The Magicians by Lev Grossman
This fantasy thriller sees perpetually miserable Quentin led to a world of magic and power. Quentin yearns for fulfilment and sees this as the answer to all his issues. But Quentin is never satisfied and is continually drawn to dark and dangerous paths. This is a very good tale of a wizard, the cold certainty and pain behind ‘Narnia’ like stories and the detrimental effect of getting what you want.
“They had evil fauns now?”
“Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life.”
“He felt a deep-seated lack of interest in finding out what it was.”
“I am sorry our world is not the paradise you were looking for. But it was not created for your entertainment.”
Queenie by Michael Korda
This sappy 1985 novel about a tragic movie star is based on the life of Merle Oberon. This was made into a bad 1987 miniseries.
The Fortune by Michael Korda
This 1989 novel is about a woman who marries a rich man who then dies. She wants the inheritance. No.
Glitter Baby by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
This 1987 trash centres on a no-talent failed starlet who boffs Errol Flynn and has his bastard daughter. Said daughter grows up into supermodel Fleur who is controlled by her smothering stage mother and who looks for love in all the wrong places. This was trash.