Posts Tagged ‘Lev Grossman’

17: Soon I will be Invincible

by Austin Grossman

A super hero book!
A super hero novel!

Austin Grossman is the twin brother of Lev Grossman. I wish I had a twin, maybe one of us would have had an aptitude for science.

Don’t you have a bachelors IN science? yes i do..have..a bachelors in science, if one of us had an aptitude for science then maybe it would’ve been a less hellish four years.


perhaps its because they are brothers but there are a lot of underlying themes that are running through this novel that’s similar to The Magicians….

I enjoyed it more than I thought because I often cannot understand the descriptors of action. It’s like, a hammer hit his head, well in this case the hammer of RA, but it’s like alright I get it but I don’t feel it. But from that point of view it was well done…

the characters are interesting
and there was an actual plot twist near the end! there are certain books that have become too predictable for me and it’s boring when you can sort of see what’s going to happen near the end.

i didn’t really feel it with this one only because super heroes are not my field at all, which keeps things interesting i guess :D :D

a few quotable quotes…

page 5:

I’m the smartest man in the world. Once I wore a cape in public, and fought battles against men who could fly, who had metal skin, who could kill you with their eyes. I found CoreFire to a standstill, and the Super Squadron, and the Champions. Now I have to shuffle through a cafeteria line with men who tried to pass bad checks. Now I have to wonder if there will be chocolate milk in the dispenser. And whether the smartest man in the world has done the smartest thing he could with his life.

page 11

I didn’t cultivate friendships, just a nerdy camaraderie with the top few science students. but i was the usual combination of petty arrogance and abject loneliness. i was ashamed of my desperate eagerness to please, and unable to control it. why should i be singled out from other people as uniquely gifted, and uniquely worthless? I ate my lunches alone, and it’s a small blessing my diaries were destroyed.

page 74

It wouldn’t make me one of them. I knew that when I got my powers, but really I knew it before then. I learned it as a child on my first day of school, on the warm rainy streets of Bangkok, and in college. If you’re different you always know it, and you can’t fix it even if you want to. What do you do when you find out your heart is the wrong kind? You take what you’re given, and be the hero you can be. Hero to your own cold, inverted heart.

There are a lot of similarities between Doctor Impossible (the bad guy that I am rooting for) and Quentin Coldwater (From the Magicians). For one thing, they are smart and lonely. But quentin ultimately wants to be the hero while the Doc roots for the other side. Good and evil are blurred lines of a reality that we’ve created to want to be inside or outside the box. I root for evil for the doc, and i root for good for Quentin.

But the both of them knew that they weren’t meant to be anybodies, even for the doc, even with his power, he knew that he wouldn’t be a regular super-person, he had to be a super villain. For quentin, he knew that just getting into an ivy league school wasn’t going to be the lettuce of the salad (I don’t really get this expression but it’s suppose to be like the cream of the crop right?) that he was meant for greater things.

we all think that
i know i think that at least

i know im meant for greater things
but right now i’m willing to settle for anything…

oh the life of a super hero
oh the life of a super villain
oh the life of someone that has the ability to make magic
oh the life of someone like me

but in The Magician King, we realized that dammit we could be whatever we want to be, like Julia.

They told me I could be anything that I wanted, so I became a table

You could too, if you truly wanted…

Posted: November 23rd, 2011
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21: The Magician King

by Lev Grossman

you can read my review/talk about the Magicians (predecessor to the Magician King)

As per usual, it is a fast paced book and I mean it’s fast. If they wanted to make a movie out of this book it’d be one long movie, or it’d be one normal length-ed movie. I’m not a movie expert so I really have no idea. But, honestly speaking it was very very fast.

We are back in the land of Fillory with our queens and kings, King Q(KW)entin, HIgh King Eliot, Queen Julia and queen Janet. We are later joined by Josh, Penny and a new character, Poppy.

the stories are not focused just on the things that were happening in Fillory but also what was happening (what happened) to Julia, how she was able to find magic, learn magic and all the risks and sacrifices she took to get there. In comparison to the hardship that Quentin went through at Brakebills, hells yeah Julia had a harder time.

Smooth, fluid prose as expected. this book is a lot shorter than The Magicians. Or at least that’s what I felt like. It seemed to me that the font increased in size…

but it was a good thing that the font was big, i was able to not strain my eyes cause i had to read really fast! obviously, the story is fast so you gota move fast with it.

I think the thing that stood out to me the most from this one and the previous one is the fact that this one is written in a more relaxed manner. This is not saying that the first one was stiff, but there was more formality with the first one as compared to The Magician King. There are a lot of nerd/gamer/geek references, lots of math, history, religion, greek mythology, lots of “inside jokes” for those that were well versed in this area. Lots of them I probably didn’t get, a few I did, but not all of them.

the swearing increased 5x fold in this one than the first one. like i said, i think it’s in regards to the more relaxed writing style.

you should definitely go into this book with a good knowledge of the first one, because i don’t think… it’s something that you could easily just GET upon reading the second one.

it’s good though, it’s a very interesting read and it makes you feel smart after. the ending was kind of a cliff hanger only because i think that there would be a third book in this series. probably the last one.

