Friday, 3 February 2012

Book of the Week: The Magicians

Julia recommended this book. In nine cases out if ten, her recommendations are just right for me. I hadn't heard about this book, although I should have.

If you are an avid fantasy reader and have read hundreds of classical and contemporary fantasy novels, this book is for you. It will make you smile with the joy of recognition. You'll also wonder how many allusions you have missed.

If you think you have read all fantasy and nothing can surprise you - read it. 

If you like fast-paced books with lots of things going on, you'll be bored after fifty pages because nothing much happens. Go on reading. Nothing much happends for the next 400 pages either. (The book is 496 pages long).

If you are very, very sensitive to obscene language and explicit sex, don't read it. (And by the way, it's not for children). If you are nauseated by graphic violence, don't read it or skim it and go on.

If you want an exceptionally strong reading experience - read it.

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