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The Magicians by Lev Grossman
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Apr 07, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read 2 times. Last read October 2, 2014.

Reread this in preparation for reading The Magician's Land. Still love it.

(First read: April 7, 2012)
Though I've tried to read a good deal of it, I don't really like fantasy (with the exception of Harry Potter, naturally). Perhaps this is why I enjoyed The Magicians so much - it borrows so heavily from the classics in the genre that you can almost call it a dark satire. It's got the magical school element from the Potter series, and the quest into an alternate world from Narnia, but the hero sucks, the epic quest brings out cowardice rather than bravery, and the suspense often dead-ends into anti-climax. Plus, there're a lot more passionless orgies, godlessness, and excessive inebriation, so it certainly dumps a layer of grit to the Hogwarts/Narnia/Middle Earth worlds.

I found a few parts of the book to be a little clumsy, but I really loved reading it, and I'll definitely check out the sequel. One of the things I really found lacking was Quentin's connection to his family and to the non-magical world, so I hope to see Grossman develop these more in the next book.
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