Friday, 18 October 2013

The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Quentin rode a gray horse with white socks named Dauntless.

Um, does anyone know what a misplaced modifier is? How can anyone not think the gray horse is wearing white socks. Though horses do wear socks from time to time. Or maybe the white socks are named Dauntless? If so, the next question is: does he name the pair of socks Dauntless or does each sock get a title? For example, Dauntless Senior and Dauntless Junior, or should it be Dauntless 1 and Dauntless 2 and which is the first, the right or the left sock? This is how wars get started! But what type of weirdo gives their socks names?

Little kids love this kind of confusion. I like it too, because this is the stuff that makes writing reviews fun.

The rest of the paragraph describes what he's wearing (we assume Quentin, but it could be the horse. If that's the case, then why is what the horse is wearing more important than what Quentin isn't wearing?) before ending the first paragraph with:

He was hunting a magic rabbit.

This line tugs at my by now wandering attention. As someone mildly interested in fantasy, I must admit I'm a little curious about what a magic rabbit is. Maybe something to do with the magic rabbit in the hat trick? However, as the hunting scene drags with character development, I begin to lose interest until we learn that the magic rabbit can tell the future.

With my curiosity satisfied, I do as commanded with the first thing said in this novel:


Yes, that's right - I stopped reading the book with white socks named The Magician King.

Verdict: Epic Fail

Rudy Globird

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