The story is pretty good. It's no Harry Potter or King Killer Chronicles, but it is entertaining. It is a bit of a mix between the Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. In fact, he straight up steals from Chronicles of Narnia, but it is an interesting take on the classic story. The Narrator was pretty good, but sometimes it was hard to distinguish between characters in a back-and-forth conversation. All in all it's a good listen.
delivery was perfect, very vivid relatable descriptions put you right in the moment. wish the main character didnt complain so much -he is never happy despite getting everything he wants. highly suggest reading despite this and if you can get past quentin's ill manner then enjoy the richness of this authors writing
This is a rare beast: an anti-escapist fantasy novel. It is also quintessentially modern. Rather than offering a delightful retreat from reality, it presents us with some quite real philosophical problems relating to life in the modern world. It's intellectually interesting. But... it's... so... hopeless! It confronts us with problems, and offers no solution, and no avenue of escape. Not even a portal to a fantasy world can save you from the unrelenting dreary meaninglessness of everyday life... I found it hard to get through for that reason. It's too hopeless and dreary for me. I'll take escapism instead, thank you.
The surprise of being pulled into a world of magic, the upending of stereotypes of how you should get to be the hero when taken to a fairytale land.
Strange that this school recruits practical geniuses to get their magical education, and then lets them go with no particular direction or expectation from there. There's no magical world in which they might take a role, no magical activities they might participate in, just a lot of training that appears to be dissipated into boredom and drugs for the rest of their lives. An odd vision, a seeminly unsustainable world.
Good voices and voice-acting, without distracting me from the content and the writing.
Sometimes the fairytale doesn't go the way it's supposed to!
I really got sucked into this book, but the way in which it chose to upend the expectations of the genre -- that the smart outsider gets all sorts of powers and finds himself just as directionless and self-hating as before -- just didn't make the trip very enjoyable. I didn't relate to or really like any of the characters after a while, and there was little wit or playfulness to leven the deadening sense of pointlessness to their drinking and squabbling.
This story has a lot of potential. For those of us who grew up reading The Chronicles of Narnia and who, later in life, devoured Harry Potter, this book is a bit nostalgic. But, while the story has a lot of potential, the execution simply fails. Not particularly well-written, wordy when it doesn't need to be and not nearly wordy enough in others. It feels like the ideas for 3 different books were hastily crammed together into a single volume.