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The Magicians (2009)

– tekijä: Lev Grossman

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Sarjat: The Magicians (1)

JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioKeskustelut / Maininnat
8,125592757 (3.45)1 / 439
As a senior in high school Quentin Coldwater became preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. After graduating from college and being admitted into a highly exclusive, secret society of magic in upstate New York, he makes a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin's fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined for his childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.… (lisätietoja)
  1. 201
    Jumalat juhlivat öisin (tekijä: Donna Tartt) (middled, kraaivrouw, Euryale)
    Euryale: No magic, but I thought the tone and setting were otherwise very similar.
  2. 225
    Narnian tarinat (tekijä: C. S. Lewis) (Jannes)
    Jannes: The Magicians wolud not exist if it wasn't for the Narnia books, and is really a kind of loving deconstruction of Lewis' work. What could be better than giving the books that inspired it a try?
  3. 131
    Aarteita ja muistoesineitä (tekijä: Neil Gaiman) (catfantastic)
    catfantastic: Read the short story "The Problem of Susan" included in this collection.
  4. 157
    Harry Potter ja kuoleman varjelukset (tekijä: J. K. Rowling) (sonyagreen)
    sonyagreen: It's like HP goes to college, complete with drinking and sex.
  5. 158
    Jonathan Strange & herra Norrell (tekijä: Susanna Clarke) (Anonyymi käyttäjä)
    Anonyymi käyttäjä: Magic is real in a world we recognize--Napoleonic England and contemporary New York.
  6. 40
    Little, Big (tekijä: John Crowley) (rarm)
    rarm: Fairy tale worlds that reveal a hidden darkness.
  7. 40
    The Library at Mount Char (tekijä: Scott Hawkins) (TFleet)
    TFleet: Both novels are centered in the modern real world, but with a set of young adults who have magical powers. The novels are different takes on the question, "What would the modern real world be like if there were magic?"
  8. 40
    The Chronicles of Chrestomanci: Charmed Life / The Lives of Christopher Chant (tekijä: Diana Wynne Jones) (Anonyymi käyttäjä)
  9. 41
    The Book of Lost Things (tekijä: John Connolly) (rnmcusic)
  10. 85
    Harry Potter (1–7) (tekijä: J. K. Rowling) (elleeldritch)
    elleeldritch: An adult version of Harry Potter (and Narnia), albeit with a different (but still interesting) magic scheme.
  11. 20
    Shadowland (tekijä: Peter Straub) (Scottneumann)
  12. 20
    Every Heart a Doorway (tekijä: Seanan McGuire) (Cecrow)
  13. 10
    The Alchemyst (tekijä: Michael Scott) (Jess1106)
  14. 10
    Dreams and Shadows (tekijä: C. Robert Cargill) (Scottneumann)
  15. 10
    The Voodoo Killings (tekijä: Kristi Charish) (charlie68)
  16. 10
    A College of Magics (tekijä: Caroline Stevermer) (beyondthefourthwall)
    beyondthefourthwall: Teenagers suddenly plunged into the magical-boarding-school experience and, once their training is behind them, having to figure out who is trustworthy, what they need to do with their lives, whether they are being summoned into leadership roles, and maybe - just maybe - where their reality is coming from in the first place.… (lisätietoja)
  17. 10
    Vita Nostra (tekijä: Sergey Dyachenko) (KatyBee)
  18. 10
    The Silver Nutmeg: The Story of Anna Lavinia and Toby (tekijä: Palmer Brown) (tetrachromat)
    tetrachromat: Both describe the reflections of certain pools of water as windows onto other realities. The Silver Nutmeg, however, is much less dark and aimed at younger readers.
  19. 10
    Phantastes (tekijä: George MacDonald) (charlie68)
    charlie68: Similar themes.
  20. 21
    The Once and Future King (tekijä: T. H. White) (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: I thought of making this recommendation when reading the magical education section of The Magicians, which reminded me of the first book of The Once and Future King. But the wider idea - that magical powers can't stop us from making stupid human mistakes - is also relevant to both books.… (lisätietoja)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 590) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
People have pinned this series as an adult Harry Potter but I thought it was more like a dark, adult version of Narnia... The world building was done very randomly and and it seems that the author really wants the characters to be "real people with real people's problems" (magic apart of course) and that's OK but it feels forced.

