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The Magician King by Lev Grossman
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Nov 14, 14

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Read from August 18 to September 03, 2011

The second time around, I love this book just as much, and I feel more comfortable expressing why.

First, although Quentin was an asshole in the first book, he was much less of an asshole here. He's matured considerably, and oftentimes he reminded me of myself at his age. I have to admit that I probably made some really stupid decisions in college - can anyone really say that they didn't, in retrospect? You learn and you grow up. That journey continues in The Magician's Land but that is a review for another time.

Second, there's Julia. Her story really touches me, her struggle to achieve things which come so easily to Quentin. (Again) when I was in college I had the same sort of seeker mentality especially when it came to the occult. I didn't have any pretensions of ability but I was in some sense looking for a crumb of enlightenment or maybe a key to something which 20 years later I can't quite define.
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