The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy: Book 1)


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Quentin Coldwater is a high school math genius secretly fascinasted with a series of children's fantasy novels set in a magical land called Fillory; real life is disappointing by comparison. When he is unexpectedly admitted to an elite,secret college of magic, it looks like his wildest dreams may 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. 402p.

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  • A Hero's Just a Fool Standing in the Wrong Place

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    Taking his inspiration blatantly from the Narnia series, Mr. Grossman shows what happens when adults take their childhood fantasies just a little too seriously. The protagonist isn’t an easy person to like. At times he’s nearly impossible to endure. A manchild who refuses to grow up, Quentin Coldwater is insufferable, smug, gloomy, pouting, deeply dissatisfied and forever looking for the Next Big Thing. Happiness seems to elude him, mainly because he often chooses to be miserable. The other characters aren’t much better, usually. Making silly references to Harry Potter and Dungeons & Dragons, et al., it’s easy to see that they’re ill equipped to deal with their little fantasy world, especially since they can’t handle the “real” one. Prickly, disturbing and taking a credible path from adolescence into adulthood, their story illustrates the likely reality of mucking about in any world not your own. Whether populated with foreign policemen or walking, talking trees, sooner or later you run afoul of the locals who don’t necessarily have your best interests at heart. This is a fantasy world where living out your dreams will warp you in unimaginable and unspeakable ways, good friends die and don’t come back to life and nothing allows you to undo your ghastly mistakes: not wishes, magical animals, enchanted timepieces, nothing. Go to hell, go straight to hell, do not pass go, do not collect $200. But even when it depicts boredom, grimness and the sheer sordidness of living, the novel tugs the reader in like water swirling down the drain; you know there’s likely something nasty lurking in the pipes but you can’t resist the pull.