Just Finished…The Magicians by Lev Grossman

One Sentence Summary

It’s a post-modern retelling of the Harry Potter archetype with the Chronicles of Narnia nested inside of it.

Favorite Sentence

“He was experimenting cautiously with the idea of being happy, dipping an uncertain toe into those intoxicating carbonated waters” (Kindle location 698)

Why I Read It

I was in the mood for a good page turner and a sucker for the display of the new paperbacks in the front of a Borders.

Favorite Thing About the Book

Like most good coming-of-age stories, it shows the anxiety of the transition from adolescence to adulthood. It also does a great job of capturing the feeling that there is something wrong with the world, and something better somewhere else.

Least Favorite Thing About the Book

I don’t want to give anything away, but at times the book was trying just a little too hard to let you know how aware of the author was of how Harry Potter influenced it. The absolute worst moment of the book is a student being drunk and talking about “Quidditch” and no one else knowing what he’s talking about.


I’d recommend to one of my students who loved Harry Potter and was looking for something similar. Beyond that, I’m not sure it’s worth the time, though it’s not a bad beach read.

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