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The Magicians by Lev Grossman
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did not like it
bookshelves: horrible
Recommended to Sarah by: Eoin Colfer's blog/npr.org
Recommended for: no one

Well, the author has a large vocabulary and a violent imagination. The back cover of this book claims that the story is supposed to evoke the worlds of C. S. Lewis and J. K. Rowling. I suppose if evoke means: 1) ripping the world of Narnia and making it into a violent place with no sense or reason, 2) mentioning "thestrals" or "sending an owl" as jokes, and 3) having the main characters go to an exclusive school for magic that one must be invited to, then yes, The Magicians does that. However, I don't read a new fantasy book to get ripoffs of my beloved fantasy series.

The Magicians is essentially attempting to be Narnia- and Harry Potter-esque with additions of foul language and sex. I think this book was meant to be an attempt to be fantasy grown up. However, when I think of grown-up, I don't think of characters who never think of consequences, rules, or reason.

Throughout the book, I often felt like there were entire chapters or parts of the story missing. Transitions were abrupt. Plot threads were left dangling for seemingly no reason. The inner editor in me wanted to scream.

I won't be recommending this book.
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December 25, 2009 – Shelved
December 25, 2009 – Shelved as: horrible
December 25, 2009 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by SKB (new) - rated it 3 stars

SKB My thoughts on this book were pretty similar.


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