More recent reads

Jennifer Forsyth jennforsyth at
Mon Nov 3 19:38:10 EST 2003


My husband and I just read _The Amulet of Samarkand_ and were pretty 
darn impressed. Both of us thought that it was much, much, much better 
than the also-hyped and very vaguely similar (to me) Artemis Fowl. We're 
both looking forward to the sequels of Stroud's book (even though the 
cover & presentation at the bookstore where we picked it up made me 
think we were lucky that a free "your *very own* Amulet" wasn't included 
with each purchase).

Jennifer Forsyth

Hallie O'Donovan wrote:

> I recently read _The Amulet of Samarkand_, by Jonathan Stroud.  Had I 
> heard of the hype before picking it up, I might not have bothered, but 
> I'm glad I did.  I really enjoyed the cynical, smart-alec djinni's 
> voice, and Nathaniel reminded me more than a bit of Christopher.  
> Nothing nefarious (as Widdy put it!), but the same kind of fairly 
> unsympathetic boy, whose lack of emotional cop-on and empathy is 
> completely understandable.  And he has the same dangerous attraction 
> to charismatic males, which is clearly going to prove troublesome to 
> him in the sequels!  Becca's almost finished, and giving it the 
> thumbs-up too.

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