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The Magicians by Lev Grossman
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Jun 13, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read from September 18 to 26, 2010

The Magicians, otherwise known as "The Book That Never Ends". I (barely) made it to the end, but I wanted to give it a chance. I like the idea of an adult version of Harry Potter, but this book was terrible. The author tried too hard to make this work, and it showed in the weak writing, the drawn-out plot, and the irrelevant characters. The Fillory plot line did not flow as nicely as the author probably intended, and the characters were so one-dimensional that it was difficult to root for anyone. Quentin was a real whiner who just needed some anti-depressants, and Alice was a bore who barely holds a light to Hermione. Also, the author bogs the book down with details and descriptions. While it's reasonable to describe spells and magical entities, there's no need to detail the shape of the trees or the sweater that one is wearing or the New York subway station. Plus, how can a reader be invested in a book if the author flies through each school year? The storyline lacks depth throughout the novel, which is disappointing because at first glance, this book had the potential to be a hit and could have filled the void left after the HP series ended.

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Morgan I'm very curious to see what you think of this one.

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