Some clever wordplay and a few bits of interesting (if not novel) commentary. But the story wasn't funny enough to be a comedy, harrowing enough to be a thriller or interesting enough to be thought-provoking.
Much of the action and dialog involves high school students....first strike. Second strike, the high school students didn't act like, talk or behave like I believe any high school students would. Protagonist (as well as most characters) was flat and wooden. I appreciate a story that explores seed/dna manipulation by Agri-business. But, while that was clearly a component of the story, it went largely unexplored. I found nothing wrong with the narration.
An introduction to lock-picking for the fiction reader. A nice blend of the crime and coming of age genres that requires a little more work from the reader to achieve 'suspension of disbelief'. Diverting, light, fun and easy to enjoy...went quickly for me.
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.
The plot twists are implausible but interesting, the dialog is wooden and the protaganist is seemingly invincible.
Very pleased with the narrator and I will be adding other Lee Child stories to my collection.
Another great one from Burke! Exceptional.
I really think this is the best of his I've read.
Really enjoyed this one. Couldn't put it down, in fact. My favorite reads are thrillers but I do have a taste for good writing and I try to familiarize myself with those folks deemed "great writers".
I had read "All the pretty horses" and, frankly, missed the point. "No Country.." offered McCarthy's great style with a plot line that kept me riveted.
Be warned, this is not a conventional thriller and you will not find a neatly packaged ending. If you'd like to try a thriller with a bit more literary content, this is a great choice.
Super narrator, as well!
I avoided the Doors' music as a teenager (during the 80s) and felt that the adulation directed at Jim Morrison was undue. Now in my 30s, I decided to give Jim's story a read and I've been very pleased with the choice! I suppose I still haven't decided whether Jim was a true talent or a fluke but I became engrossed in his story and just purchased the box set of the Doors studio albums. As a musician, I appreciated that the author described important musical elements of many Doors shows: the set list, the mood of the performers, the cultural setting and even the men who handled promotion. I was surprised to learn that Jim's obscenity trial was a farce and I was reminded of the intense, judgmental morality of the conservative elements of 1960s society. Whether you come to admire Jim Morrison or not as a result of this reading, I'm convinced that you will apreciate his daring, bold approach to challenging the American status quo.
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