The "New York Times" bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world, now an original series on Syfy "The Magicians "is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. . . . Hogwarts was never like this. George R.R. Martin Sad, hilarious, beautiful, and essential to anyone who cares about modern ...
The "New York Times" bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world, now an original series on Syfy "The Magicians "is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. . . . Hogwarts was never like this. George R.R. Martin Sad, hilarious, beautiful, and essential to anyone who cares about modern fantasy. Joe Hill A very knowing and wonderful take on the wizard school genre. John Green "The Magicians "may just be the most subversive, gripping and enchanting fantasy novel I ve read this century. Cory Doctorow This gripping novel draws on the conventions of contemporary and classic fantasy novels in order to upend them... an unexpectedly moving coming-of-age story. " The New Yorker" The best urban fantasy in years. " A.V. Club" Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A high school math genius, he s secretly fascinated with a series of children s fantasy novels set in a magical land called Fillory, and real life is disappointing by comparison. When Quentin is unexpectedly admitted to an elite, secret college of magic, it looks like his wildest dreams have come true. But his newfound powers lead him down a rabbit hole of hedonism and disillusionment, and ultimately to the dark secret behind the story of Fillory. The land of his childhood fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he ever could have imagined. . . . The prequel to the "New York Times "bestselling book "The Magician King "and the #1 bestseller"The Magician's Land," "The Magicians" is one of the most daring and inventive works of literary fantasy in years. No one who has escaped into the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter should miss this breathtaking return to the landscape of the imagination. "From the Trade Paperback edition.""
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This book was highly recommended to me by my son, whose reading tastes (like everything else) are somewhat different from mine. However, to humor him, I read it - and LOVED it! A fascinating, well-crafted tale that really does remind one of the Narnia tales + Harry Potter...with a bit more thrown in. Give it a try!
Jun 3, 2010
Harry Potter for grown ups
Cracking read, as the header says, this is Harry potter for the more mature reader.
Aug 9, 2009
What if the Harry Potter series didn't start until the kids were ready to head off for college? What if the kid who went temporarily to the dark side in the Narnia series became truly and irrevocably evil, and stayed that way? What if the kids in both of these series swore like sailors, drank like fish, and boinked like bunnies?
Why, then you'd have The Magicians , the latest from Time magazine book critic Lev Grossman. Quentin Coldwater, our hero, is pretty much a genius. He's in his final year at a high school in New York for intellectually superior kids, and as we meet him he's on his way to an interview with a representative from Princeton University. The man he's supposed to meet with is dead, so the interview never happens, but a mysterious and lovely paramedic gives him a package with his name on it. Faster than you can say abracadabra Quentin is down the rabbit hole, or, more specifically, through a portal in a wintry New York alley that leads to summery Brakesbill College for Magical Pedagogy.
Needless to say, his life changes in an instant. He studies magical theory and learns to harness and hone his own power. He is taken under the wing of urbane and sophisticated older students, who teach him about wine, fine dining, and the nicer points of ennui.
After college Q and his friends live an aimless life of partying and hangovers, occasionally wondering when it's all going to start for real...when it does, they get more than they bargained for. The Narnia-like fantasy world they all grew up reading about is real, and it's not a very happy place.
There is a quest. There are deaths, both mundane and magical. And in the end, Q must make a choice.
The Magicians is an intriguing new entry in the ever-growing canon of urban fantasy. Lev Grossman writes with a deft hand, and obviously knows and loves his source materials (well enough to mess with your mind, if you know them, too).
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