Search Results: "Lev Grossman"


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THE MAGICIAN KING by Lev Grossman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Fabulous fantasy spiked with bitter adult wisdom—not to be missed."
Now a king in the magical land of Fillory, Quentin embarks on a quest to save the universe in Grossman's searing sequel to The Magicians (2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE MAGICIAN'S LAND by Lev Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The essence of being a magician, as Quentin learns to define it, could easily serve as a thumbnail description of Grossman's art: 'the power to enchant the world.'"
Deeply satisfying finale to the best-selling fantasy trilogy (The Magicians, 2009; The Magician King, 2011). Read full book review >

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THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2009

"Very dark and very scary, with no simple answers provided—fantasy for grown-ups, in other words, and very satisfying indeed."
Grossman (Codex, 2004, etc.) imagines a sorcery school whose primary lesson seems to be that bending the world to your will isn't all it's cracked up to be. Read full book review >

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WARP by Lev Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 1997

"Grossman can write, but sooner or later he'll have to find a subject."
First novel from a twentysomething about twentysomethings in Boston. Read full book review >

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CODEX by Lev Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Sophisticated, scholarly fun and games."
Computer games, medieval texts, a corrupt duchess, and library arcana derail a young investment banker from the fast track. Read full book review >

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HOT ROCKS by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"Raphael's wit is quick as ever, but not even Vlado could tone up this flabby plot."
A trip to the gym proves anything but healthy for a writing professor at a midwestern college. Read full book review >

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BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE by Lev Raphael
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"All complication and scant resolution: Raphael's latest is really just the first installment in an overlong, paranoid conspiracy theory."
Things have gone from bad to worse for Nick Hoffman (Little Miss Evil, 1999, etc.), assistant professor in that bastion of obscurity, the State University of Michigan. Read full book review >

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WRITING A JEWISH LIFE by Lev Raphael
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"An important writer with nothing new to say."
After traversing many different genres, from literary fiction (Dancing on Tisha B'Av, 1990) to academic mysteries (the Nick Hoffman series) and critical essays (Journeys and Arrivals, 1996), Raphael returns to nonfiction, drawing together 12 pieces about being a gay, Jewish writer. Read full book review >

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WINTER EYES by Lev Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"The whole never coheres, so we have to settle for a sometimes touching but mostly tedious narrative that promises more than it delivers."
Raphael's second book (Dancing on Tisha B'av, 1990)—a gay coming-of-age novel about a boy whose Jewish parents separate—is a competent account that becomes programmatic and tiresome, calling upon the Holocaust and the Sixties to spice up an all-too- predictable plot. Read full book review >

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TRUE STORIES by Lev Razgon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 1997

"A brilliant memoir, by turns harrowing, inspiring, sardonic, and devastating. (20 photos, not seen)"
An unforgettable memoir of a journalist who survived two incarcerations in the Gulag, filled with his memories of the victims, the executioners, and those who connived with Stalin's genocidal plans. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2011

"An inspiring tale of the courage and fortitude of an enigmatic and indomitable woman."
An engrossing biography of one of Renaissance Italy's most accomplished powerbrokers. Read full book review >

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KING GROSSMAN
by Poornima Apte

King Grossman had just returned from participating in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests when Kirkus caught up with him. His desire to become an active citizen informs the backbone of his debut indie venture, Letters to Alice. The novel has a feel for the zeitgeist of our times with Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring woven into its threads ...


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