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The Amulet Of Samarkand

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Nathaniel is a magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who's boss. With revenge o...

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  • Publish Date: 2004-05-03
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    Reviews/Comments On The Amulet Of Samarkand


    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful
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    By: ELC
    2013-03-24 09:05:36

    One of my favourite series... Very funny, with an ending you will never forget.. I have read soo many fantasy novels, i have forget the ending of many of my other favourite novels, but i cannot forget how this one ended.. A must read series..

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    By: Anonymous
    2013-04-11 08:48:16

    The book is average at best. Along the lines of eddings or brooks. Seems like the boooks that make the list are what you have read latley. There were more than a handful of good books before 2000 you know, and that is coming from a guy in his 20's. A book shouldn't even be eligable until the book is at least 10 years old. You should make a seperate "all time" list so you can put the rencent titles as well. If this seemed abrasive, it was not my intent.

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    By: Anonymous
    2013-05-28 08:06:53

    When I was in middle school, this book made me fall in love with fantasy. It's very funny and still one of my favorites, but it's definitely written for a younger audience.

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    By: Anonymous
    2013-06-15 03:37:15

    Agreed. While I could see young adults enjoying this, the comment that adults too will relish it strikes me as way off base. Yes, some of Baritmaeus's commentary is amusing and clever, but with that arguable exception, the characters are entirely hackneyed and juvenile, plot turns remarkably predictable, and world-building almost non-existent. The book belongs, I think, on the list of fantasy books that young adults will enjoy and perhaps find better than the average crop. But for the adult, it doesn't hold a candle to young adult fiction like Harry Potter. If there's a "top 25" *young adult" fantasy book that belongs on the all-time creme de la creme, it's the Potter series. Bartimaeus is not half as well plotted, interesting, creative, or, for that matter, sardonically amusing. Potter, for adults, is a parody of the British boarding school experience, among other things, which renders it enjoyable even for adults, quite apart from the plot. I'm uncertain, too, what it is that makes this story "darker" than the Potter series or other young adult fiction.

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    By: Anonymous
    2013-10-29 10:50:58

    On the 25 list the guys makes it seem darker and scarier than it really is.

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    By: Jenny
    2014-09-14 07:02:02

    Having read this series recently (as an adult), I found it to be thoroughly entertaining. It has the feel of a young adult series, but it is not overly stupid. I loved the personality of Bartimaeus and the inanity of the whole culture.

    These books are definitely worth a read, though it is good to go into them knowing that they are not overly serious in tone.

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    By: ghostdoctor
    2014-12-04 02:15:17

    This is a great series. The characters are fantastic and the ending of the series is one of the best I've read.

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