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Unseen by an apathetic society, a stupendous battle is being waged between good and evil. In the center of an unassuming town, gathered in a nondescript hotel, are the most powerful forces of time eternal: the thirteen black covens. On All Hallow's Eve they unite to summon the Black Magician, the darkest and deadliest being of all time They are a rag-tag group of misfits: ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 1980 by New American Library / Signet (first published 1976)
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Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - November 10, 2011

After spending something like 6 mnths reading Joseph McElroy's Women and Men I've decided to only read short bks for a looooonnnnnggggggg while - bks that I can read in a day or a few days. Every time I reach for something over 300pp long I shrink back. It's time for 'beach reading', 'vacation bks' - but when I was at the beach on 'vacation' I was reading McElroy. The Magicians fit the bill perfectly - even
Anurag Sahay
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been lying around in my laptop bag for almost 2.5 years now - I got it as a birthday gift, and because it's so thin, I would keep it in my bag, hoping that I'd finish it on some flight some day.

Well I'm glad I kept it around - the book is very much worth a read. The plot is a cliched PI stumbling upon a coven of magicians, but this book was published in in the 70s, so it gets a pass from me.

What I found interesting about it was the perspective of the book, which took mathematics
Thomas Bätzler
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gunn's "The Magicians" is based on his 1954 novella "Sine of the Magus", and while role clichés tell its age, I think it's a perfectly charming marriage of fantasy an 50's Noir detective story. Our hero is a private eye tasked with finding the identity of a speaker at an esoteric event, which turns out to be slightly more magic than anticipated...
Mary T
Jun 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing horrendously bad about this book, but nothing good except its length: mercifully short.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
Magic is mathematics and anyone can do it. A PI is sent to track down the true name of a magus who seeks to dominate with magic. Craziness ensues.

I wonder if this inspired Lev Grossman at all...
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
An urban-fantasy-cum-hardboiled-detective-novel from the 1970s. It's a bit sexist, but that's at least in part because it's a humorous homage to the SF and detective stories of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. If you can look past that, it's also a lot of fun.
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American science fiction author, editor, scholar, and anthologist. His work from the 1960s and 70s is considered his most significant fiction, and his Road to Science Fiction collections are considered his most important scholarly books. He won a Hugo Award for a non-fiction book in 1983 for Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction. He was named the 2007 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master ...more
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