Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is TIME's book critic and its lead technology writer. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novels The Magicians and The Magician King. He is chaotic good.

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What’s the Level You Just Can’t Beat?

Last weekend I was supposed to be doing something, and while I was supposed to be doing it I was actually playing GeoDefense. Specifically I was playing Level 13 (out of 14) in the Hard group of levels.

It’s called Twister. It’s shaped sort of like the funnel of a tornado. The little tagline you get before you play it is “I don’t …

Sci-Fi Sexy Time: All-Time Hottest Moms

I want you all to know that the headline for this piece was supposed to include the word MILF, but that was deemed inappropriate for the family-oriented website we’re trying to run here. I explained to them that it stands for Mom I’d Like to Friend — you know, like on Facebook! But that cut no ice. Man,

The Last Man in a Universe of Robots

When I was a kid I would sometimes buy those pulpy old science fiction novels you come across in second-hand bookstores. I wasn’t on some hipstery pulp nostalgia trip — I don’t think stuff like that was even cool yet. It was just that we didn’t have the Internet, so you couldn’t order stuff off of Amazon, and we didn’t have a ton of …

Swag of the Day: The Ultimate Iron Man 2 Toy Trove

I don’t think “trove” is too strong a word to describe the large number of Iron Man 2 toys contained within the box you see on the screen before you.

Had I begotten a boy-child, I would take these home and use them to curry favor with same. But as things stand I have a girl-child, with whom Iron Man 2 toys cut zero ice. Therefore I …

Bare Your Bar: The Bookmark Challenge

I think it was John Wayne who once remarked, ‘you never really know a man till you’ve seen his bar.’ Or maybe that was just me talking in a John Wayne voice. If so it was a pretty good John Wayne voice.

My point is, your bookmark bar boils crap down to the bare essentials. To the extent that you are what you surf, the bar is who you …

Conventional Weapons Are Bringing the Sexy Back

War, what is it good for? Sexy sexy weapons with exploding tungsten rods absolutely nothing.

Now that the U.S. and Russia have completely solved the problem of nuclear proliferation, with no possibility that the world will ever be destroyed by loose-nuke-wielding terrorists, conventional weapons are making a comeback. Screw that …

Next in Line for Literary Up-Mashing: It’s James Joyce

Quirk Books, publisher of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, has announced another foray into the field of classic literature-classic horror mashups. The victim? Modernist titan James Joyce. In September Quirk will release A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Manticore.

According to Quirk’s fall catalog, the book will follow the life of a …

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