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Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams that he once ruled. Everything he had fought so hard for, not to mention his closest friends, is sealed away in a land Quentin may never again visit. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. Meanwhile, the magical barriers that keep Fillory safe are failing, and barbarians from the north have invaded. Along with Plum, a brilliant young magician with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters.
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After reading other reviews online, I realized that I could've made my point even more succinctly by simply saying the following: Yeah, that's exactly what the world needed. I get that Grossman deliberately ripped off Harry Potter; my point is that he's an untalented f-cking hack for doing so, and that such a thing is profoundly offensive to those of us who are adult genre fans, and who do enjoy the Harry Potter books precisely for their sense of joy and wonder.
Regular readers know that I mostly judge books here on relative terms -- relative to the author's experience, relative to my natural interest in its subject, relative to the amount of money that was spent promoting that book. And that's why I was so excited to get my hands on Lev Grossman's The Magicians , one of the most heavily hyped books of last autumn, because it comes with an excellent pedigree: That's why I'm such a stickler for the idea that professional book reviewers should never, ever publish their own creative work in the field of whatever type of literature they're paid to review, and why a big red flag goes up in my head every time one of them does.
And it's for all these reasons that this book's massive shortcomings made me not just disappointed but actively infuriated; because when people say that this is "Harry Potter for grown-ups," they mean that it is a literal beat-for-beat plagiaristic ripoff of the Harry Potter books , such a thoroughly naked steal of someone else's ideas that I'm legitimately surprised that JK Rowling hasn't sued Grossman back into the stone age.
Don't believe me? J-sus, Grossman, you untalented hack, why don't you throw in a Golden F-cking Snitch while you're at it? Now, I acknowledge that genre novels by nature are always going to share a certain amount of elements with other novels in that genre, and in fact I have no problem with that when it's done well and used merely as a starting point; for an excellent example, see Susanna Clarke's fantastic Jonathan Strange and Mr.
Norrell , which takes a very Potteresque concept magic actually exists in open hiding all around us but instead does something strikingly original with the idea, creating an entire millennium-long fake history of the UK and then focusing in on the dysfunctional fuddy-duddys who are the masters of this made-up applied science. But in The Magicians , Grossman presents not even a single solitary idea that he didn't steal from someone else, essentially making the whole thing feel like the unnecessary fan-fiction product of some year-old goth girl who's jealous that Rowling beat her to the punch; and while that would be fine if this actually was a piece of xeroxed fan fiction from a year-old goth girl with no original ideas of her own, it's f-cking inexcusable when it's the most heavily hyped book of the year, and comes from the main book critic of Time f-cking magazine.
J-sus, what a godd-mned waste of my time this derivative piece of sh-t was. Out of Mar 13, nostalgebraist rated it did not like it Shelves: This was in a special category for me: 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 -- t This was in a special category for 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 weren't a bunch of ineffable Lovecraftian things hiding in bodies that looked like mine.
The most extreme version of this experience I've ever had was with Special Topics in Calamity Physics, a book widely praised but so staggeringly, contortedly bad that when I tried to review it, I got to words and gave up in despair because I hadn't even half exhausted all the issues I had with it. What The Magicians very clearly wants to be is a darker, more realistic, more laddish version of Harry Potter or Narnia, combining the cutesy, whimsical worldbuilding of children's fantasy with adolescent protagonists who are horrible little shits in the way real adolescents are horrible little shits.
So far, so good, I guess -- I mean it could have been a really funny parody, at least. However, Grossman isn't really going for parody. His book is rarely laugh-out-loud funny, and he seems to want the reader to feel invested in his characters and impressed with the psychological realism of his twist on the fantasy novel. Unfortunately, I was unable to rise to this task, because of the following basic fact about The Magicians: Everything in this book is determined by Grossman's desire to imitate or respond to his literary models, not by considerations of human behavior.
The characters don't act the way they do because real people or even some distorted version of real people would act that way, but because their actions contrast with the way Grossman imagines a "standard" children's fantasy character would behave in the same situation. The fantasy world s in which the story is set do not make sense, but are supposed to be impressive simply because they are darker and grittier than their literary models.
If you stop thinking of everything as a genre joke and start thinking of it as an actual story about people, it falls apart completely. This is especially bad because the Grossman yearns to be patted on the back for writing a "realistic" fantasy novel. But unlike, say, China Mieville, he doesn't try for realism by seriously thinking about how the darker side of human nature would play itself out in a magical world. He just takes a set of models HP and Narnia , makes them darker and more vulgar in implausible and nonsensical ways , and then, having conflated edginess with realism, sits back and expects us to be impressed.
