Live Chat with Lev Grossman

New York Times bestselling writer Lev Grossman, author of the critically acclaimed The Magicians (Canada, USA, Europe), will be answering questions during a live chat on Wednesday, August 26th, from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, at Penguin's Water Cooler Site.

This is the man who dubbed George R. R. Martin "the American Tolkien." GRRM introduced me to Grossman on our way to the BwB party at Worldcon earlier this month.

Here's the blurb for The Magicians:

Quentin Coldwater is a brilliant but unhappy young man growing up in Brooklyn, NY. At 17, he remains obsessed with the fantasy novels he read as a child, set in the magical land of Fillory. One day, returning home from a college interview gone awry, he finds himself whisked to Brakebills, an exclusive college for wizards hidden in upstate New York. And so begins THE MAGICIANS, the thrilling and original novel of fantasy and disenchantment by Lev Grossman, author of the international bestseller Codex and book critic for TIME magazine (Viking; On-Sale: August 11, 2009).

At Brakebills, Quentin learns to cast spells. He makes friends and falls in love. He transforms into animals and gains powers of which he never dreamed. Still, magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he thought it would, and four years later, he finds himself back in Manhattan, living an aimless, hedonistic existence born of apathy, boredom and the ability to conjure endless sums of money out of thin air.

One afternoon, hung over and ruing some particularly foolish behavior, Quentin is surprised by the sudden arrival of his Brakebills friend and rival Penny, who announces that Fillory is real. This news promises to finally fulfill Quentin’s yearning, but their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than Quentin could have imagined. His childhood dream is a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.

At once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing, THE MAGICIANS pays intentional homage to the beloved fantasy novels of C. S. Lewis, T.H. White and J.K. Rowling, but does much more than enlarge the boundaries of conventional fantasy writing. By imagining magic as practiced by real people, with their capricious desires and volatile emotions, Grossman creates an utterly original world in which good and evil aren’t black and white, love and sex aren’t simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price

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Ryan said...
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Jim Shannon said...

Hey all just wondering about the entrance procedure for these contests: Do the quotation marks need to be added to the word in the subject line, or are they left out?


Andrew said...

I highly recommend checking out The Magicians. It's a fantastic read. The front of it looks like a copy of Harry Potter, but it's far different in tone and intent.

Anonymous said...

Just finished this one. This is one of those books that stays with you long after you're done with it.