concept leaving out a few bits here and there and dressing up the rest But since I m a sucker for fantasy, so I was willi [...]

    • This was in a special category for me books whose positive reception make me question my membership in the human race After finishing it I stared at the glowing blurbs on the back, looked up some positive reviews online, and thought, who are these people What could they have been thinking How could they possibly be so different from me After that it took a few days of solid social interaction with good friends to convince me that I actually had something in common with my fellow humans that they [...]

    • I passed on reading this book when it first came out because I was underwhelmed by the author s first book Codex The excessively negative reviews about The Magicians peaked my interest The complaints these reviewers had actually made me want to read the book The positive reviews confirmed my growing suspicion that I should read this book Although I am late to the party I must say I am glad that I overcame my initial reluctance because I loved this book Unfortunately this book was marketed as an [...]

    • I tried I really tried Aside from enjoying the beginning, reading this book is like staring at a piece of cardboard for hours on end It s just verryyyyyy dull to me and I don t care about it one bit I may give it another chance someday, but no promises.However, I do want to give the tv series a shot, because I really didn t hate the characters or the world, I just can t get into the way they were written in this book.

    • 5.0 stars I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK I know that not everyone agrees with this sentiment for this book, but I was greatly impressed by it From the very beginning of this story, I got the distinct feeling that Grossman was going to be taking the less travelled path in his fantasy novel While I have seen a lot of comparisons to other stories some of which are quite intentional by the author this book is certainly ITS OWN BOOK The novel is really two very different and distinct stories that I tho [...]

    • What would you do if tomorrow your Hogwarts letter came in the mail What about if your closet became a portal to Narnia Suddenly there is a sharp line in the sand, dividing your life into two phases Before Magic and After Magic.The Magicians analyzes this concept with the very deepest, darkest pits of human sin in mind It is an exploration of realistic responses to unrealistic circumstances I got my heart s desired there my troubles began This is not a book for people who prefer their heroes be [...]

    • Okay I am in the minority I didn t really like this book I didn t think it was going to be a Harry Potter, as a matter of fact I knew it wouldn t be even though it was compared to HP the author even compared it to HP which its not I can enjoy that this is a tribute to fantasy but that s about it It was a depressing poorly written book Details seemed to be lacking and the only details we d get is a knock off version of another fantasy book The characters were one sided and had no personality, the [...]

    • A friend gave this book to me as a Christmas present, but the sneering reviews on and inside the book which compared it oh so favorably to Harry Potter Narnia LotR proclaiming them weak and this strong and bracing and refreshing and kept repulsing me before I could even get to the first page She s coming to visit me next month however and I m determined to read it Updates to follow UPDATE 4 A miserable book about miserable people being miserable while doing miserable things written by, I suspect [...]

    • Prepare yourselves for a rant filled scathing review So Much Hate When I readthe Martian I really never thought there would be a book I would hate But boy am I putting my foot in my mouth on that one The Magicians was the winner by a landslide forThe Most Obnoxious Book of the Year Award Congratulations, Lev Grossman Your book fucking sucks.This book was said to be the adult version of Harry Potter Those are some big balls you have making that claim Especially to someone like me This is NOT any [...]

    • A quick and easy way to describe this would be to call it Harry Potter for adults There s a magic school and a lot sex and booze than poor old Harry ever had But that doesn t do it justice because this was an extremely original and unique twist on the notion of what it would be like to actually live in a world where magic and fantasy realms exist.Quentin Coldwater is a bored teenager getting ready to apply for college but is already seriously disillusioned with his life and wishes things were [...]

    • This was a difficult review to write I was immediately drawn into Lev Grossman s The Magicians, but then spent most of the remainder of the book wondering why I was reading it The several parts of the book had a schizophrenic quality which didn t always seem to have much to do with preceding sections or what came after Still, it was well written and I appreciated Grossman s depiction of the magical world as something other than a place of awe and wonder His rich, spoiled mages help create someth [...]

    • Terrifically horrible, gonorrheal mess overly lauded by megastar writers because, as book critic for TIME, Grossman has been pivotal to an extent for some of their fame Obvi.Alas, one reads it and knows right around page 300 what a swamp the rest of the voyage will be, as superduper 2D Harry Hermione Ron Luna co avatars at a discount find themselves, I fuck with you NOT, in a fish out of water but lame trip to the land of Narnia A generic one, as well It really is just those two books sewn toget [...]

    • The Magicians by Lev Grossman is one of the most frequently reviewed fantasy novels of the last few years, which isn t surprising because the author is a well known writer and book reviewer for TIME Magazine, and the book was very effectively hyped as Harry Potter with college age students The end result of all of this is that lots of people who don t regularly read fantasy have picked up this novel, and many of them had their expectations severely challenged So, is The Magicians also worth the [...]

    • Having never heard of Lev Grossman I picked up two of his novels at the thrift store, basing solely on the premises from the back covers Codex and The Magicians I decided to read The Magicians first, because Grossman s first two books have both been bombs Warp vanished without a trace, and Codex received largely negative reviews But The Magicians was a huge success, so it couldn t be all that bad, right After my admiration for Peter Straub s Shadowland which deals with roughly the same topic, bu [...]

    • Quickraise your hand if can answer yes to the following questions Have you ever read a book and wished you could visit or just permanently relocate to the place timeframe in question Or, importantly, do you feel out of place in this world of celebrity worship, rampant consumerism, confusing national conflicts, and the death of common sense Is your hand raised Yeah, mine is too Glad we are all in the same boat But, is it any surprise that we are all of similar mind We are all here on because of [...]

    • September 2015 UpdateIt occurs to me that I never really wrote a proper review for this, so no time like the present, amirite We start with millennial Quentin Coldwaterwho gets accepted to New York Hogwarts Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogyafter passing some exhausting magical tests.Upon graduating he realizes that magic can t solve everythingbut it can do a lot of other cool stufflike go to Narnia Fillory, a magical land from his favorite childhood book series and play quidditch welters.O [...]

    • 2.5 stars This isn t to say I don t think this is a good book I think it s very clever It messes with your expectations, about everything, and because of that there were many parts I didn t actively enjoy I would say that I passively enjoyed it Is that a thing Because of that it gets a lower rating I do feel that this is the kind of book that can t be rated individually and instead the series should be reviewed as a whole I will continue with this series and I m looking forward to it.I have a fu [...]

    • This book was the worst book to read listen to while I was extremely busy All I wanted to do was get back in the car, take a walk, workout yeah right , clean, etc Anything to get back to my audiobook.The best sign of a good audiobook is how much I put aside my visualbook to listen.And the craziest part is that when I start to explain the book, I find myself wondering, How could I possibly like this book The main characters are the biggest, self obsessed, pricks I ve probably ever read about They [...]

    • I can honestly say that I haven t read a book with characters this self involved, self aggrandizing, and self important in, well, ever This book and all of its contents were wholly insufferable Not only was it a blatant rip off of other notable books, but it was completely shameless in its theft I hated everything about this book.I read another review where the reviewer says the following Oh, wonderful another dour academe writes another fussy, joyless genre exercise, designed specifically for M [...]

    • If you write enough book reviews, eventually you start sounding like everyone you never wanted to be Today, I ll be the annoying guy who brags about how he saw everything coming That s right, I found this book utterly predictable from start to finish Even the Arctic fox sex scene.The Magicians is a very postmodern type of fantasy, deconstructing as it does the Narnian style childhood fantasy of saving the world It s one of those curiously self aware books that nevertheless stays firmly on the ot [...]

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