For the first two-thirds of the book, the primary model is Harry Potter, and the primary "realistic" twist is that the characters in magic school are bored. Although the main characters are all very impressed with the idea of learning magic when they first reach the magic school which as in HP resides in a coexisting culture kept secret by magic , they quickly lose interest and start spending all of their time drinking to excess, playing pool, and bitching about people they know and the general tedium of their little lives.
This is kind of a funny idea, but the transition from curiosity to indifference is not made real. The characters simply go from one pole to the other in the course of a very short number of pages covering months of in-story time. As with everything else in the book, Grossman seems to have been so pleased with his clever twist on his literary models that he didn't think he needed to make it psychologically natural.
The characters are bored, and being bored is unadmirable, and that means it's realistic -- what more psychology do you need?! The characters' incuriosity spares Grossman from having to fill in many of the details of his fantasy world -- if no one asks a question, the reader never hears its answer. Harry Potter also relies on this mechanism, but it makes much more sense there because the characters are younger. They enter magic school around age 12 -- an age when many people are still forming their basic worldviews.
As a result, it's easy to imagine that they just take the existence of magic in stride, rather than going around grabbing lapels and demanding explanations. Grossman's characters, though, are 18 when the book begins, and it's difficult for me to imagine an year-old who wouldn't freak out in some way when confronted with the existence of a hidden magic world.
Remember, the characters are literally discovering a vast conspiracy -- wizards have been hiding magic from everyone for centuries. Why do they do it? Why don't wizards use magic to improve the world of ordinary humans? Harry Potter at least makes gestures towards answering these questions; The Magicians doesn't even do that, because the main characters -- bafflngly -- don't seem to give a shit.
Grossman even goes out of his way to specify at the beginning that his protagonist, Quentin Coldwater, is a physics nerd who, at 18, is taking college-level advanced physics classes. I was pleased to see him name-check Differential Geometry, which is exactly the sort of subject that such an advanced high school student might know a few things about. Now, I also like physics, and if I were transported to magic land one of the things I would ask, in the course of my frantic label-grabbing question-asking "how can this be fucking possible?
I mean, physicists have developed these theories that seem to explain everything we can observe, and yet there's this extremely powerful force out there which could be harnessed by weird crusty old dudes centuries ago yet has escaped the notice of modern physics entirely? Well, that's a question that Harry Potter sure isn't interested in answering, and one might hope that a book that fancies itself a grown-up HP, especially with a physics-nerd protagonist, would concern itself with it.
Quentin doesn't care. He basically forgets about physics after the first few chapters. I understand that some people get less nerdy when they get to college, but come on -- at least show me the psychological process, Grossman.
Later on there's a part where Quentin's studious girlfriend is working on a thesis about how to magically violate the uncertainty principle ha! Again, things work by the logic of cliches rather than the logic of psychology -- in the beginning Quentin is playing a nerd and later on he's playing a jaded college senior and his ostensible interests just adjust to fit the cliche of the moment. Why are these people so unhappy? They are in college learning a fascinating subject, their personal lives seem to involve no special difficulties above and beyond those of the average privileged college student, so where's the problem?
Grossman so thoroughly fails to provide a motivation remember, it's dark, so it must be realistic that it starts to seem like all of the characters, and particularly Quentin, are probably just clinically depressed.
This raises the question, though, of why none of them even consider this. The book covers seven years of magic school in a few hundred pages, which is a pretty remarkable span of time in which to be miserable and never ever think about why except "magic land didn't satisfy me like I thought it would" -- again, good genre subversion but bad psychology -- why don't they wonder why they are unsatisfied? The characters start out as year-olds with the maturity of year-olds and end up as year-olds with the maturity of year-olds.
It's conceivable that someone could change this little in seven years, but again -- give me the damn psychology, Grossman. The only likable character in all of this is a sort of punk-ish nerd who the main characters all hate because he's really awkward, even though he spends all of his time doing interesting shit rather than drinking and bitching. Is this some kind of joke about how even in magic land paradise for nerds? But then we're supposed to sympathize deeply with the main characters and the difficulties they face as boring entitled assholes and I just don't get it.
