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message 1: by Matt (new)

Matt I just finished this book a few minutes ago... Your review absolutely NAILS pretty much everything that annoyed me about the story AND the writing style.

message 2: by Heather (new)

Heather Agreed!

message 3: by Tim (new)

Tim Hicks Yep, it's all over the place. Young and hip one page, serious and mature the next. Plausible development here, mighty leap there.

message 4: by Shane (new)

Shane Stephens I agree wholeheartedly with this review! I thought maybe it was just me. An enjoyable read, but the language, and Julia's character really brought me down. She was just plain unlikable.

message 5: by Jason (new)

Jason Kurtz Ludicrous is the word to use here, exactly. Grossman can be as zany and far out as he wants, as long as he is serious about his world. A kiddie slide to Hell? PouncySilverkitten? Even Bingle? I mean I felt like A) He used a plot generator to come up with bizarre/off the wall material, and B)He was making a fool of me while I was reading this book. “Look at all this idiocy I am making these readers put up with! Suckers!” I put it down twice and it took me a month to finish, I was so irritated. The major plot points in Quentin’s story were fine and well crafted, but ALL of the characters in Julia's story were flat and pointless. I almost would have preferred a companion novel telling Julia's story and going into the same depth and mastery that The Magicians had. The Hedgewitch would have been a better book. I mean, I recommended this series to colleagues! Grrrr. :(

message 6: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Totally agree... julia's story just kind of sucked. I wish he's left that part out.

message 7: by Rasheeda (new)

Rasheeda Julia was so whiny! How was it Quentin's fault she didn't get into Brakebills?? She made me actually miss Janet for once!

message 8: by Clint (new)

Clint I wish I had read your review before wasting my time and money on this book.

message 9: by Jaye (new)

Jaye I've decided to abandon hopes of finishing this book after reading this review and the comments. This installment just seems too thrown together and the writing and story seem bored with themselves. In spite of agreeing with a lot of the obvious criticisms of the first one, I did enjoy reading it so it's disappointing to not be able to get through this one.

message 10: by Warwick (new)

Warwick I found this an interesting one (the review, I mean), because although I completely agree with you about the plotting, the narrative voice actually worked really well for me. Stuff like ‘noob’, ‘nomming’, and especially ‘which whatever’ were, I though, deployed rather nicely, and helped me stay relatively well engaged with the story even when he seemed to have lost the plot a bit.

message 11: by Christina (new)

Christina Doka I completely agree with you. The writing in this book gets lazy compared to the first, or it sounds like Grossman is trying way too hard to use some hip (though in some cases actually ridiculously outdated) slang. It makes what could otherwise have been a relatively decent book into an irritating muddle.

message 12: by Kris (new)

Kris Henry Exactly, I couldn't even finish this one!

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