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Lev Grossman

USA flag (b.1969)

Lev Grossman is an American novelist and journalist, notably the author of the novels Warp, Codex, and The Magicians. He is a senior writer and book critic for TIME and is co-author of the TIME.com blog TechLand.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Children's Fiction, General Fiction

   1. The Magicians (2009)
   2. The Magician King (2010)
   3. The Magician's Land (2014)
   The Magicians: Alice's Story (2019) (with Lilah Sturges)
   The Magicians: The New Class (2020) (with Pius Bak and Lilah Sturges)
   Warp (1997)
   Codex (2004)
John W. Campbell Best Book winner (2011) : The Magicians

Lev Grossman recommends
The Windup Girl (2009)
Paolo Bacigalupi
"It's ridiculous how good this book is... Bacigalupi's vision is almost as rich and shocking as William Gibson's vision was in 1984... I hope he writes 10 sequels."
The Heroes (2011)
(First Law World, book 2)
Joe Abercrombie
"Imagine The Lord of the Rings as directed by Kurosawa."
The Circle (2012)
(Engelsfors Trilogy, book 1)
Sara B Elfgren and Mats Strandberg
"A stunning novel...very thrilling and very, very wicked. The Circle is Twilight by The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
A Guile of Dragons (2012)
(Tournament of Shadows, book 1)
James Enge
"I could read him forever and never get bored."
Vita Nostra (2012)
(Vita Nostra, book 1)
Marina and Sergey Dyachenko
"I first encountered VITA NOSTRA in 2009, and then, as now, I was stunned by what I read – not just by the story, which was a revelation to me in itself, but also by the vividness and fluency and power of Hersey's translation. VITA NOSTRA has become a powerful influence on my own writing. It's a book that has the potential to become a modern classic of its genre, and I couldn’t be more excited to see it get the global audience in English it so richly deserves."
The Buried Giant (2012)
Kazuo Ishiguro
"Ishiguro works this fantastical material with the tools of a master realist. . . . [He] makes us feel its sheer grotesque monstrosity with a force and freshness that have been leached away by legions of computer-generated orcs. . . . He keeps a straight face, but Ishiguro has fun with the swords and sorcery: he’s a lifelong fan of samurai manga and westerns, and some of the action has the feel of a classic showdown scored by Ennio Morricone."
The Retribution of Mara Dyer (2013)
(Mara Dyer, book 3)
Michelle Hodkin
"Deep, dark, passionate, and funny."
Carry On (2015)
(Simon Snow, book 1)
Rainbow Rowell
"Carry On is a triumph. Thrilling and sexy, funny and shocking, deeply moving and very, very magical. Trust me, you have never, ever seen a wizard school like this."
The Night Ocean (2017)
Paul La Farge
"Magnificent. The Night Ocean is an impossible, irresistible novel, a love letter to the unloveable that speaks the unspeakable."
Soleri (2017)
(Amber Throne, book 1)
Michael Johnston
"Utterly Epic."
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (2018)
(An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, book 1)
Hank Green
"You're about to meet somebody named April May who you're immediately going to want to be best friends with. And bonus, she spends all her time having incredible adventures with giant robots and dream puzzles and accidental Internet fame. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is pure book-joy."
The Bird King (2019)
G Willow Wilson
"The Bird King is marvelous in the deepest sense?a treasure-house of a novel, thrilling, tender, funny, and achingly gorgeous. I loved it."
Ninth House (2019)
(Alex Stern, book 1)
Leigh Bardugo
"Ninth House is one of the best fantasy novels I've read in years. This book is brilliant, funny, raw and utterly magnificent - it's a portal to a world you'll never want to leave."
The Memory of Souls (2020)
(Chorus of Dragons, book 3)
Jenn Lyons
"Everything epic fantasy should be."
Dust & Grim (2021)
Chuck Wendig
"Wildly inventive, totally hilarious, and unexpectedly moving."
When Women Were Dragons (2022)
Kelly Barnhill
"Ferociously imagined, incandescent with feeling, this book is urgent and necessary and as exhilarating as a ride on dragonback."

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