January 23, 2016

Giveaway: The Magicians by Lev Grossman presented by Show Case

The Magicians


Thanks to the amazing people at Shaw Media, we are giving away a copy of 

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians!


Based upon Lev Grossman’s best-selling books, The Magicians stars Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater, a gifted grad student chosen to attend Brakebills University in upstate New York. He and his friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real – and poses grave danger to humanity. The two-episode premiere airs January 25 at 9pm ET/PT on Showcase.

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians trilogy is an international sensation, published and widely praised in more than twenty countries. The epic conclusion to the series, The Magician’s Land, opened at #1 last summer on the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller’s list, and was widely acclaimed as one of the best books of the year. Additionally, The Magicians was one of the recipients of the 2010 Alex Awards. The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.



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Giveaway:  The Magicians by Lev Grossman presented by Show Case

Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn't real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn't bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin's yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they'd imagined. Psychologically piercing and dazzlingly inventive, The Magicians, the prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the #1 bestseller The Magician's Land, is an enthralling coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world-where good and evil aren't black and white, and power comes at a terrible price.

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The Magicians (The Magicians #1) by Lev Grossman
Published by: Viking  on August 11, 2009



About Lev Grossman

I was born in 1969 and grew up in Lexington, MA. My parents were both English professors, so naturally I read a lot. I read a lot in college too, and read even more in graduate school. Then I moved to New York City and started writing full time.

My first novel, Warp, came out in 1997. My second, Codex, was published in 2004 and became an international bestseller. The Magicians was published in 2009 and was a New York Times bestseller and one of the New Yorker‘s best books of the year. The sequel, The Magician King, came out in 2011 and was a Times bestseller too. The third and (almost certainly) last Magicians book, The Magician’s Land, was published in 2014 and debuted at #1 on the bestseller list.

The Magicians books have now been published in twenty-five countries and have gotten praise from among others George R.R. Martin, John Green, Audrey Niffenegger, Erin Morgenstern, Joe Hill, William Gibson, Kelly Link, Gregory Maguire, and Junot Diaz. A Syfy series based on the trilogy is currently shooting and will premiere in early 2016.

I also write a lot of journalism. I’ve been the book critic at Time magazine since 2002. The New York Times described me as “among this country’s smartest and reliable critics.” I’ve written a dozen or so cover stories for Time, and my essays and criticism have also been in the Believer, the Village Voice, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Salon, Slate, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, the Week, Lingua Franca and many other places. I’ve won several awards for journalism, including a Deadline award in 2006. I make regular appearances on campuses, including Harvard, Yale and Oxford, and as a commentator on NPR.

I live in Brooklyn with my wife, two daughters and one son, in a creaky old house.




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  1. Susan T.

    This sounds a bit like a YA Harry Potter with “sex and booze” oh my! I usually like the book better than the movie or TV show and it’s always interesting to see what was changed between the two versions.


  2. Darlene Cruz

    Exclusive college of magic wonderful!


  3. Faye Gates

    I am obsessed with this book. Great reviews. Quit hiding in your room. Embrace the love.


  4. Tammy V.

    I hadn’t heard of this series until the show came out. I began watching and really liked it. Since I tend to like books more than the shows or movies I want to read it.


  5. Rachel B

    I really enjoyed reading this the first time I read it, when it came out. So owning my own copy and re-reading it would be nice.


  6. Katherine Riley

    This sounds like it would be a good read for my teenaged granddaughter.


  7. Jess

    I would love to read this book because I absolutely love magic and it sounds like a fantastic read!


  8. Carolyn

    I’ve been really wanting to read more fantasy, and I keep hearing about this book. It sounds really cool!


  9. holdenj

    This is my son’s favorite book, so I better catch up! Looking forward to checking out the tv show too. Thanks!!


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