Top Ten Tuesday – Back to School
Top Ten Tuesday / August 28, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is Back to School –  Books that take place at school/boarding school (at least in some part)

Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
4.5 Stars , Reviews / July 24, 2014

This is a whirlwind of magic, adventure and self-discovery. Oh yes, and witty acerbic humor. That’s something I may not have stressed enough in my previous reviews of this series. I love the sarcastic humor that is so prevalent through out these books. And where I felt Magician King was lacking, Magician’s Land made up for it (in spades). I honestly think this is probably the strongest of the three books. In this we find Quentin, as usual, trying to find his place in this world (or that world, any world, really). But he has grown up and matured a tremendous amount. He’s still Quentin, but he is no longer defined by his angsty wallowing. He’s finally stood up and realized he has the power to change his freakin attitude, and in turn maybe positively impact how things turn out instead of just assuming its all shit and then waiting for it to happen and saying, yeah, see, everything is shit. I don’t want to dwell on the past, and Quentin’s previous shortcomings in the personality department. I just want to say that his character has grown tremendously. This whole series is a clash of the magically wondrous and imaginative…

The Magician King by Lev Grossman
3 Stars , Reviews / July 20, 2014

This book had a slightly different feel to it than The Magicians, at least in some ways. It still has the sarcastic edge to it and the irreverent attitudes that made me love The Magicians. Always a good thing. But Quentin does not seem quite so angsty, and seems to have grown quite self-aware of his needless angst. Also, The Magicians was a coming of age story paired with the story of coming into the world of magic. It was a book of growing up, discovery and the pain that is encountered along the way. This book was a story of Quentin’s quest and Julia’s backstory, intermingled. In The Magician King, we meet back up with Quentin, Julia, Eliot and Janet serving as Kings and Queen of Fillory. It’s a rather posh and very magical but to be honest, somewhat boring life. Eventually, I think Quentin realized this, because, well, he’s Quentin, so he can’t be happy. And it gives him a reason to start pursuing something else. Something less boring because we can’t tell a story that’s boring, now can we? So Quentin begins a journey, during which I think he is coping with loss and is probably still trying to find…

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
4 Stars , Reviews / July 8, 2014

The Magicians by Lev Grossman is one of the most divisive, marmite books I have come across. Love it or hate, it usually gets a reaction. So, no need to keep you in suspense, I fall on the love side of the fence here.  I realize the book is not perfect, but for me, it was a great read. A common claim with this book is that it is Harry Potter meets Narnia. I suppose I can see where they are coming from since this is a school to learn magic. And the Narnia reference comes into play as well. But just because a book has some basic similarities in the general blurb does not mean the books are at all the same type of read. So, if you have break down the book like that, I think I’d have to throw a little Catcher in the Rye as well. Even in Harry Potter’s darkest days, he never achieves the level of depression, self-doubt, and angst, etcetera that Quentin Coldwater feels. Also, this is college. And not the college that the Hogwarts kids would likely go to either. It has sex, drugs, and alcohol to help feed the angst. The…