I really didn't like The Magicians at all. I found it very difficult to get through it. I totally agree with Veronica that the story would have been better told through Alice or Penny's eyes. Actually, I found Quentin to be the least interesting character in the book. I did not in any way relate to him, and just found him tedious. I also found, with the exception of the part where they were in the arctic, the book tended to completely ignore the cool fantasy parts. It spent chapter after chapter talking about the mundane stuff, then when something actually exciting was happening, it just glossed over it.
I've just bought Hyperion, and am really hoping I like it better. LOVE The Sword and Laser, and I'm really glad Geek and Sundry picked it up because I'd never heard of it before. I never thought I'd be excited about being in a book club, but even though the first book I've read in the club has been one I didn't enjoy, I love the way it was presented, love the GoodReads comments on it, and love the show.