Narnia on Downers

In The Magicians a group of narcissistic, over-achieving teenagers (perhaps that’s redundant) find themselves invited to attend a rather unappealing collegiate version of Hogwarts in upstate New York, where they remain narcissistic until they graduate and become drunks in the City. But then, one of them discovers the way to Narnia, oops, make that Fillory. They cross over into a war-torn land of talking animals and trees, manage to defeat the bad guy at the cost of one of their own. Protagonist returns to New York, where he is now a narcissistic under-achiever, until his buddies find him and off they go, back to become the kings and queen of Narnia, sorry, Fillory. And now the sequel, The Magician King, is out. I can wait.

If you want magic, try Alice Hoffman.

The list so far:

25. Deed to Death, D.B. Henson

24. The Magicians, Lev Grossman

23. Blackbird House, Alice Hoffman

22. The Treason of Isengard, Christopher Tolkien

21. Bent Road, Lori Roy

20. Lord of Misrule, Jaimy Gordon

19. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls

18. Mr Chartwell, Rebecca Hunt

17. Half-Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls

16. The Shadow of the Past, Christopher Tolkien

15. A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner

14. Protector of the Small, Squire, Tamora Pierce

11-13. The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia,Megan Whalen Turner

10. Skippy Dies, Paul Murray

9. Lost Horizon, James Hilton

4-8. The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, The Demon King, The Exiled King Cinda Williams Chima

3. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly

2. Armadale, Wilkie Collins

1. The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, Jennifer Trafton


7-9 The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

5-6 The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins

1-4 The Nine Tailors, Gaudy Night, Busman’s Honeymoon, Lord Peter, Dorothy L Sayers

4 thoughts on “Narnia on Downers

  1. Well that sounds… stupid. I'll skip it.

    I re-read Game of Thrones after the HBO series reminded me of it, and now I'm moving into the other books. I started that series a few years back, then stopped when I heard about the huge gap between books, afraid he'd either a.) torture me too much waiting or b.) die and leave it unfinished. It's so vastly entertaining.


  2. I am so angry to GRRM (wow, that's the sound I make whenever I think of him). I read the last one before this and nearly threw it at the wall. I mean please, let's get it on here after five years, not meander all over hell and back, introducing a slew of new characters and plot lines. Turning into a kind of endless Robert Jordan thing. I know they keep saying this one gets back to the characters we freaking want to read about and that there are TWO MORE, a finite number. I fear that's an Infinite Jest. I won't read it again until the last one is out. And yes, I'm so mad because the series is so good. But I think GRRM is a pompous, self-important, well, …


  3. Yeah, much as I hate to judge another writer's “process,” I can't help but feel his “process” involves a lot of dicking around playing video games when he should be writing. Or maybe I'm projecting.

    I've nearly finished the second book, but I've read so many spoilers and summaries I feel like I've read them all. I know he likes to throw curveballs and surprises out and I'm ruining them by doing this, but this is one of those things where, paradoxically, I have to find out what happens before I can actually read it. Because I know it'll be another thousand pages until I get back to a character and I haven't got the patience. I need to either Google it and find out what's in front of me, or just put it down out of frustration, and I do think it's worth reading.

    Much as I enjoy his writing and think he's got a lot of talent, one can't help but feel while reading that it's gotten away from him and he's lost control of his story. Interviews etc. only serve to reinforce that feeling.

    I did read somewhere that he gave the HBO guys some broad strokes on how things will end up, in case he gets hit by a bus, so there's that.


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