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    The Incomparable MothershipApril 29, 2017"The Magicians"
    350 Magic Pixie Dream Girl

    This week we draw your attention to another excellent TV series that recently concluded a run of episodes: SyFy’s “The Magicians”. Based on a series of books by Lev Grossman, this is a show that starts out as a mash-up of Harry Potter and Narnia and goes in some very surprising directions while continually improving in quality. Love, war, sex, fairies, gods (some evil, some capricious, some just annoying)—there’s a lot to love about this show.

    In the first half of the episode we talk generally about the show and why we like it; the second half, after the Spoiler Horn, is devoted to breaking down the events of its just-completed second season.

    (Content advisory: “The Magicians” contains a couple examples of sexual assault/abuse. And we talk about them.)

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    The Incomparable MothershipApril 14, 2012"The Magicians" and "The Night Circus"
    86 Like "Catcher in the Rye," Except Crappier

    Get out your magic wands, prepare your incantations, and prepare for a battle of wills involving ancient powers and callow youths. We discuss two recent novels with magic at the fore: Lev Grossman’s “The Magicians” and Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus.” One of them we liked a lot… the other, not so much! Prepare yourself for a magical podcast.