Lev Grossman is “one of this country’s smartest and most reliable critics,” says The New York Times, but—and this is rare—he’s also a popular novelist. His #1 bestselling Magicians trilogy has transformed fantasy and is now a hit TV series on Syfy in its critically acclaimed second season. George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) writes: “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea.” Grossman’s #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy has been published in 25 countries. It debuted as an NBC/Universal television series on the SyFy channel this January. Entertainment Weekly calls the new show “a looking-glass fiction held up to a world cluttered with looking-glass fictions” and an “American pop-aware enterprise with an abundance of salty cynicism and sex magic, plus a sinister force of antagonism.” To The Hollywood Reporter, The Magicians’ “ability to be entertaining and compelling with remarkable consistency … is a real and pleasant surprise.” For the past decade, Grossman was both the book critic and the lead technology writer at Time, covering virtually every cultural and technological revolution of the new millennium. (A graduate of both Harvard and Yale, he was the first journalist to make a call on the iPhone!). When Time chose ‘You’ as its Person of the Year in 2006, Grossman wrote the story; he did it in 2010 again for Mark Zuckerberg. He has interviewed and profiled the major drivers of cultural change in the Internet era, from Steve Jobs to Jonathan Franzen to John Green. Grossman has also written for Wired, The Believer, and The Village Voice among many others. His next book is tentatively titled The Bright Sword. Set after the fall of Camelot, it “will tell of the knights following in the wake of King Arthur, Sir Lancelot and others of the Round Table,” according to Viking Books.
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