By author Lev Grossman. Spoilers, obviously. Just finished the book and liked it quite a bit, though it takes its time getting started and really feels like two books smashed together.
A few other things I noticed that aren’t in Grossman’s annotations:
- The Beast is clearly meant to resemble Rene Maugritte’s painting “The Son of Man”, the title of which is significant.
- A character gets “the howling fantods”, an Infinite Jest reference.
- The battle near the end reminded me a lot of Miracleman.
A Brief Guide to the Hidden Allusions in The Magicians