The Magicians

magiciansby Lev Grossman
First sentence: “Quentin did a magic trick.”
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Content: There’s a bunch of f-bombs, some references to drugs and sex (off screen). It’s in the science fiction/fantasy section of the bookstore.

I’ve been told for years that I would like The Magicians. It’s been billed as Harry Potter for adults, and I’ve been curious about it. So, I finally got the time/nerve/inclination to pick it up, just to see what all the fuss is about.

And it’s everything I hate about adult fiction: pretentious kids, a complete lack of plot, inadequate world building, covered in “good” writing.


I admit: I bailed less than halfway through. I just didn’t care enough to  keep going. It was, quite frankly, Boring.

I’ll stick to Harry Potter, thanks.

4 thoughts on “The Magicians

  1. I still haven’t read this but we watched the first couple episodes of the show and it wasn’t so bad. I found it was a lot of different fantasy novels all together.


  2. Carrie says:

    Amen..Harry Potter, except without the uplifting world view and heroism. Harry Potter, except with a depressing and nihilistic worldview.


  3. I had the exact same reaction, except I only made it a couple of chapters in. Also it felt like it was adding “adult” content just to be edgy and offensive. Oooh!


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