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The Magicians

A Novel
Grossman, Lev (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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As a senior in high school Quentin Coldwater became preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. After graduating from college and being admitted into a highly exclusive, secret society of magic in upstate New York, he makes a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin's fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined for his childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.
Authors: Grossman, Lev
Title: The magicians
a novel
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009.
Characteristics: 402 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: As a senior in high school Quentin Coldwater became preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. After graduating from college and being admitted into a highly exclusive, secret society of magic in upstate New York, he makes a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin's fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined for his childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.
Local Note: 6 15 18 29 53 79 102 109 112 118 122 133 138 148 150 151 152 153 160 167 172 182 188 193 198 203 210 211 216 222 224 231 242 243 244 245 250 264 272 274 276 278
ISBN: 9780670020553
0670020559
Statement of Responsibility: Lev Grossman
Subject Headings: College students Fiction. College graduates Fiction. Magic Fiction.
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction-2009.
Fantasy fiction-2009.
Bildungsroman-2009.
Topical Term: College students
College graduates
Magic
LCCN: 2008055900
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Jun 22, 2014
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This was just ok. It was marketed as a "Harry Potter" for adults, with elements of Harry Potter, Narnia and Lord of the Rings, but really it was just a mockery of the magic genre. I found none of the characters likeable and thought Quentin was especially annoying. I don't really have an interest in continuing with the series, to be honest.

Apr 26, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

An attempt at Hogwarts/Narnia the real game. Quentin Coldwater finds himself enrolled in a magical college, which is just great because he's been obsessed with a series of books about a magical land called Fillory. He finds that magic is tedious to learn and things aren't as idyllic as he'd hoped. His problems still exist and he continues to be overly unsatisfied at every turn. That's pretty much why I couldn't get into this all that much. I liked the idea and I liked what I could see - the part while Quentin is studying just blew too quick - but our lead character isn't really someone I can get behind. Alice calls it like it is in that he chooses to be miserable and it's just grating on me here.

Jul 19, 2013
  • LT rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Harry Potter with sex, drugs, and a nasty cynical streak. Prepare for dysphoria. Well written but ultimately pointless. I am in agreement with the reviewer who criticized Grossman's sense of timing.

Harry Potter for adults. Kids go to college and experience all the usual heartbreak, drug use, and disillusionment of coming of age. All this with a back drop of magic and how that would work in the real world.

Apr 12, 2013
  • andreajomartin rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book had no idea what it wanted to be and was therefore just plain awful. I confess I didn't actually finish the book because it was so terrible. This is the 2nd book I've ever felt was so bad I simply couldn't read it. Don't waste your time.

Feb 01, 2013
  • hlee02 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It's hard for me to rate this book: I found the pacing uneven (woosh, and now it's five years later and we still don't have a great sense of some of the central characters), and I really didn't like the ending. But the overall conceit and many of the scenes were creative and astute enough to keep me reading breathlessly to the end...

Dec 05, 2012
  • Queensgal rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I am only reading this book because my book club chose it. I am about 1/3 through and am bored. Unfortunately, not bored enough to call it quits (plus, I would like to participate in the book club discussion. :)

Sep 08, 2012
  • GuyN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

At its best this is a fantasy bildungsroman (coming of age story) about an "extremely intelligent" young man entering a college of magic. At its worst it is said young man failing to grow and stumbling through an unfunny parody of Narnia. Ignore the blurbs referencing Harry Potter. This shares very little with him in plot, character, tone, focus, or anything else. If you need to like your protagnonist, stay away, as Quentin is selfish and relatively heartless with other unendearing qualities. Still, parts of this book are promising and creative. I am undecided about this book, but will read Book 2 (although Amazon's free chapter reads like a return to cheesy Narnia with swipes at Wonderland--Egad, Lev you haven't the chops of Carroll.)

Aug 07, 2012
  • Maroon_Weasel_2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My absolute favorite book of all time. Grossman manages to create a fantastical world that is all the more believable because of how firmly rooted in reality it all is. His characters are so real, their problems so easily related to, it's almost too true to be good. Almost.

Jun 22, 2012
  • Maybea rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

For me, this book was so-so. I was fairly engaged at first, and thought it was an interesting twist on the Fantasy genre. However, the last quarter of the novel I was just waiting for it to be over.

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Apr 06, 2011
  • beckylunatic rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The truth doesn't always make a good story, does it? But I think I tied up most of the loose threads. I'm sure you can fill in the rest, if you really think about it.

Dec 20, 2010
  • andreareads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Nobody wanted to admit they were frightened, so they took the only other option, which was to be irritable instead.

Aug 12, 2010
  • ndp21f rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

He wasn’t sure they were friends, exactly, but she was unfolding a little. He felt like a safecracker who—partly by luck—had sussed out the first digit in a lengthy, arduous combination.

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