DNF: “The Alchemyst”

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nic...

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“The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1)” by Michael Scott

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

The tomb of Nicholas Flamel is empty. The greatest alchemist of his day supposedly died in 1418, but rumors continue to swirl that he continues to walk among us. Could it be true that this magician/chemist has access to the secret of eternal life? Could the Book of Abraham, which he purportedly owns, hold the key to this elixir? If it does, the theft of this single ancient volume could destroy the world as we know it. An exciting tale.

DNF= Did Not Finish; Stopped at about 160 pgs.

-I’ve wanted to read this book for quite a while.
-It has all the elements that I enjoy: adventure, mixing mythologies and history, stories aren’t just stories.
-I think the problem was the story was too ambitious. There were SO many different mythologies the story was trying to use. It made my head hurt.
-Maybe I’ve just read too many of these type stories lately but ugh the story and the plot were SO recycled. I’ve heard this story too many times.
-The story wasn’t bad per se but it was just dry and boring.
-I read a good portion of the story and still couldn’t get into it so I stopped. No sense in reading a book that I’m not enjoying.

13 thoughts on “DNF: “The Alchemyst”

  1. Yes I do know, I have read in June The girl who loved Tom Gordon.
    Gosh, such a boring shit and I have paid 15 euro for that book!
    It was my first and I guess last Stephan King’s book.
    *puke*

      • It wasn’t hard at all, it was just about …hmm… NOTHING.
        9 years old girl gets lost in huge forest and about one week long she just goes through that forest, every night she feels like someone is watching her and after several days being a Maugli she begins to see and talk with her beloved Tom Gorden and her best friend.
        The only interesting places in that book were basketball games she was listening to (she a radio with).
        In the end being sick and out of forces she meets a man who brings her into hospital.
        Ah ja, there was a bear… she has through her radio between his eyes and the man shoot his ear away.
        And between all this stuff I have wrote about already were endless describing of nature…

            • I am following one more blog about books and the guy even didn’t finish it, lol xDD Also I know one more person who was just shocked about how bad this book is.
              But I also have seen a review with high note, but I guess the author is mentally sick… not because I didn’t like that book, but there just wasn’t that stuff the reviewer is talking about =)))

              Yup, trust me because I am a HP fan too! I know what I am talking about! xD

  2. I am confuzzled by my rating for this book (3.5 birds?!) because every time I think of this book it just gets worse and worse. Even accounting for inflation/new ratings guidelines/whatever, if I was reading/rating it now I think it’d be more like a 2 bird situation.

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