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The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

This book, by Michael Scott, appealed to me on all levels. For one it mentions Nicholas Flamel in the title and of course my interest was piqued because I knew his name from having read the Harry Potter books; specifically mentioned in the first book of that series.

The cover of The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel looks interesting with it’s colors and symbols. Nothing is explained about what you’ll be reading, but it is enticing and mysterious. Cryptic.

Brother and sister, twins, Sophie and Josh Newman are spending the summer with their aunt in San Fransisco, California while their parents are away on yet another archeological dig. Josh finds a summer job at a bookstore, owned by Nick and Perry Fleming, and Sophie finds one across the street at a coffee shop. Their summer is turning out okay, mostly because at least they have each other.

The adventure begins almost immediately when Sophie sees something strange across the street from the coffee shop. Four dark figures emerge from a black sedan and enter the bookshop. She attempts to call Josh to see what is going on, but not before an explosion rocks the bookstore sending glass and strange smells out into the street.

While Sophie runs over to check out what is happening she runs into Perry Fleming, part owner of the store. Perry tells he to stay put, but Sophie isn’t about to stay put while her brother is in danger.

Meanwhile, Nick Fleming, keeps telling Josh to run deep into the cellar and stay out of sight as he fights off a man he keeps calling Dee and three other strange clay people which he refers to as golems.

One item is stolen from the store during this mystical fight, it is the Codex, a book which is ten thousand years old and contains all the myths and legends of the world including sorcerer spells and potions from hundreds of generations. Fortunately, when Dee stole it from Josh’s hands he didn’t realize Josh had ripped the last two pages out. The last two pages of the Codex are extremely important and now both Josh and Sophie are in mortal danger.

After all this chaos the kids have more than enough questions for Nick and Perry Fleming. This is when they find out their real names are Nicholas and Perenelle Flemal and they are hundreds of years old thanks to an elixir that was keeping them alive. The elixir is in the Codex and without it they will age one full human year each day. But their aging is the least of their concerns. With the Codex in the hands of evil Dr. Dee the entire world is in danger of essentially being wiped out by those called the Dark Elders.

And this is where I’ll leave you. If you like legends and myths, if you enjoy adventures and fantasies, if you like stories about magic then you’ll love this book/series. I recommend The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel for all ages.

And yes, you might as well order the next book in the series because if you’re like me you’ll want to open it as soon as you’re finished the first. The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

The Consciousness Plague

A little bit mystery, a little bit sci-fi and a whole lot of inquistive character development kept me glued to “The Consciousness Plague” from beginning to end. For those interested in medicine, serial killers and msyteries you’ll find this book a quick read and you’ll wish it didn’t have to end so soon.

Paul Levinson out did himself with this story. It is written perfectly. There are a lot of in-depth discussions which involve how the brain communicates and remembers things. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to understand the dialogue, but Levinson wrote it in such a way that I was able to make sense of it and enjoy it.

Phil D’Amato, our main man, is a NYPD forensic detective. There is a serial killer plaguing his area and the person(s) are strangling women, stripping them and leaving them for dead. At first there doesn’t appear to be a motive or connection between the women. In fact, there doesn’t even appear to be a suspect until much closer to the end of the book.

There is another storyline that develops throughout and that involves a flu epidemic that is spreading worldwide. The newly developed antibiotic Ominin seems to kick the bacteria within a week’s time, but there is one extreme side effect. It messes with your memory and people are forgetting hours of their days.

Can you see how Ominin could complicate the murder case?

Oh and it does.

The twists and turns that this story takes were rivetting and I may end up reading this one again later down the road. There is some holes in the story with the secondary events and characters, but they can be forgiven overall.

My score:
Solid B+

Odd Thomas

In addition to being a music fiend, I also LOVE to read. And yesterday I finished a great book; another Dean Koontz pick called “Forever Odd.”

Odd Thomas is the name of the main character and he can see dead people. Laugh if you must, but this is not as cliche as Sixth Sense. In fact, this is a gift in which people come to Odd for resolution or sometimes even for reasons he doesn’t quite understand. In addition he has a gift of psychic magnetism which guides him to the right places at the right time.

The book begins when Odd wakes in the middle of the night to find the spirit of Dr. Jessup in his room. He isn’t scared, but he is alarmed because Dr. Jessup was perfectly alive earlier that day. So he follows Dr. Jessup to his home and finds his murdered body. Dr. Jessup’s son is nowhere to be found. Thus the plot thickens and we follow Odd throughout the book searching for Danny (the missing boy) and dealing with the three sick people who have kidnapped him. The sickest being Datura, the woman who befriended a crippled Danny and took advantage of secrets he told her about Odd’s supernatural gifts.

I won’t get into the rest, because it was such a good read I would rather you find out for yourself. But I will tell you that despite many of the grim details, Koontz is a very funny writer. There were quite a few times in which I was laughing at how he described things. He is a vivid writer with a phenomenal imagination.

And next on my reading list is “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire.