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The Magicians by Lev Grossman
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Aug 20, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: top-picks-ya, fantasy, speculative-fiction, young-adult
Read 2 times. Last read September 27, 2010 to November 1, 2010.

I was impressed by The Magicians. One of the quotes on the inside calls it "Harry Potter for adults." I would have to say that I agree. Though the novel does deal with many YA themes, and it is understandably a cross-over novel, The Magicians surprised me like Tithe surprised me, in that an urban fantasy can be nearly as rich as the tradition fantasy, though technically Grossman cheated a little by getting his characters to travel into a fantasy world anyway.

Grossman's world is such that it has infinite possibilities, and though his Harvard vocabulary is showing, he still pulls off the college angst pretty well. It is interesting to see our "modern ideals and sensibilities" applied to the traditional fantasy world. He riffs on Rowling, Lewis, and Tolkien, while at the same time taking concepts made popular by those authors and making them his own.

Grossman will have a long legacy, and his world is dense and full of possibilities. I would definitely recommend this for advance upper YA readers and adults.

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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
August 20, 2010 – Shelved
September 27, 2010 – Started Reading
September 27, 2010 –
page 60
14.93% "Surprisingly fresh..."
October 12, 2010 –
page 123
November 1, 2010 – Shelved as: top-picks-ya
November 1, 2010 – Shelved as: fantasy
November 1, 2010 – Shelved as: speculative-fiction
November 1, 2010 – Shelved as: young-adult
November 1, 2010 – Finished Reading

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