Where is my entry-way into these characters? I've read and enjoyed a lot of books about really awful people, but in all of those cases there was something that rang very true about the characters' particular brand of awfulness. Grossman's characters aren't awful in a way that feels real, they're just awful as a genre joke. Ha, bet you've never seen Harry Potter starring an asshole before! Nope, I haven't. But why is he an asshole? What's going on in his head?
Come on, this is Creative Writing stuff! In the last third of the book we switch over from Potter pastiche to Narnia pastiche and there's some metafictional stuff and a bunch of thematic stuff I would probably discuss if I cared more about what Grossman is trying to do.
But I don't. His handling of his themes is so crude and inhuman that I just don't care what he's trying to say. There were a few scenes that I did really like, mostly those about elements of the fantasy world itself -- like a scene where the characters transform into birds and fly to Antarctica, or one about a powerful and sinister wizard who looks like Magritte's "Son of Man" painting. These scenes make me think that, ironically, Grossman would do much better if he tried to write a more ordinary, non-subversive fantasy novel.
But this imaginative stuff never lasts for long, because Grossman has to keep us regularly updated on the characters' horrible lust triangles and how totally shitfaced they were last night. View all 15 comments. I might change it later After deliberation I decided that the best way to describe this book is A muggle born Draco Malfoy who grew up reading about Narnia, learns that magic is real and Narnia might be too I think my main issue with his book was my own expectations.
Too often people describe this book as Harry Potter books for grown ups and it's just not how I see it. The main character all the characters actually! The pacing is what left me the most unsatisfied. The first hundred pages, the main character is introduced, he passes the exams and goes through the first 2 years of school He's done with school at around pages.
That's half the book! If I had known that, I would have probably have enjoyed the book a lot more. I'm not sure I liked the ending So basically to enjoy this book you'll have to remember that the characters are unlikeable, only half the book contains the magical school so there won't be much "everyday life a la Harry Potter" here and that the school is basically just to open the magical universe.
I'll watch the TV Show and update you: View all 22 comments. So I listened to this on Audio from the library and I laughed my arse off for most of the book! I mean the audio was soooo good but I thought this was about something totally different!!
Well, all I can say is I enjoyed it and plan on reading the rest of the So I listened to this on Audio from the library and I laughed my arse off for most of the book! Well, all I can say is I enjoyed it and plan on reading the rest of the trilogy. View all 38 comments. Oct 07, Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 a I passed on reading this book when it first came out because I was underwhelmed by the author's first book Codex.
Unfortunately this book was marketed as an adult book for Harry Potter fans. There is some truth in this marketing scheme, but too many people who are ardent Harry Potter fans are not the proper readership for this book. One reviewer said how much he despised this book, but that the "hipsters" would like it. I'm finally I probably just lost my hipster status using the word cool. I was afraid that this would be a year one, year two, etc. Not so.
Grossman smokes through 5 years of Brakebills in quick order giving us highlights, but leaving a lean script that keeps the pages turning.
One of my favorite scenes is when the main character Quentin Coldwater and his friends are turning into geese to fly to Brakebills South in Antarctica. Who knew or cared? Quentin had never experienced peace and satisfaction like this. He forgot about his human past, about Brakebills or Brooklyn.
Why hang on to them? He had no name anymore. He barely had any individual identity, and he didn't want one. What good were such human artifacts? He was an animal. His job was to turn bugs and plants into muscle and fat and feathers and flight and miles logged.
He served only his flock-fellows and the wind and the laws of Darwin. And he served whatever force sent him gliding along the invisible magnetic rails, always southward, down the rough, stony coast of Peru, spiny Andes on his port, the sprawling blue Pacific on his starboard.
He had never been happier.
Professor Mayakovsky the teacher at Brakebills South really turns boys and girls into men and women. It is the boot camp of magic. Mayakovsky sums it up to Quentin on his first day. You must learn the principles of magic with more than your head. You must learn them with your bones, with your blood, your liver, your heart, your deek. He grabbed his crotch through his dressing gown and gave it a shake.
Grossman doesn't shy away from Harry Potter. He actually makes a couple of references to the Hogwarts series. They are books in the evolving reality of the world he creates for this book. Our heroes, be they too human, moments of bravery wrapped around acts of cowardice finally arrive in Fillory. I was least interest in this portion of the book which makes me wonder if I will like the follow up book The Magician King. I've underestimated Grossman before so at some point I will give it a try.
