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This review is from: The Magicians (Paperback)
this was a very odd book for me.. firstly i don't get the whole potter thing, then through odd circumstances I've recently read American Gods and Norrell and Strange. So I've totally overloaded on 'wow, what would it be like if magic was real'
but this was definitely the worst of the bunch. for a start it's really two separate books. the first two thirds is a pretty boring story of how a geeky outsider finds out that he's one of the chosen few who can command magic and no longer has to console himself within the escapism of a sub Narnia set of novels. he then proceeds to 'find himself' and gets to bonk some hot chick and swan around with other dandies like he was in a boring donna tart story. the second book, in true post modernist style, is his adventures in the mystical fairy kingdom from the books he was always lost in.. who would have thought they were real all the time... there he fights some monsters, gets injured but makes it back safely.. having discovered the meaning of love
it's rubbish. the biggest issue, as always, is if these kids have so much power why dont they use it ? when they're in danger why dont they turn into flies, or atoms, or teleport away or.. blah blah... the other issue is that for page after page.. nothing happens..except... a few kids learn magic.. it's a ridiculously thin plot.. and finally.. the whole 'novel' in a 'novel' is so tediously dull that it's amazing it's not obvious from the start that the descriptions of Narnia will have some consequence.. oh.. they do... zzzzz