I miss penny (he made a brief cameo), dude lost his hands, also i never get why quentin thought he was arrogant. arrogance is insecurity, it’s a front.

im so glad that i finished this book today (friday) maybe i could catch up on camus and write the entry for The Plague.

I took some notes throughout the reading but there are a ton of quotes if you look up The Magician King on tumblr, so i’ll link you to that instead of typing out the quotes that others have already typed up.

Posted: August 19th, 2011
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The White Tiger and The Magicians

i never read hype books, that means if i see this book recommended too often by half-assed bloggers and is constantly on amazon’s top 10, i won’t read it.

thats not true, new york’s best seller’s list is pretty much my go-to-list for novels nowadays. i mean if they live in new york they must know what they are talking about.

just saying, i finished The White Tiger a while back

it was good and i am recommending it, simply put, it’s easy to read, it’s funny, you won’t put it down and do some work, it’s in paper-back so it’s not too heavy to carry around, and you learn something at the end of it.

its basically about this poor boy from The Darkness and after watching his mother dying young and his father dying of TB from being a poor rickshaw puller, he decides to change his destiny.

going from The Darkness to the city with his master as a driver, he learns about India’s corrupted ways, and eventually becoming an entrepreneur himself, no less a little bit corrupted. It’s a good read because it open your eyes about some other things that are happening in the world, y’know a lot of people are way worse off than you and I are. And everyone has dreams too, don’t give up! and other things to be said at moments like those.


I also read THE MAGICIANS now this isn’t really in my normal league of books. I like LOL and IRL style books, i am a big admirer of Douglas Coupland’s work, so that’s my style, slap stick humor with the haunting reality. But the author, aka LEVERUS on twitter writes this blog called NERDWORLD (which i have been linking for a while on my links page). And I have been reading NERDWORLD for a while now. I honestly don’t know some of the stuff that they talk about sometimes, but none the less I read.

So for the longest time I thought Lev Grossman is just some dude that they found to write a blog about technology-related, game-related, everything that nerds and geeks and big-bang-theory guys would enjoy. Like I said, that’s what I thought. But one day Lev plugged his new book; the Magicians.I guess I should have known, it is on

Hm, what, he writes books? Real books?

Naturally i had to read this book.

It has been described as a teenager’s Harry potter, full of dark humor and coming-of-age-ness.

I don’t know what that means, but I know it was entertaining. There were a lot of dark moments where you kind of go WTF, but usually that mood is broken immediately by some snarky characters’ comment, totally realistic and not taking the situation at hand too seriously.

But be forewarned, it’s nothing happy and pretty and cute with owls like HP! It’s more IRL, full of emoness.

Even though I did thoroughly enjoy the story, there are a few parts that I didn’t enjoy, which I won’t write here because i feel like it will reveal the plot too much, but if you want to email me to discuss on how you thought of the book, i’d be more than happy to!

there were a lot of great quotes in the book, yes, i take notes during reading time.


The MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman

Page 37 – He’d spent too long being disappointed by the world – he’d spent so many years pining for something like this, some proof that the real world wasn’t the only world, and coping with the overwhelming evidence that it in fact was.

Page 41-42 Sometimes he burst out laughing out of nowhere, for no reason. He was experimenting cautiously with the idea of being happy, dipping an uncertain toe into those intoxicatingly carbonated waters. It wasn’t something he’d had much practice at. It was just too fucking funny. He was going to learn magic! He was either the greatest genius of all time or the biggest idiot.

*any book that uses the F word is an ace to me!*

Page 46 Quentin hadn’t realized how hard-won Eliot’s air of ludicrously exaggerated insouciance must be. that facade of lofty indifference must be there to hide real problems. Quentin liked to think of himself as a sort of regional champion of unhappiness, but he wondered if Eliot had him outclassed on that score, too.

*it’s not a competition guys

Page 246 “Are you kidding? That guy was a mystery wrapped in an enigma and crudely stapled to a ticking fucking time bomb. He was either going to hit somebody or start a blog. To tell you the truth I’m kind of glad he hit you.”

*So these are the type of people that start blogs huh..

Page 331 By merely speaking you could create damage and pain, causing tears to fall, drive people away, make yourself feel better, make your life worse.

Page 338 If he couldn’t go back, he would just have to do things differently going forward. He felt how infinitely safer and more sound this attitude was. the trick was just not wanting anything. that was power. that was courage: the courage not to love anyone or hope for anything.


i just realize that i am missing a lot of quotes, i type the page number and approximately line into my ipod touch while i am reading and i go back to find the quotes later. A lot of them didn’t make sense or match!

sigh, that’s what happened when you fail at touch screen Qwerty!


on a personal note, everything sucks and i am feeling the quote on pg 338 like nothing else!

(this entry was imported on June 21 2010)

Posted: October 10th, 2009
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