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Amuletten från Samarkand (2003)

av Jonathan Stroud

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Serier: Bartimaeus Sequence (1)

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Fantasy p ̄annorlunda vis. ♯r man p ̄vg̃ att utbilda sig till trollkarl i London p ̄1800-talet lurar dd̲en och ondskan bakom varje hr̲n. Nathaniel vill hm̃nas p ̄Lovelace, en mk̃tig trollkarl. Han ber en demon, Bartimeus, att stjl̃a den mr̃kliga amuletten frn̄ Samarkand. Hr̃ saknas inte nḡonting och detta r̃ bara fr̲sta delen av tre. [Barnbokskatalogen]… (mer)
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All I think about is how the flaw of the main character made an impact to the turn of events in the story. ( )
  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
Okay, so it's YA, but Bartimaeus more than makes up for that by being funny and witty. ( )
  cwebb | Mar 22, 2021 |
In an alternate modern day London a young boy, Nathaniel is busy summoning what he would call a demon. Bartimaeus, the being summoned prefers the term djinni (genie), but he’d actually prefer not to be summoned at all. He’ll do anything he can to free himself from his master’s control. Especially when he learns that Nathaniel wants him to steal a very valuable amulet from a powerful amulet. But if Nathaniel remains careful and keeps to the rules then Bartimaeus must obey or face punishment and pain. Obeying also has its own worries, the guardians and security around the amulet. Not to mention the fact that the other djinn might learn that his master is all of eleven years old. Slightly embarrassing when you are a 5,000 year old djinni.

Full review: http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2006/08/30/the-amulet-of-samarkand/ ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
I very much enjoyed this book--I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator had the most wonderful voice. The character of Bartimaeus was the chief joy of the book for me--arrogant and cheeky and sly, as a demon should be, with a personality as big as his notion of his own wonderfulness. I didn't like the main human character, Nathaniel, as much, but have hopes that he might improve (that is, become less whiny and self-pitying) in later books. ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
[This is a review I wrote in 2010]

** OK, but not as exciting as some of the competition**

Considering the number of 5 star reviews, both for this book as a stand-alone and for the trilogy as a whole, I may be risking some unfavourable feedback for posting my candid views, but here goes anyway.

The plot has been outlined very well in so many reviews - so for this review I will skip the plot summary. Personally I found it to be an 'OK' read, but that's all. I read and enjoy a lot of children's fantasy, amongst many other genres too, but I just didn't seem to click with 'The Amulet of Samarkand'. It started off well with a great beginning - some super descriptive first-person narration from the first main character, the djinni (spirit) Bartimaeus. After a while though I found my interest waning, the plot slowing (or repetetive) and I found it necessary to speed read a few paragraphs to keep it moving, whereas usually when I read novels I like to savour every word and keep my reading at a slower pace.

Bartimaeus begins as a well-drawn, witty, comic, feisty character and there's a lot to like about him initially; Nathaniel, the second main character, is a 12 year old boy with a lot of spirit and courage. Brow-beaten by his adoptive father, who assumes the boy will have the same lacklustre magical skill level as himself, Nathaniel sets out to learn his craft alone from studying the books in Mr Underwood's library. Both characters start with great promise, but I found that as I kept reading they didn't really shine and develop into anything more substantial than I found in the first few pages - more 2D than 3D, and they certainly didn't leap off the page for me. Nathaniel is slightly inconsistent in character and towards the end it's a job to know whether he's extremely naive and oblivious to occurences around him, or if he's turned into a hard-nosed, self-satisfied young magician.

I very quickly found the author's use of footnotes at the bottom of the pages to be an irritation. You don't need to read them for the story to make sense, and whilst the one line notes were okay, some of them are full paragraphs and pretty extensive. By the time you've read these long ones and returned to the story, 9 times out of 10 the plot has lost momentum and you're left feeling a bit cheated at being turned away from the action for a fairly irrelevant snippet of trivia. The alternative chapters - Bartimaeus, Nathaniel, Bartimeus, Nathaniel etc. - work well and provide differing perspectives, but I personally felt that Nathaniel's chapters might have generated more empathy from me if they were written in the first person (they are narrated in the 3rd); whereas Bartimaeus in the first person isn't quite so necessary at all times, since he is a djinni, or demon spirit, and it's perhaps not so important to empathise with the djinni. The format has obviously worked well for so many other readers so I'm hesitant to suggest this, but I might have preferred the book with Nathaniel narrated in the first person to generate more empathy. Who knows, perhaps Jonathan Stroud tried this as he was writing the book and it didn't work out. Either way, it's only my preference.

Perhaps I'll take a look at books 2 and 3 to see how the story develops, but I wasn't gripped by this book in the same way that other's children's fantasy writers have had me turning pages. I can recommend Garth Nix's Abhorsen books, Michael Scott's truly brilliant Nicholas Flamel series, Christopher Paolini's Eragon series, the first Tom Scatterhorn book by Henry Chancellor (but not the 2nd), Robin Hobb's Farseer books (suits adults and younger readers who enjoy long novels), Michelle Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, Northern Lights, and Harry Potter I loved... only 3 stars for 'The Amulet of Samarkand' though *** ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 21, 2020 |
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Fantasy p ̄annorlunda vis. ♯r man p ̄vg̃ att utbilda sig till trollkarl i London p ̄1800-talet lurar dd̲en och ondskan bakom varje hr̲n. Nathaniel vill hm̃nas p ̄Lovelace, en mk̃tig trollkarl. Han ber en demon, Bartimeus, att stjl̃a den mr̃kliga amuletten frn̄ Samarkand. Hr̃ saknas inte nḡonting och detta r̃ bara fr̲sta delen av tre. [Barnbokskatalogen]

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