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The Magicians by Lev Grossman
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Apr 22, 2010

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bookshelves: time-to-come-of-age, fantastickal, secret-histories

it is clear that the author is trying for Harry Potter-meets-Narnia through the lens of Bret Easton Ellis. nice try! but all the carefully placed bits of minor note ennui and teenage boredom cannot hide the fact that the author actually has a lot invested in writing pure, thrilling fantasy with a healthy dose of phantasmagoria. i will take the moments of awe over the moments of bored disdain any day... and i think the author secretly agrees. Grossman's description of a transformative flight (heh), the Beast's first entrance, a climactic battle in an underworld, and the final bizarre appearances of the narrator & friends are the best parts in this novel. in the future i hope he replaces Less than Zero with The Golden Compass as his touchstone.
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message 1: by Jason (new)

Jason Ill take this one off my to read list?

mark monday i wouldn't! it is an interesting book, despite its flaws. certainly not your standard fantasy novel by a long haul.

message 3: by Jason (new)

Jason Ok. I put it back on reserve at the lib. I heard it's like Harry potter with drugs and sex. Sort of an adult version

mark monday yep, that describes it nicely.

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