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The magicians : a novel
2009
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Characters
Quentin Coldwater (Male), College student, Sorcerer, Obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child; admitted to a secret exclusive college of magic where he learned modern sorcery; discovered the magical world he read about as a child is a real place
Genre
Fiction
Fantasy
Coming of age
Adventure
Topics
Magic
College students
College life
Friendship
Young men
Books and reading
Sorcery
Sorcerers
Parallel worlds
Portals
Pranks
Journeys
Setting
New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Tremendously gifted 17-year-old Quentin Coldwater sets out for a college interview only to find his interviewer dead and himself undertaking a strange and strenuous entrance exam to Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. Time book critic Grossman's (levgrossman.com) intriguing third novel-following Warp (1997) and Codex (2004)-is the whole package. Touching on themes of happiness, love, magic, and ennui, it features a highly imaginative fantasy world populated by realistically flawed characters whom Mark Bramhall (The Last Theorem) lets shine with his skillful narration. Highly recommended, particularly for adult fans of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. [The Viking hc, published in August, was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Lisa Anderson, Metropolitan Community Coll. Lib., Omaha (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world, now an original series on SYFY<br> <br> " The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. . . . Hogwarts was never like this."<br> --George R.R. Martin<br> <br> "Sad, hilarious, beautiful, and essential to anyone who cares about modern fantasy."<br> --Joe Hill<br> <br> "A very knowing and wonderful take on the wizard school genre."<br> --John Green<br> <br> " The Magicians may just be the most subversive, gripping and enchanting fantasy novel I've read this century."<br> --Cory Doctorow<br> <br> "This gripping novel draws on the conventions of contemporary and classic fantasy novels in order to upend them . . . an unexpectedly moving coming-of-age story."<br> --The New Yorker <br> <br> "The best urban fantasy in years."<br> --A.V. Club <br> <br> Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A high school math genius, he's secretly fascinated with a series of children's fantasy novels set in a magical land called Fillory, and real life is disappointing by comparison. When Quentin is unexpectedly admitted to an elite, secret college of magic, it looks like his wildest dreams have come true. But his newfound powers lead him down a rabbit hole of hedonism and disillusionment, and ultimately to the dark secret behind the story of Fillory. The land of his childhood fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he ever could have imagined. . . .<br> <br> The prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the #1 bestseller The Magician's Land , The Magicians is one of the most daring and inventive works of literary fantasy in years. No one who has escaped into the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter should miss this breathtaking return to the landscape of the imagination.
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