The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
5 journalers for this copy...
Nicholas Flamel, of Harry Potter fame, was a real person. Who knew? He was a 14th century French scientist and alchemist who was reputed to have discovered the secret of eternal life. He has become something of a legend, and apparently nobody is quite sure of the truth anymore. But Michael Scott has crafted a fun, compelling bit of speculation that asks, "What if Flamel really did create the elixir of life? And what if he and his wife are still alive today -- say, as bookstore owners in San Francisco...."
Teenage twins Sophie and Josh get to know Nicholas and his wife when Josh gets a summer job at the bookstore and Sophie works at the coffee shop across the street. They like the Flamels, though they find them a bit, well, eccentric. When powerful evil forces arrive on the scene to ferret out the valuable elixir, the twins help the Flamels escape and find themselves drawn into a situation like nothing they've experienced before. Could the twins possibly be the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy? Just how are a couple of ordinary teenagers supposed to save the world, anyway?
Journal Entry 2
Westminster, Maryland USA on Thursday, July 07, 2011
Released 9 yrs ago (7/9/2011 UTC) at Westminster, Maryland USA
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Bringing this one to the BCinDC meetup for KateKintail, if she's still collecting anything Harry Potter related. If not, I'll leave it on the book buffet for anyone who wants it.
Journal Entry 3
Westminster, Maryland USA on Sunday, July 10, 2011
I'm currently rereading the Harry Potter series, and when I read the first book I did a bit of reading about Nicholas Flamel. I love historical fiction, and also enjoy fantasy. I was drawn by the lovely cover on this book, and had to check it out. When we found out that Katekintail didn't want it, I scarfed it up. From reading AuthorAuthor's description, it sounds like an easy, fun read that will be right up my alley.
Thanks so much, AuthorAuthor. So glad you made it to Westminster today.
Journal Entry 4
Taneytown, Maryland USA on Saturday, August 06, 2011
I loved this book! (Although, unfortunately, now I have to read the other 5 ;)
I wasn't too surprised to find out this was young adult fantasy, but I had mixed feelings when I found that there are 5 more books. (But I'm hoping the others aren't increasingly longer like the Harry Potter books.)
Non-stop action, with the first book set in San Francisco (which I love), normal teens thrown from their everyday lives into the world of fantasy... I loved that all the characters (except for Sophie and Josh) are real-life legends. Fun to look these up on Wikipedia, for the ones I'm not familiar with. I'd never heard of Dr. John Dee, and I enjoyed learning more about Flamel. It's interesting to read more about Celtic and Norse mythology.
Authorauthor, I think I'll thank you for introducing me to this series, although I already had plenty to read. (I think I'm going to get the rest of these from the library - which I hardly ever patronize anymore - and spread them out over the next year. That way I'll be just in time for the last book, which is due next May.)
Journal Entry 5
Birdie's Cafe - 233 E. Main St. in Westminster, Maryland USA on Sunday, September 04, 2011
Released 9 yrs ago (9/4/2011 UTC) at Birdie's Cafe - 233 E. Main St. in Westminster, Maryland USA
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Taking this to our Sunday BC meet. If no one takes it, it'll be left on the bookshelf in the back.Welcome to BookCrossing!
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Journal Entry 6
Westminster, Maryland USA on Sunday, September 04, 2011
Picked up today at Birdie's Cafe.
Journal Entry 7
Westminster, Maryland USA on Sunday, December 16, 2018
I enjoyed reading this first book in the Nicholas Flamel series. I especially liked the interactions between the characters Sophie, Josh and Nicholas.
Journal Entry 8
Alexandria, Virginia USA on Sunday, December 16, 2018
Released 2 yrs ago (12/16/2018 UTC) at Alexandria, Virginia USA
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Released at the annual BC_in_DC "First Lines" Holiday Party!
Journal Entry 9
Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, December 16, 2018
Picked this up at the BCinDC holiday party today. I've been meaning to read it for quite a while now. It was good seeing you again, krin511, and I'm happy to see this particular volume passed through the hands of our dear departed friend MaryZee. Thank you!
Journal Entry 10
Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, July 19, 2019
This reads like a movie script. Which is fine, I guess, except if I wanted to watch a movie, I wouldn't be reading a book. A couple of teens get mixed up in a centuries-old feud between immortals over a book that ensures their immortality. Assorted mythological figures show up. The boy teen gets tempted to join the enemy. There is fighting. The end of the book leads right into the second volume, which I haven't read and don't really care about. I might have enjoyed this when I was younger, or before I'd read a lot of YA fantasy, but by and large this was pretty forgettable.
Journal Entry 11
Noodles & Company - Congressional Plaza in Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, July 20, 2019
Released 1 yr ago (7/20/2019 UTC) at Noodles & Company - Congressional Plaza in Rockville, Maryland USA
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Bringing to the BCinDC meetup.
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Journal Entry 12
Alexandria, Virginia USA on Saturday, July 20, 2019
This book looked pretty good so I decided to read it - and wow, it's been passed around the group quite a bit. SqrlNutZips asked to have it next, so it will stay within the BCinDC group a little further.