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The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus Sequence #2)

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At only fourteen, Nathaniel is a rising star: a young magician who is quickly climbing the ranks of the government. There is seemingly nothing he cannot handle, until he is asked to deal with the growing Resistance movement, which is disrupting London life with its thefts and raids. It’s no easy task: the ringleader Kitty and her friends remain elusive, and Nathaniel’s job...more
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Published January 1st 2006 by Miramax Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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He's rude. He's surly. He won't hesitate to tell you when your haircut looks stupid. And in over 5000 years, he's seen some bad haircuts. I'm talking about my favorite djinni, Bartimaeus, back in book two of his young adult fantasy trilogy.

THE GOLEM'S EYE is an excellent sequel to the first book in the series, THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND. In the first book, we meet Bartimaeus, an ancient creature of enormous power that can best be described as a ty...more
Alex Telander
THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND & THE GOLEM'S EYE BY JONATHAN STROUD: So I met Jonathan Stroud last Friday, author of the Bartimaeus triology, of which the first two are out: "The Amulet of Samarkand" and "The Golem's Eye." He came to the bookstore I work at in Petaluma, Copperfield's, and was pretty entertaining. He was the classic English guy writing about a doomed England of magic and magicians and the regular people known as "commoners": average English accent from near London area with some cli...more
Mar 01, 2014 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to David by: Maitrey
Shelves: fantasy, audiobook
This hilarious novel is the second in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. The story picks up where the first book in the trilogy (The Amulet of Samarkand) leaves off. Most of the story takes place in London, where the government is made up of magicians. These magicians are all power-hungry, calculating, feckless, craven, jealous, and self-serving to the n'th degree.

The 14-year-old Nathaniel is an up-and-coming magician in charge of security operations in the department of internal affairs. He is blamed for...more
3.5 stars. Bartimaeus is a great character and this is a fast, fun read. That said, I didn't like this installment as much as the first book in the series, The Amulet of Samarkand, which I thought was fantastic. My reasons are: (1) I thought Nathaniel (aka John Mandrake) was pretty annoying much of the time and sometimes downright unlikeable; (2) I didn't think the author expanded enough on the mythology underlying the story (i.e., the magic system, the histories and powers of the various classe...more
Harun Harahap
Setelah membaca buku ini, saya akhirnya memahami bahwa:

1. Daya tarik buku ini sangat terletak pada Bartimeus, bukan tokoh-tokoh lainnya termasuk Nathaniel. Di buku ini saya merasa Bartimeusnya jarang hadir dan dibicarakan, khususnya pada bagian satu. Akibatnya adalah cerita ini berlangsung dengan tegang karena Kenarsisan dan Kekonyolan Bartimeus yang kurang ditonjolkan seperti pada buku pertama. Catatan kaki yang biasanya membuat saya tertawa terbahak-bahak sekarang lebih sering diisi dengan inf...more
Mary Grace Nakao
My first thought right after reading the book is that it is filled with temperamental and cocky teenagers, equally self-absorbed, bickering and snotty adult magicians and one Mr. Love guru called Bartimaeus. Which actually is not a bad thing cause he cracks me up.

Yup, ive been doing that quite a lot when Im reading :))

Character For me, they were pretty much 1-dimensional. The magicians are power-hungry, self-obsessed, egoistic, with really nothing to brag about except they could control the Spir...more
I am so disappointed in Nathaniel. I really am. I just miss the little boy from the first book so much. I have a feeling that he's the necessary collateral damage from the society that he lives in, and I guess that I can understand that not all of the good guys stay good and vice versa, but I really am sad that it had to end in this way.

