The Magicians

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I have always loved fantasy novels. Growing up I loved to spend time in Narnia, Middle Earth, and Redwall, and even now as somewhat of a grown up, some of my favorite haunts can be found between the covers of a fantasy novel, And maybe that is why I fell in love with The Magicians so quickly. I could really relate to Quentin Coldwater, who even though he is near the end of high school he is still in love with the books of Fillory (think Chronicles of Narnia) even though they are much to young for him. Of course he knows that magic isn't real, that is, until he finds himself in upstate New York at Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy.

 

This isn't just Harry Potter dressed in a new robe. Lev Grossman has created an original, engaging story that melds literary fiction with that of the fantasy genre while paying tribute to some of our favorite fantasy worlds. The narrative really zips along, and I found myself reading it at every opprotunity. Don't expect any "happily everafters" here though, as this one is certainly for the adult audience. Quentin and his friends often find themselves in darker and darker places, as growing up is never as clean and simple as we pretend it will be. 

 

If you are looking for that next fantastic place to escape to, you can't go wrong with The Magicians.  

 

 

 

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by Linda-Mai-Ellen on ‎08-10-2009 09:38 PM
Thank you for the recommendation. I had read an excerpt on Penguin.ca and I was a little upset by how short the excerpt is. I'd like to read it.
by B&N Bookseller Brody on ‎08-19-2009 10:02 PM
If you pick it up, I would love to know what you think. 
by B&N Bookseller kim-galleria on ‎08-23-2009 06:58 PM
I just finished it and whew!  what a book.  The only thing that was disturbing to me is how they left it wide open for a sequel.  I know the author is hoping for a hole in one here but I wish he didn't make it so obvious.  It would have been nice if the material was a bit more PG-13 so I could recommend it for teens.  They would have loved it!
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