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The Amulet of Samarkand: A Bartimaeus Graphic Novel (The Bartimaeus Trilogy: Graphic Novel #1)

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Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, has revenge on his mind. Desperate to defy his master and take on more challenging spells, he secretly summons The 5000-year-old djinni, Bartimaeus.

But Bartimaeus' task is not an easy one - he must steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition.

Magic, rebellion a
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 3rd 2011 by Corgi Books (first published November 2nd 2010)
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Cait (Paper Fury)
This was intensely hilarious and intriguing and fabulous! I didn't feel like facing the 500+ pages of actual book, so I picked up the comic I want to read the actual book. IT WAS HILARIOUS. It was a like an old English futuristic but proper magician story, where they enslaved demon/djinns and took apprentices. And there is an incredibly hilarious demon. DID I MENTION HOW FUNNY HE IS?

The whole apprentice idea has been done over and over and oooover, of course, and this was a little cli
Aug 27, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A djinn unlike any other will make you laugh and wonder how you could actually like a creature so devious. But I guess in a world that he is summoned to, it isn't so hard to love him.

Bartimaeus is a very old, quite powerful, and especially hilarious djinn. He is summoned by a new wizard, a boy, who should not have the ability to summon anything remotely as powerful as Bartimaeus, but he does. Not only does he summon him, he outwits him and tricks him into doing his bidding.

There is a bad wizard
Nov 09, 2011 May rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I admit, I only read the graphic novel adaptions of books I like to see what an artist would do with it. I don't take it seriously at all, and with this, that's a good thing.

I know they were trying to keep it to one book, but I feel like too much was left out, too much was rushed. All the major, important events were kept, but most of Nathanial's story, and a lot of the fun, minor details got left out. For the sake of brevity, I suppose. It was, however, a fine enough book, more like a good over
Nancy O'Toole
How far would you go for revenge? After being humiliated by Simon Lovelace, twelve-year-old magician Nathaniel schemes to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from Lovelace's own home. In order to accomplish this task he calls upon the help of the powerful djinni called Bartimaeus. Only things quickly go wrong.

The more I read graphic adaptations of books and other media, the more I realize that they're a lot like film adaptations. Like in movies, the author and illustrator need to strike a delicate bal
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
You know, I've tried but I have not become a huge fan of graphic novels. I enjoy the artwork, but generally speaking the stories aren't that well re-told. For example, when I read the first volume of the "Ender's Game" graphic, I thought they did a good job of re-telling the tale, but there was quite a bit of the essence of the story that was lost. And perhaps that's what people are looking for, the "Readers Digest" version of these books.

In any case, I tell you this so you can evaluate my react
Mia Prasetya
Jan 02, 2011 Mia Prasetya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#4. Jan/11
Siapa yang tidak terkejut ketika akan membayar buku di kasir Periplus buku ini ada di sebelah mesin kasir? Barti? In graphic novel? Tanpa pikir panjang langsung disamber deh bukunya.

Suka! Selain cerita dari Jonathan Stroud yang memang sudah membekas di hati, terlebih lagi buku ini mengobati saya akan jin ajaib nan sarkastis bin narsis Barti. Bisa lihat mukanya pula :p Cocok sih, bengalnya dapet, chemistrynya dengan Nathaniel pun terlihat jelas. Malahan di graphic novel berasa banget ka
Drawing style wasn't the best but it did a great job summarizing and illustrating a fun book. I'd be interested in seeing the GNs of the next two books. Drawback was that Nathaniel looked odd in quite a few scenes, and gargoyle-Bartimaeus looked rather like Gollum. But still a fun read, especially as I'm listening to the third book currently.
Feb 24, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-2017
I can't give this graphic novel five stars because I think I will give five stars to the actual book of The amulet of Samarkand. I read this graphic novel in one sitting because it was that good for me. I think I need to read the actual book because if I like this much the graphic novel version, I will probably love the book.

Bartimaeus is very interesting character for me. He is powerful djinni who is sassy, witty, smart, devious and surprisingly you will like him a lot. I also like Nathaniel wh
Oct 24, 2010 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how many years its been since I've read The Bartimaeus Trilogy but I loved those books from the very first time I read The Amulet of Samarkand and was most excited to find out that a graphic novel version had been created. Thank-you Andrea of Aine's Realm for buying me a copy of this book ^_^.

The Amulet of Samarkand starts off the same way the novel did with the summoning of Bartimaeus the djinn by a young twelve year old magician. This is surprising because someone so young does no
Patrice Sartor
4.5 stars! (My 10 year old son who also read it agrees).

While I've heard of Jonathan Stroud before, I was not aware this was based on the first book of a series he wrote. I just picked it up because it looked like a nifty graphic novel. Thus, I did not have a lot of expectations. No matter, for this is one very, very good title!

