Sunday, August 9, 2009

Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

From the book jacket:

“After stumbling through a Brooklyn alley in winter, Quentin finds himself on the grouns of the idyllic Brakebills College for Magicl Pedagogy in late summer. There, after passing a gruesomely difficult entrance examination, he begins a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery, while also discovering the joys of college: friendship, love, sex and booze.”

The Magicians takes the reader through the lessons these young people learn and into the journey they eventually embark on … one that takes them inside what they always thought was a series of fantasy novels.

This isn’t my regular genre of choice and I’m not totally familiar with it, plus I had read mixed reviews about the book. So I had to look at this from a little different perspective than most readers. I found Lev Grossman’s writing to be very good and he did a great job of explaining what was going on.

It’s not an easy book to read. Filled with words that many probably won’t recognize (it was fun looking up these words in my trusty dictionary, though) and being more than 400 pages, the book isn’t one you can skim through quickly. If you miss a point, you might not understand something later on in the story.

But Lev makes the tale believable and did a great job relating the vivid details.

With an excellent style and wonderful storytelling, this book should appeal to a wide audience of readers. For that reason alone, I give this novel 3 books.

You can find out more about this book a Web site created for "The Magicians." Here are some links:

· You can explore Fillory here:

· Read excerpts from author Christopher Plover’s Fillory series here:

· Explore Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy’s secret website here:

· And make sure to visit!

To purchase the book, you can find the information here.

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