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The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1)

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Thorndike Press Large Print The Literacy Bridge.
Hardcover, Large Print, 505 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Thorndike Press (first published May 22nd 2007)
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Matt Yes and no. To start with, you have to know that Nicholas Flamel was a real person. Flamel was a book seller in 15th century France and it is legend…moreYes and no. To start with, you have to know that Nicholas Flamel was a real person. Flamel was a book seller in 15th century France and it is legend that he actually discovered the codex, a legendary book that contained the most coveted secrets of alchemy, one of them being how to create the philosephers stone, which is sometimes called the sorcerers stone and does NOT produce the elixir of life: it actually turns any object it touches into gold. the recipe to the elixir of life was also rumored to be in the codex. I should also mention Perenelle was actually Flamels wife in real life too. But I digress. The Flamels in both the Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel series and Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone (originally the philosopher's stone) are not the same person, which would connect the series. However, both Flamels are based off the same person who actually existed. FUN FACT: Michael Scott, author of the book of which we speak, actually wrote a book analyzing the sorcerers stone. He then expanded on the concept of Nicholas Flamel actually living forever and wrote his own series.(less)
Kylie George I loved everything about this series. It thought it was exciting and fast paced. The mythology was really interesting to read about. It was worth my…moreI loved everything about this series. It thought it was exciting and fast paced. The mythology was really interesting to read about. It was worth my time for sure!(less)
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2.0 stars. I did NOT like this book. The plot was derivative, the writing was passable AT BEST and the two teenage main characters annoyed me to the point of causing actual hair loss.
pulling out hair Pictures, Images and Photos

However, the book avoided the 1 star noose based solely on some crafty ideas and oh so unused potential that I will explore once I briefly explain the plot...which should not take long as we have all seen this tired old movie before.


Sophia and Josh (two VERYannoying kids)
work at a b
Dear Josh,
let me start out with you. You could've been a really great kid but apparently, the author just couldn't make up his mind about you. One minute you're an ordinary kid who likes superheroes and doesn't do well in school and then you become this person who has a super computer and uber-nerdtastic knowledge? Whoa, big difference. I feel sorry for you. I really do. I get jealousy. I get envy. What I don't get is how you and Sophie never fight. Is it just that in those two days that I was e
Bonnie Gayle
Okay. I liked this book a lot more than most people who have written reviews. I feel that it's because I didn't go into it with many preconceived notions. I had hoped it would be related to Harry Potter, but when I realized it wasn't I moved on. I also didn't read the book because I was a huge fan of the real Flamel. If you read it for either of those reasons, you will most likely be disapointed.

15 year-old twins Sophie and Josh have gotten summer jobs in San Franciso. Josh works at a bookstore,
Jun 08, 2007 Kris rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: 2007
This book was awful. So awful, it warrants me actually putting in a review.

First of all, there isn't enough Nicholas Flamel. There is far too much of the twins that kind of become Nic's apprentices, and attatches way too much teenage exposition to them. And we don't need the two of them mentioning that their parents are archaeologists every other page. We got it the first time. Move on. And even if their parents are archaeologists, they're not necessarily going to know as much about it as they s
Mike (the Paladin)
I'll try to be fair here, this is a "YA" book and it comes in telling us it's going to "play" with historical and mythological figures....and play it does. I found the book annoying and wonder at the damage we're doing to our "youths" and their knowledge of mythology, what we can learn from mythology, from the archetypal characters, thoughts, and ideas they contain.

Okay, part of rant over. There are different types of YA books. Some are more yA while others are more Ya. This is in style and exe
I enjoyed The Alchemyst more than I thought I would. It didn't sweep me away with the "must finish this book now" feeling, but I also was never bored. Fans of Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books, and even The Da Vinci Code will find interesting connections and similarities here. And yet Scott manages to bring something just a bit new to the table as well. I was interested to learn that many of the main characters (Nicholas Flamel, Perenelle Flamel, and Dr. John Dee) were ...more
Micheline (Lunar Rainbows Reviews)
I had high hopes when I picked up this book. At the time, I was fresh off the Harry Potter series and had a bad case of 'Post-Potter Depression'. The idea of learning more about the intriguing and mythical 'Nicolas Flamel' (which I had heard of before HP) instantly captivated me, and the book blurb only added fuel to the fire. Sadly, about halfway through I had to shelf this one (DNF). I found the protagonists Sophie and Josh very flat and one-dimensional. They spent most of the time confused or ...more
REMEMBER: This is Fantasy. Welcome.

I experienced a world that was filled with ancient characters (both good and evil), strange creatures, and wonderfully described scenes with TONS of detail.

