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Hip and Well Read December: The Magician King

  • Dec 19, 2012 · 7:30 PM
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Hey Hipsters and Bibliophiles,

Two years ago (Sept 2010) we read The Magicians by Lev Grossman and a number of us really enjoyed it. Then a sequel, The Magician King came out and we've been talking about reading it for 2 years now. Now's the time!

I'm putting this one out for December to satisfy those of us that enjoyed The Magicians, called an adult version of Harry Potter (though some of us may disagree with that description). This gives some extra time for those that may want to read it before jumping into The Magician King.

This second volume in Lev Grossman’s celebrated series picks up just after the events of its 2009 prequel The Magicians. Quentin, Eliot, Janet, and Julia are now the High Kings and Queens of Fillory, a fantastic realm not unlike Narnia, and they pass their days “deliquescing atom by atom amid a riot of luxury.” To ease his royal boredom, Quentin embarks on a quest with Julia. Despite his romantic visions of heroic feats and easy accolades, the quest goes horribly awry, and they find themselves back in the depressingly real world of Chesterton, Massachusetts. With the help of seedy underground magicians, a dragon, and a young boy named Thomas, they undertake a desperate journey back to Fillory. Grossman’s writing here is sharp and self-aware, and the characters feel like people you actually know, but cooler: they are delightfully profane and dripping with irony, they are arrogant and shallow, they are finding their way in a magically perfect world that somehow still lets them down, and they are learning to fight for the things they love. The Magician King is a triumph of (and an homage to) modern fantasy writing, and a must-read for grown-up fans of Narnia and Harry Potter.

The Magician King is available on, however, I encourage you all to support your local independent book store or library:

City Paper's List of Independent Bookstores
Google Map/Listing of Independent Bookstores in Philly

PLEASE ONLY RSVP IF YOU INTEND TO SHOW UP, more than 3 no shows in a row will result in a temporary ban from RSVP-ing until you can assure me you will actually attend. We are having far too many people RSVP and then not showup and people changing their RSVP at the last possible minute preventing other members from being able to attend.

You will notice that that if you RSVP "Yes," you'll be charged to attend. This is to help me cover my costs as Organizer and reduce the number of no-shows we have at meetings. Please keep in mind I'm only giving refunds if the meeting is canceled or rescheduled, not if you change your mind about attending.

Thinking about coming when the Meetup is FULL? Read/click here.

Happy Reading!


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  • Jessica

    This was a great discussion - and a fun book to discuss.

    December 20, 2012

  • Michelle

    Thanks everyone! Great discussion. Our talks always make me appreciate the book more.

    December 20, 2012

  • Katherine

    Hi everyone,

    I have to cancel due to a meeting at work running late. Too bad because I went back and even read the first book. I do look forward to meeting you all at the next meeting though!

    December 19, 2012

  • Brian

    I'm so very sorry for the last minute cancellation, but I have been sick all week and my hopes of feeling better have not happened. I'm very disappointed to miss this book as I really enjoyed it. :(

    December 19, 2012

  • Jesús

    I'd like to attend but haven't read a single page. I can tell it is about a Magician, though. ;)

    See you next time around...

    December 18, 2012

  • Brian

    Does anyone have the first book that i could borrow and catch up?

    October 23, 2012

    • Michelle

      I'm pretty sure I have it. I can check tonight and try to remember to bring it tomorrow night to our meeting, you could pick it up there. Otherwise, I live in the 'burbs. So perhaps someone else can help?

      October 23, 2012

    • Brian

      Sadly, I can't make it to the meet-up tomorrow, so anybody else want to help out? I'm all set to by The Magician King.

      October 23, 2012

  • Casey R.

    Definitely want to come, but there is a slight chance I will be in Mexico. Should know soon!

    September 14, 2012

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