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The Magician's Land

The Magician s Land Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory the secret magical land of his childhood dreams With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began the Brakebills Preparatory College of Ma

  • Title: The Magician's Land
  • Author: Lev Grossman Mark Bramhall
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  • Page: 303
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  • Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams With nothing left to lose, he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic, but he can t hide from his past, and it s not long before it comes looking for him.Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, QuentiQuentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams With nothing left to lose, he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic, but he can t hide from his past, and it s not long before it comes looking for him.Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters But all roads lead back to Fillory, and his new life takes him to old haunts, like Antarctica, and to buried secrets and old friends he thought were lost forever He uncovers the key to a sorcery masterwork, a spell that could create magical utopia, and a new Fillory but casting it will set in motion a chain of events that will bring Earth and Fillory crashing together To save them he will have to risk sacrificing everything.

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    1. In the wake of being cast out of Fillory and a short stint as a teacher at Brakebills, Quentin finds himself recruited to be part of a heist to steal a mysterious briefcase for a talking blackbird. Meanwhile, Eliot and Janet find that the magic sustaining Fillory is failing and its up to them to stop itI got this from Netgalley.Well, ate the review I spent 20 minutes writing so you're all getting shorter, probably angrier, version. There will be spoilers.The Magicians series by Lev Grossman has [...]

    2. Warning: spoilers to follow!Perplexed. That’s how this series left me. I’m still not really sure what to make of it. Don’t get me wrong—the ultimate impression is a positive one. But, not unlike clichéd and stupid Facebook statuses, it’s complicated. The Magicians left me depressed and flummoxed, but intrigued. It was the other side of the Harry Potter/Charlie Bucket coin—kid gets golden ticket, only golden ticket turns out to royally screw up one’s psyche. It was the Watchmen spi [...]

    3. By now, I know what to expect when I start a book in Lev Grossman's The Magicians trilogy. There will be extensive, immersive world-building (Grossman is at his best when he is taking genuine joy from creating his own Narnia- or Hogwarts-like world, rather than trying to smugly point out all of their respective flaws), Quentin will stay just on the bearable side of utterly insufferable, there will be at least one character who I wish had an entire book of their own, and the last hundred pages of [...]

    4. Warning: Mild (ish) spoilers for the first 2 booksI like the way Grossman tells stories. I mean, none of the books in this trilogy are told in the same way, which just gave it a little extra sumpin-sumpin, in my opinion.In the first one, everything plods along in this somewhat linear way with Quentin first discovering magic is real, moving through his education at the magical Brakebills, then finding out Fillory is real, which leads to losing everything and giving up magic, and finally (in a cli [...]

    5. so I'll just get this out of the way: the almost entirely shitty and stupid SyFy network adaptation of this series has certainly made me better appreciate Grossman's mastery of storytelling and the uniqueness of his vision. ugh, that show. it is doing everything wrong! except for those two short scenes featuring the BeastYWAYI think what often gets ignored in the rush to discuss Grossman's snarky repositioning of Harry Potter and Narnia-esque tropes and images into a poison pen letter sent from [...]

    6. What an excellent conclusion to a fabulous series!!There is so much to appreciate here across all three books. This final installment came out a nose head of the others because the conclusion was lovely & terrible & extremely fitting.It's so weird to me that I actually came to love & appreciate all of these characters to this extent. They are irresistible in their own defective sort of way.To put it frankly, they're a bunch of elitist asshats, flawed to the bone, and it's arguable th [...]

    7. ”Eliot felt very small and Fillory felt for a change, very big and very wild around him. It was a while since it had felt like that. This was a serious quest, maybe the last one. What happened now truly mattered. Eliot had struggled before he found Fillory, he knew that: he drank too much, he found clever ways to be nasty to people, he never seemed to have an emotion that wasn’t either ironic or chemically generated. He’d changed in Fillory, and the thought of going back to that, of becomi [...]

    8. Growing up, we didn't have lots of money and my dad took off with most of what we did have anyway, but I was always told to do well in school, so I did. I was told, "go to college," so I did. (In fact, it was more assumed than outright spoken to be honest). Once I'd made the mistake of majoring in social science (Economics!), the only solution was more school!So I went on to law school. After three miserable years in a system that only rewards the "top 10", I graduated And then what? Then the re [...]

