From the Bookshelf of The Sword and Laser

The Magicians
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Start date
April 13, 2012
Finish date
May 1, 2012
Discussion leader
Anne Schüßler
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Our first pick for the new audio/video era!

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Nat
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I don't know. It was interesting? The characters are all horrible people though.
Raq
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
I would have liked this if it had a story or things like character development. It's one thing to say "hey, let's mash up A Separate Peace with Harry Potter and Narnia, but after the joke's over there still needs to be some difference in the main character's life at the end of the book.

I really hate books about how awesome New York City is, and I'm not a big fan of books in which incredibly privileged people spend all their time whining about how hard it is to be privileged.

Grossman can turn a
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Steve Coughlan
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
At the beginning, this seems to be a version of Harry Potter set in a very real/modern NY, and perhaps suitable for older young adults. But the maturity level elevates, so it's not appropriate for young teens, and the action and stakes are more realistic and terrifying than any Harry Potter book. But, like Harry, we see a young man who is unaware of his magical abilities swept into a hidden world of magic, gain friends, develop his abilities, and have magical adventures. Romance, betrayal, adven ...more
Kimberly
May 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sword-and-laser
I don't like the characters. They didn't make sense. At all. The book was oddly sexual in odd orgy beasty ways. I only finished because Omari already had. Don't bother unless you like privileged sulky emo asshats.
Chris Stanford
Aug 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Theresa
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Alexis
Apr 07, 2015 added it
Shelves: library
Joe
Mar 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
Jon williams
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rexe
Jan 05, 2015 marked it as to-read
Jim Moore
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shayna
Jul 05, 2017 added it
Shelves: fantasy
ZJ Bowen
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nikki
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Christine F
Jul 26, 2014 marked it as to-read
Kalyan
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Peter
Jan 03, 2014 marked it as to-read
Matt Kaye
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
cheryl
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Ryan
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Amanda
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Michael Field
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Charlie
Jun 12, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy, audible
Hazel Butler
Aug 01, 2017 marked it as to-read
Nicole
Mar 31, 2018 marked it as to-read
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