As you can tell from the slackening pace of these updates, we have entered the long and relatively news-free period in between books. Right now most of my energy is focused on an idea for a sequel to The
So some final notes. I don’t want to leave this review of The Magicians on Boing Boing unlinked, because it’s one of my favorite things anyone has written about the book. That it was written by Cory Doctorow, a person I admire a lot, makes me almost painfully proud and happy. Also I want to mention an event I’m doing at The Knitting Factory on November 8. It’s the kickoff of the Largehearted Boy reading series. It’s a great space, and a great buy zithromax online in australia series, and there will be music at it, which will make it funner. It’s also probably the last event I’ll do in New York City this year.
And here’s something exciting. Exciting for me that is: over the past 8 weeks, The Magicians was apparently the second-best-selling SF/F book at independent bookstores nationwide. Holy Crow.
The last thing I want to say is about e-mail. I’ve been getting a lot of it, coming in through here and elsewhere. And I’m so grateful for it. When it started, I swore to myself that I would answer all of it, but it turns out I just can’t. I never thought I would have this problem, but there’s just too much. If I answered it all, then answering e-mail would be all I did. I’m really sorry.
OK, so techn-i-cally,
Hmmmmm … what else. There’s an interview with me in the Onion AV Club. I was a bit what journalists call “loose” in that one. More obscenities than usual. But I don’t think I said anything I didn’t mean. It got me name-checked by Choire Sicha, so all is right with the world. There’s also an interview that ran in the New Yorker’s book blog, where I discuss my literary cock-blocking by Jonathan Safran Foer. Real Grossman completists can check out the supplemental post featuring a picture of my writing desk.
Now that I’m back from the tour, I have a second to post the big news, which is no longer as newsy as it was when it actually happened: The
The Magicians also turns up on some other lesser (but still very cool) bestseller lists: Publishers Weekly, the Washington Post (we’re number 6!), and the Wall Street Journal.
One more thing: the New Yorker ran a really nice short review in Briefly Noted. It’s here. In our house when I was growing up the New Yorker was always the magazine of record, so that nod means a lot to me. It almost makes up for their having rejected me for a fact-checking job 13 years ago.
Ugh, I had hoped to update this news page more regularly. Soon the flurry of reviews will be over, and it’ll be too late, and I’ll wish I had. I’m in Denver right now, flying to Chicago in a couple of hours. Which is great, because (probably not coincidentally) we just got two great notices in the Chicago papers. The
What else? I can see into the future — since I’m at the height of my powers — so I know that Details will call The Magicians “enthralling and mature” in its September issue, thus making it sound like a sexy cougar. Grrrowl! The Examiner says things about The Magicians that I wouldn’t even dare think myself, let alone generic zithromax 250mg say. And USA Today stuck a classic poison-pen headline over a review that wasn’t that bad. No link for them.
Also I want to say something about the blog reaction to The Magicians. It has been amazing. Really, really amazing. I am not a famous author, so the amount of attention — good and bad, but mostly good — being paid to the book is … I can’t describe it. It makes me so happy. See for example Worlds in a Grain of Sand, Mabfan’s Musings, The Book Studio, Strange Ink, and so on. I haven’t been linking to blogs much, partly because the volume of coverage has been large and hard to sift through, and partly because — I’m being honest here — I have a really hard time reading coverage of The Magicians, and so I mostly stick to reading stuff that has been pre-approved for me as non-painful by other people, and nobody is filtering my blogs coverage for me. I will read it, all of it. But not till I’m done with my tour and can have a proper nervous breakdown.
They sent a photographer to my house to do the picture. We did a long photoshoot, much of which had me sitting in a toy boat that belongs to my daughter. I got really into the toy boat. I feel I really worked the boat. But in the end they ran one of me sitting on an ottoman instead.
This being the actual week of publication, we are approaching maximum news saturation: an interview
Also, for one of the most probing, rigorous investigations of The Magicians that it is ever likely to undergo, take a look at John Granger’s take at HogwartsProfessor.com.
I was at Worldcon
A very nice review of The
We had a book party for The Magicians last night. If you’re curious you can read about it in this very nice piece in The Observer. I feel like a socialite!
I have to put up a link to this
It is this singular, once-in-a-lifetime, take-your-breath-away grace note that seems absent from much contemporary fantasy. Not because it’s badly written — there may be more well-written fantasy around today zithromax online sverige than ever, perhaps due to the proliferation not just of university writing programs but of independent science fiction and fantasy writing programs such as Clarion and Odyssey — but because the self-referential, recursive nature of so much contemporary fantasy literature has made it increasingly difficult for a writer to deliver that grace note, without it sounding like it’s been already been winded on someone else’s ivory horn. Our marvels have grown commonplace. Fairy fruit’s available at Costco now, and Whole Foods.”
Strike that, I would recommend reading this essay, even if it contained no fantasy-related content whatsoever, just as an example of the critic’s art.
The Seattle Times
Grossman skillfully moves us through four years of school and a postgraduate adventure, never letting the pace slacken. And he understands something quite moving about the uncertainties of young adulthood (the problem with growing up, notes Quentin, is that “once you’re grown up, people who aren’t grown up aren’t fun any more”) and about the isolation inherent in being different. When the students leave school, they return to a Manhattan seemingly without a place for them, carrying a bagful of skills that conjure up everything but happiness.”
Well, it’s not the most quotable review generic for azithromycin 250 mg ever. But it’s good, I promise.
August 1, 2009
All right, now that major U.S. reviews are coming in, I’m going to start sticking them up here. Today there was a beautiful one in the Washington Post (by Keith Donohue, no mean novelist himself) that just nailed everything I’m proud of about The Magicians. It’s here:
“The Magicians” is a great fairy tale, written for grown-ups but appealing to our most basic desires for stories to bring about some re-enchantment with the world, where monsters lurk but where a young man with a little magic may prevail.”
This is the first review in a “major” U.S. paper, whatever that means. And it’s good. Relief.