Most of the time I didn't even realize that I was reading a fantasy book. The characters reminded me of people that I went to college with. Grossman actually does a good job developing the characters. They are all interesting, flawed, very human characters that again made me believe in the reality of this world.
I suppose because there is sex and copious alcohol consumption, although not flagrantly so, reviewers have made comparisons to Bret Easton Ellis. I will say all of the sex was in the context of the plot and even sometimes gave the plot a proper nudge.
I have also seen comparisons to Donna Tartt and to me that is a closer comparison because the characters had more personality than what I experienced in Less than Zero. If you are looking for Harry Potter even an adult Harry Potter you should probably give this book a pass.
If you are looking for just a damn good edgy book with well developed characters and a compelling plot than pick up a copy and start reading.
Before you know it you will have consumed pages and will be stealing time from the rest of your life to finish the remaining pages. View all 32 comments. I was ready to love this book, it's supposed to be Harry Potter like but more gritty, more realistic, more 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 I was ready to love this book, it's supposed to be Harry Potter like but more gritty, more realistic, more substantial, and I guess it is and I still like the idea of it. But since I'm a sucker for fantasy, so I was willing to let that go. Mimicry is the highest form of flattery, right?
Mimic all you want, just make the story interesting and magical. But the story The story lacked in optimism, was devoid of magic and the main character? I tried to like him, I understood him, I did not hate him, but I never really warmed up to him or to any of the other characters either. And what Grossman was trying to get across was a bit of a downer, outwardly depressing at times. It felt like he was striving to make the book something more than a mere fantasy novel, striving to grasp a deeper truth, striving to incorporate some existentialism into the story.
It might have strived but in the end it failed. At least it failed me. I would have liked it better if Grossman got in peace with the thought that you're writing a fantasy novel, and left it at that. There's nothing wrong with fantasy, not everything has to be high lit. So Mr.
Grossman if you like me for your fan, don't take yourself that seriously, throw me a bone next time and put in some magic and a few optimistic thoughts into the story. Because you had the potions and the spells and all that shit, but in the end, it did not feel magical, not to me. May 25, Mark Lawrence rated it it was amazing.
Having now read the highest rated reviews of the book I'm amazed at the amount of vitriol on show. I've no idea what provoked it.
I stand by my opinion and don't recognise the novel portrayed in many of these reviews. The Magicians immediately appealed to my writer bones.
There a great many sharply observed and cuttingly sarcastic lines. There a good few beautiful ones. Along with the Victorian sensibilities of the Brakebills school of magic Lev Grossman adopts a witty almost drawing room prose that has notes of Oscar Wilde and the later Evelyn Waugh.
More recently it puts me in mind of the literary excellence of Josiah Bancroft. So the writing is top notch. The characters? The plot? All very engaging too. I have seen some reviewers make a big deal of the point of view character, Quentin Coldwater, being an unsympathetic protagonist. The book has been called Harry Potter for grownups it contains a magic school, what else will people call it?
Quentin is someone unable to be happy. Even when given exactly what he wants. This is a part of the human condition, no rarer than blue eyes, especially in the teenage years.
I enjoyed the skill with which it was shown to us and the gradual building of consequences. The supporting cast are interesting. The magic school is more of a university and so we have drinking and sex. We have rich, privileged kids affecting disaffection, forming cliques, being overbearingly intellectual. I enjoyed spending time in the company of these complex characters.
We rattle through the school section considerably faster than I thought we would. I think a couple of years are knocked off in a single chapter at one point.
The magic is interesting too. So half the book is Quentin going to school and learning his trade in a Harry Potter minus Dumbledore and Voldemort style. Anyway, Quentin has been obsessed with the Narnia books since he was a small child.
Narnia is where he wants to go, needs to go, will go and will find the happiness that keeps slipping through his fingers. And yes they go, via the rings button from the first Narnia book and the Wood Between The Worlds now paved over with the pools converted into fountains. Narnia comes complete with fauns in the snow, a family of talking beavers, and a need to have two daughters of Eve and two sons of Adam wear the crowns and sit as kings and queens in Cair Paravel.