Well, not end, there is still one more book to go before the ending of this story, but the end of this particular one. I really don't know what is going to happe...more
Much better than the first book. The demon Bartimaeus is hilarious! Looking forward to Book III!
Uno dei rari casi in cui il secondo volume è addirittura più eccezionale del primo!!! Sono stupefatta, felice e senza parole (in senso buono :3)
Ci vorrebbero più Jonathan Stroud nelle librerie e meno autoruncoli da due soldi che scrivono sempre le stesse noiosissime cose.. E quanto sono felice che ancora devo esplorare il suo genio *_*
Bartimeus rimane il personaggio preferito incontrastato, con le sue risposte taglienti e ironiche (che spesso però non sono comprese da maghi e umani :D): un poten...more
Ms. Library
I really like this book series so far: Its definitely been one of the better things I have read recently. Its consistently entertaining, light in tone, and populated with memorable characters. The plot moves swiftly, and although there are definitely some borrowed elements, I think Stroud manages to be innovative within certain bounds. I was constantly entertained, and I really loved the snarky djinni. I also loved that they added a sympathetic character in this one. Kitty was wonderful. She was...more
A good sequel to The Amulet of Samarkand. Bartimaeus is back. And his former, temporary master, Nathaniel. Or, as he is known to everyone else, John Mandrake. Nathaniel. once again, summons the djinni on order to save his career. However things go from bad to worse for Nathaniel. From the Resistance, golems, skeletons and inner enemies amongst other magicians, this duo has their work cut out for them. Also, this story brings in a third perspective. Kitty, the thief leader we briefly met in the f...more
Mike (the Paladin)
These are interesting (I use that word a lot don't I? Maybe I should check a Thesaurus.) books. The "human" lead character, John Mandrake/Nathanial is definitely an acquired taste. You sort of want him to succeed, but on the other hand you see the Magicians as what they are, morally repugnant. In the first book, there seemed to be hope for Nathanial to turn out, "all right". But he's obviously turning into just another ambitious, selfish, lying, magician.

Then there's Bartimaeus, a jinn (genie, d...more
Oct 04, 2009 Dini rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dini by: miaaa
Shelves: fiction, translation
Petualangan jin berlidah tajam Bartimaeus dan majikan mudanya Nathaniel berlanjut di buku ini. Selain bertutur lewat sudut pandang kedua tokoh tersebut seperti di buku pertamanya, sekuel ini mengikutsertakan sudut pandang Kitty, anggota kelompok Resistance yang berseberangan dengan pemerintahan penyihir. Sekali lagi saya kagum akan konsep dunia yang dibuat Stroud. Para penyihir yang berkuasa tidak punya kekuatan sendiri dan hanya mengandalkan demon sebagai alat -- mereka bahkan tidak bisa meliha...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
The pace and ideas continue in the second installment of the Bartimaeus Trilogy with The Golem's Eye.

Kitty's character gets more exposure and "page time", while Nathaniel, now a very pompous 14 year old working high up in the government, tries to track her down as leader of the Resistance, and hopefully find a link between her and the giant clay golem trashing London. At risk of making the ruling class (the magicians) look incompetent, a lot of pressure is on Nathaniel's young shoulders.

CONCLUSION: it was a good read.

First, the book's contents. Each one or two chapters is of a different characters point of view, and the story progressed in a amazing way, with some flash backs and so. The whole point is about a fourteen-year-old magician Nathanial and his tasks and missions being the assistant of the head of internal affairs which concerns a disastrous magical creature and a group of thieves. Kitty, after being wrongly accused, was driven to these criminals and both she, Nathan...more
Okay, it took me forever to finish this. It wasn't so much of the books fault as I've been stupidly to busy to do anything, including sleep. On the other hand I wasn't about to skip ahead and put this book down. I probably would have finished it sooner if it hadn't been so flipping looooong. In the last book there was a stretch that could have been shorted but only in one area. In the 2nd installment I noticed several places that thing could have been shortened. In some parts it just went on and...more
Luqman Hakim

Ada sedikit perubahan pemikiran saya terhadap resistance saat membaca buku ke-2 ini. Entah itu memang kesengajaan Jonathan Stroud atau ketergesaan saya dalam menyimpulkan padahal belum membaca keseluruhan buku dari trilogi ini, yang jelas awalnya saya punya pemikiran bahwa kelompok resistance yang Kitty terlibat d dalamnya merupakan kelompok yang nantinya akan mendapatkan banyak pendukung, terorganisir dengan rapih, dan akan menggulingkan pemerintahan. Namun ternyata mereka tidak uba...more
I had mixed feelings about this one. As usual it took awhile to get going, but would have been worth it if the story had flowed a bit more. The plotlines, although neatly wrapped up in the end, felt awkward mixed together. It made sense until the entrance of Honorius the afrit. Emotionally, even though I have MAD respect for believable characters who act like real humans (i.e flawed), it was hard to watch Pennyfeather and his selfishly stupid and inept Resistance movement. And even though Kitty...more
Outside of the drive to and from work, the audio-book format really doesn't work for me. Without having to focus on a page, my mind just wanders regardless of how interesting the story may be; and make no mistake both the first and second books of the Bartimaeus Trilogy are interesting. I need a relatively brainless vocation like keeping an eye on the car ahead of me or following words on a page to keep the old ocular sense engaged or the brain goes veering off in all sorts of directions. I brin...more
I maintain that the Bartimaeus books are by and far significantly better than all that Harry Potter stuff (just don't tell Karen I said that). I think it comes from not trying to write a classic... the result is of course a classic.

