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The story of a modern day Ulysses -- with the reality of post-graduation haze vollying off of Star Trek rerunsHollis lives in an area not too far from where he graduated from college. His friends do too. They all sleep late, talk about jobs they might get, girls they might see, money their parents might send them. All of these lives are seemingly on hold. Everything is goi ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published December 31st 1997 by St. Martin's Press (first published November 1997)
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    Blake Fraina
    Aug 08, 2016 Blake Fraina rated it really liked it
    If you’re a fan of Lev Grossman, this is kind of a must read. Mind you, it isn’t a particularly good book, nor does much happen in it. Okay, nothing really happens. It’s very much a pretentious, post-college type first novel. Truth be told, I’m surprised it even found a publisher because, while any sharp editor might recognize the potential here, it’s easy to see the author reaching for something that seems just beyond his grasp. Of course, if you’re familiar with his later works, you know he ge ...more
    Dichotomy Girl
    ~I Received a free copy of this from netgalley~

    Today I thank the Lord Jesus that Quentin Coldwater was accepted into Brakebills, learned magic, and had adventures in Fillory.

    Because this book was a cold hard look at what Quentin would have become if he'd gone to an ivy league school and ended up in a crap apartment with a meaningless life and no direction.

    And honestly, I spent the entire time wanting to punch Hollis in the face until I didn't have to listen to his inane thoughts any longer.

    The
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    Andrea
    Jun 10, 2016 Andrea rated it liked it
    I won an ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

    When Lev Grossman said this was a book about twenty-somethings doing nothing, he wasn't joking. Not a whole lot happens. The main character, Hollis, is trying to find himself, sort of, there's a kind of a love story, and a bit of recreational breaking-and-entering that moves things along for a while. But throughout the book Hollis's greatest adventures take place inside his head. His real life never quite measures up.

    Despite being a self avowed
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    Jason (RawBlurb)
    i bought this book at goodwill having read the inside cover, it sounded very good. the tale of Hollis, a graduate who is bumming about in a semi-anarchic haze. not sure what to do with his life, or if there is any point.

    Hollis is a bit like everyone i know. He has his quirks and his redeeming factors. The core story of Warp takes you through a 36 hour period of his life. His concerns over money, his landlord dodging, drinking, driving, relationships with friends family and girls.He walks around
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    Kalyn
    Aug 24, 2009 Kalyn rated it did not like it
    The book centers on 3 days in the life of Hollis Kessler - an unemployed college graduate living in Boston. He hangs out with friends, talks about girls, sees some girls, and muses about life with Star Trek comparisons. It's not particularly geeky - anyone who has seen a few episodes of the original Star Trek and The Next Generation will get all the references. The story is interspersed with Hollis's daydreams (this is where Star Trek comes in) but has a more linear structure than stream-of-cons ...more
    Kallierose
    Aug 15, 2016 Kallierose rated it it was ok
    I thought this book would never end, and considering the length of it (it's kinda short) that's saying something.

    A couple of days in the life of an over-privileged 20-something and all I could think was, "when is something going to happen?"

    To make it even more annoying, the guy has this inner monologue going on that is incredibly random and often repetitive. I forced myself to finish it, but it wasn't easy!

    Leah Bayer
    Imagine Quentin Coldwater from The Magicians if he never got into Brakebills, and magic didn't exist. Pretty depressing, right? Welcome to Warp. This is 24 hours in the life of Hollis, a young man who has no idea what direction his life is moving in and feels incredibly hopeless. A lot of his life is lived in his head: both by going over shows and stories that he likes, but also by writing his own book that mirrors his life. In a way, this is an incredibly meta book. Sure, it's prototype Quentin ...more
    David Stringer
    Aug 04, 2016 David Stringer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: did-not-finish
    This book has been re-released by the author, Lev Grossman, who I understand has had some success with more recent works. I Believe they've even made a TV series about them! So although I've not come across him or them books yet, thought let's give this a try, let's see where it all began.

    The new foreword, by the author himself, is an interesting read and clearly he poured a lot of time (6 years), his heart and soul into this, his first book. So I'm gathering he's clearly thought, now with a bit
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    Meredith
    Aug 17, 2016 Meredith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

    I'm still not quite sure what to make of Warp.

    Hollis, graduated but unemployed, is drifting through life. Warp follows him over a few days where not much happens: he hangs out with friends, sees a girl, goes to an aquarium, sees another girl he broke up with and seems hung up on, and breaks into a house with a friend to get drunk there while the owner is away. Not much else. Hollis is pretty aimless and the story is pretty aimles
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    Laura Newsholme
    Aug 09, 2016 Laura Newsholme rated it it was ok
    I'm not quite sure what I was expecting with this title, but what a got was a day in the life of a disaffected youth as he bumbles his way through Boston and the surrounding area. It has close ties with Catcher in the Rye and similar works and the author recognises this - indeed, quotations are included within the prose. It is well written and if you like this sort of novel, then this would be a great addition to your library. Unfortunately, it just left me cold and a little irritated with the p ...more
    Meg
    Jul 03, 2016 Meg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc-netgalley
    I've actually not read Grossman's Magicians trilogy, but when I saw this on Netgalley, I thought I'd give it a try.

    The introduction is the best part, honestly. Grossman's is overly critical of this first novel, and maybe rightly so. It's not terrible, but it's not great. It's got its moments, but it seems generally aimless. I don't think I "got" it, but maybe there's nothing to get. It reads a lot like many young white guys' first books in which the nerdy guy gets his manic pixie dream girl. I
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    Metaphorosis
    2 stars - Metaphorosis Reviews

    A young man wanders around Boston over the course of a day and a half, worrying vaguely about an ex-girlfriend.

