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message 1: by Ben (new)

Ben Babcock Ooh, I look forward to your review. I'm debating whether to put this one on my list. I recently read his short story "Endgame", which is set in the same universe and slightly mollified me toward Quentin.

"Once again Grossman proves that he is the modern heir to C.S. Lewis, and the cutting edge of literary fantasy".

^ I find the above part of the book's description offensive on so many levels.


message 2: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent The Magician King shipped this morning. I should have it by Thursday. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I'll probably devour it by Monday or Tuesday.

As a GR friend of mine nicely put it, Quentin is the guy who wins the lottery and immediately starts bitching about how much he's going to have to pay in taxes.

I've never read the Narnia books and I'm rolling my eyes at the C.S. Lewis comparison.


message 3: by Ben (new)

Ben Babcock Dan wrote: "As a GR friend of mine nicely put it, Quentin is the guy who wins the lottery and immediately starts bitching about how much he's going to have to pay in taxes."

I find this particularly humourous because here in Canada, we don't pay taxes on lottery winnings. :D (So much for being tax-crazy socialists!)

Dan wrote: "I've never read the Narnia books and I'm rolling my eyes at the C.S. Lewis comparison."

I'm sure you've picked this up from others, but Fillory is a postmodern deconstruction of Narnia. So I don't really follow how Grossman can be the heir to Lewis. He seems to be more a response.

"Endgame" intrigued me because the main character is a woman magician who is playing essentially the real-life equivalent of a magical MMORPG. And Quentin swoops in just as she's about to win the quest she's on and asks her if she wants to do something more, which kind of makes me hope he's come up with a plan. But the description of this sequel doesn't sound that promising.


message 4: by Dan (last edited Aug 08, 2011 11:43AM) (new)

Dan Schwent Grossman and Lewis (if he were able) would agree with your assessment.

I've deliberately avoided anything related to The Magician King to avoid spoilage. I have high hopes for The Magician King and hope Grossman doesn't provoke my wrath...


message 5: by Ben (new)

Ben Babcock OK, you've persuaded me to give this one a chance.


message 6: by Jason (new)

Jason This will be one of my next reads even though I felt that the Magicians was fairly bland and quite overrated.


message 7: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Jason wrote: "This will be one of my next reads even though I felt that the Magicians was fairly bland and quite overrated."

I liked The Magicians but this one feels more like a traditional fantasy novel and I think more people will enjoy it.


message 8: by Lyndz (new)

Lyndz Thanks Dan, I will have to check this one out.


message 9: by Eric (new)

Eric I was already pretty excited about this book, now I'm even more so. Great review.


message 10: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Eric wrote: "I was already pretty excited about this book, now I'm even more so. Great review."

Thanks. It didn't disappoint, although it took me a little while to get hooked.


message 11: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Dan wrote: "As a GR friend of mine nicely put it, Quentin is the guy who wins the lottery and immediately starts bitching about how much he's going to have to pay in taxes.

Whoever said that was obviously brilliant...


message 12: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Kemper wrote: "Dan wrote: "As a GR friend of mine nicely put it, Quentin is the guy who wins the lottery and immediately starts bitching about how much he's going to have to pay in taxes.

Whoever said that was ..."


He's one perceptive curmudgeon.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) I'm glad that Quentin has grown up as a person. I think he had potential in the first book. (view spoiler) Thanks for the review. It solidifies my decision to keep reading this series.


message 14: by Jason (new)

Jason Alexander Great review. It took me until the third book to feel like Quentin really did much in the way of growing up, but I like reading your point of view, I may have been too committed to disliking him. Also, great point with this being a take on a high-fantasy quest, I think your right on, which might also be part of the reason I didn't love it - not generally as big a fan of adventure/quest stories.


message 15: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Thanks! Quentin is an easy person to dislike. I wonder if I'd like this as much if I reread it now.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) I'm listening to this now, and I think Quentin has matured and I find him much more likable in this than the first book.


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