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Beautiful Hardcover Boxed Set, Entertaining Series
9/4/2007

Customer review by KtArt5

5.0 stars 9/4/2007 by KtArt5
by KtArt5

This is a beautiful hardcover, boxed set. The series is highly entertaining. It stands out from other fantasy works for its witty prose, wandless magicians, and an especially sarcastic djinni by the name of Bartimaeus. Characters are well developed, each with clearly defined narrative style, and unique histories/ambitions. The Bartimaeus Trilogy presents a sort of parallel universe in which magicians rule by summoning greater beings to do their bidding, and commoners are suppressed through lack of education and fear. It is ripe with villains, anti-heroes, and sarcasm, resulting in a grim, action-packed trilogy, that is anything but predictable.

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KtArt5
Canal Winchester, OH
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Ownership:2 - 3 months
Gender:Female
Usage:A few times per year
Just beautiful!
1/10/2008

Customer review by ElGordo

5.0 stars 1/10/2008 by ElGordo
by ElGordo
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The boxed set is lovely. The cover art is a bit stupid. This is one of my favorite new series of books and is not only for children or teens. The stories are fantastic and mature with the characters. The characters are wonderful, from Nathaniel/John Mandrake, Kitty and especially Bartimaeus. I never really felt that it was the plot dragging the characters through the motions, but rather realistic (as real as a djinni can be) emotions and reactions from more or less real people. For some reason it keeps being compared to Harry Potter. They are nothing alike. Except the protagonist is male and young in the first book. The books follow the life of Nathaniel, a talented young magician who gets in over his head. As a young boy he manages to summon a djinni (Bartimaeus) of middling power, but of powerful wit, and much of the story is told from his perspective. Many of his asides are just plain funny, but never out of character. The stories progress through several attempts to overthrow the governtment of Brittain, which is entirely run by magicians. It is set in a sort of alternate present/slightly historical world where magic rules instead of technology. IN these books you get to experience Nathaniel as a frightened young boy and see how he progresses through his skill and knowledge. Along the way you get to see how his relationship with Bartimaeus evolves and is really a pleasure to read. If you can find a copy of the audiobook, I highly recommend them. They are the best narration I've ever heard. The narrator, Simon Jones (who also did the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for BBC Radio) gets Bartimaeus' voice perfect. I can't imagine anyone else doing his voice. I don't mind listening to it multiple times. I own both and they're well worth it. At the price these are going for, you can't beat it. Three hardcover books in a box set for the cost of a Harry Potter book. You must buy!

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Ownership:5 - 6 months
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