The unputdownable new novel by the bestselling author of CODEX
Lev Grossman was born in 1969, the son of two English professors, and grew up in a suburb of Boston. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in literature and went on to the Ph.D. program in comparative literature at Yale, although he left after three years without finishing a dissertation. After Yale Grossman worked for a string of dot-coms while writing freelance articles about books, technology and culture in general for numerous magazines, newspapers and websites, until he was hired by Time in 2002 and became the magazine's book critic as well as one of its lead technology writers. He is also the author of the international bestseller CODEX.
Tremendously gifted 17-year-old Quentin Coldwater sets out for a college interview only to find his interviewer dead and himself undertaking a strange and strenuous entrance exam to Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. Time book critic Grossman's (levgrossman.com) intriguing third novel-following Warp (1997) and Codex (2004)-is the whole package. Touching on themes of happiness, love, magic, and ennui, it features a highly imaginative fantasy world populated by realistically flawed characters whom Mark Bramhall (The Last Theorem) lets shine with his skillful narration. Highly recommended, particularly for adult fans of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. [The Viking hc, published in August, was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Lisa Anderson, Metropolitan Community Coll. Lib., Omaha Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
This is a sophisticated, subtle novel that is also magical fun. I
can't imagine any lover of well-written classic fantasy ... who
won't adore it * The Times *
Stirring, complex, adventurous . . . From the life of Quentin, his slacker Park Slope Harry Potter, Grossman delivers superb coming of age fantasy -- Junot Diaz, author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao
This gripping novel draws on the conventions of contemporary and classic fantasy novels (most obviously, those of J. K. Rowling and C. S. Lewis) in order to upend them, and tell a darkly cunning story about the power of imagination itself * The New Yorker *
The novel's climax includes some spectacular magical battles to complement the complex emotional entanglements Grossman has deftly sketched in earlier chapters. Very dark and very scary, with no simple answers provided - fantasy for grown-ups, in other words, and very satisfying indeed * Kirkus *
Anyone who grew up reading about magical wardrobes and unicorns and talking trees before graduating to Less Than Zero and The Secret History and Bright Lights, Big City will immediately feel right at home with this smart, beautifully written book by Lev Grossman. The Magicians is fantastic, in all senses of the word. It's strange, fanciful, extravagant, eccentric, and truly remarkable - a great story, masterfully told -- Scott Smith, author of The Ruins
Harry Potter discovers Narnia is real in this derivative fantasy thriller from Time book critic Grossman (Codex). Quentin Coldwater, a Brooklyn high school student devoted to a children's series set in the Narnia-like world of Fillory, is leading an aimless existence until he's tapped to enter a mysterious portal that leads to Brakebills College, an exclusive academy where he's taught magic. Coldwater, whose special gifts enable him to skip grades, finds his family's world "mundane and domestic" when he returns home for vacation. He loses his innocence after a prank unintentionally allows a powerful evil force known only as the Beast to enter the college and wreak havoc. Eventually, Coldwater's powers are put to the test when he learns that Fillory is a real place and how he can journey there. Genre fans will easily pick up the many nods to J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis, not to mention J.R.R. Tolkien in the climactic battle between the bad guy and a magician. 5-city author tour. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.