Over all I kind of liked the book and will read the second one, but it wasn't wat I expected at all.... ( )
  xmalbertox | Jan 12, 2021 |
Part Harry Potter, part Narnia chronicles, part Melrose Place, this book to me was pretty fun for the first two thirds or so before becoming kind of a slog. I thought it was very uneven and frankly sort of sloppy the closer to the end it got. It was as if Grossman couldn't decide how he wanted Quentin to feel, so he endowed the sort of bathetic hero with his own ambivalence. The book has the occasional literary flourish but on the whole felt like a light read (which maybe is what it's supposed to be anyway), and especially toward the end, I found myself rushing to get to what I hoped would be better stuff. Unfortunately, it ended like a blockbuster movie winking toward its sequel, which I'm not at all sure I'll spend any time with. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
Made it 150 pages in and realized I just didn't care.
  RachellErnst | Jan 5, 2021 |
This was like Hogwarts: The College Years

This started off SO good. At first, I really enjoyed the way it was similar to Harry Potter in some places, and to Narnia in others. Unfortunately, as promising as the magic school Brakebill seemed at the start, it didn't really live up to what I was expecting of it. For a school of magic, it was extremely dull and nothing much happened there. One of the things that stand out to me is that the students were matched with their particular "discipline" or the branch of magic they had the most affinity with. This started off rather intriguing, but then went nowhere. They were just sorted into their groups and that was that.

The characters are what saved this novel for me. They were enough to keep me drawn into the story wanting to know more about them and their motives. There was a few times where the author almost went into possible controversial subject matter, but then kind of let it go instead of following through. This was kind of disappointing. The main character, Quentin, was a bit of an anti-hero as well. I liked him less and less as the story progressed. If the school would have been as interesting as the characters, this would have been an amazing read.

Once the story progressed to the introduction of the Narnia-like world, the similarities between both of the more famous series (Potter and Narnia) was beginning to be annoying. The Magicians is so much like them that it was almost as if the author simply replaced the original characters in both series with the ones he created. Ultimately however, I did enjoy The Magicians, both because of the compelling characters and because it was an interesting retelling of Narnia with a Hogwarts-like beginning. ( )
  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
This was like Hogwarts: The College Years

This started off SO good. At first, I really enjoyed the way it was similar to Harry Potter in some places, and to Narnia in others. Unfortunately, as promising as the magic school Brakebill seemed at the start, it didn't really live up to what I was expecting of it. For a school of magic, it was extremely dull and nothing much happened there. One of the things that stand out to me is that the students were matched with their particular "discipline" or the branch of magic they had the most affinity with. This started off rather intriguing, but then went nowhere. They were just sorted into their groups and that was that.

The characters are what saved this novel for me. They were enough to keep me drawn into the story wanting to know more about them and their motives. There was a few times where the author almost went into possible controversial subject matter, but then kind of let it go instead of following through. This was kind of disappointing. The main character, Quentin, was a bit of an anti-hero as well. I liked him less and less as the story progressed. If the school would have been as interesting as the characters, this would have been an amazing read.

Once the story progressed to the introduction of the Narnia-like world, the similarities between both of the more famous series (Potter and Narnia) was beginning to be annoying. The Magicians is so much like them that it was almost as if the author simply replaced the original characters in both series with the ones he created. Ultimately however, I did enjoy The Magicians, both because of the compelling characters and because it was an interesting retelling of Narnia with a Hogwarts-like beginning. ( )
  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 590) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
”Magikerna” marknadsförs som ”Harry Potter för vuxna”, men i själva verket är det en ovanligt vacker sorgesång över hur det är att lämna barndomen. Det var faktiskt bättre förr, när man kunde uppslukas helt av leken.
 
This isn't just an exercise in exploring what we love about fantasy and the lies we tell ourselves about it -- it's a shit-kicking, gripping, tightly plotted novel that makes you want to take the afternoon off work to finish it.
 
It’s the original magic — storytelling — that occasionally trips Grossman up. Though the plot turns new tricks by the chapter, the characters have a fixed, “Not Another Teen Movie” quality. There’s the punk, the aesthete, the party girl, the fat slacker, the soon-to-be-hot nerd, the shy, angry, yet inexplicably irresistible narrator. Believable characters form the foundation for flights of fantasy. Before Grossman can make us care about, say, the multiverse, we need to intuit more about Quentin’s interior universe.
 
Somewhat familiar, albeit entertaining... Grossman's writing is intelligent, but don't give this one to the kids—it's a dark tale that suggests our childhood fantasies are no fun after all.
lisäsi Shortride | muokkaaPeople, Sue Corbett (Aug 31, 2009)
 
Grossman has written both an adult coming-of-age tale—rife with vivid scenes of sex, drugs, and heartbreak—and a whimsical yarn about forest creatures. The subjects aren’t mutually exclusive, and yet when stirred together so haphazardly, the effect is jarring. More damaging still is the plot, which takes about 150 pages to gain any steam, surges dramatically in the book’s final third, and then peters out with a couple chapters left to go.
 

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Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,
And deeper than did ever plummet sound
I'll drown my book.

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That guy was a mystery wrapped in an enigma and crudely stapled to a ticking fucking time bomb. He was either going to hit somebody or start a blog.
Space was full of angry little particles.
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No one would come right out and say it, but the worldwide magical ecology was suffering from a serious imbalance: too many magicians, not enough monsters.
"Never cook with a wine you wouldn't drink," he said. "Though I guess that presupposes that there is a wine I wouldn't drink."
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As a senior in high school Quentin Coldwater became preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. After graduating from college and being admitted into a highly exclusive, secret society of magic in upstate New York, he makes a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin's fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined for his childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.

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