The Golem's Eye is the second book in this series, where once again there's trouble brewing in London and that annoying Nathaniel summons Bartimaeus to sort things out. In this installment we learn much more about the magical world and get a new POV... Kitty, a member...more
Another book in the Bartimaeus series - I really enjoyed the first one, Amulet of Samarkand, so decided to go ahead and plow through the series. Amber was nice enough to lend me her copies, so I didn't have to wait to get them from the library. So this one, The Golem's Eye, continues the story of Nathaniel, a novice magician making his way up the ranks. This time he deals with a traitor within his own government, as well as a resistance movement in the London he lives in. Again: really fun writi...more
Andrew Farman
*******SPOILER***** It was an action packed book just like its prequel. It was so amazing I read it a couple times over just so I could grasp the marvelous description this author put into this amazing book. Golems keep terrorizing London and no one knows who keeps summoning them. The main reason is due to the fact that the magic to due so is so old no one was thought to know. What happens is a relative of the first person to even conceive and create a golem is being forced to make the golems t...more
I thought it was interesting to learn why Kitty dislikes magicians, and Bartimaeus was hilarious!
حقیقتاً چهار و نیم یا شایدم یه کم کمتر بود؛ چون یه سری جاهاش کسل کننده شده بود.

اول اینکه بگم من مطمئمناً دیگه جاناتان استرود رو ول نمی کنم :-" کتاب یک نمره ش سه بود؛ نسبت به این کتاب که پنج می گیره. چون به نظر من - و به احتمال زیاد - جلد اول این مجموعه اولین نوشته ی نویسنده بوده. این کتاب به مقدار خیلی خیلی زیادی پیشرفت داشت در مورد همه چیز.
مخصوصاً نثر نویسنده خیلی پخته تر شده بود. حتی نیازی نیست برم به انگلیسیش سر بزنم که اینو تشخیص بدم و کاملاً مشخص بود. نثر کتاب کاملاً روون بود؛ توصیفاتش کا...more
Cécilia L.
In this installment, Jonathan Stroud gets into more depth in the problematic aspect of political manipulation and power, paralleled with the master/slave relationship that Bartimaeus has with Nathaniel. All of this is intricately woven with the worst aspects of the British Empire which, at the time of my first reading, I could not properly understand since I had no knowledge of British history and society.

Having properly, if not extensively, studied British Imperialism this year, I am more than...more
While I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye did not live up to my expectations. Nathaniel is 14, and is going through an awkward stage in his life. This teenage angst combined with the fact that he has lost sight of his morals while moving up in the government made him a rather annoying character to read. While the chapters that were told from his point of view were interesting, that was more due to what was happening to Nathaniel, as oppose...more
To start with, when I take this book up for reading I was expecting another story where Nathaniel saves the country from a traitor with the help of Bartimaeus. Though it is not completely different, the way the story was told makes this book better than the first one.

The story happens two years after the events of the first book and Nathaniel in one of the important posts of the government. What surprised me and made me like this book more is the characterization of Nathaniel. The innocent litt...more
Alice ♔
This book was absolutely amazing. I honestly think it was better than the first (The Amulet of Samarkand), and considering that was freaking awesome, this one is just plain epic. Set two years later, I loved how the plot still ties into things that happened in the past and the development of the characters was really interesting. Of course, good old Bartimaeus was the most brilliant character as usual. ;)

I loved how Kitty has become more of a main character and the insight into the Resistance wa...more
Renny Abraham
In this second book of the trilogy, we get back with Bartimaeus and his master, Nathaniel, on another adventure full of intrigue and mayhem. Nathaniel, now 14, is an established member of the British government and is tasked with stopping the Resistance. So save his career, he summons Bartimeaus again to track down the creature supposedly unleashed by the Resistance before more damage is done. In this book, we get to see how becoming a magician and a government official is slowly changing Nathan...more
Aug 30, 2010 an rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasi
commoner vs penyihir vs demon vs jin vs pengkhianat vs commoner.
lingkaran setan yang entah kapan akan berakhir. saling memburu, saling mencurigari, saling mengikuti dan saling memusuhi.

satu yang segar dari cerita ini adalah gaya penyihir. selama ini yang ada adalah konsep bahwa sihir dilakukan dengan tongkat sihir dan mantra. kekuatan pada mantta sihir itu sendiri. namun dalam kisah ini dihadirkan, bahwa sebenar na demon lah yang menjadi kunci akan sihir. mantra (yang lebih tepat merupakan perin...more
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Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.

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
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