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The Magicians by Lev Grossman
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Feb 04, 12

bookshelves: fantasy
Read from December 06 to 31, 2011

Ouch. New Year's Resolution: Do not finish books you do not enjoy. This book was difficult to finish, but I wanted to participate in a book discussion about it, so determined to go the distance. The book is not without merit. When the eight main characters, four women, four men, complete their education in Brakebills School of Magic, they are whisked away to the Antarctic and travel as animals. The animal sex is diverting, and prefigures further sexual adventures that humans have a special talent for getting into trouble for.

There is just so much whining, and meta-pondering about the genre, about the purpose of life, about one book or another that influenced the main story, and then there is suddenly a huge amount of plot and action, interlarded with arcane vocabulary that is not gently woven into the prose, that I could not wait for the last page, and skimmed the final 50 or so. Also, there is an inordinate amount of drinking, making me worry about the author.

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