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In a secret world of forbidden knowledge, power comes at a terrible price....

Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton, he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a path very different from any he'd ever imagined.

The envelope, and the mysterious manuscript it contains, leads to a secret world of obsession and privilege, a world of freedom and power; and, for a while, it's a world that seems to answer all Quentin's desires. But the idyll cannot last - and when it's finally shattered, Quentin is drawn into something darker and far more dangerous than anything he could ever have expected....

©2016 Lev Grossman (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Global
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  • Simon
  • 15/11/2016

Didn't cast a spell on me

I get that Grossman is trying to create a three-dimensional protagonist with weaknesses and problems. In doing so the character is probably supposed to be easier to identify with. But I never identified with Quentin, and I lost my interest in him throughout the book. I want to read something that inspires me, but reading about Quentin's self-pity and his poor view on life and people in general is just depressing.

Along with this I must say the plot is not intriguing enough and it seems like the novel is missing some editing. Loose plot ends are thrown out now and again without being picked up which made me think the author forgot about them. And for an "adult fantasy" it just doesn't seem to be intelligent enough. You never understand what is the agenda of influential off-screen characters (Fogg, Mayakovsky), which makes me think there are none. The only way this fantasy novel is adult is in the frequent occurrence of drugs, sex and alcohol, I was hoping there would a more sophisticated side to the story than that but I did't find it.

Grossman's language and imagination is good enough for a good fantasy novel, but "The Magician's" misses out on too many other things.

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  • Global
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  • M. Makelainen
  • 02/05/2018

Awful writing - TV series is superior

I picked this up because I’ve enjoyed SyFy’s The Magicians tv-series because books are always superior right? Wrong. Quentin is extremely unlikable as a main character. The author can’t stop describing breasts of every woman he sees and Quentin can’t stop listing after them. Pacing is all sorts of weird with lots of telling and almost no showing. Five years in Breakbills takes about half of the book where nothing happens except some 3rd rate attempt of re-creating quidditch and completely non impactful appearance of “the Beast”. Fillory is ruined by Quentin’s moping and entitled whining and only thing that got me to the end was the fantastic narrator.

Hard pass for the rest of the series and big recommend to the tv series.

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  • Asaf
  • 19/03/2018

Don't Understand the Appeal

Is there anything you would change about this book?

So many people have recommended this book to me, more often than not with the line "it's like a grown-up version of Harry Potter". It's not. It lacks the sense of wonder I've come to expect from fantasy novels, and all characters are irredeemable sociopaths who meander around being mopey despite the fact they command limitless magical powers. If that sounds fun to you, this is the book for you.

What could Lev Grossman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The story takes forever to get going, to the point I was over three-quarters in and was still unsure what, if anything, is the overarching plot. Then someone comes in, gives our "heroes" some magical thingy, and kickstarts something resembling a plot. THIS IS NOT GOOD WRITING.

The book is in dire need of an editor's touch. An editor would have convinced Grosman to hurry up with the plot and not spend chapter after chapter on meaningless events that don't come to any fruition. The same editor might have also convinced Grosman not to put a Scarface impression in the middle of what is supposed to be a tense action scene, or to use weird, illogical wording such as "a silent gust of roaring wind." Unfortunately, since all of the above happen in the book, it seems that Grosman's only editor was his left hand inside a sock puppet.

Any additional comments?

The biggest shame is that it's clear that Grosman can write, and there are areas of the book that are compelling enough that you want to go on just to see where this is going. Spoiler alert: it goes nowhere. The book is less Harry Potter for adults, and more like Stoner with magic. I'm sure some people will find that appealing. Personally, I think I'd rather watch paint dry.

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  • Global
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13/10/2016

entertaining

I did like it, but the stereotypes about women were a bit much. I've heard people say it's Harry Potter for older people, with the swearing and the drinking and such, but I do not agree. I like the concept of what it is to go on an adventure as an adult, but it lacks depth, and the story isn't the best. but it is entertaining.

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  • Eddy
  • 09/09/2016

Tediously captivating

A wonderful performance of the embodiment of tedium and chasing happiness beyond the horizon. Annoyingly depressing and yet the story sucks you in and along the dark and gloomy alley towards the blackness at the end.

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  • Veronica
  • 26/03/2016

Amazing!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magicians, Book 1?

It's the same magical concept as Harry Potter, but for older people. It's better than harry potter for adults. Brilliant. The writing, the story, the characters. I loved it and can't wait to listen to the others.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I could have listened to it in 1 sitting, I would have. I'm happy that it was as long as it is. The interruptions made it better, I would think about the book when I wasn't listening.

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  • Global
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  • Verena
  • 13/04/2016

Great story but uninspired narrator

Was hat Ihnen am allerbesten an The Magicians, Book 1 gefallen?

I wanted to have the book as I recently became hooked to the SyFy Series... anyways, the story only loosely resembles that of the TV Series, and that means I get two stories set in a similar world, which I quiet enjoy. Both are equally gripping.

Würden Sie es noch mal mit einem anderen Hörbuch mit Mark Bramhall versuchen?

Rather not. The narrator reads passages that are filled with tension in a very sleepy, anticlimactic manner. I will probably buy and read the other books, as this lethargic tone is annoying.

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  • Global
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  • Sebastian Stüber
  • 24/02/2017

interesting

Really dark story - not your average coming-of-age magic. But there are some non realistic twists which diminish the fun.

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  • Pascal
  • 28/01/2017

ok but not much more

not nearly as good as other fantasy books.
story is quite shallow and not very thrilling. quite a straight forward plot. not a lot of unforseen twists.

but ok for just some hours distraction

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  • Frauke
  • 16/09/2016

Nothing is happening

Great voice but the story is rather anticlimactic. I got soo bored so many times despite the potential.

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