Of course instead of the Pevensie children it is now a collection of variously drunk, messed up, twenty-one year old magicians with relationship issues, subcutaneous demons, and at least one handgun. They do have to deal with the aftermath of the Pevensie visit though. In short this is a really good read. To my mind though it is simply very well written fantasy. Harry Potter for grownups. Plus Narnia for grownups. Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter prizes Sep 16, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. The novel is really two very different and distinct storie 5. The novel is really two very different and distinct stories that I thought worked together very well. The first half to two-thirds of the book is the story of Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant, angst-ridden, self-involved high school senior. Or, put another way, a pretty normal teenager that happens to be intellectually gifted.
While Quentin is on his way to be interviewed for acceptance at Princeton, he is through a series of circumstances I won't spoil given the opportunity to enroll in a secret university that teaches magic. You can tell from that description how the Harry Potter comparisons come up. However, this "magic" school and the students that attend there are portrayed quite effectively in my opinion as the kind of personalities you would expect to find at a college campus for gifted teenagers.
Common threads running through the group based on some shared intellectual capabilities, but otherwise a very eclectic group from a variety of backgrounds and all dealing with their own very real issues. In addition, the teaching of magic is shown to be a extremely difficult and an often tedious endeavor. I thought this aspect of the book was superbly done and made for compelling reading.
I can imagine their are a number of us that could relate to that. However, reality, even one with magic, is never as easy or as fun as Quentin's books make them out and so he finds himself disappointed and disillusioned a lot. In fact, his extensive knowledge of other fantasy worlds actually makes the disappointment more acute.
Frankly, I don't see how it could be any other way and that this relationship to fiction and reality is one of the central themes that Grossman was exploring in this novel.
Some people found this to be a sad or depressing message, but I didn't find it that way at all. I think we all see the world differently now then we did when we were kids and that doesn't mean we are less happy.
Anyway, Quentin's favorite fantasy series is about a land called Fillory which very intentionally resembles Narnia complete with siblings going through furniture to a strange land ruled by giant, god-like animals a Ram named Ember rather than a lion named Aslan. This is important because Fillory plays a central role in the last part of the novel which I will not go into so as to avoid spoilers.
I will just say that the last third of the novel becomes a fairly typical fantasy adventure in structure, but whose execution is in keeping with the tone and style of the rest of the story. As with the first two thirds of the book, I found this to be well written and compelling. Overall, I can not recommend this book highly enough. I thought the writing was superb, the characters were three dimensional and very well developed and the world-building was amazing, especially in regards to how the fantastic was made to seem so real.
View all 20 comments. Oct 01, Raeleen Lemay marked it as dnf Shelves: 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. View all 13 comments. Prepare yourselves for a rant-filled scathing review. When I read the Martian I really never thought there would be a book I would hate more. But boy am I putting my foot in my mouth on that one! Congratulations, Lev Grossman!
Your book fucking sucks. Especially to someone lik Prepare yourselves for a rant-filled scathing review. Especially to someone like me.
In fact, you may as well compare hippogriffs to flobberworms! I mean, seriously. The two aren't even in the same realm, let alone the same fucking genre. Clearly that person is a fucking moron who never read either book. Step aside, Bella! Quentin has taken your place atop the list of Most Useless Main Character! Quentin is…oh dear. I am not even sure where to start. Quentin is just awful. The dumbass actually has the audacity to demean his girlfriend for cheating on him after he cheated on her.
He acts as if he is completely innocent and then rips her to pieces verbally. Great storytelling, Lev! The only memorable moment for me throughout this heaping pile of shit book was that they got turned into geese where they flew to the south pole…or was it the north?
Ah, fuck it. It doesn't matter anyway because the whole storyline was pointless. Anyway, they later get turned into arctic foxes and then they fuck. The single most exciting moment in the whole entire book. But listen, this book has absolutely no point.
Quentin figures out he is a special snowflake- shocker. And then goes to school at the Special Snowflake Academy where he learns some magic tricks. But no one knows where the magic comes from you know. Everyone is so fucking privileged but they do nothing but bitch about their parents and life. And the school? Well, that could have been interesting.
They can do everything. They can also do nothing! I almost never tell people not to read books. But if you value your sanity I would stay far, far away from this book. What a disappointment. I will not be continuing the series. I do not care what happens to anyone in it. I do not care one bit. So please, do not tell me how awesome the rest of them are. I will kill you lock you up in my basement and feed you to Jeff and Mr.
Feb 02, Lola rated it did not like it Shelves: I think I'll just stick with the TV series, because this is terrible. View all 23 comments. 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. This is not a book you read to your children in hopes that they will derive some higher meaning about morality and friendship. It will devour all of the things you relish in stories like Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. It will intentionally draw your attention toward your expectations only to shatter them into pieces.
