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The Magicians (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) Library Binding – May 25, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
...but the book sputters along with no real plot, very little character development, and the oddest choices in pacing that I've read in a long while.
No plot: there really isn't a story here. The book follows Quentin's (the main character's) life in fits and starts as events happen to him, and as he whines to himself about it, but there is no story arc to pull you in and keep the reader engaged. Things just happen, and then another thing happens, and then something unrelated happens. Add to that the fact that the prose is klunky and occasionally florid, and you've got a book that requires more work to read than it should. I found myself speed-reading three and four pages at a time, and missing nothing essential. (In fairness, noticing and fixing stuff like that is an editor's job, and this book might read a lot better if it had gotten a sterner editing.)
It might be possible for a book to thrive without a strong storyline or plot, if there are characters you can care for. I could not come to believe in these characters, much less care about them; they are too one dimensional, and that dimension is the same for all of them (angsty). Quentin especially just goes where events pull him, as though he is just the author's puppet. And despite those events, he remains essentially the same brat at the end as at the beginning: whiny, self-absorbed, and unlikeable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great fantasy novel that left me craving for more! I can't wait to read the rest of the series.Published 2 days ago by featherchem
This book was well written but I did not like the characters well enough to be drawn into the series or the story. Read morePublished 2 days ago by ADH29
Lacking a cohesive story line and never really develops any of the different events in the story. I trudged through this book and kept waiting for it to take that turn for the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by KSmith
Bad things happen, life goes on. Surprising twists, and things you were sure would happen, happen, but not as you expect. I will read more by this authorPublished 4 days ago by Steven
Second time reading it after watching the TV series book's better-can!Published 11 days ago by Howard McKenzie
Plenty of people have called this book the "Harry Potter for adults" and I would agree with that. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Dougie
I enjoyed the series as an alternative to the Harry Potter books. Interesting, with a few slow spots.Published 13 days ago by Robert C. Price
Pretty satisfied with book an love how book starts out, story plot of book different cause bring you into mind of leading characters an college of magic and people hangs an magic... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was outrageous. Lots of twists and turns. what an imagination!!!! If you genre of book, you must read. it was absolutely greatPublished 13 days ago by Mike Bryson