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The Magicians by Lev Grossman
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Jun 14, 2012

really liked it

Well, I really did love the "you have to be brilliant in math to get in" part--but then you also need a touch of... well... pure magic. It's like grad school, only better.

I like the cynical, hard-drinking nihilistic students too.

My favorite part? When they get to be geese. "All you think about is flapping, eating, and honking to retain contact with the formation." Then later, being unhappy and wishing he could just hide as a goose-- so good. I wish depression could be cured in such a way.

The fantasy world, I thought, was the weakest part of it. At least it seemed almost unnecessary to me. Maybe in the sequel that will change.

All in all--great fantasy for the slightly-older-than-Potter set.
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