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

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Read the first book in the New York Times bestselling The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, perfect for fans of The Maze Runner and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

He holds the secret that can end the world.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is...more
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Published May 22nd 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Stephen
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.
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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.

BRIEF TIRED OLD PLOT SUMMARY:

Sophia and Josh (two VERYannoying kids)
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work at a b...more
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,...more
Dyanne
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...more
Kris
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...more
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...more
Luann
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
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
Grace
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...more
Kimberly
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...more
Stacey
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,...more
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
Katie
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
Karli
Dreadful.

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...more
PurplyCookie
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...more
Simcsa
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...more
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...more
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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Phrynne
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.
JoJo
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
Nenangs
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...more
Lisa
I found this book both boring and, for some reason, vaguely insulting.

The two main characters are twins. He's a computer genius football playing jock, and she's a shop happy mature encyclopedia. Oh, and their parents are archeologists which means they, of course, have broad knowledge of mythology, paleontology, and any other subject that comes up. Did I mention they're both martial arts experts? No? Well guess what, they are. With two main characters like this, the author was going to have to w...more
Lesli
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
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...more
Kaethe
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.
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.
Maria
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...more
Crystal
This is the first book in a promising series by Michael Scott. The story centers around Sophie and Josh a set of twins who find themselves thrown into a world were magic rules all. This all happens after they try and help Nicholas Flamel, a very powerful alchemyst, after he is attacked by Dr. John Dee in the bookstore that Josh works in. Josh and Sophie find out that they are in the Codex, a book written thousands of years ago, and while all they learn is that there is a prophecy written about t...more
Bunga Mawar
Buku tebal tercepat yang pernah saya baca.

Bagaikan Nick Fleming, eh, Flamel bersama Josh dan Sophie Newman yang dikejar-kejar John Dee, Morrigan hingga Bastet karena menyimpan dua lembar terakhir dari Codex, buku Abraham Sang Magus, saat The Alchemyst ini saya kuasai banyak orang di luar sana yang mengejar-ngejar saya. Ini karena saya ambil dari Mahbubi (kelas 5) yang belum selesai membacanya pada Jumat siang lalu. Padahal Mahbubi juga meminjamnya dari Faisal (kelas 2) yang telah mendaftarkanny...more
Kris P
Although this book was aimed at Young Adults, I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. There are twins who are staying with their Aunt whilst their parents are away. They both get summer jobs, Sophie working in a coffee shop and Josh in a bookshop. The bookshop is owned by Nick and Perry Fleming. All goes fine until the bookshop gets attacked, and it is revealed that the Flemings are really the Flammels and for centuries they have been guarding a book.
The tale itself is very well crafte...more
Daniel  O
The Alchemyst

the Alchemyst is a fast paced action book, it takes place in Nicholas Flemmels bookshop, when all of a sudden Dr.John Dee walks in. After awhile of fighting, Dee wins and takes the book from Josh, one of the twins. But what he doesent get is the last 2 pages of the book, the most important pages, the final summoning. Now Dee will stop at nothing to get those last 2 pages back so he can awaken the dark elders. Josh and Sophie (the other twin), are trained in the 5 magics, air, fire,...more
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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...more
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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.”
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“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.” 94 likes
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