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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I'll be curious to see your review. I enjoyed it, but it seems like a pretty divisive book.




message 2: by Ben (new)

Ben Babcock Dances with Books wrote: "I like this review for entirely selfish reasons."

Good! Those are the best type of reasons for liking a review.


message 3: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I obviously liked it a little more than you did, but I definitely appreciate your reasoning.
The only thing I disagree with in your review is the need for more characterization of the parents. Grossman is following the rules of young adult fantasy even while he deconstructs it, and in young adult fantasy the parents are almost always absent or negligent.





message 4: by Ben (new)

Ben Babcock Sarah Pi wrote: "Grossman is following the rules of young adult fantasy even while he deconstructs it, and in young adult fantasy the parents are almost always absent or negligent."

Very good point. When you put it that way, it makes sense. I suppose what I'm asking, however, is for more details. Without the detail, what is the point in having live parents at all? Why can't Quentin be an orphan who lives with a somewhat dotty aunt? I want to understand how this upbringing was the best choice for making Quentin into his nihilistic, miserable self.


message 5: by Caroline (new)

Caroline A sequel to this just recently came out, so maybe Grossman resolves some of the loose-ends in the next installment.


message 6: by Ben (new)

Ben Babcock Caroline wrote: "A sequel to this just recently came out, so maybe Grossman resolves some of the loose-ends in the next installment."

Indeed. Initially I was not interested in continuing the series, but I’ve since decided I will give Grossman another chance. The Magicians wasn’t so much bad as that it didn’t meet my expectations, so perhaps The Magician King will fare better.


message 7: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I enjoyed The Magician King to a point, but I kind of wish he had stopped with one book. It's obviously now a trilogy (at least), which makes all of my deconstruction-of-the-genre arguments fall flat on their faces. If it has to be judged as a non-derivative work, that's a different story.


message 8: by Robin (new)

Robin Tell Nice review in general, but special kudos for using "begging the question" correctly.


message 9: by Ben (new)

Ben Babcock Robin wrote: "Nice review in general, but special kudos for using "begging the question" correctly."

Thanks so much for noticing!


message 10: by Scott (new)

Scott Best review of the book I've seen on here. Captures my sentiments almost exactly.

Characterization was an issue for me as well, but not on account of the parents. If anything I didn't think them that essential to the story. Mostly I wished that the teachers and schoolmates had more depth. The former were one-dimensional outlines. The latter were more fleshed out, but often felt like pieces to move along the plot rather than fully realized characters.


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