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The Magicians by Lev Grossman
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Jun 15, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: fantasy, urban-fantasy
Read from May 16 to June 15, 2012

Did not enjoy this book very much at all. I don't like bashing another's creative effort much, so I'll just say that there were three big problems with this book for me. One: the story plodded along at an excruciating rate. Things didn't start to get interesting until 75 percent of the way through. Two: the characters were all so unlikeable. The main character, Quentin, is a self-centered, whiny anti-hero, and if I can't get behind the protagonist or relate to him in some form, I can't really enjoy the book. Unfortunately, none of the characters were very likable for me. Three: the derivative nature of some of the elements in the book. Don't get me wrong; I'm all for paying homage to stuff you like, but I think the author went a little overboard. The fantasy land he's created is so heavily influenced by Lewis and Narnia, that it gets a little ridiculous.

I just thought of a fourth thing I didn't like, but I won't go on. I commend anyone who can actually sit down and write a full-length novel, and if this is the story that Grossman wanted to tell, then good on him. I just didn't enjoy it is all. I'm sure others have enjoyed it.
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Erick Ugh...thanks for saving me the time and effort!


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