The Next Big Thing

Quentin Coldwater is looking for the next big thing. He never relinquished his childhood dream of escaping into the magical realm of Fillory like the kids in his favorite series of books, and reality doesn’t measure up. A bizarre set of circumstances leads him to enroll in Brakebills, a bona fide college of magic, but it isn’t enough. Quentin is constantly looking ahead. He gets the girl, graduates, and moves to Manhattan. His lifestyle there is subsidized but Quentin still isn’t satisfied. Even when he and his friends discover the actual portal to Fillory it’s nothing like he dreamed it would be.

It’s just another day in paradise
As you stumble to your bed
You’d give anything to silence
Those voices ringing in your head
You thought you could find happiness
Just over that green hill
You thought you would be satisfied
But you never will-
Learn to be still

The Eagles, “Learn To Be Still”

Quentin Coldwater isn’t Harry Potter, he’s Luke Skywalker.

All his life has he looked away…
to the future, to the horizon.
Never his mind on where he was.
Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph.
Adventure. Heh! Excitement. Heh!
A [Magician] craves not these things.
You are reckless!

His recklessness is born of perpetual dissatisfaction, and it is his undoing. Quentin is not a sympathetic character, but I identified with him all too well. I too am prone to look for the next big thing. I found this one at Malaprop’s!


One Response to “The Next Big Thing”

  1. I don’t know… I wasn’t really a fan of this book. It was like he tried to cash into the crowd that had wanted one of the 3 main characters in Harry Potter to die.

    And even then, it was a disappointment to me…

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