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Memo to Sabotabby, re. Lev Grossman [Oct. 13th, 2015|02:02 am]
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Some time ago, in one of your guises and I think in a remark directed towards someone other than yours truly, you mentioned Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy as a fantasy (more than) worth reading.

Well. I'm only two-thirds of the way through the first book and so, more than normally aware that my opinion is subject to change, but thus far (mind you), I just want to say a heartfelt Thank you!.

At this point I'm even more baffled than I was before that Tolkien doesn't speak to you, because Grossman is sure as hell speaking to me. The man knows his teenagers and (I think) a whole helluva lot besides.

Long story short, I've never read a book like this one, and for those of us who love fantasy, that is a kudos in monstrously short supply.

So, thank you.

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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2015-10-13 11:55 am (UTC)
YAY I'm so glad you like it. Because most people don't seem to be able to finish it and hate the characters, and I take this personally because I related to the characters a lot. ;)

He gets fantasy and teenagers, and more to the point, he gets the kind of teenager I was. I can't wait to discuss it with you when you hit the end.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-10-14 03:26 am (UTC)

Me too

Even I sometimes feel as if I've become one of Those People who read fantasy (or watches Doctor Who) simply for the "pleasure" of dumping on it.

So it comes as a real relief when something genre comes along that I can really get into. Recently, Orphan Black, Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrel and now (so far) The Magicians all fit the bill.
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[User Picture]From: sinnamongirl
2015-10-13 05:12 pm (UTC)
Those are great books!
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-10-14 03:27 am (UTC)

So far so good

I just found out they are (or think they are — no spoilers!) going to Fillory and was completely caught off-guard. The idea that the next two books will be as good as the first has been to this point delights me.
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[User Picture]From: sinnamongirl
2015-10-14 07:00 pm (UTC)

Re: So far so good

Oh man! I'm excited for you to keep reading! I borrowed the first one like... a year ago? from my friend Nick, after having heard much about it. It seemed like the few people who had read it either loved or hated it. I ended up devouring the first book then basically not buying groceries so I could get the other 2 immediately on my Kindle. I really think they're great, though I haven't done a reread and am hazy on some of the details, but the characters are enjoyable and easy to relate to, and the story does move along pretty well.
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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2015-10-15 10:14 pm (UTC)
Never heard of it! I'll look into it!
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