Political intrigue and corruption, power-mongering, class segregation, magicians and djinni all combine to form an intense, deep, on-the-edge-of-your-seat journey. A youn
Becky B
Sep 19, 2014 Becky B rated it really liked it
What starts out as a mission of revenge for magician in training John Mandrake (aka Nathaniel), soon becomes a race to save the entire British government from greedy magicians. Nathaniel's main servant in these dealings is the djinn Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus pretends to be nasty and crusty and eager to destroy his master at the first chance, but it soon becomes clear that Bartimaeus has a certain weak spot for humans with a conscience.

I've had this sitting on my shelf waiting to be read for a littl
Jan 01, 2011 mina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sambil menunggu Ring of Solomon muncul di toko buku, baca ini dulu deh.
Aku selalu menakuti visualisasi serial Bartimaeus ini, dengar-dengar kan bakal ada filmnya. Takut kecewa. Tampang Bartimaues harus licik, sok pinter, mengidap waham kebesaran, sarkastis, tapi kadang sesaat bisa juga penuh perhatian. Dengan suara nge-bass yang seksi. Begitu juga dengan tampang Nat, harus menyebalkan, ambisius, penuh perhitungan, cerdas, tapi tersembunyi di belakang tampang gak tahu apa-apa. Jadi bisa dibayang
Wiguna Alodia
Dec 07, 2012 Wiguna Alodia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oke this time, i won't writing my comment in english. cause many words can't describe how totally amazing i am when i was reading this book.

oke well blah... blah start now

saat saya dapet satu suplai pinjaman dari teman. yaitu buku bartimaeus yang pertama. hal yang pertama saya lakukan adalah membacanya dengan enggan. oke bukan dengan enggan, tapi sangat perlahan.
baru di bagian satu, saya berpikir. ini adalah buku yang gila !
best fantasy book ever yang pernah saya baca.

disaat saya muak dengan har
Wee Shubba's World
Jan 27, 2011 Wee Shubba's World rated it really liked it
I just want to thank Random House/Corgi Books for giving me this to review.

I have really never had an interest in graphic novels. I have only ever bought one and that was the Twilight graphic novel just because it was Twilight. So when the publishers contacted me about reviewing this I was unsure at first but thought I would give it try and I am really glad I did. When it came in the post my four year son clocked it and wanted it. So first I read it myself them we sat up last night and read toge
Miz Lizzie
This book is a graphic novel adaptation of the 2003 children’s novel by the same name. Both the original novel and this graphic novel are fantasies and, as such, make use of many of the tropes of the fantasy genre, including magic, mythological creatures, and struggles between good and evil (both internal moral struggles as well as between different individuals). It is clearly the first book in a series as it sets up a couple of larger power struggles, between magical and non-magical people and ...more
Alex Telander
After the continued success and popularity of the Bartimaeus trilogy – think of it like Harry Potter except the wizards don’t have much power, so they have to summon djinn to do all their work for them – Jonathan Stroud turns his hand to adapting the first book in the series into a graphic novel with some very talented artists. Stroud’s first effort in writing a comic book is a good one: while he is a little wordy at times, he does an excellent job of turning the almost 500-page book into a 140- ...more
May 10, 2015 Jaimie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's been many many years since I read the original novel version of the story of Nathaniel and Bartimaeus, so I can't quite remember enough of the details to do a true comparison with this graphic novel edition. That being said, there are some really wonderful things and some really terrible things about this book on its own. The big benefit to presenting this novel in graphic format is that the illustrations add a lot of flavour to the story. If I remember correctly, there was plenty of this a ...more
Jan 18, 2013 Jon rated it really liked it
In this graphic novel adaption of the fantasy novel, London is run by magicians. Magicians can summon magical creatures to do their bidding. The book follows the story of Nathaniel, an apprentice to Arthur Underwood, who gets on the bad side of Simon Lovelace, a powerful and arrogant magician. Nathaniel summons a powerful demon named Bartimaeus and charges him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand, a priceless magical item, from Lovelace. (view spoiler) ...more
Michelle Moore
Apr 26, 2015 Michelle Moore rated it really liked it
This was my first experience of a graphic novel, but as a huge Bartimaeus fan, I couldn’t resist. I read The Amulet of Samarkand some time ago, and listened to the audio version fairly recently – I love the characters, the ideas, and most of all the wit and humour.

My first impression of the book was very positive – the art, provided by Lee Sullivan is extremely vivid and detailed. It bring the story to life, and compels you to keep reading. My main concern was whether something would have to giv
A fairly competent graphic novel adaptation of The Amulet of Samarkand, the first in Jonathan Stroud's Bartimeaus trilogy, the humor, action, and witty world building in the novel come through quite well here. Like a movie adaptation, though, I must say I prefer the book, though this is still an enjoyable YA fantasy romp.

