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Preview — The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Sequence #1)
If leaving his parents and erasing his past life isn't tough enough, Nathaniel's master, Arthur Un...more
Well, there is one big way in which it's like Harry Potter...
...I stayed up all night reading it.
This is a FANTASTIC book, one that suggests that Harry Potter b...more
"GOTCHA!" shouted Stroud.
Well played, sir, well played.
One thing The Amulet of Samarkand does not do is take itself too seriously. That was a relief. I had approached this with trepidation. I'd heard good things, but I wasn't in the mood for some heavy going in a kiddies' fantasy world with evil baddies, precocious sprites, etc. No, instead what you get...more
Story-wise, this first installment in The Bartimaeus Trilogy is respectably good. However, the writing failed to appeal to...more
It's tempting to compare the book to the Harry Potter series. Young boy. Magic. Sneaking around. Breaking the rules. Stern teachers. But the similarities really end there.
In Stroud's world, magicians have no power of their own - their power lies in the knowledge of how to summon (and enslave) spirits, like the djinni Bartimaeus, to do their will. These magicians are the proud, arrogant, entitled upperclass that pretty much oppress the...more
The main problem was that I disliked both of the main characters: one is a wily demon (Bartimaeus), and the other is a 12-year-old kid who is way too smart for his own good (Nathaniel). I think you'd get a similar result if you paired C.S. Lewis's Screwtape with Rowling's Draco Malfoy. Don't get me wrong - I love "T...more
While it bears some resemblance to other narratives of the underdog sorceror's apprentice (Harry Potter leaps to mind), this is diffe...more
Londra ha aperto le porte alla magia, ma questa volta ad attraversarle non sono i già noti ed affezionatissimi Harry&co., bensì Nathaniel, apprendista mago, combinaguai, intrepido vendicatore che nulla fareb...more
What I appreciate most, though, is that the characters face real danger. None of that false suspense -- you know, like the ones you see on movies/television like Prison Break . Apologies for the fans, but it really irked me whenever Michael Scofield is in the tunnel and the g...more
I was instantly captivated by this book. The begining is one of the most creative starts I've seen in a long time. I loved the humor of Bartimaeus and immediately got an impression of the character and I loved is Bravado.
I found the footnotes entertaining - I know some people have been crtical of th...more
At the age of six, Nathaniel is apprenticed to a mediocre, hypocritical, incompetent self-consumed magi...more
And I could see why.
Now, the book took us into an odd world.
Like the setting. The magicians drove cars and used laptop and it got me thinking, Was this set in present day London or did Stroud go steampunk in this one? Due to the lack of steam-engines and other steam-based technologies, I reckon the setting was present day London.
The magicians in this book didn't have magical power. Their magicking came from djinns, or stronger c...more
Because of Barttimaeus' style it overshadowed Nathaniel's chapters. Some of them were almost dull and at the beginning I found myself irritated when I saw I had another "Nathaniel" chapter to read.
It could have done without some of the...more
This audio book was downloaded...more
Jonathan created a new magical world where magicians have no power of themselves. They use the spirits(imps, djinnis,afrits) to complete their every tasks through summoning and commanding them. They are arrogant, boastful, self-centered creatures(the magicians). Every magician is assigned to train an apprentice.
The main protagoni...more
When I first started reading, the pace was a bit...well, I guess scattered is the best way to put it. But Stroud quickly picks up the pieces and creates a unique and thorough environment and story. The book is written in two styles. The first is first person with Bartimaeus. He...more
"L'Amuleto di Samarcanda" è il primo libro della trilogia di Bartimeus, una saga fantasy assolutamente originale ed innovativa, che mira a rifare i connotati a questo genere un po' vecchiotto e raggrinzito.
E' un romanzo fantasy appassionante, avvincente, ironico e divertente, che riscrive la storia del mondo come oggi lo conosciamo. Ipotizzando sviluppi geopolitici e storici diversi, descrive un m
-> it is about magic and a fantasy fiction (which happens to be my favourite genre)
-> it is different and is fresh . It does not look or feel like a ripoff of Harry Potter or Lord of the rings (for a change!) nor does it deal with bloody vampires or werewolves (which I am kinda fed up of)
-> a very engaging tale which is very humorous, witty and the main protagonist is not a boy or a girl (for a change!). Instead it is a djinni named Bartimaeus. Remind...more
In questo marasma post-potteriano, dove le librerie sono state invase di li...more
Also, correct me if Im wrong but Bartimaeus totally owned this book. He is witty, intelligent, funny and downright sarcastic, in a non annoying way. Exactly the type of character I love :))
What hinders m...more
The point of view alternates between first person not-necessarily-reliable with the demon/djinn Bartimeus, and third person with the young wizard's apprentice Nathaniel. It works beautiful...more
Plot cerita yang berjalan cepat serta kepandaian penulis dalam menggunakan sudut pandang orang pertama sangat menarik. Cerita ini menggunakan dua sudut pandang ora...more
Cerita ini berawal dari Nathaniel seorang bocah yang masih dalam tahap latihan sihir memanggil jin berumur 5000 tahun bernama Bartimaeus. Jin ini dipanggil untuk memenuhi keinginan kanak-kanak balas dendam Nathaniel karena telah dipermalukan di depan publik oleh Simon Lovelace dengan cara mencuri Amulet Samarkand. Tanpa disangka, amulet tersebut melibatkan Nathaniel dan Bartim...more
Cerewet, sombong, arogan... tapi loveable.
Jadi lucu juga sih waktu mbaca adegan saat dia "dihina" Lovelace yang menyebutnya jin kelas tengah dan bodoh hahaha....
buku ini memang paling menyenangkan saat di awal bab tersebut ditulis "Bartimaeus", yang berarti Barti lah yang jadi "aku"nya... itu pasti jaminan mutu kita akan tertawa membaca bab tersebut terutama komentarnya Barti yang selalu merendahkan tapi entah bagaimana lucu sekali. Bahkan di catatan kaki sekalipun m...more
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Stroud grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories. After he completed his studies...more