Dish Read: The Magician King

I finally finished “The Magician King” by Lev Grossman this weekend.

The Magician King

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I say “finally” because it took me more than a month to get through it, which is pretty unusual for me.  It is 400 pages long, but still… I like a book that’s fast paced.  While I liked this book, it moved a little slowly for my taste.  I usually abide by Mama Dish’s literary guideline, which is: “Thou shalt not finish a book if thou dost not like it by 50 pages in.”  But I really did care what happened to the characters, and the world Grossman has created fascinates me.  So I forged on.

This is the sequel to Grossman’s “The Magicians,” which I read earlier this year.  It was recommended to me because it’s been classified as a “Harry Potter” for adults.  I thought that would bother me, since I’m such a fan of Harry Potter.  The Magicians is similar to HP in that it’s about a magic school, and it has several “coming of age” storylines.  It is definitely more adult… there’s sex, drinking, and F-bomb dropping all over the place.  The books in general are darker.  They are college students, after all.

One of the things I liked about the books is that the characters knew about Harry Potter as a fictional character, and even poked fun at the fact that they were living in a similar world.  It made it seem more OK to me that the concept was simliar, and not just a knock-off.  I loved this line, describing the main character, Quentin, who is tall and has black hair:

“His cheeks were sunken, his cheekbones jagged. His clothes hung on him. His hair–cut your hair already, you’re not Alan Rickman–was lank.” (I took out an expletive… it’s a family blog.)

Severus Snape

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So if you love Harry Potter, give these books a try.  Rumors are that there’s a third book in the works tentatively titled, “The Magicians Land.”  If the rumors prove to be true, it will appear on my Kindle… Shazaam!