The setting of a alternate history London under the rule of vindictive and power hungry magicians, including a London Eye incorporating a pentagram into its design, we get a go
Amber Ditullio
Oct 21, 2011 Amber Ditullio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers, Fans of the Bartimeus Trilogya
Recommended to Amber by: Richard DiTullio
I picked up the original as an audio book for one of our trips and fell in love with this series. When Rich found the graphic novelization at the library a few weeks ago and took it out for me. I'm not sure why I let it sit to the side, unread, for awhile, but I didn't pick it up until later this week.

Graphic Novelizations are things that are usually hit and miss with me. Sometimes the writer pulls out my favorite parts and the artist brings the characters into view the way I saw them in my own
Jun 23, 2011 Hank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cats
For years I have been glancing at the grey, scaly, grinning gargoyle chuckling while he teases me with an ancient jade pendant set in gold. And for years I've averted my gaze, choosing to move on to other books, admittedly intimidated by not only the width of the book, but also knowing that there were books just as thick beyond in this trilogy. Now that the book has been adapted by the author as a graphic novel, I can finally know that what I had a hunch would be a captivating story in fact is. ...more
Melissa Mcavoy
41/2 stars. I am a huge fan of the Bartimaeus series. While the graphic novel doesn't break new ground it does a great job translating the story into graphic format. I actually appreciate that only the first in the series has been published, as it will drive readers to the novels, which are unbelievably rich and witty. The full color art is strong. There are lots of tiny panels and the type approaches the minuscule, but for the young eyes this book is meant for that shouldn't be a problem. More ...more
Zauberfeder Gedankenschnörkel
Die 144 Seiten lange, hochwertig gestaltete Graphic Novel setzt den Roman Das Amulett von Samarkand von Jonathan Stroud gekonnt um. Lee Sullivan hat eine wunderbare Zeichentechnik, die Colorierung der Figuren ist in kräftigen Farben gehalten und vermag es wunderbar, Stimmung zu erzeugen. Auch behält er die Erzählperspektive bei, die Stroud in seinem Roman gewählt hat. Mal aus der Sicht von Bartimäus, mal aus Nathanaels Sicht.

Natürlich geht auch ein gewisser Wortwitz, den ich am Buch geliebt habe
Ashley D--
The novel has been on my to read pile for a while, so when I saw a short comic adaptation of it I thought I might as well see if the story tickles my fancy. This adaptation was good enough to inspire me to read the novel, but not clear enough to stand on its own. Loved the style of the drawings, because I could always tell who was who and what was going on. The character development was even good, using facial expressions to tell me what a narrator would in the novel. To the illustrator, I give ...more
Melissa Chung
May 16, 2014 Melissa Chung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A graphic novel about magicians. In this world magicians are used to keep control with parliament. With all power though, corruption often rears its ugly head. Nathaniel is a young boy taken from his parents to become a magicians apprentice. The next 6 years of his life he learns the spells, summonings and other tricks of the trade. He gets cocky and like a lot of teenagers overly emotional at being belittled so he takes vengeance on a powerful magician. It of course back fires and that is when ...more
Jessica Hollo
May 24, 2016 Jessica Hollo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The illustrated version of book one in the Bartimaeus series. Sort of alternative history, where modern day London is instead run by magicians, dependent on summoning spirits to maintain power and order for the most part.
We are specifically following a young boy, Nathaniel, as he learns about his place in the world, and chafes against restraints placed on him by his master mentor. He feels he is ready for more and ultimately ends up summoning a higher level spirit to help him seek his petty reve
Oct 06, 2013 Inga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Trilogie um Bartimäus, Nathanael und Kitty von Jonathan Stroud gehört zu meinen Fantasyfavoriten der letzten Jahre. Jetzt hat Lee Sullivan den ersten Band, Das Amulett von Samarkand, als Comic, genauer und besser als graphic novel, umgesetzt. Ich war zunächst skeptisch, ob sich die Story und vor allem der zynische Humor in dieser Form gut umsetzen lassen würden, doch Sullivan ist ein prächtiges Buch gelungen. Die Bilder sind ansprechend und mit vielen Details gezeichnet, die Story wird trotz ...more
A graphic novel adaptation of the book by same name, it captures the graphic elements of the book well but fails to translate the witticism of the dialogue and underlying emotions that Stroud does effectively in books. The characters aren't explored as they are in books and they don't carry any agency.

Its a great pictorial representation of the city and the elements of magic as having read the books it was easier to read through it without wanting to go back and refer to the characters again.

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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
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