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The Magicians
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April 13, 2012
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May 1, 2012
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The Magicians
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What Members Thought

Nat
Jun 18, 2015 Nat rated it really liked it
I don't know. It was interesting? The characters are all horrible people though.
Raq
Feb 24, 2015 Raq rated it it was ok
I would have liked this if it had a story or things like character development. It's one thing to say "hey, let's mash up A Separate Peace with Harry Potter and Narnia, but after the joke's over there still needs to be some difference in the main character's life at the end of the book.

I really hate books about how awesome New York City is, and I'm not a big fan of books in which incredibly privileged people spend all their time whining about how hard it is to be privileged.

Grossman can turn a
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Steve Coughlan
May 25, 2012 Steve Coughlan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
At the beginning, this seems to be a version of Harry Potter set in a very real/modern NY, and perhaps suitable for older young adults. But the maturity level elevates, so it's not appropriate for young teens, and the action and stakes are more realistic and terrifying than any Harry Potter book. But, like Harry, we see a young man who is unaware of his magical abilities swept into a hidden world of magic, gain friends, develop his abilities, and have magical adventures. Romance, betrayal, adven ...more
Kimberly
May 23, 2012 Kimberly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sword-and-laser
I don't like the characters. They didn't make sense. At all. The book was oddly sexual in odd orgy beasty ways. I only finished because Omari already had. Don't bother unless you like privileged sulky emo asshats.
Virginia
May 05, 2012 Virginia rated it really liked it
Okay, I subtracted a star from my rating because the whole book is basically plagiarized from other books and settings. Harry Potter, Narnia, a little bit of Stargate and Guardians of the Flame (e.g. The Sleeping Dragon) thrown in for good measure. I get that writers are often influenced by things that they’ve read or watched, but come ON, this was blatant.

Other than that, I enjoyed this book. I listened to the audiobook, and some of the school based sections dragged on for awhile. The reader w
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Ali
Apr 27, 2016 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n_progtm, g_ca, m_kin
originally read January 2011?
cheryl
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Rexe
Jan 05, 2015 Rexe marked it as to-read
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Matt Kaye
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Ryan
Jan 11, 2013 Ryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Amanda
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Charlie
Jun 12, 2012 Charlie marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy, audible
Joe
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Dec 29, 2015 Alexis added it
Shelves: library
Terrea
May 16, 2012 Terrea marked it as to-read
Shelves: do-not-own
Kristie
Jun 26, 2012 Kristie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-audio
Theresa
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Randy
May 13, 2016 Randy marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
Bree
Mar 25, 2012 Bree rated it really liked it
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