The Magicians: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 11, 2009 - Fiction - 416 pages
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The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world

Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn't bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin's yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they'd imagined. Psychologically piercing and dazzlingly inventive, The Magicians, the prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the #1 bestseller The Magician's Land, is an enthralling coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world-where good and evil aren't black and white, and power comes at a terrible price.

  

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The plot feels like a cheat as well. - Goodreads
Now, Grossman can write some really nice prose. - Goodreads
He's got some lovely metaphors and interesting imagery. - Goodreads
I liked the way it was written & it kept a good pace. - Goodreads
It's been awhile since the writing didn't bore me. - Goodreads
Grossman's unemotional prose is apparent. - Goodreads

Review: The Magicians (The Magicians #1)

User Review  - Bayliss Camp - Goodreads

Oh, dear. I was initially somewhat embarrassed about how much I liked -- loved, really -- this book. And then, on reading it the second time it struck me how intricately well-constructed it is, how ... Read full review

Review: The Magicians (The Magicians #1)

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

Stop me if you've heard this one: Imagine a world where a magical society exists, hidden from the eyes of mundane people, silently manipulating everything from the shadows. Now, imagine that world has ... Read full review

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Contents

BROOKLYN
BRAKEBILLS
ELIOT
SNOW
THE PHYSICAL KIDS
THE BEAST
MARIE BYRD LAND
ALICE
EMILY GREENSTREET
GRADUATION
MANHATTAN
PENNYS STORY
UPSTATE
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

LEV GROSSMAN is a senior writer and book critic for Time magazine and author of the international bestselling novel Codex. He is also the creator of the Time blog Nerd World. Grossman holds degrees in comparative literature from Harvard and Yale. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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