I loved every page of The Magicians
. For anyone who grew up reading fantasy, who started with E. Nesbit or The Chronicles of Narnia
or awaited each Harry Potter release, who openly or secretly continued to read fantasy as an adult, wondering if it was appropriate to still be drawn to tales of magic, this is a perfect read.
Five years ago Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
(Susanna Clarke) brought magic and fairies to adult readers. The following year along came The Historian
(Elizabeth Kostova), a great historical novel about Vlad, the vampire. Now, Lev Grossman brings modern magicians into a novel strictly for grownups.
Quentin Coldwater grew up in Brooklyn, gifted and always ahead of most kids his age. What else could he do besides go to Princeton and continue to be...
Beyond the Book
Lev Grossman's Worlds
Lev Grossman was born in 1969, the son of two English professors, and grew up in Lexington, MA, a placid little suburb of Boston. After obtaining a literature degree from Harvard and working towards a PhD in comparative literature at Yale, he gradually turned himself into a journalist and after a few years as a free-lancer, was hired by Time
and became the magazine's book critic as well as one of its lead technology writers.
In 1997 Grossman published his first novel, Warp
. It concerns the lyrical misadventures of a Boston slacker who has trouble distinguishing between reality and...