    9. For being a genre-fusing deconstruction of the fantasy novel, this sure had me on the edge on my seat.It all started with teenage Quentin Coldwater attending a magical school, finding out the fantasy land from his favorite novels was real and then journeying there. Following various quests and a whole lotta heartbreak, Quentin is back in the real world and gives himself a very personal mission to complete even while his friends back in Fillory learn that the end of that world is very nigh.Quenti [...]

    10. This book was totally not bad. I really enjoyed some parts of this book. Some of the things Grossman was trying to do really came together in this book. There. Did I damn it enough with faint praise? I’m sorry. Kinda. I just really wanted this to be something…else? More? I dunno. I just think Grossman didn’t really deliver what I wanted…though I am totally willing to admit that I am perhaps holding him to unfair expectations. I guess I just wanted a little more bang than whimper in my co [...]

    11. This book was really in two parts. The first being a heist plot to recover a briefcase with mysterious contents.The second is about the death of the magical land, Fillory.Plot-wise and writing, I really enjoyed this novel. The author has a way of balancing tongue in cheek humor with introspection. You can tell he really thought about the engine of how magic worked in his novels, often borrowing from quantum physics for explanations. But that's only how it works on Earth; in Fillory it's all up f [...]

    12. *** 4 ***A buddy read with the Wednesday UF group""“It didn’t matter where you were, if you were in a room full of books you were at least halfway home.” "Isn't that the truth!!! If I ever feel uncomfortable in a strange place, as long as I see books around I know I will be OK:):):) If one thing is true about this series it is that the writing is flawless! Nothing is to much or to little. The characters are exactly as the author intended for us to perceive them. Their actions are even more [...]

    13. A combination of literary fiction's intelligence, high fantasy's epic plots, and pop culture's sly humour and insouciance this book perfectly finishes off what has been, for me, one of the most satisfying and clever series of recent years. It's taken a far more realistic look at the likely outcomes of people being gifted with ridiculous magical powers, of what that horrible moment when you finish university and are suddenly expected to be a fully functioning member of society would be like if yo [...]

    14. I don't think I have read a series that has as much character development as in The Magicians trilogy. It was such a pleasure going on this journey with Quentin and his friends through these three books. Seeing Quentin grow up in these three books has come at the perfect time in my life. The themes of this book, and its predecessors, are so relevant to my life. Thank you, Lev Grossman, for writing something that resonates so deeply with people who grew up in books, in fantasy worlds, and are off [...]

    15. Not gonna lieis is how I feel about this novel:12/8/13: I keep looking at this hoping for a definite release date. Alas, nothing yet. But I'll keep on keeping on until thenNow I'm taunted with a cover.1/9/14: August 5th, 2014 ladies and gentlemen!!! Great early birthday present! Only 7 more monthsAnd we get a summary! Great belated Christmas present :)8/2/14: AMAZING!!! Review to come ASAP!10/10/14: Finally, full review is here! Also published at The Founding Fields!Lady Salvatore got one of her [...]

    16. Strangely enough, I worked through all of my reservations from the previous two books, having liked the first book well enough, and on reflection liking the second one much less, I discovered that passing the hump of the heist in the third allowed me to finally relax into the story after finally realizing that Quentin wasn't going to remain a douchebag forever.The heist was fine, as far as that went, and his just going along with everything and sliding along with his life was par for course. It [...]

    17. 5 starsbrilliant and witty writing the dark side of all your childhood favorite fantasy storiesA wonderful conclusion to this really fantastic series

    18. Well that was . . . disappointing. Which is a funny thing to say about a book written as well as this one, and that made me as happy as this one did at certain points (really, I would read hundreds of pages about the magic in this universe and how it works and doesn't, no plot required).The thing is, this book doubled down. The series as a whole has been playing with coming of age narratives and coming into power narratives, trying out different ones, contrasting them, complicating them. And the [...]

    19. This was the best book in the series and had some of the most entertaining episodes particularly the briefcase. What I liked was the solid transformation of Quentin from the first book to the last and the episode between him and Alice. My biggest complaint is still the characters. Grossman had a chance to make Janet a truly exciting part of the series but after one anecdote her relevance died. Josh and Poppy were useless and served no purpose except offering more bodies, they weren't even likabl [...]

