Impressive in many ways, 'The Magicians' nonetheless left me short. I appreciate the approach: take a very real, very modern sort of young man and place him in a world of fantasy...then note the results. Problem for me was it just didn't take me far enough away to give any real relief. When reading escapist literature, I'd like my heroes to overcome monumental odds, etc. If you are searching for a novel about young men, then this may be your thing....if you are looking for another Johnannes Cabal (as I was) you will not be satisfied.
Perhaps Freud would have enjoyed this novel as a study in dysfunction. The characters are deeply flawed and their actions evoke either pity or revulsion. The only new plot device in the story involves self centered adepts on drugs and alcohol. Throughout this confused and plodding mix, the author exposes his hatred for the Narnia series and its author. Far from being a contemporary Narnia, this sad work is merely a showcase for the author's angst. Even so, the Magicians moves from its study in depression to a contrived "happy ending" tacked onto the last pages. This appears to be an attempt to commercialize the work and open to the next book. I will not be reading the next book as it is certain to be as shallow and depressing as this one.
The author is talented in describing things, so I gave the book 3 stars. But how long does he have to go on about how bored the characters are and how meaningless life seems? There are only 2 or 3 enjoyable parts. The narrator speaks every line almost the same way, and sounds as listless and bored as the characters he describes. Not sure how this book has the ratings it has.
This book took a long time to get going. The set up seemed to take forever and seem unnecessary to the story. The detailed set up could be necessary to the second book. It just didn't seem to moving forward. The "conflict" didn't present until the second half of the book. It was written more like a memoir in the beginning. Finally the story started moving forward and I felt it went too fast. I wanted it to slow down. See these characters develop and grow under the pressure. Strange pace aside, I still want to find out what happens to these characters in the next book. Stick with it!
It was a bit tedious at times. Its failed attempts at being hip were a bit corny. The erotic element in the book wasn't really explored well.
Yes. The story was compelling and its take on magic was unique, even though plot motifs borrowed heavily from Harry Potter and Narnia.
Expressive and efficient...sometimes verging on the brink of over-doing it.
There already is one.
First the positive -- the narrator is fine. But the story is a meandering mess with no one to like. An adult Harry Potter? Swearing, sex and violence doesn't make it adult or mature. The "story" feels like the author had no idea where he was going. SKIP IT.
This is a good story, but I feel like I've heard a lot of it before. There are a lot of allusions to Harry Potter and the Narnia books, which I think are funny and clever. However, there also seems to be a bit of just blatant rip off from the same, which I don't appreciate. The Neitherlands feels EXACTLY like the Wood Between the Worlds in the Narnia series, and the whole Fillory world and the Chatwins just ARE Narnia and the Pevensies. The story is compelling and I can't seem to stop listening, but there have been several times where I was just disappointed with the author for not using his own material.
It was very painful to finish listening to the book! The whole book is a lead in to the final chapters, which is where it starts to get good...but then it ends and it's over....not really worth the time if you ask me
I have to say that I was not that impressed with The Magician, I found part 1 and most of part two (which I fast forwarded to the last two hours) a little silly. The plot wasn’t that great not what I would expect from this genre it seemed that most of the book was filler material until you got to the very end of the story then it became interesting. The narrator does a great job, a presentation that helped me get to the end of The Magician and look forward to The Magician King to see how it all pan out.
It saved this story
Look forward to The Magacian King to see what is on the horizon
Wow. If you grew up loving childhood fantasies like Narnia and other Anglo-phile Classics you might want to skip this one. On the other hand, if you are angry and frustrated and bitter because real life isn't a bit like Narnia or Middle Earth or Harry Potter then you'll probably find this book hilarious. I found it tedious.