    I've been hearing about Lev Grossman's The Magicians, but it didn't hold much appeal for me. When I saw this book available and listed as a prequel (it doesn't seem to be), I thought I'd give it a shot.

    The book is easily summed up - it's a sequel to Catcher in the Rye, with some quotes thrown in. The book follows a wan Caulfield wannabe, detailing the quoti
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    Danny
    Aug 26, 2016 Danny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    I received a free copy of this book via a giveaway.

    I think my favorite thing about this book is how it describes not just the characters, but the ambiance. There are certain scenes where the descriptions encompass more than just Hollis and friends, and really helps the reader to picture a broader scene than just the conversation the characters are having, but to see what is going on around them. At times, this is great, and at other times, it seems to drag or become unnecessary.

    That being said,
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    Shoshana G
    I really did not like this book, but the introduction said a lot of thoughtful things about being a young adult and maneuvering in the world.
    Sean Owen
    "Warp" is a self indulgent book. It's the sort of overly ambitious thing that only a very young writer would attempt. The story follows a very "Catcher in the Rye" type formula where we experience a few days in the life of a young man who is adrift in the years immediately following college. Interspersed throughout the story are brief interludes of fantasy and science fiction that roughly connect to the conventional narrative. The whole thing doesn't really come off very effectively. The saving ...more
    Alex
    Um...yeah...this is going to be a little tricky to review. Let me start with a little info on the book. This is a re-publication of Lev Grossman's debut novel, Warp. This is not a "new" novel, but a new edition of an old one. And to be honest, I'm a little shocked and confused as to why this is getting re-printed as its really not very good.

    I'm a fan of Grossman's more recent Magician's trilogy so when this was floating around with a description detailing how it was the inspiration for that mai
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    Lianna
    Aug 08, 2016 Lianna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, forgettable
    ** A Copy of WARP was provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review **

    Well, that certainly wasn't what I was expecting. I've heard such wonderful things about Lev Grossman's Magicians series (although I haven't read it myself yet, but it's on my ever growing list) and I thought it would be beneficial to read Warp - which is supposed to show the roots of The Magician's main character Quentin Coldwater.

    Told over a series of three days, we follow Hollis Kessler, a twenty
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    Tanen
    Dec 16, 2014 Tanen rated it it was ok
    It breaks my heart to give this such a low rating because I firmly feel that Lev Grossman is a brilliant author and I just wanted to read this to see where he came from. More of a historical study than a literary experience.

    So yes, there were lots of issues. The constant interrupting to switch very briefly to alternate universe/path/whatever was jarring and ineffective. The lines at the beginning in the alternate reality felt similar to bits and pieces of famous lit and I kept trying to place t
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    Michael
    Mar 27, 2015 Michael rated it did not like it
    I'm sorry I bothered with this. Had it been by anyone but Lev Grossman, I would never have picked it up. Perhaps this book would be deeply meaningful to some modern twenty-something twit, adrift post-college but I found the whole thing pointless.
    Mr. Grossman, I think you're an amazing writer and will continue to read anything you will write, but I am clearly not the audience for this book!
    Fantasy Literature
    Jul 29, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it it was ok
    Hollis Kessler has just finished college, and now he’s coasting. He has neither purpose nor direction and can only tie everything he sees into a pop culture web of references. When he sees a woman, for example, he and his friends will immediately tell her what famous woman she resembles. The first woman they see looks like Denise Crosby, who played Lieutenant Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    Hollis and his friends otherwise spend most of their time together gossiping about what jobs a
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    Sam
    Jul 27, 2016 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Truthfully I had a hard time getting into this book and then I really had to make myself finish it. For me it was too slow and just nothing in it to hold my interest. I received this from LibraryThing Member Giveaway for an honest review.
    Stacey
    Jun 27, 2015 Stacey rated it it was ok
    Not a terrible first novel even if that's how Grossman remembers it. I conclusion, which was kind of the point, but there are lovely and memorable images throughout for all the aimlessness.
    Sarah Wagner
    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher.*

    Having heard Lev Grossman was an excellent fantasy writer, I was incredibly disappointed by this book and completely frustrated by the main character. Hollis is just another post-college kid unable to get his life and career started and appears to be drifting through his twenties. Hollis isn't particularly remarkable as a character, doesn't appear to be able to grasp the one opportunity offered to him, and the book isn't well-written enough to
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    Jenn
    Jul 22, 2016 Jenn rated it it was ok
    Not very memorable. Read it over a few hours (177 pages). Takes place over a few days of the main character's life.
    Danielle Benich
    Jan 19, 2016 Danielle Benich rated it did not like it
    It was such a chore to finish this book, and I really wanted to like it. But if there was any plot or structure, I never found it...
    Adom
    May 14, 2014 Adom rated it did not like it
    Yeah... this was... not good. Of course, I wasn't expecting it to be. Codex is worth reading for fans of The Magicians series, but this pretty much isn't.
    Sarah
    Jul 08, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok
    Not even close to Lev Grossman's other books. Although you could see some glimpses of the Quentin et al in this book.
    Christina
    Jul 04, 2016 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I won this book as an ACR from a Goodreads giveaway. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The preface by Grossman made me expect a tale a little more eventful than what it was, but I still enjoyed the book. I think more than anything the tone of the book is very relatable to people who have struggled with where they stand in life.
    Tobias
    Aug 03, 2016 Tobias rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: read2016
    A solid look at post-collegiate malaise.
    Alden
    Aug 24, 2015 Alden rated it did not like it
    What the heck did I just read?
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