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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

35 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

Just the tip of the Iceberg

My girlfriend knew I was a HUGE Harry Potter fan and she saw these books online. She decided to buy the three books that were out for me. I began to read The Alchemyst and must admit, at first I was a little turned off and not sure I wanted to finish the book. It was...
My girlfriend knew I was a HUGE Harry Potter fan and she saw these books online. She decided to buy the three books that were out for me. I began to read The Alchemyst and must admit, at first I was a little turned off and not sure I wanted to finish the book. It was dwelling a lot on pop culture like the new batman movies and cell phone and lap tops. Knowing my girlfriend would be disappointed should I not read all the books, I pressed on. Once the story started unfolding I got more and more into it and realized the pop culture references began to symbolize the link to the real world and became pretty important. The book became fast paced and really interesting. Scott does a great job connecting all sorts of real mythology and legends from around the world and brings them in as this connected universe. I spent a ton of time looking up characters, monsters and locations online just to see if the things they mentioned were real (well... really myths and legends).

The Alchemyst is probably the least enjoyable in the series, but thats not bad, it just leads into some even more fast paced and epic stories that are the sequels. Scott's stories(just like JK Rowling did with the HP series) become more and more complex and well written, they just get better and better. I can't wait to read the remaining books as well as see the upcoming film adaptations.

posted by Double0Kevin on November 26, 2009

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41 out of 77 people found this review helpful.

Decent but inconsistent

The book was good, but certain parts were very frustrating to read. I'm not exactly the target audience (28) but I kept focusing on inconsistencies that made this difficult to push through.

There was a lot of extraneous detail provided that just didn't really s...
The book was good, but certain parts were very frustrating to read. I'm not exactly the target audience (28) but I kept focusing on inconsistencies that made this difficult to push through.

There was a lot of extraneous detail provided that just didn't really seem pertinent to certain situations. It seems like the author talked about laptops/cell phones way too much, like he was trying too hard to connect with the younger generation. Pacing is thrown way off periodically, with long discussions or people doing stupid things when they should be frantically running for their lives etc. Josh says a LOT of really stupid, lame jokes at the wrong times. Somehow, when they are "grabbing their things" Josh is able to take the time to pull out his computer and do a bunch of internet searches. And Altavista? No one uses that anymore.

The brother/sister thing is creepy. They touch each other WAY too much. It's just gross. They're always holding hands and touching shoulders... it just seems a little too much. Maybe some kids are like that, but wow. Also, Josh is a football jock who is also a video gamer / computer expert? Seems like he's a little too specialized in too many areas to be realistic.

There are inconsistencies that I would think an editor who read the book ONCE would catch. Scathach tells the kids to not go outside, because dangerous things are out there. Stay in your room. Well, the kids go outside and then "realize that there were dangerous things out there", Umm, it just hurts my head sometimes.

I'm still trying to push through the book. It seems to get better as it goes on (I'm 3/5 through or so), like the editor skipped over the first half. I guess sometimes successful authors just need to push material out and the quality isn't checked enough.

Again, I'm not quite the right target audience, so some may not notice the same things I do. However, certain components of the story seem quite juvenile while other seems quite adult, so I'm not really sure where to place this.

posted by OlderGuy on December 31, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    I hated it. No, just don't read it.

    In the first chapter it literally says "And he knew the world would never be the same."
    It gets worse from there.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Highly disappointing

    When I purchased this book, I was excited about the premise. After I purchased it, I got more and more disappointed. It is a book that follows the format "and then this happened, and then this happened, and then happened" without real reasons, just the author's desire to continue the events of the story.

    The good guys seem to have limited energy for magic and the bad guy has no such problem. He continues to use his magic untiringly while the good guys are exhausted from using theirs. Makes no sense. I want a refund! I gave it one star not knowing if I could give it none.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Unimpressed

    I was very surprised to see the high ratings for this book. I'm only halfway through it and have to force myself to finish. There is no character development. I find myself completely uninterested in what happens to the characters. The author treats the reader as though they were stupid. Reiterating the same things over and over and then having the characters act them out only a few paragraphs later. I find it tedious and uninteresting. I wanted to like this book, but so far have nothing good to say about it. If you loved Harry Potter and are looking for something like it don't look here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    To " is this part of harry potter?"

    Absolutely not! This is a totally different series! Does it say Harry Potter on the cover? I should think not. And I think that Harry Potter books are not on the Nook.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2009

    Worst Book Ever

    Worst Book Ever Written

    1 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Awful! Do not buy!

    Terrible book! The story is idiotic and it's terribly written! The author probably bribed the publishers to publish this. Do not waste your time and money on this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Please dont buy

    It sucks. PERIOD. Do not waste your time. Those who are saying that it is the best book ever have obviously been reading junie b jones most of the time and have no idea of what a real good book is. Im sure this author bribed the publishers to publish it. It stunk so bad i could cry. I wish i could give it no stars at all. Dont waste your money. It is not a good comparison to harry potter. Those who are saying that it is are insulting jk rowling to outrageous matters. No so pathetic boring awful pointless stupid dry and uninteresting times a million. So crazily cheesy my sides were splitting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Cant read it.

    I paid good mony to get this book and my reader wont show the words. Am i the only one having this problem.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    When I first saw this book, I thought that it could hold great p

    When I first saw this book, I thought that it could hold great potential. To my despair, this book was anything but. It was a dry read, and I could not even force myself to finish it. The writing is rather unengaging, much like the unsignificant plot. The language used is simple enough for a small child, lacking the stimulation for the "12-14" year old age range that it advertises.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    UPSET!

    Soooo the book wont even download even though i paid for it #REFUND

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Does not live up to the hype.

    I felt diminished for having wasted my time.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    ??????

    Is this the first book if the series?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    not good

    awful book not even close to HP poorly written good not even get to page 60

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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