The Magicians: A Novel

The Magicians: A Novel - Lev Grossman Finally finished!
This felt like the longest audio book I've read. I didn't think it would ever end.

So, this was a bit of a cross between Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. Sounds awesome, right? Too bad it wasn't. In fact, it felt more like a kick in the face of each. They were so similar that it was impossible not to make comparisons but Lev Grossman took all the qualities that I love and destroyed them. He made Hogwarts/Brakebills boring and clique-y. Narnia/Fillory was full of nothing but monsters and selfish people. Even the Aslan character was a prick. I could have handled an "adult" version of either book but in trying to make this book "adult like," he took away everything fun. The joy of discovering magic and these two hidden worlds was stripped away and so short lived that I couldn't even appreciate it.

The whole book was filled with alcohol fueled stupidity and unnecessary crudeness. (The crudeness bothered me, just because it felt so uncalled for. There was no need to comment on the size of a character's bangers and mash.) The characters were extremely unlikable, if for no other reason than their lack of being pleased with anything. The only likable character gets killed off. WTF? They have very few redeemable qualities.

I'm not sure if I'll get around to the sequel. The ending perked my interest more than pretty much anything else but eh, whatever.