For those of you who have seen Cabin in the Woods , this book falls into the same category with that film. This is not "Adult Harry Potter. It is tedious, difficult to grasp. Part of the mastery of this book is how Grossman paralleled his writing style to match that of the magic style. The pace here is slowwwwwwwww, but it's a necessary slowness.
The language used has a very cynical quality and I could even see where it may come off as offensive. However, I think it's important to distinguish that the language here is used as a mechanism for characterization and setting a tone, not to reflect the approval of said language by the author. I had a really great time reading this, and I'm excited to keep exploring this idea in last two installments.
That being said, this isn't a story that everyone will be able to appreciate. I think that's apparent by just how mixed the reviews are.
This review and other reviews of mine can be found on Book Nest! Buddy read this with my passionate reader friend, Jack! View all 60 comments. Aug 15, Cindy rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 I can enjoy that this is a "tribute" to fantasy 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 Okay I am in the minority I didn't really like this book. The characters were one sided and had no personality, they were just a name in a book really. There was occasional swearing to make this book more adult but really it was unnecessary.
Also there was a lot of breast looking and sex which didn't really add to the plot line. The writing was very poor, there was a lot of repetition to the words. Almost every sentence started with Quenten This was a very big disappointment for me because I would have thought the idea was a great one. The poor writing, and badly executed plot made it a disappointment. I think this is another case of highly publicized book that is only hype.
View all 21 comments. Jan 13, [Name Redacted] rated it it was ok Shelves: She's coming to visit me next month however and I'm determined to read it! Updates to follow! A miserable book about miserable people being miserable while doing miserable things written by, I suspect, a very miserable man.
You know whose story would have been far more interesting and engaging and subversive? You know whose story was a tiresome exercise in sneering banality? This is a quick, easy read -- i think that has a lot to do with Grossman's "tell-don't-show" approach to writing, and the psuedo-serialized format. The characters are pretty flat, just broad generalizations fat guy, uptight girl, mopey protagonist, smart love-interest, mohawk guy, Russian teacher, hot young teacher, etc.
The sex scenes are vague descriptions, and for that I have to admire Grossman's restraint -- after all, he's trying very hard to write for "adults". I think I've finally realized what this actually reminds me of. It seems to draw a lot from "The Books of Magic" actually, complete with an immature emotionally, psychologically, intellectually and physically wizard slowly using his power to indulge his every base instinct and whim and losing touch with humanity.
Sadly, there's no great sense of loss here, only a slow realization that the protagonist is as tiresome at the end as he was at the beginning. I found this line from a GoodReads review of the book and it seems to sum up what I'm feeling and what most non-hipsters felt about it: The only parts I've actually found compelling have been the brief descriptions of the natural world in Upstate New York, and that's only because I grew up there and remember the place quite clearly; I am substituting my memories for the artistry Grossman lacks.
So far every character has been unpleasant and unsympathetic, no-one is really happy or even capable of feeling content, and magic is empty and apparently incapable of anything truly special.
How very much like every "profound" novel written these days! Maybe this will appeal more to fans of Jonathan Franzen and Michael Chabon? It will certainly appeal to those readers who mistake misery and depression and nihilism for depth and insight and realism. Is the message that magic cannot make you happy, because it is merely a tool and as such simply reflects the inner character of the user? That could have been conveyed without hitting the reader quite so hard over the head with how utterly miserable everyone and everything is.
Part of the problem with "The Magicians" is that the author clearly sees the subject matter as far beneath him, like the "Fillory" books which Quentin loves but others dismiss as childish and through which Grossman conveys his utter contempt for Lewis, Tolkien, Rowling, etc.
After all, they're too COOL to join the party. I hope things improve, but it's not much hope. View all 11 comments.
May 14, Fabian rated it it was ok. A generic one, as well. It really is just those two books sewn together. That's all. Sooo provocative. The disenchantment happens way earlier than page I lied--but somehow I keep hating myself for spending so much time trying to reach the end of this ill-conceived drivel. Who am I kidding? I was bored after page What a dud!! IF it had been a mega success that--like many in this literary world--are actually ill won.
