Lev Grossman's The Magician's Land


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#2

It must be weird having siblings in the same line of work as yourself, I’m glad me and my brothers are all happily doing different things, otherwise I can imagine slightly more arguing when we meet up.


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One of the reasons I got tired of high fantasy in my teens is everything is so conventional. D&D took equal parts Tolkien and Conan and codified them, and from there on out everything was Tolkien and Conan. But I really like the rare exceptions, and this sounds like one.

EDIT - wow, Firefox knows how to spell Tolkien, even when I don’t.


#4

Nice write-up Cory, thanks. I look forward to reading this.


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A nitpick: Classifying “nearly all” fantasy stories as coming-of-age tales seems to be painting with an overly broad brush.


#6

About one word too wide, eh what?


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Quentin Coldwater is one of the least likable protagonists in fantasy fiction, and slogging through 400+ pages of adolescent angst, anxiously hoping for his agonizing death, remains the most excruciating experience in my literate life. Reading Twilight’s got nuthin’ on this.


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I’m guessing you haven’t read his ‘Codex’ then? That book wins my prize for the vastest gap between published reviews and actuality.


#9

Nope. I very much doubt I’ll be sampling anything by Mr. Lev Grossman again. It’s one thing to know that somebody is a fundamentally inept writer, but quite another to see a (potentially) talented writer choose to write terrible books.


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