Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday; The Magicians

Hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine, Here's my pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection:

The Magicians: A Novel

Author: Lev Grossman
Pub. Date: August 11th

(from Amazon)

Product Description: A thrilling and original coming of- age novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin’s fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.

At once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing, The Magicians boldly moves into uncharted literary territory, imagining magic as practiced by real people, with their capricious desires and volatile emotions. Lev Grossman creates an utterly original world in which good and evil aren’t black and white, love and sex aren’t simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price.

What's you W.O.W. pick this week?.


  1. Um, yes please? Thanks for posting about this book, it looks fantastic!

  2. This book does look good. I'm patiently waiting for Demon Ex Machina(The fifth book in the Demon-hunting Soccer Mom series)
    due October 2009. Written by Julie Kenner.

    I just love this series.

  3. Looks like it has a solid premise - I'll be waiting to read your review to see if it holds up.

  4. Wow, this does sound really good! Mine is here.

  5. I like the premise behind this one...looking forward to its release now!!

  6. Completely loving the intersection of fantasy and reality here with that welcome tinge of darkness and escapism. Looking forward to your review!

  7. OOh! Thanks for posting this, it looks like a great read.

  8. This one looks fantastic and I can't wait to read it! Looking forward to your review


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