I really, really, really love Lev Grossman's Magicians series.  It's the story of Quentin Coldwater, a very smart and very depressed high school student, on his way to college, who knows that there's something missing from his life, something vital.  He's filled with ennui, bitterness, sarcasm, good math skills, and a penchant for card tricks.

The something that's missing from his life is magic.  Also maybe prozac, some therapy, and emotional maturity, especially around relationships.  He gets into a sort of magical college called Brakebills.  Adventure ensues!  

The books are like putting Harry Potter, Narnia, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a bottle of vodka, and maybe some amyl nitrate in a blender.  They're amazing.  Quentin is, at turns, empathetic, heroic, disgusting, vain, selfish, obnoxious, an unreliable narrator, and worthy of a deep outpouring of love he's never gotten, but you're going to give it to him whether you like it or not, damnit.

They're brilliant.

Which is why I'm excited more than is probably healthy that they're becoming a Syfy miniseries, too.  Well, they have been.  And they are going to be on in 4 days.  I know, when I found out, I immediately DVR'ed it. 

Check out the trailer!   

AuthorMako Allen