Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

I can't believe it's been a month since I posted last!!  I'm quite disappointed in myself.  I'll pick back up soon, though.  But in my defense, I've been really tired and busy lately.  School's starting to wind down soon, so I'll get to my reading.  This summer, though, I have a lot of reading to do to get ready to teach AP literature.  So you'll hear about some classics as well as all the YA I'm reading.

So, it took me a month to finish The Magicians.  Honestly, I didn't like it much at all.  There were some good parts,  but in the end, I didn't really like any of the characters (except the one who dies...) and I just didn't buy the story.

I'd picked this up because I heard "Harry Potter for grownups" and because it was on the Alex list of adult books good for teens.  This book certainly isn't Harry Potter.  While there is a magical school and spells and classes and games, what really held me back was the main character, Quentin.  I didn't like him at all.  He was cool when he decided to attend Brakebills but really he sucked after he got there and kept on being a very whiny guy throughout the entire book.

I don't really have much else to say about this book.  If you like weird characters and don't feel like you have to be pulling for a character to like a book, then try it...but honestly - I'm glad it's over and sad it took up a month of my reading life. 

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