I met twins, a boy and girl, with pure auras who possess magical powers that once awakened will change the world. A six-hundred-year-old alchemyst who performs magic and the air around smelled like mint. His wife (possibly the same age) who is magical in different ways and befriends ghosts. A two-thousand-an
To be honest I would never have read this book had I not been given it for my birthday. It was obviously one of those books that was cranked out immediately after the Harry Potter phenomenon and was unabashedly aimed toward that audience. Now don't get me wrong, I adore Harry Potter and that's probably why this sort of book irritates me. I've picked it up in the bookstore before, interested by the title and catchy cover, but after flipping through it I always put it back.
It is very similar to R
I'm getting better at my new "don't read bad books" plan. Not that this one is "bad," exactly, so much as it is a little bit irritating. The two kids in the story are just too much. They know everything, can do everything, they're just too perfect.

And really Mr. Scott, did you have to attempt to borrow a story from every fantasy written in the last 2000 years and cram it into this one? I mean, really.

But what clinched it for me was a main character named "Scatty." Every time I read that name,
Tea Jovanović
YA naslov(iliti Young Adult, kako takve knjige u svetu izdavaštva zovemo)... Kupio me je još u rukopisu... Alhemičara je objavio Evro Giunti... Pošto ništa nisu uradili s tim naslovom (uprkos sjajnom prevodu vrsnog prevodioca), odustali su od autora... drugi naslov uradila je Mladinska knjiga s istim prevodiocem... Ali ni oni se, nažalost, nisu previše potrudili... I treći naslov nije objavljen u Srbiji... Dok ga u Hrvatskoj (na moj nagovor) lepo gura Algoritam... Čitaoci moraju da razumeju da s ...more

I appreciate Goodreads because I can read through other negative reviews and feel justified in my hatred of a book.

There is not much I can say that hasn't already been said.

The book is about Nicholas Flamel the Alchemyst (spelled with a "y" because his author/father wanted him to be yoo-nique!) and a bunch of whiny and conveniently-forever-questioning teenage twins who are on the run from the evil Dr. John Dee (called Dee, which makes him sound like a very silly villain . . . his taglin
I was first interested in this book for the same reason I'm sure it made the New York Times bestseller list...because it is about Nicholas Flamel, who is mentioned in the Harry Potter books, specifically in the first book about the Sorceror's Stone, as being a friend of Professor Dumbledore. Flamel was a real historical figure though who lived in the 1300's, was a scientist who practiced alchemy, and supposedly discovered the secret to eternal life (related to the sorceror's stone) as well as tu ...more
Y. C.
A lot of people haven't heard of this series, and I don't know why, because these books are AWESOME!

We have adventure, we have wit, we have sass, and my absolute favourite... myths and legends coming to life. Topped off with the wonderful absence of teenage drama makes this a delightful read.

If you liked the excitement of Harry Potter, the modern mythological adaptations of Percy Jackson and a new take on some of the world's most mysterious legends then this is the book for you.
3.5 stars

The main problems of the series: (I read the first four books)

1. The story takes place in a few days (the first book - 2 days, the second one - 3 days...). If it continues like this, the world will be saved in what? Two weeks? The war lasts milleniums, there are centuries old people and even older creatures, yet two children (ehm.. teenagers) are going to end it in a matter of weeks?

2. As I said, characters here are usually living on the earth for some time, some of them are even ten th
Scott uses a gigantic canvas for this riveting fantasy. The well-worn theme of saving the world from the forces of evil gets a fresh look here as he incorporates ancient myth and legend and sets it firmly, pitch-perfect, in present-day California.

At the emotional center of the tale are contemporary 15-year-old twins, Josh and Sophie, who, it turns out, are potentially powerful magicians. They are spoken of in a prophecy appearing in the ancient Book of Abraham the Mage, all but two pages of whi
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

The 14th century alchemyst Nicholas Flamel has the secret codex containing the recipe for the elixir of life hanging around his neck. For centuries, Dr. John Dee has been hunting for him because he wants that book. Dee has finally traced Flamel to his bookstore in 21st century California. He busts in, gets all but the last two pages of the book, and kidnaps Flamel’s wife. Now the world is in danger because Dee plans to bring the dark Elder gods to power an
Mike Meier
Jan 14, 2008 Mike Meier rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: "Kool Katz"
Shelves: done
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Αυτή είναι η δεύτερη φορά που διαβάζω τον Αλχημιστή, καθώς αποφάσισα να συνεχισω με τη σειρά και χρειαζόμουν μα επανάληψη, αλλά δυστυχώς ούτε αυτή τη φορά κατάφερε να με εντυπωσιάσει όπως και την πρώτη.
Η Σόφι και ο Τζος Νιούμαν, δύο δίδυμα αδέρφια, αναγκάζονται να περάσουν τις καλοκαιρινές τους διακοπές τους στο Σαν Φρανσίσκο μαζί με τη θεία τους, καθώς οι αρχαιολόγοι γονείς τους ταξιδεύουν σε όλο το κόσμο.Μέσα σε μια μέρα τα πάντα θα έρθουν πάνω κάτω στη ζώη τους, όταν στο βιβλιοπωλείο που δουλ
I was hooked from the very beginning. The storytelling is so captivating and the descriptions put me right into the story. I loved the magical aspects to this book. The basic premise is that the Famels have been using the Book of the Codex to brew an immortality potion for centuries. They are the protectors of this ancient and powerful book, but now it's been stole. A pair of twins gets swept away in the chaos and later realize they are more involved than they could have imagined. This is a fun, ...more
Sadly I could not rate this book any higher as it really was just okay. It is claimed to be Young Adult but to me it seemed to be for even younger readers. As I was reading I kept thinking things like 'Enid Blyton with magic' or even worse 'the Bobbsey Twins.' Suffice it to say I read it quickly and will not be continuing with the series.
Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 13, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids who like mythology
Shelves: fantasy, youngadult
This is a serviceable fantasy that I plodded through. I liked the settings and descriptions - Scathach's dojo, Hekate's tree, the mix of characters from mythology, all very cool. But the story never grabbed me, I never had trouble putting the book down.
I think it suffers from a lack of focus - since we don't follow just one character, we don't get much character development, and so we don't care very much about what happens to them. And I was disappointed that we didn't get to a natural break in
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Somewhere in the 3-3.5 range

