Overall, though, The Magician King is a much better book. By “better” I mean less depressing, but also it feels better-written. In the first book, there’s a few clunky sections. The pacing is slow, the transition from the first part of the book to the second goes down like a lead balloon, the characters are nearly all unlikable. In The Magician King everything flows much more smoothly; it feels like one coherent book instead of two or three stuck together. The characters are also less annoying, which is helpful. [From my review on Friday]
If you want to try your hand at winning a copy of Lev Grossman’s The Magician King and (I think?) some swag, the publisher has graciously allowed me to give away a copy to a resident of the US/Canada! So:
1. One (1) winner will win one (1) hardcover copy of The Magician King by Lev Grossman (plus swag, I think).
2. US/Canada only.
3. The giveaway will run from now, August 15th, to midnight EST on August 19th. In other words: TODAY to FRIDAY.
4. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. The winner will be announced here at the blog on August 20th, unless I forget.
5. You can get an extra entry by sharing the contest link somewhere. Yay!
GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Thanks to everyone who entered!