Thursday, January 28, 2010
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (re-reading)
I've already purchased this book for, err, i have no clues, a year maybe. I got references from a friend, who knows that i really love fiction with a little touch of history. and this book is perfect for it!
The Alchemyst is one of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott. He plans to make six books, and i've read two of them. i almost forget about this series, but suddenly i received an email from its publisher (Matahati, publisher from Indonesia, yes, i still read Indonesia-published books, i can't afford imported ones.. :( ), that the third books will be available in next month. so, for refreshing my mind of this book, i decide to re-read the first book, The Alchemyst.
this book sets in our time, modern time, when we've already used iPod, wi-fi everywhere, and we can't live without our twitter account. Life is ordinary for Sophie and Josh Newman, twins from San Fransisco, until they find that owner from bookshop next door, is long-lived man, named Nicholas Flamel, has inordinate power, called magic. Sounds familiar of the Flamel name? yes, for you, Harry Potter maniacs, maybe you remember in The Sorceress Stone, JK Rowling mentions Flamel as founder of Philosophers Stone, stone which makes you live forever, and can transform stone into gold. Yes, he is the one told by JK Rowling, but in this book, you'll find his own story. Later, you'll discover that Newman twins have stiff corelation with Flamel, and they become main role in this story.
What's interesting is, you can treasure many histories in this book. Michael Scoot has modified it become fiction, of course, but still i certainly get excited. For example, you'll find why Great Fire in London happened, the story of Joan of Arc, and the most interesting one, the eternal Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel. Beside that, you'll be featured with swift plot, thrilling action, fascinated characters. even, you'll be curious, is it for real, or just author's imagination.
So, if you feel Harry Potter is less pleasure, and look for more exciting adventures than The Chronicles of Narnia, you should enjoy this ones. I can't wait til February's coming, and they publish The Sorceress!
PS. also read the second book, titled The Magician.