The Magicians

The Magicians

Audiobook CD - 2009
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"Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery." "He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn't bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make 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. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart." "At once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing, The Magicians boldly moves into uncharted literary territory, imagining magic as practiced by real people, with their capricious desires and volatile emotions. Lev Grossman creates an utterly original world in which good and evil aren't black and white, love and sex aren't simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price"--Book jacket.
Publisher: [Westminster, Md.] : Books on Tape, p2009.
ISBN: 9781415962459
Characteristics: 14 compact discs (17 hr., 25 min.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bramhall, Mark


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JCLMandaW Mar 27, 2018

A grown up version of Harry Potter meets the Chronicles of Narnia. It was an excellent read, and I really wanted to rate it higher, but there were too many plot points that didn't get fleshed out. It's the first of a series so maybe the next one will give me some answers.

Mar 20, 2018

Incessantly self-indulgent angst. Privileged, whiny main character was tedious and the plot was very limited. It draws heavily from The Magicians Nephew specifically and the other Narnia books more generally. Book is more pleased with itself than pleasing to read. I barely made it through.

Jun 29, 2016

An interesting book with some clever twists. It is surprisingly skimpy on the magic despite the title and premise, and it is at times overbearingly nihilistic. I kept waiting for the plot to develop into some purpose or direction, but even when the "quest" came along, it seemed like the characters didn't really care about it and were disappointed by it. It basically asks the question, what if the Narnia books were real, and a group of nihilistic 20-somethings decided to pay it a visit...

Oct 25, 2011

I thought this was more of an anti-fantasy than a fantasy, with immature, self-centered characters that I wouldn't want to know in real life.

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