29 October 2009

Thursday Tea: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

I usually spotlight my audiobook on Thursdays, but I'm still listening to An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon. I'm not sick of Clare and Jamie, but you might be.

I started reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I've heard it described as Harry Potter for grownups, and so far I think that's fairly accurate. Since I'm only on page 10, I really can't say too much about the plot. My review will be up on Sunday, though, because I plan to be done in time for my book club meeting that afternoon.

The Tea. I'm drinking Adagio Tea's Pu Erh Dante. I cannot pronounce it at all, but I've discovered I really like it. "Black tea from the Yunnan region of China. Pu Erh tea, perhaps the most esoteric of Chinese varieties, has a pronounced earthy aroma and taste. It is very popular in China due to its notoriety as a slimming diet tea." I don't know about the diet part, but I've had two cups each afternoon this week.

The Assessment. Because Quentin Coldwater lives in modern times in the United States, he could at least get this tea. Maybe brilliant, nerdy types are attracted to it. (Hey! No wise cracks!) I'd like to think that he and his friends might sip a cup while doing their homework.

What's on your reading list this week? And what's in that mug or glass?

The Magicians at Powell's
The Magicians at Amazon
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Thursday Tea is hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. Here's how it works: Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.

Source: Review copy (see review policy).
FTC: I buy all teas myself, I am not a tea reviewer.


Kate S. 10/29/09, 7:14 AM  

I just started The Magicians myself. It's going to have to hook me fast though, as it's due back at the library tomorrow!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 10/29/09, 7:40 AM  

I'm reading THE MAGICIANS as well, and, this morning I have a strong cup of coffee to go with it.

Tea will come this afternoon; I'll try to choose something appropriately nerdy.

Julie P. 10/29/09, 8:11 AM  

I'm debating this morning whether I want coffee or tea. I think I'm going to go with Lady Grey Tea.

Lynda 10/29/09, 9:31 AM  

I've been contemplating trying this tea for a while - thanks to you I'll buy some ond try it ;0)

JoAnn 10/29/09, 9:37 AM  

Drinking my coffee (black) and reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle...
Glad you're still enjoying Clare and Jamie!

bermudaonion 10/29/09, 9:53 AM  

I'm about halfway through The Magicians and it's slow going for me at this point.

Nely 10/29/09, 10:09 AM  

I'll be on the lookout for your review. I've read so many reviews on this one that I still haven't decided whether I should read it or not.


Nise' 10/29/09, 10:19 AM  

Sick of Jamie and Claire? Never! LOL. I've read positive reviews of this book.

Drinking cranberry/pineapple juice while reading blogs this morning.

Whitney 10/29/09, 10:23 AM  

Harry Potter for grown-ups!? I'm intrigued. Your tea sounds yummy, but I think I'd butcher the name of it as well.
I'm drinking Irish Breakfast Tea this morning.

Amy 10/29/09, 10:33 AM  

I read The Magicians about a week or two ago. I'm interested to see what you think. I liked it but some of the Harry Potter comparisons were a turnoff for me.

Anastasia @ Here There Be Books 10/29/09, 10:45 AM  

I've been hearing a lot about The Magicians (and The Magician's Elephant) lately, and it's just making me even more itching to read it myself! I'll probably bug the library to get a copy, lol. :D

Your tea sounds very interesting, though I'm not sure how I'd like a tea that tastes earthy. I like fruit-ish flavors myself! But it's good to branch out, so maybe I'll try that tea myself one day.

Thanks for playing along with me with week!

Aarti 10/29/09, 10:49 AM  

I've heard many people don't like The Magicians, but the plot seems so intriguing... interested to hear your thoughts.

Jessica Leader 10/29/09, 10:52 AM  

Tore through THE MAGICIANS last month and had many thoughts! Am eager to hear yours.

J.T. Oldfield 10/29/09, 11:50 AM  

hmm...can't say i could pronounce it, but I'd like to try it!

Unknown 10/29/09, 1:25 PM  

I got a copy of this from the library this morning. I look forward to comparing notes with you!

Louise 10/29/09, 1:55 PM  

Still really not a tea-drinker, but right now I have a can of diet coke (or coke light as we call it in Denmark) and I am reading The Dead of Night (#2 in the Tomorrow Series).

Does it count that yesterday evening I had a glass of green tea at my friend's place? ;o)

Lenore Appelhans 10/29/09, 2:30 PM  

I don't drink much black tee because of the caffiene, so when I do, I go straight for a chai latte. No experimentation for me!

Cindy 10/29/09, 2:41 PM  

I just found ur blog! I'm a follower now!

Unknown 10/29/09, 3:53 PM  

Harry Potter for grown ups? yes, it is definitely something I will gladly read then. I am a huge fan of Harry Potter and I am also a grown-up :) I think... Anyway, I think I'll enjoy this book.

Pam 10/29/09, 5:31 PM  

How fun! I love the idea of tea for a character.
I wasn't a big fan of the book but I think it was because it had been described as a grown up Harry Potter and I just didn't see it that way. I think, also, I'm too close in age to the twenty-somethings in the book and found their whining a little close to home. BUT there were fun parts of the book. I liked the middle third. :)

Stephanie 10/29/09, 8:22 PM  

You had me on "Harry Potter for grown ups." I have never outgrown fantasy and magic. :-) I'm adding this to my TBR list.

Melody 10/29/09, 8:31 PM  

I've this book in my pile! I can't wait to hear what you'll think of this book! :)

caite 10/29/09, 9:15 PM  

not sure I really want 'earthy' in a tea for some reason.

Jen - devourer of books 10/30/09, 11:20 AM  

I almost bought this yesterday, then I remembered you were reading it and thought I'd wait for your reaction.

Louise 10/30/09, 1:31 PM  

Just wanted to stop by and wish you a great weekend :-) I am dying to read your review of the 4th Tomorrow-book, but since I haven't quite finished the 2nd (am reading it now), I am not going to check out your review just yet...

Anonymous,  10/31/09, 1:09 PM  

Harry Potter for grownups? Why isn't this on my list already?!

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