Book to Screen: Lev Grossman’s “The Magicians”


the magiciansHave you read Lev Grossman’s The Magicians? The book came out a few years ago. It’s the first in a trilogy and the third book was released last summer. You might already be a fan of the series. Of you might want to start catching up in this series now because it’s being turned into a television series on the Syfy network.

This book is focused on a young guy who learns to practice magic in the current world. So, it’s old school magic in modern times. Here’s the full synopsis for the book from Amazon:

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Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn’t real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn’t bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin’s yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they’d imagined.

Yeah, it kind of reads like a Harry Potter meets X-Men kind of story, eh? Obviously, I have not read the series myself…yet. Since it’s coming to Syfy, I will probably go back and pick this one up. If you don’t think it’s worth my time, then feel free to let me know in the comments 😉 because the reviews on it seem to be a mix of “omg, it’s awesome” to “don’t waste your time” to “it could’ve been better.”

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