Monday, March 19, 2012
Review: The Magicians
By Lev Grossman
Genre Adult fantasy
Recommended by Me???
First sentence Quentin did a magic trick.
Smarter than most kids in his school with a amazing GPA, Quentin isn't happy. All he wants is to live in the fictional world of Fillroy and he wishes magic was real. When he stumbles through a portal and finds himself suddenly enrolled at a school for magic he still isn't happy. When he graduates from the magic school and lives with his friends in New York he's even less happy. When the magical world of Fillroy ends up existing after all and he gets to go there...guess what? He's STILL NOT FREAKING HAPPY!!
What it has going for it
If you bothered to read my synopsis, and don't worry if you didn't, you can probably already tell I wasn't a huge fan of this one. However, and it is a big however, this book had me incredibly intrigued the whole time I was reading it. It's an absolutely fascinating read. It's a bit of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia with, what I thought, were characters similar to any you might find in a John Green book. Quentin especially.
Uh, there wasn't a decent likable character, when all was said and done, in the whole freaking book! They were all so selfish and depressing. Ugh! Just thinking back about them frustrates me! And I really dislike books where I KNOW there's some meaning the author was trying to get across that was just beyond me. Either I'm a complete moron or he was way too subtle. Whichever it was, it was annoying. But after a weekend of reflection I just don't care anymore, I didn't like it. I mean, what was with that ending? I know there's a sequel but who the heck would want to read it? Not me.
Would I recommend it?
Don't laugh but, yeah, I would. It's an interesting story, if nothing else, and maybe, just maybe, you'll understand what Grossman was going for and can tell me.