View all 16 comments. May 24, Kemper rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 more 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 A quick and easy way to describe this would be to call it Harry Potter for adults. Quentin Coldwater is a bored teenager getting ready to apply for college but is already seriously disillusioned with his life and wishes things were more like his favorite fantasy novels set in a land called Fillory, which is essentially the author's stand-in for Narnia.
However, Quentin quickly learns that he's got magical talent, and he's suddenly attending a training academy called Brakebills. Quentin is the kind of guy who after finding out he won a huge lottery would instantly start bitching about how bad the taxes will be. Even though he's always longed for a world closer to his Filory novels, he never sees the adventure he's living by learning magic and all the things that go into his training.
Learning magic and even falling in love don't make him happy, and he holds onto the childish idea that there's some 'next place' that will finally make him complete. To make matters worse, once he and his friends graduate, they learn that there's no real need for magic since there are no big magical threats so they use their talents to live fat and easy while partying too much and trying to entertain themselves.
Until an old classmate appears with the news that Filory is real. There's three big things at work in this book. The idea that magic is real, and the author put a great deal of effort into developing the idea of magic in the real world with specific rules. The second is that the idea of journeying to a magical land on some kind of quest would be a fun adventure is actually pretty naive when you consider how actually bloody and insane the kind of things described would be.
The third and most interesting is that a young man with a world of possibilities in front of him would find himself disappointed with life because it isn't like an adventure story and his stubborn refusal to realize that life will never be like a fantasy novel even if he eventually makes it to an actual fantasy world. Fast-paced, funny, sometimes tragic and always entertaining, this was a book that I really enjoyed for it's offbeat way of looking at magic and fantasy stories.
View all 10 comments. May 17, J. Sutton rated it liked it. This was a difficult review to write. His rich, spoiled mages help create so This was a difficult review to write. But just when I thought it would end in this aimless fashion, a really compelling conclusion drew me back in and beckoned me to the next book.
Curse you Lev Grossman! View all 5 comments. 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 t 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.
After my admiration for Peter Straub's Shadowland which deals with roughly the same topic, but is a far, far superior work I was all set-up and full of expectations. The Magicians failed to meet any of them. I found this novel to be largely tedious and uninteresting. Here are several reasons why: Everything is extremely flat and without any flair of ,let's say, Hogwarts; where the reader can see for himself how unique magic really is - in vivid detail.
Even the Fillory books - fantasy novels which Quentin is a fan of - are special because Grossman tells us they are special. It's as he distrusted his readers and had to tell them everything - hence the reader plods on, and never cares about the characters and setting whose features and qualities are forced upon him. It's as if after the failure of his first two novels Grossman decided to "borrow" the tropes of well known fantasy works most notably Harry Potter and Narnia and base his story around other people's accomplishments.
A group of teenagers receive invitations to attend a school of magic, which is housed in a decaying gohtic castle, located just a few hours from a major metropolitan area.
The castle is hiddent from public view by powerfull illusion spells and is governed by a childlike, yet powerful white bearded authority figure, who also happens to have a magical map showing where anyone is at any given moment.
The process of learning magic turns out to be mostly tedious memorizing incantations and learning proper inflection. The school adapts a British educational system and is full of quirky effects, like disappearing doors. The Fillory is a magical land entered through a clock where "Sons and Daughters of Earth" fight evil to become the royalty. How is it possible to steal so many ideas and not get sued?
Grossman clammed 5 years of magical school 4 for some and then squeezed adventures after the school which include travelling into the world of Fillory on pages But everything is touched only on the surface; there's simply no room for anything to develop. Too much is trying to go on on a space too small - and that's why there's so little detail and so much exposition. It's almost as if we were presented with a summary of Quentin's struggle through magical school and his life after it.
Grossman comes from an academic family and is a Harvard alumni where he got a degree in comparative literature , currently holding a job of a reviewer at TIME magazine.
This is not a man with an original vision how many original ideas are there in The Magicians andyway? I counted two who chose to express it on paper; we are unfortunatelly dealing with the case of a pretentious academic who considers himself above the genre he chose to write in, and who has produced a sour and joyless and ultimately pointless exercise in this very genre, designed especially for people just like him.
Since Less Than Zero already came out 20 years ago he decided to use storylines and themes from famous fantasy works to sell his product and disguise his lack of originality.
Much of Fantasy literature is didactic in nature. Young people can learn how to be a better human being, how to be brave in face of grave danger, to appreciate frienship and learn to be selfless when the situation requires it.
