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Warp: A Novel af Lev Grossman
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Warp: A Novel (original 1997; udgave 2016)

af Lev Grossman (Forfatter)

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The lost literary origin story of #1 bestseller Lev Grossman - including a new foreword about how and why he wrote his first novel: "It is the intense, concentrated, boiled-down essence of the unhappiest years of my life." Twenty-something Hollis Kessler languishes in a hopelessly magician-less world (with the exception of a fleet-footed nymph named Xanthe) not too far from where he graduated college. His friends do, too. They sleep late, read too much, drink too much, talk too much, and work and earn and do way too little. But Hollis does have an obsession: there's another world going on in his head, a world of excitement and danger and starships and romance, and it's telling him that it's time to stop dreaming and get serious. This re-publication of Lev Grossman's debut novel, Warp, shows the roots of his Magicians hero Quentin Coldwater in a book that is for anyone (and everyone) who has ever felt adrift in their own life. With a Preface read by the Author… (mere)
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Titel:Warp: A Novel
Forfattere:Lev Grossman (Forfatter)
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2016), Edition: Reprint, 192 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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This book almost made it into the "Not worth finishing category" on my Goodreads and probably would have made it except the text simply stopped and the next page had discussion questions.

This was not a good introduction to Grossman's work. I only picked it up because I've heard the name and good thing said about Grossman, but I haven't read him yet.

This book reminded me of Arthur Dent (from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) trying to appreciate the literature on Bartledam: The main character gets up, repairs a road, plays netball, and dies two thirds of the way through the book from thirst because there was a throwaway line in the second chapter about a problem with the plumbing, and the rest of the book was about road mending and stopped mid-sentence at the 100,000th word because that's how long books are on Barteldam.

Nothing happens in the book. If any good has come out of reading this, I'll never speak in movie quotes again. ( )
  JoshEnglish | Mar 25, 2022 |
What the fuck was the point of this book?

In the introduction, Grossman tells us it took him five years to write this steaming turd. Five years? Was that to look up all the cultural and television references?

What a goddamned waste of time. The only thing that could possibly make this worse is a soundtrack of horrible 90s songs to go along with it. You know what I mean. A CD mixtape filled with Sugar Ray, Billy Ray Cyrus, Limp Bizkit, Lou Bega, Smash Mouth, Chumbawumba, and that fucking No Rain song by Blind Melon.

This is the kind of book I wish Goodreads would allow zero, or negative stars for. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Hollis has just graduated from college but in no hurry to find a stable job. He seems to spend a lot of time sleeping or going on mischievous trips with his friends.

I like some of the characters and wish some of the relationships went deeper like Hollis and Xanth. They were interesting. They meet in a unique way. I don’t understand why he never talks to his friends about Xanth though. I would have read a whole book about Xanth and Hollis.

I had hoped for more with this book. Not much happens. The story builds in many places and then never pays off. It just loses steam and becomes a story about nothing. It’s like the Seinfield of novels.

If you are a fan of Catcher In The Rye then you will probably like Warp. Hollis is very like a modern-day Holden. ( )
  lavenderagate | Jul 29, 2020 |
Not a big fan of this type of bildungsroman story. Not as bad as Catcher in the Rye but close. ( )
  carliwi | Sep 23, 2019 |
This is not 'The Magicians'. This book falls squarely into the tradition of disaffected youngsters flailing about after adulthood sets in and trying to find some kind of meaning to it all. One of these youngsters, obviously, is more precious than the rest and it is his journey that we follow.

Hmm, the above may sound a little harsh, but I actually like this genre a lot, its a nice snapshot of 'cool' hedonism of past decades. Its fun to read the references, the opinions on musical icons and movies, and - 'Warp' in particular - commentary on science fiction.

The plot revolves around Hollis Kessler and his quest to find something to do with his days in the funk surrounding the exit of his professional ex-girlfriend and, in the meantime, a side-quest to have a good party in a stranger's house. There's a manic pixie dream girl named Xanthe and several other friends who serve as a sliding scale of debauchery and wasted potential.

Grossman has a good ear for catching realistic dumb conversations (I mean that in the best way) and there is a heart to this book that makes it rise above all of the faint praise I've given it thus far. I enjoyed reading it. You might, too. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 19, 2019 |
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The lost literary origin story of #1 bestseller Lev Grossman - including a new foreword about how and why he wrote his first novel: "It is the intense, concentrated, boiled-down essence of the unhappiest years of my life." Twenty-something Hollis Kessler languishes in a hopelessly magician-less world (with the exception of a fleet-footed nymph named Xanthe) not too far from where he graduated college. His friends do, too. They sleep late, read too much, drink too much, talk too much, and work and earn and do way too little. But Hollis does have an obsession: there's another world going on in his head, a world of excitement and danger and starships and romance, and it's telling him that it's time to stop dreaming and get serious. This re-publication of Lev Grossman's debut novel, Warp, shows the roots of his Magicians hero Quentin Coldwater in a book that is for anyone (and everyone) who has ever felt adrift in their own life. With a Preface read by the Author

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