The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1)
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 said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.
The records show that he died in 1418.
But his tomb is empty.
The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been ma...more
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
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)
work at a b...more
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
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
It is very similar to R...more
The book started with me thinking of a whole lot of possibilities. But based on the cover alone, I thought it was going to be a deep work of literature, embellished with the old way of speaking English, and old facts I didn't know about Nicholas Flamel (who I first read in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone). But after reading the first pages, I knew it was not going to be the book I imagined. I actually thought that the modern setting was not a good idea, but I was curious as to how the plot...more
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
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
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
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
15 year-old twins Sophie and Josh have gotten summer jobs in San Franciso. Josh works at a bookstore,...more
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 your 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 a 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
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
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
A few days afterwards....
What's so good about this book? Really, I don't get it. What's there to like? No, don't answer that. It'd probably take flying pigs and a Leprechaun...more
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
I really like the storyline and I think Nicholas Flamel is the most interesting character in t...more
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
Before I discuss the plot, I also want to mention that my dislike of the book also has to do with the reader on the audio book; I had a huge problem with him. His 'voices' fo...more
Selama ini saya menganggap genre fantasi bukanlah prioritas saya saat memilih buku. Tapi ternyata beberapa buku bergenre fantasi sanggup membuat saya menunggu-nunggu jadwal membaca buku saya yang biasanya malam hari. Di antaranya buku ini.
Saya senang karena kisah dalam buku ini menggabungkan zaman modern dengan zaman dahulu kala yang terlupakan. Manusia masa kini dengan makhluk-makhluk dongeng dan mitos. Teknologi maju dengan teknologi kuno yang sama-sama canggih. Fakta sejarah deng...more
|How cool this book is||7||28||May 23, 2013 09:31pm|
|Does anybody think this series should be made into films?||87||236||Apr 21, 2013 03:47pm|
|Addicted to YA: The Alchemyst||24||175||Apr 06, 2013 09:48am|
|The Filipino Group: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (Cary, Maria, Rollie) Start Date: March 4||83||63||Mar 16, 2013 05:59pm|
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
Share This Book
Don't be ridiculous," Flamel snapped, "They're rats."
Josh really didn't think it was a ridiculous suggestion.”