Sophie Reads Stuff

Budding writer keeping track of my favourite quotes and the things that I've read. Some of these are from books I've read for school, most of them for pleasure.
"These words fascinate me, I want to catch them, keep them with me, put them in my own writing."
Cleaned Out - Annie Ernaux

Cleaned Out by Annie Ernaux

"Because once it was paradise, you see? And you could hear it - heaven singing in your eyes. But we sinned, and God took it away, took away music until we forgot we even heard it but sometimes you get a sort of glimpse - music or a poem - and it reminds you of what it was like before all the sin."
Shopping and Fucking - Mark Ravenhill

Brian, Shopping and Fucking by Mark Ravenhill

"For he would say it in so many words, when he came into the room. Because it is a thousand pities never to say what one feels, he thought."
Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

""There are so many ways to go wrong. All we've got are metaphors, and they're never exactly right. You can't ever just Say. The. Thing.""
A Visit From The Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan

Lulu, A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

"There's a fine line between thinking about somebody and thinking about not thinking about somebody, but I have the patience and the self-control to walk that line for hours - days if I have to."
A Visit From The Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

""Believe in one thing too much and you have no room for new ideas.""
The Stories of Ray Bradbury - Ray Bradbury, Christopher Buckley

Joseph, The Next in Line by Ray Bradbury

"That's life for you. Someone always waiting for someone who never comes home. Always someone loving some thing more than that thing loves them. And after a while you want to destroy whatever that thing is, so it can't hurt you no more."
The Stories of Ray Bradbury - Ray Bradbury, Christopher Buckley

McDunn, The Fog Horn by Ray Bradbury

""Can't you recognise the human in the inhuman?"
"I'd much rather recognise the inhuman in the human.""
The Stories of Ray Bradbury - Ray Bradbury, Christopher Buckley

Father Peregrine and Father Stone, The Fire Balloons by Ray Bradbury

""We're all fools, all the time. It's just we're a different kind each day. We think, I'm not a fool today. I've learned my lesson. I was a fool yesterday but not this morning. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact that we're not perfect and live accordingly.""
The Stories of Ray Bradbury - Ray Bradbury, Christopher Buckley

Clemens, No Particular Night or Morning by Ray Bradbury

"The house was an altar with ten thousand attendants, big, small, servicing, attending, in choirs. But the gods had gone away and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly, uselessly."
The Stories of Ray Bradbury - Ray Bradbury, Christopher Buckley

There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

"It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true."
A Woman of No Importance - Oscar Wilde

Lord Ilingworth, A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde

"The one advantage of playing with fire, Lady Caroline, is that one never gets even singed. It is the people who don't know how to play with it who get burned up."
A Woman of No Importance - Oscar Wilde

Mrs Allonby, A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde

Character development, dragon porn, and puns ahead!

The Magician's Land - Lev Grossman

I will constantly live in awe of Lev Grossman's writing style. He has a way of effortlessly slipping from sophisticated, playful description with elaborate linguistic choices to 'I fucked your mom' jokes, dragon porn, and toilet humour. He makes so many honest comments about books and philosophy (and what I interpreted as a thinly veiled magic/writing metaphor on multiple occasions). I will never tire of his witty, engaging, and ever entertaining prose.

 

The Magician's Land was no exception to this, and in my opinion, it exceeded the standard of the previous two books. It brought together the various characters from throughout the series, and tied up the loose ends that had been left hanging from the previous books. Not to mention the fact that the character development here was astounding, especially with regards to Quentin and Janet.

 

Of course there were elements of this book that I found somewhat grating, but they're matters of personal preference rather than legitimate flaws to the book. For that reason, I won't mention them in the context of a review.

 

In my opinion, this is a beautiful work of fantasy fiction: humorous, honest, and absolutely spellbinding (pun intended!)

"He was full of emotion, full of feelings, bursting with them and when it came down to it that's what being a magician was. They weren't ordinary feelings - they weren't the tame, domesticated kind. Magic was wild feelings, the kind that escaped out of you and into the world and changed things. There was a lot of skill to it, and a lot of learning, and a lot of work, but that was where the power began: the power to enchant the world."
The Magician's Land - Lev Grossman

The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman

"But the thing about monsters was, you couldn't talk to them about it, because they wouldn't admit they were monsters in the first place."
The Magician's Land - Lev Grossman

The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman

"She was too tired to feel anything more, she wanted a book to do to her what books did: take away the world, slide it aside for a little bit, and let her please, please just be somewhere and somebody else."
The Magician's Land - Lev Grossman

The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman