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The Magicians
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April 13, 2012
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May 1, 2012
The Magicians
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Anne Schuessler
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Our first pick for the new audio/video era!

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What Members Thought

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...more
Tom Merritt
Fantastic. Such a wonderful critique and send up of fantasy classics like C.S. Lewis, T.H. White and obviously newer fare like J.K. Rowling. It seems to answer the question of what people today would do if they were confronted with classical magical worlds. This is a modern book by far but e love of lore shows through in every curse word and every disdainful ennui filled sigh of its very modern characters.
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.
Apr 13, 2012 taeli marked it as to-read
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