If you're like me and love the weirdness that comes with Murakami's novels, or can't wait any longer for the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, then you might want to check out Lev Grossman's The Magicians Trilogy.
A couple of years ago I picked up the first book on a whim and loved it. I knew the sequel came out but I kept passing by it. However, yesterday I finished The Magician King and wondered why it took be so long to read it. To give myself a break before the final book I'm reading Amy Poehler's Yes Please (which is great) because I am partially not wanting to finish the series just yet.
The idea behind it is what if you grew up loving Harry Potter and wishing it was real- and finding out a whole magical world is real... but it's not quite what you thought.
Here's a quote from Amazon that I think captures the first of the series well:
Mixing the magic of beloved children's fantasy classics with the sex, excess, angst, and anticlimax of life in college and beyond, Lev Grossman's Magicians reimagines modern-day fantasy for grownups. Quentin Coldwater lives in a state of perpetual melancholy, privately obsessed with his childhood books about the enchanted land of Fillory. When he’s admitted to the surreptitious Brakebills Academy for an education in magic, Quentin finds mastering spells is tedious (and love is even more fraught). He also discovers his power has thrilling potential--though it's unclear what he should do with it once he's moved with his new magician cohorts to New York City. Then they discover the magical land of Fillory is real and launch an expedition to use their powers to set things right in the kingdom--which, naturally, turns out to be a much murkier proposition than expected. The Magicians breathes life into a cast of characters you want to know--if the people you want to know are charismatic, brilliant, complex, flawed magicians--and does what Quentin claims books never really manage to do: "get you out, really out, of where you were and into somewhere better. " Or if not better, at least a heck of a lot more interesting. --Mari Malcolm