If you're a fan of Percy Jackson, you'll probably enjoy this. If you're on the younger end of the teenage spectrum, you'll probably enjoy this more than I did. Mythology and world history combine with some great action sequences in this book, and it's a fun ride. The twins reminded me a bit of Carter and Sadie from Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles -- Josh and Sophie, similarly, have their own individual parts to play in the grand scheme of saving the world, and Michael
I LOVED this book, although I read the second book, the magician, first. I work at a bookstore and we are allowed to loan hardcover books so long as we keep them in mint condition, to broaden our book knowledge. We didn't have this copy in hardcover, but we had the sequel in hardcover, and i didn't want to buy it if i wasn't sure if i would like it. Eventhough the second book picks up really fast, I was able to understand what was going on as the author subtly explains the plot continuation with ...more
I like The Alchemyst.

I googled Nicholas Flamel. So true. Because I am intrigued by fiction inspired by people that really existed in the past. And alchemy is something I craved reading way back in high school.

The Alchemyst was hard to get into. Really hard. The first half was boring. It only got interesting when Hecate came in. And that got the action ball rolling, so to speak.

The adventure was there; so were the villains. Its hard to hate Dr. Dee when you read his POV as well, correct? And Pere
I really liked it.
Begitulah tulisan kecil yang muncul dibawah empat bintang.
And I really liked it. And more. 4.5 deh...
0.5 bonus buat penerjemahan yang bagus.
Atau bisa juga dibilang diskon 0.5, karena bukan buatan bangsa indonesia *grin*.

Eeeeeniweeeei...buku pertama dari serial Nicholas Flamel karya Michael Scott ini memang luar biasa. Kemampuan pengarang menggabungkan beberapa sub-genre fantasy (ini istilah karangan saya aja, meneketehe & EGP bener apa salah), yang terdeteksi sejauh ini a
I just finished The Alchemyst Book one in Michael Scott's series The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel. I can't wait for book two. In all seriousness, the book is not that fantastic, the beginning reads like a movie, and there are too many specific references to current pop culture, (for example, Green Day, blue tooth, iPod, etc,) but I really enjoyed reading it. I thought it brought up some interesting theories and mythology. First off its fiction, but according to the plot, every myth is ...more
I have to admit, I was one of those people who saw this book and said "Omg a Harry Potter spin off!". After discovering it was not I put off reading the series. I recently watched the movie "As above, so below" which features Nicholas Flamel and I remembered this series. A typical YA series, not to much new but I still enjoyed it and really liked the corporation of mythology into the world the author created. I enjoyed the settings (it got an extra star for Notre Dame :) ) and I am looking forwa ...more
The author kept referring to the weather in San Francisco as hot and dry, which, sure, it can be, but mostly isn't.

That was strike one.

Strike two was the idea that if A is true then everything ever must also be true. Again, it could be, but it doesn't have to be.

Strike three was putting the teens into Yggdrasil and having them be shocked, SHOCKED I say, that they can't get cell phone or internet service.

Also, there's way too much about auras. I hate auras.
Kat (Lost in Neverland)

It's like the author tried to cram a dozen different mythologies together to make his 'own little story', with bland as fuck characters you don't give a shit about, and the most boring plotline you will read in a long time.
It's classified as Young Adult but reads like a pretentious middle grade.

Don't even bother.
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Irish-born Michael Scott began writing over thirty years ago, and is one of Ireland's most successful and prolific authors, with over one hundred titles to his credit, spanning a
variety of genres, including Fantasy, Science Fiction and Folklore.

He writes for both adults and young adults and is published in thirty-seven countries, in over twenty languages.

Praised for his “unparalleled contribution
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“OK," Josh said evenly, "I've seen men made of mud, I guess I can accept spying rats. Do they talk?" he wondered aloud.
Don't be ridiculous," Flamel snapped, "They're rats."
Josh really didn't think it was a ridiculous suggestion.”
“You must learn to heed your senses. Humans use but a tiny percentage of theirs. They barely look, they rarely listen, they never smell, and they think that they can only experience feelings through their skin. But they talk, oh, do they talk.” 103 likes
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