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Not so much a blog; just lots of books

Currently reading

In the Bleak Midwinter: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alsyne Novel
Julia Spencer-Fleming
Ninefox Gambit
Yoon Ha Lee, Emily Woo Zeller
The Black Tides of Heaven
JY Yang
Engineering Animals: How Life Works
Alan Mcfadzean, Mark Denny
Progress: 125/314pages
The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
Nicholas P. Money
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

The Magicians by Lev Grossman (audiobook)

The Magicians (The Magicians, #1) -  Mark Bramhall, Lev Grossman

Series: The Magicians #1


I've seen the TV show, so I was interested in checking out the original books, and although it was better than I expected, based on some of the reviews, I wouldn't say that this is one of the cases where the book is better than the show. The show actually does a better job at explaining some things than the book. Plus it's more diverse. I just can't picture Penny as a blue-eyed punk, but that's ok.


Anyway, we have a magical school for university students and a Narnia knock-off series that Quentin is/was still obsessed with. Quentin stumbles into this world of magic users when he's invited to sit an exam for the school. Overall it wasn't bad although I think if I had read the book rather than listened to it, I would have found that it dragged. As it was I was checking the points where the show deviated from the book, so that was part of my interest as well. The finale and wrap-up fell a bit flat for me, so instead of 3.5 stars I'm settling for just 3.


My first review of the year, but is one of those books that I started last year and am only finishing up now.