Friday, November 13, 2015

Seven fictional schools that couldn't pass a safety inspection

At B & N Reads, Jenny Kawecki tagged seven fictional schools that "had better hope no one ever sends a safety inspector their way, because there is no way they’re up to code," including:
Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy (The Magicians, by Lev Grossman)

Maybe Brakebills can stand to be a little harsher because it’s technically a college, but still. Turning students into geese? Forcing them to wander the Antarctic? Pushing them to the point that they hate each other and themselves? Given the depressing, hedonistic sort of lives many Brakebills graduates lead after completing their education, it seems like something (a lot of things) must be wrong here. Not to mention, there is no way welters would ever be allowed as a sport on a normal college campus.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Magicians is among Entertainment Weekly's top ten wickedly great books about witches, Jason Diamond's top fifty books that define the past five years in literature, and Joel Cunningham's eight great books for fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History.

The Page 69 Test: The Magicians.

--Marshal Zeringue