There is nothing to learn in The Magicians. While the disilusion in Less Than Zero worked, it doesn't work here because the protagonist is a self-pityng, self-oriented miserable teenager simply because Grossman forced him to be one. Quentin is not happy before enrolling at magical school, he's not happy at the school and he's not happy after the school. He hooks up with the hot girl, but is not happy with her so she sleeps with someone else - then he's even more not happy.
Quentin starts out as a selfish bastard, migrates into an even more selfish bastard and ends up after four hundred pages - yeah, you guessed it - as a selfish bastard. Grossman never once allowes Quentin to take his head out of his Quentin's, not Grossman's ass to see the wonder he was allowed to experience, but instead forces him to be a smug and miserable selfish asshole to the very end, to illustrate his disilussion with the magical world because he decided that the protagonist will be disilusioned, no matter what he will see there To his credit: In Grossman's world both fantasy and magical everything is forced upon the reader, including his message - it's rather simple, but the reader is forced to undergo great pains to arrive at the conclusion that is painfully obvious from the very beginning.
If you want to be bored and depressed simply because the author bores you and tells you to be depressed, you might get something from The Magicians. If you're looking for "realistic" and "adult" protagonists who are said to posess these qualities simply because they are all selfish, drink alcohol and swear and have sex this might be your thing.
If you think that the novel will offer an unique take on the loss of innocence in a magical world, you might be disappointed - our heroes could have been plumbers and hygiene technicians, and Grossman still would ram his point home. This is a classic case of a pretentious navel-gazer, completely self-indulgent which smacks the reader in the face with its hopelesness and whining again and again and again.
This emperor is naked as jay, and offers cliched insights masquerading as deeper truths covered by ideas of other and better authors. These insights are explored as superficially as possible, and in an adult way - with lots of booze, sex and swearing - so I sense some BIG PRIZE lurking around the corner, waiting for this very novel.
After all, adults give these awards. Kids know better. View all 36 comments. Jun 15, Stefan rated it it was amazing Shelves: So, is The Magicians also worth the time for true-blooded, die-hard fantasy fans? In a word: Read the entire review on my site Far Beyond Reality! View all 12 comments. I should point out that my qualm itself is less about the characters and more about the stilted writing and the lazy portrayal in which they are framed.
I can handle unlikable, morally grey protagonists - just don't bore me. View all 30 comments. Or, more 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 Quick We are all here on Goodreads because of our love of books.
I think, more than any other medium, books can instill in us a great desire to be somewhere else. To inhabit a world that isn't THIS one. Escapism is one the main functions of fiction novels, and is something that even a modestly written book can accomplish.
The Magicians poses those questions to main character Quentin Coldwater, though how those questions get resolved happens in ways that aren't quite what we as readers are used to. This is a challenging and somewhat subversive book, and certainly isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea.
Oh, and it's not modestly written at all. Lev Grossman has a serious knack for the English language, and dusts off some great words, using them to full, obscure effect. Don't let that fool you though, these aren't big words for the sake of big words. Grossman weaves a spellbinding narrative, and I thoroughly enjoyed what he put to page.
This was a buddy read with my Goodreads friend and partner in magical crime, Mary. But I thought wrong. Fantasy is sometimes dismissed as childish, or escapist, but I take what I am doing very, very seriously. The trade paperback edition was made available on May 25, The Washington Post called it "Exuberant and inventive Fresh and compelling Unexpectedly admitted to Brakebills, a secret, exclusive college of magic in upstate New York an amalgam of Bannerman's Castle and Olana , Quentin receives an education in the craft of modern sorcery.
After graduation, he and his friends discover that Fillory is real. Michael Agger of The New York Times said the book "could crudely be labeled a Harry Potter for adults," injecting mature themes into fantasy literature. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. In August , The Magician King , the sequel to The Magicians , was published, which returns readers to the magical land of Fillory, where Quentin and his friends are now kings and queens.
The Chicago Tribune said The Magician King was " The Catcher in the Rye for devotees of alternative universes" and that "Grossman has created a rare, strange and scintillating novel. The third book in the series is titled The Magician's Land   and was published on 5 August A television adaptation of the Magicians trilogy premiered on December 16, , although Grossman said in that he did not believe the source material would be conducive to a film adaptation.
Grossman lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn  with his second wife, Sophie Gee, whom he married in early , [ citation needed ] and his daughter Lily  from a previous marriage.
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