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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452296293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452296299
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (843 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Amazon Best of the Month, August 2009: Mixing the magic of beloved children's fantasy classics (from Narnia and Oz to Harry Potter and Earthsea) with the sex, excess, angst, and anticlimax of life in college and beyond, Lev Grossman's Magicians reimagines modern-day fantasy for grownups. Quentin Coldwater lives in a state of perpetual melancholy, privately obsessed with his childhood books about the enchanted land of Fillory. When he’s admitted to the surreptitious Brakebills Academy for an education in magic, Quentin finds mastering spells is tedious (and love is even more fraught). He also discovers his power has thrilling potential--though it's unclear what he should do with it once he's moved with his new magician cohorts to New York City. Then they discover the magical land of Fillory is real and launch an expedition to use their powers to set things right in the kingdom--which, naturally, turns out to be a much murkier proposition than expected. The Magicians breathes life into a cast of characters you want to know--if the people you want to know are charismatic, brilliant, complex, flawed magicians--and does what Quentin claims books never really manage to do: "get you out, really out, of where you were and into somewhere better. " Or if not better, at least a heck of a lot more interesting. --Mari Malcolm --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Grossman's novel is a postadolescent Harry Potter, following apprentices in the art of magic through their time as students at an upstate New York college to their postcollegiate Manhattan misdeeds, with jaded ennui tempering the magical aura. Mark Bramhall, a smooth baritone with a supple speaking voice, reads carefully, with a slight air of heaviness and sorrow. He pauses frequently and freights the silences with a tenderness well befitting a coming-of-age novel. A Viking hardcover (Reviews, June 1). (July)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

Lev Grossman is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels The Magicians and The Magician King. The New Yorker named The Magicians as one of the best books of 2009. In 2011 Grossman was awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer by the World Science Fiction Society.

Grossman is also the book critic at Time magazine, and he has written about books and technology for the New York Times, Salon, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Lingua Franca, the Village Voice and the Believer, as well as NPR.

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children. He's 43, slightly built and probably wouldn't last long in a post-apocalyptic, eye-for-an-eye world.

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I would recommend this book to all lovers of fantasy.
Gunilla Bolin
I really felt no connection to any of the characters and it seemed that nothing happened until the last few chapters of the book.
Lady Amethyst
Quentin isn't likable as a main character (for me) because he's too self-involved and depressed.
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688 of 793 people found the following review helpful By Theoden Humphrey VINE VOICE on July 1, 2009
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Stop thinking this is a fantasy book. I know, I know, it's called "The Magicians," the plot synopsis references all three of the most famous fantasy series and describes a handful of familiar fantasy tropes, including the school of magic and the fairy tale land come to actual life. But forget all of that. I have read more fantasy books than I can remember -- I'm named for a character in perhaps the most famous fantasy series of all time -- and I'm telling you: "The Magicians" is not a fantasy.

It has fantastic elements, yes. There is magic; there is a school for magic, where the characters learn to cast spells, using hand gestures and arcane language and strange mystical components -- Ziploc bag full of mutton fat, anyone? -- and there is a voyage from this world to another, a land of naiads and fauns and magical speaking animals, gods and demons, kings and queens, quests and wishes. But this book is something very different from the usual fantasy novel. In "The Magicians," Lev Grossman has done something unusual, and remarkable, perhaps even unique: this is a grown-up fantasy. This book is to fantasy what "The Grapes of Wrath" is to travel books, what "The Metamorphosis" is to self-help: so much more depressing and visceral and funny and horrifying, and genuine, and fascinating, and hard to read and therefore valuable, that it doesn't belong in the same category despite sharing some central traits. The setting is imagined, and there are supernatural things that happen, but make no mistake: this is a serious novel.
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390 of 461 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell M. Tse VINE VOICE on July 24, 2009
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The Magicians by Lev Grossman is a well written story about a magical world, a fairly detailed world of rules and exceptions. The story, at one point, had a very poignant concept of what magic may be: That if the universe was a house that God made for everyone, that Magic was the tools he left behind, possibly by accident, in the garage. That perhaps using Magic was as dangerous as kids finding these power tools and such, and using them without direction or precaution.

The characters in the story are fairly fleshed out, in that you have a good sense of what drives them, what makes them tick, you can see the dynamics between them. The description of the magic school Brakebills is very well done, filled with things that people don't understand about and that has a life of its own. And while at the very end there's something that can lead to a sequel, there's definitely an ending to this book, no gimmick cliffhanger that requires you to wait for the next book.

Definitely, the book had the makings of a great story. Yet, I was left numb at the end, not happy, not sad, not scared. And that, really, is why I left this review with 3 stars. I read fiction to be entertained. This entertainment can be in the form of humor, feeling good, scared, excited, titillated, insightful, or some combination thereof. Instead, when I read this book, I saw through the eyes of a fairly apathetic protagonist, who messes things up and blames everyone else, who had chances to become a hero and fails each time. I read about a person who wanted something, got it, didn't like it, and became apathetic. I read about the antagonist being defeated, the protagonist winning in the end, and no one feeling ... well, happy for having accomplished anything. Perhaps this is what real life can be.
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150 of 188 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Lily VINE VOICE on July 23, 2009
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Ok right off the bat you get the distinct impression you've read all of this before.

Boy feels socially akward...boy discovers he's magical...boy gets into private magical school.

So right away you feel...wow that's very Harry Potter of you. Yet somehow it's not bad and the author even at times makes fun of this very obvious fact by referencing Rowlings work. I thought the book would feel stale, and oddly I found just the opposite. The differences are slight but they are there. Here it's college, the student body is much smaller and the quirkiness of the world is much more subdued.

Now the other obvious work at play here is C.S. Lewis and his Narnia books...except here it's called Fillory. But the rest is almost exactly the same. Childrens books written long ago where the young Chatwin siblings find themselves falling into a magical realm through a grandfather clock. Talking animals and all. Right down to the need for human Kings and Queens and the set of 4 thrones. ANd while for the majority of the book these tales remain as such...tales which our antagonist holds quite dear...the last quarter of the book finds a more real version which, while still resembling the childrens tales, ends up being far more sinister in actuality.
And for good measure I seemed to feel a dash of Neverending Story thrown in. The books he's been reading aren't fiction!

Now all that being said and all the painfully obvious similarities aside, I found an astonishing thing happen once I stopped thinking about those facts. I found that even though these ideas were recycled the author does manage to bring a fresh take on them. I enjoyed reading this book immensely and I really didn't expect that.
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