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The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)
by Lev Grossman

Published: 2009-05-21
Paperback : 416 pages
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Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a very different path to any he'd ever imagined. The envelope, and the ...
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(Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a very different path to any he'd ever imagined. The envelope, and the mysterious manuscript it contains, leads to a secret world of obsession and privilege, a world of freedom and power and, for a while, it's a world that seems to answer all Quentin's desires. But the idyll cannot last - and when it's finally shattered, Quentin is drawn into something darker and far more dangerous than anything he could ever have expected...

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Quentin never seems to find the happiness he seeks, even when all of his wishes come true. Discuss the elusive nature of happiness in a person's life and what it takes to find it. What does Quentin need to do?
Discuss the ending of the book. Does Quentin learn anything from his adventures? Did it end satisfactorily for you?
Dictionary.com defines Generation X as follows: people who are highly educated and underemployed, reject consumer culture, and have little hope for the future. Considering this, how is The Magicians a fantasy for Gen Xers?
by RockinRenee (see profile) 12/13/12

Was Nudity a problem for you?
What do you think about the drastic tone in the book?
by dragonmaiden (see profile) 12/07/10

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Be warned.
by dragonmaiden (see profile) 12/07/10
There is a lot of angst, sex, boredom, and sudden drama. Otherwise, it's good.

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by jolynno (see profile) 11/13/14

 
  "A Generation X Fantasy Novel"by RockinRenee (see profile) 12/13/12

When I first heard of this book, it was from a recommendation for fans of Harry Potter. I can see why the person made the comparison, but she should have qualified her statement: Yes, this is a fantasy... (read more)

 
  "Interesting...."by dragonmaiden (see profile) 12/07/10

For those that grew up reading the Narnia series and Harry Potter series, this can seem like a huge rip off. Most of my members had some problems with the way the story was set up and the dr... (read more)

 
  "Not Harry Potter!"by shannmaier (see profile) 08/25/10

This book has been touted as Harry Potter for grown ups. Not so much! It is very slow moving and lacks the descriptive details that make you really feel like you are seeing what the author intended. I... (read more)

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