Sunday, June 26, 2016

55:120 The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Quentin is a brilliant but miserable teen who is still obsessed with the fantasy world of his childhood, Fillory and the magic of that world. Now he has been invited to become a student at an American school of magic and learn how it works in the real world.  He learns many lessons and is an incredible student but after graduation, he finds that life is still missing something and he is still miserable until the day a former student shows up with the way to actually travel to Fillory but once he and his friends get there, they find that it's not nearly as nice a place as the stories led them to believe.

I wanted to like this book.  It's definitely right up my ally genre wise but as much as I wanted to I just couldn't.  The characters were simply awful with no true redeeming features who never learned to be decent human beings at any point.  I'm completely surprised that C.S. Lewis's estate hasn't sued the author since Fillory screams out that it's Narnia in so many freaking ways it's not even funny only this is a darker version.  Add in a bit of lessons by changing students into animals a la Merlin and Arthur from Sword in the Stone and it seems like the author can hardly come up with an original idea.  Throw in labeling things autistic for no reason when describing actions of people who have not been stated to be autistic which is a huge issue for me and it all adds up to me not liking the book at all and refusing to read anything else in this series or even by this author if I have any say in the matter.

Page count: 428p/15,174p ytd/265,134p lifetime

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