    20. Lev Grossman has said he thinks writers should read their reviews and should take their criticism seriously. I thought that was quite an unusual and telling comment; I kept thinking about it, because the first book in this trilogy did get a lot of criticism about its sexual politics, some of it deserved (the character arcs) and some not (Quentin's teenage personality). Now the concluding instalment completes a process begun in book two of overturning these problems in what looks to me like quite [...]

    21. "He'd been right about the world, but he was wrong about himself. The world was a desert, but he was a magician, and to be a magician was to be a secret spring - a moving oasis. He wasn't desolate, and he wasn't empty. He was full of emotion, full of feelings, bursting with them, and when it came down to it, that's what being a magician was. They weren't ordinary feelings - they weren't the tame, domesticated kind. Magic was wild feelings, the kind that escaped out of you and into the world and [...]

    22. ***NO SPOILERS***Grossman's third and final installment in The Magicians trilogy brings back all the beloved key players from the previous books, plus a few new ones, but probably won't enthrall fans quite as much as they're expecting. The Magician's Land focuses on a thirty-something Quentin Coldwater on a quest to solve a complex mystery with the help of a precocious Brakebills student. Whereas book one focuses primarily on magical school Brakebills and book two on magical land Fillory, this t [...]

    23. Where to start with this one? So many mixed emotions! After reading the first novel in Grossman's trilogy, The Magicians, I was hooked. Angsty, adult wizard school? Totally into it. However, after struggling through the hot mess that was the series' second book (I literally just made the "ugh" face thinking about it), I was cautious about getting too excited for the third and final part of The Magician's trilogy. Needless to say, my expectations were met but not totally exceeded. Grossman does a [...]

    24. Executive Summary: An excellent, but not perfect end to what ended up being a rather enjoyable series. Just a few minor complaints keep me from giving it a 5 star rating. 4.5 stars.Audio book: Mark Bramhall again does an excellent job that makes this a series I think is best done in audio. I will have to be on the lookout for other books he reads for in the future.Full ReviewThis book almost made it to the end to secure one of my rare 5-star ratings. I always hated to stop listening, and found m [...]

    25. First read: 2014: Exiled from Fillory, Quentin finds himself searching for purpose. We see a much more mature Quentin here, one who has definitely come into his own. He's not the only one, Elliot and Janet are fierce defenders of Fillory, realizing their dedication and determination to protect their world once it is threatened, first by invaders and then by news of imminent total destruction. Truly exciting to see the maturation.The message of disillusionment in childish things, of putting your [...]

    26. I'm not sure if Lev was trying to deconstruct the fantasy genre or life itself, but he accomplished to do both.

    27. If you enjoyed Narnia and Harry Potter and you have little bit of religious background, a Torah here and a Bible there, you may have as much fun as I did with this twisted and modern version of those two series. It’s all there, magic, talking animals, angry Gods, war, fantastic journeys to faraway lands, sometimes being transformed into geese or even whales, with normal humans, sometimes kids, placed into high positions in these lands, even as kings and queens. It’s amazing that such nonsens [...]

    28. The Magicians trilogy means a lot to me. It's a complex coming of age story that I can identify with so much that it hurts sometimes. I want to say that the trilogy came to me during a difficult time in my life, but really it came at a time when the difficult part had been and gone, and I was left reluctant to find out what happened next. The theme of the Magicians trilogy fits so beautifully with that empty and exciting feeling that it became a part of my grieving process, and continues to be n [...]

    29. 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2014/08/05/bI practically binge read this series, which is unusual for me. But truly, it is a rare pleasure indeed when subsequent books in a series just get better and better. I’ve had such a change of heart about this trilogy from the first book to the last book, that I am actually floored with amazement. I certainly don’t take back my thoughts in my review of The Magicians – I liked the book but I also had some very real issues with it a [...]

    30. “It didn’t matter where you were, if you were in a room full of books you were at least halfway home.”I ended up really loving this conclusion to the trilogy, especially after not enjoying the sequel that much. I really loved getting to see more about the Chatwin kids and their story, as well as the creation of Fillory. Thing got real cray near the end and I felt like it all wrapped up nicely :)

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