Monday, September 5th, 2011

Normality Has Been Restored

“Anything you can’t cope with is therefore your own problem” – Trillian, a.k.a. Tricia McMillan, in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Gratuitous picture of Zooey Deschanel

I’m back from tour. The Infinite Improbability Drive is off or at least idling. The list of things I can’t cope with is still worryingly long.

A word about tour. Tour was great. Actually it was amazing. There was a whole new vibe out there. When I went on tour for the paperback version of The Magicians, I saw maybe twice as many people as had come out for the hardcover version. Something had changed. But this time something had really changed. This time I got, like, 5-10 times as many people as for the paperback. Let me tell you, that means a lot to a writer.

(Also increasing: the amount of e-mail I get. I’m really, really sorry I’m so crap about answering it. The math of it is all wrong: the busier I get, the more e-mail I get, and the less time I have to answer it. It should work the other way.)

I was also surprised by how tough the tour was on me and my family — my being away for that long. Sophie has to pick up a lot of slack when I’m away, and it’s not like she doesn’t have her own professional gigs to deal where can i order zithromax with. It’s tough to strike a balance. I don’t how much it bothers Halcyon, who’s 1 and therefore still kind of one with the universe in that way that babies are. But Lily (7) basically welded herself to my leg the minute I got home and refused to let go. And I knew how she felt. Maybe I’ll take her with me next time.

I’m not going to do a big roundup of the reviews. Google will do a better job than I will, and it gets paid more than I do. Suffice to say that they’ve been good! And that it’s been interesting watching reviewers and their reviewing organs try to decide whether The Magician King is literature or fantasy or art or entertainment or trash or whatever. (Correct answer is: yes.) Though I will cop to being happy that The New Yorker, that pillar of literary culture, did a short but nice review (this link is pointless unless you subscribe to the magazine, in which case it’s pointless anyway. Sorry.)

And now onwards and upwards! Or at least energetically sideways! There are more projects in the works, which I’ll announce when I can. I have plans for a third and probably final Magicians book. I know how it starts and how it ends, and a certain amount about the middle bits. Damn those middle bits.

14 comments on “Normality Has Been Restored

  1. Jaimie says:

    Only probably final? Well I would push for four, but then I get annoyed when stories stretch thin. Better a strong ending. But a strong four would be nice.

    I love middle bits. I suck at beginnings.

  2. Heather Head says:

    Oh dear. You left your wife home alone with a ONE-YEAR-OLD?? I think I’m back to hating you again. Unless you’re working on that next book. In which case I love you AND your amazing wife.

  3. Leverus says:

    I know, I know. Believe me, we talked about it a lot. And she is amazing.

  4. Imagin[ace]tion says:

    After reading The Magician King, and then finishing The Night Angel Trilogy ( a fantastic read btw ), I’m back to reading The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Series. I’m glad that I share a common interest with a very talented writer!

    I’m still kicking myself that I never got to meet you in person. I suppose it’ll have to wait until the third book is out and you’re back in San Diego 😀

  5. M says:

    i saw a band / singer? last night
    called..eleanor friedberger
    if i squint
    she looks like zooey from 2 shots and 30 feet away

  6. D says:

    lol. Now with 30 percent more little bits.

  7. Just finished “The Magician Kings” on my new Kindle. It was the first book I bought with it; I had been saving it as the blend of technical know-how and literariness seemed most appropriate of anything I might read with this thing (which I am still not entirely sure about).

    Great story; I am very excited to hear a third is on the way. I was moved enough by Alice’s fate to write you about it after The Magicians. I still hope she is coming back in for book three; that was sad.

    Julia’s big fate/reveal was unique (reminded me of Terry Goodkind’s Wizard’s First Rule, which I haven’t thought about since I was a teenager). Also sent me plunging through Wikipedia for a crash course on pagan demi-gods. I love how your stories trundle along with sangfroid and ironic detachment until quite suddenly SH*T GETS SERIOUS.

    Clearly the most appropriate adjective for your writing is ‘meta,’ but you’re pulling it off and I am beginning to strongly question whether anyone else could. Good job, Grossman!

  8. […] Grossman has confirmed there’s a third book coming (yay!) – he’s created too rich a universe not to explore further, and the end of King leaves Quentin’s story wide open. Like the magic in his books, the potential of Grossman’s fantasy world is near-limitless. […]

  9. Lev,
    I am 3/4 of the way through the magician kings… i forgot how much i loved the first book… and still haven’t figured out why it took me so long to start this one.

    Before i read this posting, i had this curious idea that you might be making 5 books to coincide with the plover books, and perhaps a secret 6th one hidden away which required a test of sorts to read it.

    Just saying, that couple be some epic fun… i’ll throw my vote in for that idea… knowing full well i’m not the one doing all the hard work.

    These have been some serious fun for my heart as of late… and i just wanted to thank you for a bit of adventure in the middle of some pretty big battles of my own.

    I have had a pretty steady diet of John Eldregde, Eugene Peterson, George r.r. Martin… and you. All four have been feeding my mind and my soul and so i just wanted to say thanks man,

  10. Michael says:

    Any spoilers to the third book? I’m dying to know 🙂

  11. Eric says:

    just finished reading king and magicians back to back and I’m starving for more. There are a billion little humming birds flying around in my head with thoughts on the ending. Ember used him to save his own hide and then basically gave him the hoof. Still, as a king quentin was kinda going no where other then providing a little order. Maybe Ember knows best and really its for Quentins benefit in the end. Much like Q I do get annoyed at the old goats lack of conversational skills. (and being a dick)

    Can’t wait until the next one.

  12. […] Clements’s review of The Magicians, and get started on the series itself. (Plus, you can read this dishy post on Grossman’s blog about the gratification of seeing a larger audience for the books, […]

  13. Seth says:

    Anxiously waiting for the third book.

    Any guesses on a publication date?

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