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02 October 2009


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I love this review. I've heard so many things about this book, but it's mostly been along the lines of those one-liners (adult HP, etc.). Thanks for going in depth!

Chad Sayban

It really doesn't sound all that appealing. Thanks for the review!


I felt pretty much the same way you did...happy to keep reading, but not in love with the overall final product. You're totally right about Quentin being unlikable and I felt a couple of main plot points could have been completely erased with no ill effects. But, I also read it in a day and enjoyed...for the most part.


I started reading this in a bookshop recently, and felt the same way about Quentin. I still do want to read it in its entirety, but it's good to start out knowing that I won't necessarily get to like the protagonist any better. (Apparently being in sympathy with his feelings about Narnia - erm, Fillory - is not enough to make me love him.)


Okay... that sounds just great to me. I really love angsty narrators. The Magicians sounds awesome. Thanks for the review.


All the reviews of this book have made me curious. It might end up being a book I hate, but I have to give it a try! I might love it!


Given the FTC issue in a later post, now do you have to return the ARC? :-)

My own reading was similar. I appreciate your assessment of Quentin because I've been struggling with how to explain what I didn't like. There was a lot of the NYC stuff that I really could have done without.

I loved the first part of the book. I loved the writing, and the acknowledgement that there was more to the school than just Quentin's class. It always bothered me in Harry Potter that Hogwarts frequently seemed to just *start* when Harry came (except for characters like Tom Riddle and Severus Snape). In Magicians, the older students actually talked about their classmates of previous years. I would have been happier overall, I think, if there had been more about the school times, less NY, more Filory (I did find the "not-Narnianess" of it a little tiring at times) would have made the book better for me.

But overall, i loved the writing, even when i wasn't much liking the storyline


I found this review because I found that I really disliked the characters. I was disappointed by them all and it made the story almost impossible to enjoy. I kept reading hoping the characters would grow. They never did.


The Undine triliogy (Undine, Breathe, Drift) by Penni Russon is fantasy for grownups, but it's so much more imaginitive and deals with much deeper issues that this one. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't much good, either.

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